8 February 2018

CANADA: Significant updates to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Recently there have been significant updates to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).  These changes will allow the province to nominate qualified individuals to apply for permanent residence either through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The OINP received approval to nominate 6,600 foreign nationals for permanent residence in 2018.   

The following OINP streams are open to accepting applications to allow foreign nationals for nomination who have the intention to reside in the province of Ontario:

  • Ontario’s Express Entry Capital Priorities Stream
  • Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • Corporate Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream

Express Entry Notifications of Interest will continue to be issued to foreign nationals registered in the Express Entry pool. The OINP will search the federal Express Entry pool and choose applicants with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 400 and who qualify for either The Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

In addition foreign nationals nominated through one of the three Express Entry Streams above will have a greater chance of receiving an invitation to apply permanent residence as they will receive 600 additional points to their CRS score.

Employer-Job Offer streams are now processed online which means that foreign nationals seeking nomination under this stream need to register their online profile in order to be considered for nomination in 2018.

Deadlines for employers to register a complete application has been reduced from 21 days to 14 days from the date of registering in the OINP e-filing portal.  However the OINP can close the program at its own discretion, therefore applicants should file their application early in the year and within 14 days of registering their online profile to increase their chances of nomination.

How does this affect the client?

Employers and foreign nationals should understand their obligations under the Ontario Immigration Act as they are the ones that create the regulatory framework for the OINP.  This includes monitoring and compliance requirements for employers and foreign nationals which is meant to strengthen the transparency, accountability and consistency of the application process and decisions made by the OINP.


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