Ontario Issues Expression of Interest Update With New NOC 2021

Ontario immigration has modified the grading for its Expression of Interest system to align with the debut of Canada's new National Occupational Classification 2021.

According to the province, the modification is meant to improve regionalization, with bonus points awarded to candidates with job or study experience in Northern Ontario.

The new scoring elements will also "increase operational efficiency and lessen the program's susceptibility to program integrity threats."

Ontario Updates Scoring for Expression of Interest system

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has introduced the Federal government-mandated National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system. The OINP e-filing system is now officially operational, reflecting the deployment of the OINP 2021 system.

The Federal government has mandated that the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) use the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system.

As part of this transition, between November 16 and November 21, 2022, the OINP e-filing system was temporarily closed to new activity in order to update the system.

New TEER System According to Streams

The OINP has five streams:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills
  • Masters Graduate
  • PhD Graduate

Candidates must first submit a profile to the Expression of Interest system before applying to these streams. Our RCIC are able to not only guide you through this process, but they can officially draft and submit these on your behalf.

Education, linguistic ability, talent, and professional experience are among the characteristics used to grade each profile.

Ontario then chooses individuals who are then invited to apply to one of the aforementioned streams. Your success in this depends largely on you choosing the correct province, where your skills and experience are in high demand.

The new system will score certain factors, like employment, in accordance to the new TEER system. For example,

  • NOC TEER category 0 or 1 – 10 Points
  • NOC TEER category 2 or 3 – 8 Points

However, not all factors are scored in accordance with this new system, as they don’t all related to occupations. For example, educational credential points and the highest level of education.

How Will it Affect Immigration?

Applicants who submitted expressions of interest (EOI) profiles before November 16, 2022 will need to resubmit their EOIs once the system reopens. They can, however, still access previous submissions in order to make re-submitting easier.

The OINP is currently updating the EOI score components. The new scoring matrix is intended to increase regionalization, operational efficiency, and the program's susceptibility to program integrity threats.


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