The reopening last week of the Canadian province of Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities immigration stream allowed certain candidates in the Express Entry pool to benefit from one of Canada’s most popular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams.
Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and includes both the country’s largest city, Toronto, as well as Ottawa, the national capital. The province was the destination of choice for more than 39 percent of recent immigrants to Canada, many of whom are drawn by Ontario’s strong manufacturing, financial, and science and technology sectors.
Even though Ontario stopped receiving applications through this stream just a few days later, the good news is that the province may invite even more applications before the end of the year, so says an article published in Canada Immigration and Citizenship.
The article goes further to state that interestingly the province has decided that if an application is approved after the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) annual allotment is filled, the successful applicant will be issued a nomination certificate in 2018 when the province’s new allotment is assigned.
Canada Immigration and Citizenship goes on to explain that, “the Human Capital Priorities stream is part of the OINP and allows the province to identify eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool who meet specific criteria, including a requirement to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 400 points.”
“Candidates, identified through the Human Capital Priorities stream, receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario and are invited to apply for a provincial nomination certificate.
Successful applicants receive an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry CRS score, followed by an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool,” the press release added.
It is thought, by the writers, that it is possible that Ontario has not reached its most recent invitation limit adding it could be good news for eligible Express Entry candidates who are hoping to settle in Ontario.
According to CIC the Human Capital Priorities stream is one of Ontario’s ‘enhanced’ PNP streams, meaning they are aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system. Ontario also offers a Skilled Trades stream.