Ontario Human Capital Priorities Draw Breaks 500 Barrier
Ontario immigration has conducted its latest draw under the province’s popular Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.
In a draw that was announced on February 27, 2018, the province issued 511 invitations with Comprehensive Ranking System scores in the range of 433 to 441. Those invited submitted their Canada Express Entry profiles between January 1 and February 22, 2018.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) began publishing information about specific draws at the beginning of 2018. It comes after the province signed an immigration agreement with Canada’s federal government at the end of 2017.
The previous draw, conducted on February 13, 2018, saw Ontario issue 488 invitations with Comprehensive Ranking System scores in the range of 435 to 441. Those invited submitted their Canada Express Entry profiles between January 1 and February 8, 2018.
Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream
To qualify applicants must have:
- Pending application under the Federal Express Entry system;
- Minimum of 1-year of full time, or full time equivalent work experience under NOC occupation level 0, A or B;
- Canadian equivalent Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD;
- Minimum CLB level 7 in IELTS general exam;
- Intention to reside in the Province of Ontario;
- Minimum of 400 points under the Federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System.
The Ontario HCP is aimed at skilled workers looking to live and work in Canada’s largest province. Candidates who qualify for the federal Express Entry pool are nominated by Ontario based on education, work experience, language skills and other factors. The province looks for candidates it considers able to quickly integrate themselves into the labour market.
The OINP has received an increased federal government allocation for 2018 of 6,600 nominations, up 600 on the number for 2017.
The province is currently accepting applications for all but two of its immigration streams.
An Overview of Ontario’s 2017 Immigration Strategy Progress Report
Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 Now in Force effective January 1, 2018
Ontario Immigration Granted Increased 2017 Nomination Allocation
New Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement to Harmonize Immigration Policies to Canada’s Largest Province
Together with HCP, other open streams include the Employer Job Offer streams for Foreign Workers, International Students and In-Demand Skills, the Express Entry streams for French-Speaking Skilled Workers and Skilled Trades, plus the Corporate and Entrepreneur business streams.
Ontario’s International Student PhD Graduate stream is also currently open, while the Masters Graduate stream is now closed after opening briefly in January.
Status of Ontario Streams
|Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)||Open|
|French-Speaking Skilled Worker (Express Entry)||Open|
|Skilled Trades (Express Entry)||Open|
|Employer Job Offer||Open|
|International Student (Masters Graduate)||Closed|
|International Student (PhD Graduate)||Open|
|Investor Immigration (Corporate)||Open|
|Investor Immigration (Entrepreneur)||Open|