The quota increase for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is in line with Canada’s goal to bring more international skilled workers to Canada. As the country has promised to welcome over one million newcomers between 2019 and 2021, we can expect to see provincial nomination programs (PNP’s) continue to increase their quotas, and requirements for receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence become more accessible.
In 2018, Ontario received additional nomination spots in December, finishing the year with a total of 6,850 nominations. As we have seen in recent years, we can expect the province to fill its allocation before year end, prompting more spots added later on. For comparison, in 2014 Ontario’s nomination was less than half of what it is now, sitting at just 2,500 spots!
Ontario, like all of Canada’s provinces, hosts a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specific to its needs and demographics. The OINP is composed of several immigration streams, each resulting in Canadian permanent resident status upon arrival.
Three of Ontario’s streams are aligned with the Federal Express Entry system, which is currently the fastest route to Canadian permanent residence. To be eligible under these streams, an applicant must have a valid profile created in the Express Entry pool. If successful, the applicant will receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the province, inviting them to apply.
Ontario receives half of all newcomers to Canada, making the OINP a popular program for international skilled workers. Ontario hosts some of the country’s most innovative cities, including Canada’s tech hub, Toronto! Tech is the fastest growing industry in Canada, and as major tech companies move to Canadian cities, the demand to fill high skilled jobs increases. In February alone, Canada added 56,000 jobs, with Ontario driving this increase.
If immigration to Canada has caught your interest, now may be the best time to begin the process. With Ontario set to nominate more applicants than ever, 2019 promises to be a great year for newcomers!
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