Ontario Express Entry
Are you eligible for Express Entry? Better yet, have you submitted your online profile via Express Entry and are now in a pool of candidates? You may qualify for a nomination by the province of Ontario, which has recently announced its own Ontario Express Entry program. Here’s how it works:
Qualifying for Ontario Express Entry
The first step is to qualify for the federal Express Entry and be placed in a pool of candidates. We have covered who is eligible and how to navigate the federal Express Entry program here. Remember, to be nominated by Ontario you must first qualify for the Federal Express Entry Program under one of these two federal programs:
Once you are placed in a CIC Express Entry pool, then you may qualify for one of these two new Ontario skilled worker streams:
Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream
If you qualify for this stream you may be selected by Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP). Your qualifying is based on your:
that enable you to successfully establish and integrate with Ontario’s labour market and communities.
To apply to the OOPNP Human Capital Priorities Stream:
- You must have received a Provincial Notification of Interest from Ontario through your MyCIC account before you apply, as explained in steps 3 and 4.
- You must previously have been accepted into the federal Express Entry pool OR be a refugee claimant.
- OOPNP then identifies candidates in your Express Entry pool and sends out the Notifications of Interest to appropriate candidates mentioned in above.
- You then apply to OOPNP under the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
- Next, you accept the nomination from Ontario and are awarded 600 points in your Express Entry Profile due to the nomination.
- Finally, you apply to CIC (federal government) under Express Entry for permanent residence.
Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
This is for French-Speaking skilled workers who also have good English Language abilities. As with the Human Capital Priorities Stream, your qualifying is based on:
- Skilled Work Experience,
- Language Ability, and,
- Other characteristics
that enable you to successfully establish and integrate with Ontario’s French-speaking and other labour market and communities.
The application process is the same as with the Human Capital Priorities Stream:
- Before applying you must have received a Notification of Interest from OOPNP.
- To be able to receive a Notification of Interest you must first register with the federal Express Entry and be successfully placed in a pool by the CIC.
- OOPNP then identifies candidates from your pool for nomination by Ontario and sends out Notifications of Interest.
- You then apply to OOPNP under the French-Speaking Skilled Workers Stream.
- Next, you accept the nomination from Ontario and are then awarded 600 points in your Express Entry Profile as a result of the nomination.
- Finally, you apply to the CIC under Express Entry for permanent residence.
Remember, to use Express Entry as an Ontario nominee (when you apply for permanent residence) you must have been nominated under one of these two new skilled worker streams: Human Capital Priorities Stream, or French-Speaking Skilled Workers Stream.
These two Ontario Express Entry Streams are not designed for applicants with a job offer. If you have a job offer waiting for you, consider one of these other programs:
- Ontario’s Foreign Worker Stream.
- Ontario’s International Student with a Job Offer Stream.
- Other Federal programs under Express Entry for those with a job offer.
The federal government determines the total number of nominations that the province of Ontario can offer in any given year.
- For 2015, the total number of nominations Ontario can offer has been set at 5,200;
- 2,700 of these nominations can be used under Ontario Express Entry in 2015.
As of April 6, 2015 you must wait at least 90 calendar days from the date of your submission to OOPNP before you can enquire about the status of your Ontario Express Entry application. Requests must be in writing and should be sent to:
Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program
400 University Avenue, Ground Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2R9