Ontario overfilled its PNP allocation for 2020

Posted by in CIC News, on December 23, 2020

Ontario issued more than 8,000 nominations to immigration applicants in 2020, which was much more than filling the number of spots the province was supposed to.

The federal government had originally given 7,600 provincial nomination for the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) and out of those 61,000 that were expected to be invited through the Provincial Nominee Program in 2020.

However, Ontario finished the year with 8,050 successful nominations across all streams, which included the 400 additional nominations that the province received through an in-year reallocation, and 50 more for intermediate skilled occupations, or the NOC skill level C.

All the new applications and even the ones which are in processing will be taken under the 2021 nomination allocation. The Province’s allocation for the next year is not available yet, but we know that Provincial Nomination is expected to increase to 80,800 immigrants over the next three years, which is according to the new Immigration levels Plan.

Ontario held its last draw on December 15th. It held a tech draw and issued 668 invitations to the Express Entry candidates which experience of working in various tech occupations. The same day about 19 invitations were sent to candidates under the Entrepreneur Stream.

Ontario launching EOI system in 2021

Ontario is  currently works on a first-come-first-served basis, however this has caused problems for the province and prospective applicants in the past. What happens is, the OINP announces when registration windows will open. Applicants flood the system trying to submit their files. Then the online portal closes within minutes, or the system breaks.

The most recent example of this happened in late November. Ontario opened the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream registration window, but closed it due to technical difficulties. Later, the OINP confirmed that 1,426 applicants registered during the opening, and that they will contact people who reported errors when submitting their files.

Since this rush seating model is not working for the province or candidates, Ontario announced that in early 2021 they would launch an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Other provinces, like Manitoba and Saskatchewan, already have EOI systems in place to manage application intake.

Prospective applicants would be given a score based on their EOI profile. Points would be allocated based on various factors such as education and language abilities. Ontario would then issue invitations for top-scoring applicants to apply for a provincial nomination.

The categories that Ontario is will consider for building an EOI system are:

  • Employer Job Category
  • Masters Graduate and
  • Phd. Graduate

The new system would allow the OINP to hold general and targeted draws, depending on their needs.

The province is expected to launch the new system in early 2021.

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