The government of Ontario has announced the introduction of a new online application system for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream under the Ontario provincial Nominee Program (OINP). In a communication posted on the governments' website, it states that the new system will make it easier to apply and will help reduce processing times.
The government of Ontario is also developing additional application systems for other OINP streams that will be gradually introduced in the coming months.
The Ontario government also seeks to advise candidates who received a Notification of Interest (NOI) after January 23, 2017, to submit their applications online. Whereas the individuals who received a NOI before this date will need to submit a paper application by mail.
The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is aligned to the Express Entry system and is the main contributor to Ontario’s goal of attaining the five percent francophone immigration target rate.
About the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream aims at attracting French-speaking skilled workers who also have a strong knowledge of the English language and are willing to settle in Ontario. For candidates to be considered under this stream they must indicate their interest in immigrating to either Ontario or “All Provinces and Territories” when creating their Express Entry profile. They must also be eligible to enter the pool either through the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Subsequently, the OINP searches the Express Entry pool to identify potential candidates who meet the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream criteria. Once identified, the candidate will receive a NOI from Ontario. The notification will invite them to apply to the OINP for nomination under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. Candidates will have a maximum of 45 days to submit this application.
When the application is approved by Ontario, the candidate will receive a letter from the OINP notifying them of the nomination. Candidates will have 30 days to accept this nomination and will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the Express Entry system.