It is good to note that Ontario has three main immigration streams that are linked to the government’s Express Entry System. The primary role of this pool is to manage the group of prospective nominees for three of the country’s main economic immigration categories namely; Federal Skilled Trades, Federal Skilled Worker, and the Canadian Experience Classes.
The Ontario Express Entry-linked system allows the OINP to search the federal government pool and invite all candidates who match the provincial and federal government criteria to apply for the province of Ontario Canadian permanent residence.
All Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an extra 600 points when it comes to calculating their overall ranking score. Such candidates also gain a competitive advantage over the rest since they are moved to the front of the line so that they can be invited to apply for the Canadian permanent residence faster.
In 2018, the Human Priorities Stream was Ontario’s most utilized immigration route. Out of the 6,850 nominations, 2,190 were issued through this pathway.
Slightly over 1,000 nominations were issued through Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program two other Express Entry pathways namely; the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and the Skilled Traders Stream. All these are poised to remain active immigration pathways in 2019.
The OINP also has several streams that run independently of the conventional Express Entry System that are usually referred to as the “base” nomination streams. The Employer Job Offer was the leading base stream that issued the highest number of nominations last year.
This was followed closely by the Master’s graduate Stream that issued approximately 1,200 nominations to international learners with a master’s degree from any recognized university in Ontario. We shall wait to see which base stream produces the highest number of nominations this year.