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Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities

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The Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream is a unique, dynamic way of bringing people to Canada’s most populated province.

Since being introduced in 2015, the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream has been an undeniable success. In many ways, it has become the centrepiece of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), through which Ontario welcomes newcomers from around the world.

The Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream requires candidates to have an active Express Entry profile in order to be considered. Ontario periodically invites candidates from the Express Entry pool to submit an application for provincial nomination. Ontario announces the points range for each round of invitations and sometimes restricts invitations to candidates with experience in certain occupations.

Successful applicants to the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, typically followed soon by an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

A job offer is not required in order to qualify under this stream, though candidates with a job offer have been prioritized for invitation in the past.

How is it unique?

Ontario searches the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet the criteria, who may then receive a Notification of Interest (NOI, effectively an invitation) from the OINP. This makes the program passive, because not only can candidates not apply directly, they also can’t make an ‘Expression of Interest’ in eventually applying. This offers hope to eligible candidates that Ontario may issue them a NOI.

Ontario has issued NOIs to eligible candidates on an intermittent basis. However, the province has also on occasion tweaked its own eligibility criteria in order to select certain candidates.

Most notably, in July 2019, Ontario announced that it was introducing tech-specific draws to the Human Capital Priorities stream. These draws target tech workers with experience in one of the following occupations:

Occupations eligible for Ontario’s Tech Draws
Occupation TitleNOC Code
Software engineers and designersNOC 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developersNOC 2174
Computer engineersNOC 2147
Web designers and developersNOC 2175
Database analysts and data administratorsNOC 2172
Computer and information systems managersNOC 0213

In addition to these tech-specific draws, there have been other instances when Ontario has prioritized candidates with experience in certain priority occupations.

How can Express Entry candidates benefit?

Ontario can only search what is already in the pool, so it is important to have an up-to-date Express Entry profile. The potential pay-off is huge — successful applicants to the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream receive 600 additional CRS points, with an ITA for permanent residence more or less guaranteed in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible under Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, individuals must meet certain criteria.

Express Entry profile criteria

Candidates must:

Additional criteria

  • Work Experience:
    Candidates must have a minimum of either one year of work experience within the past five years according to the criteria under the FSWC OR one year of work experience within the past three years according to the criteria under the CEC.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Language: A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French.
  • Settlement Funds: A minimum level of savings or income.
  • Intent: An intention to live in Ontario.
  • Legal Status in Canada (if applicable): Must have legal status in Canada (i.e., study permit, work permit, visitor record) if currently residing in Canada.
  • CRS score:  Must have obtained a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system as determined by Ontario for each round of invitations.

Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream: How it works

It is entirely feasible for an individual to complete the entire process of immigrating to Canada under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream within a 12-month period, if not even more quickly than that.

Below is a run-through of the process, from beginning to end.

  1. Meet the criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class (note that candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Trades Class only are not eligible under this stream).
  2. Create an Express Entry profile.
  3. Meet the criteria for the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.
  4. Receive a NOI from the OINP (note that not all eligible candidates may be issued a NOI).
  5. After receiving a NOI, you have 45 calendar days to apply to OINP.
  6. To apply, you must submit your application through the OINP e-Filing Portal and ensure that you include all the required supporting documents.
  7. Pay the OINP fee of $1,500.
  8. If your application is approved, you will receive a letter from OINP through your Express Entry account notifying you of your nomination. You have 30 calendar days to accept the nomination from Ontario in the Express Entry system.
  9. Receive 600 additional CRS points and an ITA for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
  10. Submit an application for permanent residence within 60 days of receiving the invitation to apply (ITA).
  11. Become a permanent resident of Canada.

The Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream is one of three Express Entry-linked OINP streams. The other two are the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream and the Skilled Trades stream.

You can also view the complete application guide here.

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