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Ontario holds Expression of Interest draws on 13th July

Ontario held three major PNP draws targeting foreign workers, international students, and candidates with a job offer in rural communities and invited a total of 1,685 candidates who had profiles in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. Invited candidates are qualified for one of two Employer Job Offer streams. This is the largest number of invitations issued through the Employer Job Offer streams to date in 2021.

The biggest draw issued 1,211 invitations to candidates who were eligible for the Foreign Worker Stream. These candidates needed a score of at least 33. This was a general draw, which means that there were no targeted occupations, nor location requirements for this draw. Another 431 were invited to apply for a nomination in a general draw through the International Student Stream. These candidates needed an EOI score of at least 62 in order to be invited.

The OINP also issued 43 invitations to immigration candidates who were registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot and are qualified for the same two Employer Job Offer streams.

At the time of the release of the latest draw results, the province also issued instructions for submitting complete PNP applications. Among other details, the province instructs those applying under the Employer Job Offer stream to submit a printed and signed PDF copy of an attestation form. If this form is not submitted, the application will be returned as incomplete, the application fee will be refunded and the opportunity to apply to the program will be lost.

About the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream

The Ontario Foreign Worker Stream under the Employer Job Offer category is open to foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in Ontario. You do not necessarily have to apply from within Canada, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

To be eligible you need to accumulate the equivalent of two years of work experience in a skilled occupation, have an eligible job offer in Ontario, and intend to immigrate to the province, among other criteria.

If you want to apply for this Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs), you have to register an EOI profile on the Ontario website.

After registering your profile, it will go into the EOI pool. Ontario will give you a score based on the information you submit.

About the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream

The Ontario International Student Stream under the Employer Job Offer category is open to foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in Ontario.

You do not necessarily have to apply from within Canada, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

To be eligible you need to have completed a program at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution, have an eligible job offer in Ontario, and intend to immigrate to the province, among other criteria.

To receive an invitation to apply for this program, you have to register an EOI profile on the Ontario website. Your profile will then go into the EOI pool, and you will get a score based on the files you submit. Ontario awards points for human capital factors that the province has determined will indicate your ability to integrate into the labour market.

Regional Immigration Pilot

The Regional Immigration Pilot was launched to help address labour shortages in some of these communities. It allows the province to allocate 150 nominations in 2021 to three rural locations: Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, and Quinte West/Belleville. These municipalities demonstrated to the province that they have labour shortages in skilled occupations, and the ability to help newcomers get settled.

If you are eligible for any of the OINP Employer Job Offer streams and your full-time job offer is in one of the participating communities, you will be able to get a provincial nomination through the pilot.