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A Guide to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Expression of Interest and Notification of Interest Process


We have already reviewed the basics of Ontario’s expressions of interest system. However, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program, has made several key updates this spring for workers and students who want to gain Canadian permanent residency. On April 28, the OINP announced that their expression of interest system is open for both foreign workers and international students in Canada. On May 4, they revealed that they issued notifications of interest (NOIs) for qualifying French-speaking skilled workers.


The expression of interest system is currently open to the following streams:

The OINP expects to open the following streams in the coming months:



Who receives notification of interests (NOIs) from the OINP?


You will receive an NOI if the OINP identifies your application from the Express Entry pool as one that meets their criteria for the Express Entry system. This is largely based on a comprehensive ranking system.


As of May 4, 2021 many Francophone skilled workers met the criteria and were issued NOIs. These notifications can be found in your GC Key account. The OINP targeted candidates with a ranking system score between 458 and 467 points.


What do I do once I receive a notification of interest?


Once you receive an NOI from the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, you may submit your application to the appropriate Express Entry stream. For example, if you were a Francophone worker who was issued a notification on May 4, you may apply to the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. Any nomination beyond this step will be issued via your GC Key account and may be accepted online.

Our Services


Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.


We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.



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