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Updated: May 11, 2020

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 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.  


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.


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


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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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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