Immigration News: Ontario Human Capital Streams to Reopen

The Express Entry Ontario Human Capital Priorities, Masters Graduates and PhD Graduates streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Human Capital category will reopen next week.


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A recent statement from the OINP announced that the three streams, which make up the bulk of Ontario’s annual nominations, will reopen next week. The Express Entry Ontario Human Capital Priorities, Masters Graduates, and PhD Graduates streams have all been paused since May, 2016.

When the streams reopen, they will only accept complete applications submitted online. This is in keeping with the OINP’s ongoing transition to paperless systems to improve processing times and make it easier to apply.

The programs will periodically open and close throughout the year, to manage processing efficiency, until the 2017 allocation of nominations is met.

The federal government assigned the OINP an allocation of 6,000 nominations for 2017.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

The OINP is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) run by the Province of Ontario. It is divided up into different streams, and each stream has its own eligibility criteria and application process. Some programs are aligned with the federal Express Entry system, while others operate outside of Express Entry.

Ontario is one of the most popular destination provinces for newcomers. Toronto, the biggest city in Ontario, is the business hub of Canada. The economic opportunities of the city, as well as the high standard of living and culture of diversity, all make it a very attractive place for newcomers to settle. According to a Statistics Canada report, about 2,537,400 immigrants lived in Toronto in 2011.


This stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. You have to have an active profile in the Express Entry pool to be eligible for it, in addition to meeting other program criteria. The OINP searches through the pool for eligible candidates, and issues them Notifications of Interest (NOIs). You must have a NOI from the OINP in order to submit an application for this program.




This stream operates outside of Express Entry. To be eligible, you must have recently graduated from a Masters Degree program from a publicly-funded university in Ontario. Previously, candidates had to be residing in Ontario at the time the application was submitted to be eligible. When the stream reopens, candidates will be able to apply even if they are residing abroad. One of the key features of this stream is that you do not need a job offer to apply.




This stream operates outside of Express Entry. To be eligible, you must have recently graduated from a PhD program from a publicly-funded university in Ontario. Like the International Masters Graduate stream, you do not need a job offer to apply.



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