Over 95% of nominations allotted to Express Entry candidates
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reached its nomination cap for 2018, with 6,600 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence issued to applicants across various streams.
The province states that the new applications, and applications which have already been submitted to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), will continue to be accepted and considered under the OINP’s 2019 nomination allocation, with the exception of the currently paused Masters Graduate stream.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program. The program allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a certain number of candidates for Canadian immigration each year.
Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s 2018 issuing of 6,600 nominations makes it Canada’s largest provincial immigrant nominee program.
This year’s allocation was 600 slots higher than that of the last year, which was capped at 6,000 nominations. Although the OINP has not yet announced its allocation for 2019, it can be assume that the total might increase in the next year.
As per the federal government’s new extended multi-year immigration levels plan, the nomination cap for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program is set at 61,000 for 2019, which is an increase of 6,000 over 2018’s target of 55,000.
Ontario’s three Express Entry-linked immigration streams have been by far the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s most active programs this year, issuing 6,411 invitations.
The OINP’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trade streams were also quite active this year. A total number of 2,880 nominations issued under both these streams, which accounted for around 43 per cent of total OINP nominations issued in 2018.