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In 2019, the most number of provincial nominations issued by Ontario through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program [OINP] went to Express Entry candidates.
Initially, 6,650 provincial nominations were allocated to Ontario for 2019. As the province met its full allocation, an extra 700 spaces were granted to Ontario by the federal government of Canada.
An additional 41 applicants were nominated by Ontario through the NOC C Pilot. A federal-provincial partnership, NOC C Pilot project aims at the creation of permanent residence pathways for those in-demand lower-skilled workers that have valid job offers.
All taken together, Ontario nominated a total of 7,391 principal applicants in 2019. These principal applicants nominated in 2019 brought along with them 6,340 individuals as spouses and dependents. A total of 13,731 new immigrants were welcomed by Ontario in 2019.
More than half of the principal applicants that were provincially nominated by Ontario in 2019 were invited through one of the 3 Express Entry linked streams.
2019 OINP nominations stream-wise
|Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capitals Priorities Stream||2,710|
|Employee Job Offer: International Student Stream||1,347|
|Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream||1,195|
|Masters Graduate Stream||805|
|Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream||639|
|Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream||401|
|PhD Graduate Stream||234|
|NOC C Pilot||41|
|Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream||19|
Almost 51% – that is, 3,750 – got nominations through the enhanced streams of Ontario linked with the federal Express Entry system.
Ontario, as well as most provinces in Canada, have enhanced streams allowing provincial immigration programs to nominate those candidates that have their profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.
As per the OINP, about 33% of all the nominations issued in 2019 went to candidates that had either a job offer or work experience in a tech occupation. These were invited through the OINP Tech Draws, operating under the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
While a job offer is not a requirement as such, a significant number of the provincial nomination issued by the OINP in 2019 went to candidates that had a valid job offer in Ontario.
International students also got many provincial nomination allocations in 2019.
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