Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will have a number of changes and improvements the government of Ontario has announced. Ontario is one of Canada’s most populous province’s and is one of the top destinations for new immigrants, through the PNPs province’s in Canada are able to welcome newcomers and help them settle and integrate into the community and contribute to the overall economy.
In a press release made on January 12, 2017, the Ontario government stated:
‘The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has fulfilled its 2016 federal nomination allocation. The OINP will continue to process applications. Any additional nominations will go towards Ontario’s 2017 allocation. The OINP will continue to introduce online application systems in 2017 to make it easier for clients to apply and improve processing times.’
The introduction of more online application systems follows the latest trends in Canadian immigration processing at federal and provincial levels. A particularly good example of the online application system is the federal Express Entry system. The OINP also has two streams that are aligned to the Express Entry program, these include:
- The Human Capital Priorities Stream
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
In May 2016 the OINP announced that it was temporarily closing applications on certain immigration streams and the government of Ontario has emphasized that the closure is temporary and most streams will re-launch or reopen in the near future.