Ontario Releases in-demand Occupations List for Immigration Through the OINP

Turn your dreams of moving to Canada a reality. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), will resume identifying candidates in the Express Entry pool through the popular Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream between the 10th and 14th of April 2017. Meaning you have at least two more days to apply. As identified candidates will be issued a Notification of Interest (NOI), after which you may apply to the Ontario government for a provincial nomination certificate.

This represents the second time that Ontario has resumed issuing of NOIs for the HCP stream in 2017. The identification of candidates had been halted for over a year, between February 16, 2016, and February 21, 2017.

In announcing the news, the OINP encouraged prospective applicants to create a new profile in the Express Entry pool, and delete their old profile, “the aim is to make it easier for Ontario to identify their profile during its search of the federal government's Express Entry pool.”

The HCP is a passive stream, meaning that candidates in the Express Entry pool must wait to be identified and receive an NOI before being able to submit an application. The OINP identifies candidates in the Express Entry pool who meet the eligibility criteria and have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a score of 400. In order to be eligible, a candidate in the Express Entry pool must show, among other requirements, a Bachelor, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree, language proficiency in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or above, and a minimum skilled work experience requirements

Candidates who receive an NOI are in a position to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. Successful applicants will receive 600 points under the CRS, leading to an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the following draw from the Express Entry pool.

The OINP also released a list of in-demand trades, stating that candidates in these trades occupations will be specifically targeted. It is important to note that the issuance of NOIs is not limited to candidates in these occupations — candidates in any occupation may be issued a NOI. The list includes:

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • Welders
  • Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • Plumbers
  • Bricklayers
  • Roofers and shinglers
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Tilesetters
  • Boilermakers
  • Plasterers, drywall installers, and finishers and lathers
  • Industrial electricians