If you have decided to immigrate to Canada, then you must consider an option of Ontario in your list. Ontario is an amazing Canadian province to live, study and work with globally ranked universities and employment facilities. Every year, hundreds and thousands of immigrants across the world apply to its Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
At times, the Provincial Nominee Program serves as the best alternative to express entry program when CRS score drawn through the express entry draw is not met. Additionally, the minimum CLB level for IELTS is also lower than Canada’s Express entry program. In numbers, the combination of Ontario Provincial Nominee Program and Canada Express Entry Program is highly recommended in the last few years.
What is the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)?
The ultimate aim of Ontario PNP is to pick and call skilled and experienced professionals worldwide to boost the economy of the province. After reviewing the profiles in the pool, the province sends selected candidates to IRCC for the final decision on Canadian Permanent Residency Status. In general, there are three categories under Ontario PNP including
- Employer Category
- Human capital category
- Business Category
Ontario Employer category brings applications from three different streams including, Foreign worker stream, International student stream and In-demand skills stream. OINP’s In-Demand Skills targets foreign workers who have work experience in one of the province’s in-demand occupations along with a valid job offer from an Ontario employer.
Application requirements for In-demand skills:
- Job offer for a full-time, paid at or above the median wage level occupation
- A minimum CLB level 4 in language proficiency test, IELTS
- A minimum of an educational credential equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma
- A minimum of nine months of work experience for full-time, permanent occupation which is in the same in-demand NOC code as listed on Ontario job offer
- A valid licence, certificate, or authorization, if required
- Settlement funds
- A positive intention of living and working in Ontario
Eligible Occupations – OINP In-Demand List:
|nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates||
home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
residential and commercial installers and servicers
|transport truck drivers||
heavy equipment operators (except crane)
|construction trades helpers and labourers||
general farm workers
|nursery and greenhouse workers||
|industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers||
Ontario Human Capital Category manages applications for its two categories, International Graduate Stream and Ontario’s Express Entry stream. As the name implies, Ontario’s Express entry stream is linked to the Federal government’s Canada Express Entry program and further gets divided into three immigration streams,
- Federal French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream,
- Human Capital Priorities Stream
- Skilled Trades Stream
Basic eligibility criteria for Ontario’s Express entry:
- As this is an express-entry linked profile so, it is mandatory for an applicant to have an Express Entry profile in either Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
- An applicant must have a minimum one year of continuous, full-time work experience in any occupation-in demand
- An applicant must have a minimum of CLB level 7 in Language proficiency test. However, in CEC, the minimum CLB level for NOC B is 5
- An applicant must have sufficient settlement funds to support him/her in Ontario after immigration
What are the In-demand professions in Ontario?
As such, there is no occupation-in demand in the Canadian province, Ontario. It only requires skilled and experienced immigrants in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) category – O, A or B.
- Skill Type 0 – Management Jobs
- Skill Type A – Professional Jobs with a degree
- Skill Type B – Technical Jobs
However, for ICT professionals, Ontario has already released a complete list of prioritized ICT occupation list in June 2017 for Notification of Interest (NOI). So, ICT professionals who have experience or job offer for any occupation in the following list, then he/she can receive NOI even with low CRS score
Minimum CRS score requirement for every Ontario draw:
The director decides the minimum CRS score for each Ontario’s draw so all candidates who qualify eligibility criteria can enter their profile in the pool and have chances of receiving the invitation. Ontario issued invitations with CRS score as low as 400 points to the candidates having work experience in any of the following ICT occupations or proficiency in the French language
Following is the latest National Occupational Classification (NOC) list of Ontario for the year 2019:
|Telecommunication Carriers Managers||NOC 0131|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||NOC 0213|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineers||NOC 2133|
|Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)||NOC 2147|
|Information Systems Analysts and Consultants||NOC 2171|
|Database Analysts and Data Administrators||NOC 2172|
|Software Engineers and Designers||NOC 2173|
|Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers||NOC 2174|
|Web Designers and Developers||NOC 2175|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians||NOC 2241|
|User Support Technicians||NOC 2282|
|Systems Testing Technicians||NOC 2283|
|Broadcast Technicians||NOC 5224|
|Graphic Designers and Illustrators||NOC 5241|
|Computer Network Technicians||NOC 2281|
What is the general processing time for OINP?
As compared to other PNPs, an applicant can enjoy faster processing in Ontario PNP. The processing time of Express entry – Human capital priorities stream is around 60 – 90 days. However, sometimes, applications may take longer than estimated processing time because of incomplete application or documentation.
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