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Ontario invites students and workers for PR

Ontario held five draws under its Provincial Nominee Program called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) in the past two days. A total of 1,493 invitations were issued to candidates through the draws held on February 28 and March 1.
The OINP draw held on February 28 invited 173 candidates from the PhD Graduate Stream to apply for a provincial nomination. Invited candidates required a minimum score of 16 in their Expression on Interest (EOI) profiles.
Later on March 1 OINP held two separate draws. A total of 1,320 candidates were invited through these two draws. In one draw, 1,105 applicants from the Master’s Graduate, Foreign Worker, and International Students streams of Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program were issued invitations.

PNP Stream No of Invitations Minimum score requirement
PhD Graduate 173 16
Master’s Graduate 238 41
International Student 411 72
International Student *targeted occupations 215 42
Foreign Worker 456 39
Total Invitations 1,493  

A separate draw was held for Employment Job Offer: International Student stream in which targeted invitation were issued to 215 candidates having minimum score 45 and work experience in the following 41 national occupational codes (NOC)

  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2232)
  • Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians (NOC 2233)
  • Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) (NOC 2242)
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (NOC 2243)
  • Drafting technologists and technicians (NOC 2253)
  • User support technicians (NOC 2282)
  • Information systems testing technicians (NOC 2283)
  • Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations (NOC 7201)
  • Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations (NOC 7202)
  • Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades (NOC 7203)
  • Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades (NOC 7204)
  • Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers (NOC 7205)
  • Tool and die makers (NOC 7232)
  • Sheet metal workers (NOC 7233)
  • Ironworkers (NOC 7236)
  • Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 7241)
  • Industrial electricians (NOC 7242)
  • Plumbers (NOC 7251)
  • Carpenters (NOC 7271)
  • Bricklayers (NOC 7281)
  • Concrete finishers (NOC 7282)
  • Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers (NOC 7284)
  • Roofers and shinglers (NOC 7291)
  • Insulators (NOC 7293)
  • Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) (NOC 7294)
  • Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades (NOC 7301)
  • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (NOC 7302)
  • Supervisors, printing and related occupations (NOC 7303)
  • Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators (NOC 7305)
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (NOC 7311)
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (NOC 7312)
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 7313)
  • Railway carmen/women (NOC 7314)
  • Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors (NOC 7315)
  • Elevator constructors and mechanics (NOC 7318)
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321)
  • Electrical mechanics (NOC 7333)
  • Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics (NOC 7334)
  • Crane operators (NOC 7371)
  • Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services (NOC 8255)
  • Power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 9241)

OINP point system

The OINP scoring system varies based on its different streams, and Ontario ranks EOI profiles based on various human capital factors decided by the province. Candidates are given points for the skill level of their job offer and their Canadian work experience. Along with that, their account wage, education, official language ability, and the region of study or work is also taken into account while calculating points. The province also allocates 10 points at its discretion to respond to labour market needs.

Provincial Nominee Program of Ontario

The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program officially called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program or OINP started in February 2009. It selects immigrants who are eligible under three categories: Human Capital Category, Employer Job Offer Category, and Business Category.
The Human Capital Category is further divided into subcategories as skilled workers, French-speaking skilled workers and tradespersons. It also includes the international graduates who graduated from an Ontario university with a Master’s or Ph.D. degree. No job offer is required to apply through this category.
The Employer Job Offer Category is for candidates who have an eligible job offer in Ontario from an employer who is willing to nominate them. It is further divided into the Foreign Worker stream, International Students stream, and In-demand Skills stream.
The candidates selected in the latest OINP draw were from Human Capital Category: International Graduates sub-stream and Employer Job Offer Category – Foreign Worker and International Students stream.
The eligible candidates submit their profiles in the EOI pool where Ontario ranks them based on given points. Selected candidates are invited to apply through OINP draws held regularly. Successful candidates then receive a provincial nomination which can be used to apply for permanent residence.

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