The latest assessment of all provincial nominations issued by Ontario last year reveals a noteworthy trend for aspiring skilled immigrants to Canada. Over half of all principal applicants who received a provincial nomination from Ontario in 2019 were invited through one of its three Express-Entry linked streams.
The assessment shows that Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream stood out as the most popular stream out of all Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) streams in 2019. Nearly 51% of all applicants, or 3,750, were nominated to apply for Canada PR through these enhanced streams.
Tech Occupation & International Students remains the favourite
Over 33% of all nominations went to eligible candidates through special OINP Tech Draws that operated under Human Capital Priorities Stream.
The invited Tech workers under such draws needed either work experience or a job offer in an eligible tech occupation, including software engineers and designers, computer programmers, interactive media developers, IT systems analysts, and technology consultants. Nominations went to individuals from almost 1,900 Ontario employers across every industry.
Though job offers are not a requirement for the enhanced streams, a large percentage of provincial nominations went to candidates who had jobs lined up in Ontario. At least 35 per cent of nominees already had a job offer in Ontario prior to nomination. Therefore, having a job offer in Canada before applying for Canadian immigration may only boost your chances.
International students also took up a large portion of allocations.
One more interesting fact that pops-out of this assessment is that more than 96% held a post-secondary degree, and at least 53% had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of seven or above in at least one of Canada’s official languages- English or French.
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Canada PR pathway for in-demand lower-skilled workers with job offers
Ontario also nominated 41 applicants through the NOC C Pilot project, a federal-provincial partnership established to create permanent residence pathways for in-demand lower-skilled workers with job offers.
This brought the total number of nominations from Ontario to apply for Canada PR in 2019 to 7,391 principal applicants, who brought 6,340 spouses and dependents for a total of 13,731 new immigrants to Ontario.
Plan for your Canada PR through Express Entry
The popularity of Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream is to reflect positively in 2020. As enhanced stream works in conjunction with the federal Express Entry program, Canada eyes over 58% of its immigration levels coming from such economic class immigration programs in the next three years.
Express Entry manages the applications for three Canadian economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. Most provinces, such as Ontario, have enhanced streams that allow provincial immigration programs to nominate candidates with profiles in the Express Entry pool.
Your Express Entry profile is scored and ranked against other profiles on the basis of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It takes into account the core human capital factors like age, work experience, education qualification, proficiency in English or French. Other abilities like spouse’s adaptability skills, a job offer in Canada may fetch additional points.
CRS score is awarded out of total 1200 points. Getting a provincial nomination may fetch you upto 600 additional points. It shall effectively guarantee your Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence to Canada.
COVID-19 pandemic has brought almost all the major economies of the world to a screeching halt. Despite the potential scare, Canada has expressed its need for more number of immigrants through its 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plans.
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