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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program in 2018

The province of Ontario has long been a popular destination for newcomers to Canada. Half of the population of Toronto, Ontario’s capital city, reports being born outside of Canada, making Toronto home to the largest amount of recent immigrants in Canada.

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Like other Canadian provinces, Ontario hosts its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), an immigration program specific to its needs and demographics. Canadian provinces have control in selecting nominees for each immigration stream under their PNP.

With a nomination to live and work in the province, an applicant can be fast-tracked through the immigration process in order to gain permanent residence in Canada. Ontario’s PNP is the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program or OINP. Through OINP, Ontario hosts several immigration streams targeting applicants with different work and education experience.

2018 and the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

2018 was a significant year for Canadian immigration, with an even greater push towards establishing lasting immigration initiatives in Canada. Canada’s Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the delivery of a new multi-year immigration plan, which plans to welcome over one million newcomers by 2021. The Canadian government devoted more money towards settlement services, and the Canadian economy saw its lowest unemployment rate in over 40 years, while job opportunities continued to grow.

As a popular destination for newcomers, the performance of Ontario’s provincial nominee program will be critical in coming years for meeting the current immigration targets. So let’s consider how OINP performed in 2018!

Tech Talent Drawn to Ontario

In 2018, nominations continued to be given heavily to those working in tech. Ontario continues to draw in global tech talent with 25% of all OINP nominations being given to those with work experience or a job offer in high-tech occupations such as software engineers, designers, computer programmers and tech consultants.

Who was Nominated in 2018

The majority of applicants who received nominees in 2018 were from India and China, with a total of 147 countries represented overall. Ontario filled its 2018 allocation by December, and received an additional 250 spots from the federal government, which were filled by year end.

Top 10 Countries by Birth
Country of BirthNumber of Nominations
South Korea303

In total, Ontario distributed nominations to 6,850 principal applicants, which came to a total of 13, 571 newcomers to the province. The majority of nominees, 2,190 in total, were selected through the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. This stream targets those who have an active profile in the Express Entry pool.

Applicants through the Express Entry streams benefit from faster processing times, and don’t require a job offer or connection to Ontario before their arrival, making it an excellent option for overseas skilled workers. With a nomination from the province, applicants receive 600 additional points towards their Express Entry CRS score, putting them in an excellent position to receive an invitation for permanent residence in Canada.

While Ontario has yet to receive its nomination allocation for 2019, we can feel confident that the program will continue to be in high-demand. With the federal goal of welcoming over one million newcomers by 2021, we can expect provincial programs across Canada to grow more effective in welcoming even more immigrants in the coming months. If immigration to Ontario has caught your interest, now may be the best time to begin the application process!


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