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Ontario Immigration Nominee Program | More Permanent Residents in 2019


Ontario Immigration Nominee Program | More Permanent Residents in 2019

Jade Calver

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allocates a certain number of nominations to each province for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In other words, each province and territory has its own stream of entry through which they are allowed to issue a particular number of invitations to applicants.

In 2019, Ontario received an allocation of 6,900 nominations, with 250 allocated for temporary foreign workers in intermediate skilled occupations (National Occupation Classification Skill Level C).

In 2018, Ontario was allocated a total of 6,850 nominations. The OINP is typically a high-demand program that receives a high number of applications. The boost in nominations allocated to Ontario for 2019 reflects the increase to Canada’s annual admissions target for the Provincial Nominee Program.

As of March 21st, 2019, a total of 1,656 nominations have been issued.

The Government of Canada also recently announced the addition of 2,000 spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program. This will allow more opportunities for workers who are established in Canada to access economic immigration programs suited to their skillset and work experience.


The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Canadian Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) grants nine provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan) and two territories (Northwest Territories and Yukon) a set number of nominations to issue to applicants who apply for Canadian permanent residence in a particular province.

To apply to immigrate as a provincial nominee, you must apply through the province or territory you wish to live in. Whether you choose to apply as a provincial nominee online through the Express Entry system or with a non-Express Entry system paper-based application, you must meet the eligibility requirements of the province or territory and you must submit an Express Entry profile showing that you meet the Express Entry criteria.  

Ontario’s Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) contains three categories, each of which is divided into several different streams, including the Employer Job Offer, Human Capital, and Business.

Employer Job Offer

The employer job offer category has three streams, which include the Foreign Worker stream, the International Student Stream, and the In-Demand Skills Stream.

Human Capital

The human capital category has two streams, which includes the International Graduate stream (Masters graduate or PhD graduate) and the Ontario Express Entry stream. The Ontario Express Entry system is further broken down into three categories, which includes the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, the Human Capital Priorities stream, and the Skilled Trades stream.


The business category has two streams, which include the Corporate stream and the Entrepreneur stream.

If you wish to apply for Permanent Residence through the OINP, you must ensure that you qualify for the stream you apply under. You must also apply to be nominated by the government of Ontario. Finally, you must apply to the Government of Canada for permanent residence.

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The application process for a PNP can be daunting and confusing for individuals working outside of the field of Canadian Immigration. Each Province and Territory’s Provincial Nominee Program has different requirements in terms of applicant eligibility. Further, each province/territory’s PNP is broken down into streams and subcategories with varying requirements. That’s not to mention the new policies and program updates that are delivered on a regular basis by IRCC. As such, it is crucial to determine which of these categories you are eligible for and which stream of entry you are most likely to have success in.

It is often beneficial for applicants to seek the guidance of a professional in the field. At our firm, we stay abreast of the most recent updates to Canadian immigration programs and policies to ensure our clients’ cases are met with success. Whether you retain an immigration professional for their full services, or hire them to consult on your case, their expertise could be the difference between your application being denied and your application being approved.