The October 27 OINP draw was the province’s largest in 2021. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 1406 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent resident nominations.
The October 27 OINP draw was for candidates in OINP’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. Candidates needed to have a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system. They must also score between 455 and 467 in the ranking systems.
Eligibility requirements for Foreign Worker stream
The draw targeted candidates with at least one year experience in the following occupations:
Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);
Computer engineers (NOC 2147);
Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172);
Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173);
Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174); or
Web designers and developers (NOC 2175).
OINP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate your for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.
How does OINP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence. Rather a nomination effectively means the province is guaranteeing that the federal government will issue you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in one of its Express Entry draws.
Candidates who receive provincial nomination get an additional 600 points for Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs). The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw.