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Nomination Allocation Target for 2017 Attained by Ontario

November 2017, 23
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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, which is a popular Provincial Nominee Program in Canada, attained the Target of Nomination Allocation for the year 2017.

The present year was extremely busy for the Program, which allows the immigration aspirants to apply in ten streams. Ontario province has the highest population in Canada and had set an allotment target of 6,000 nominations for 2017. This target was attained on November 22nd.

The Program authorities issued a statement, that all the paid applications, submitted to it by now, will be processed as per the norms. The applications which have been approved will receive a Certificate of Provincial Nomination, in the earlier part of 2018. All eligible applicants will be duly notified.

International Graduate and Human Capital Priorities streams active and popular

This was an active year for Human Capital Priorities Stream, which is linked to Express Entry. It assists the immigration authorities to search the federal Express Entry pool, and select eligible applicants, who can assimilate into the labor market of the province quickly.

The HCP stream opened and closed many times, during the year. The recent occasion was in November. In the month of May, NOIs were issued through the HCP stream, at weekly intervals. In June, the requirement to score 400 CRS points was removed for all aspirants, who possessed IT and Communications Technology work experience.

The International Master’s and Ph.D. Graduate streams were also opened on several occasions during the year. These streams are meant for international students, who have earned a Ph.D. or a Master’s degree from the Ontario province, to live and work in the province permanently. Applicants not having a job offer are also eligible to apply for it.

New streams introduced

Besides the Human Capital Priorities Stream, the Program also introduced a fresh stream in 2017, which is aligned to the Express Entry for Skilled Trades Workers. Ontario also manages the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, aligned to the Express Entry.

The Skilled Trades Stream focuses on Express Entry candidates, who have the experience in the construction sector and agricultural sector in Ontario. It invites them to apply, as per the requirements of the labor market. There is a proposal to expand this stream, and include workers from other sectors also, in the future.


The Program made changes to the Employer Job Offer Stream, and also issued a few updates in its Entrepreneur Stream. In the Employer Job Offer Stream, the present application approach, to be adopted by international students and the foreign workers, holding a job offer, from an Ontario based employer, was streamlined. This modification, made the nominees directly answerable, for preparing their application, and accounted for less documentation from the employer.

In the Entrepreneur-Stream changes witnessed the lowering of minimum language levels. The applicants were given more points, in their Expression of Interest, when they intended to establish an enterprise/ business, or bought an existing business, in an area located outside of the Greater Toronto Area.

The days ahead

The Federal Government directed Multi-Year Immigration Plan Allotment, sets out several benefits to Ontario in 2018. In 2017, Canada fixed an allotment target, for the PNP at 51,000. This is kept at 55,000 in 2018. The federal plan seeks an increase in PNP targets of 32 percent in the next three years. 

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