Ontario is proposing a change to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) which would introduce an Expression of Interest (EOI) system for selecting candidates through five streams of the OINP. Similar to Express Entry, the proposed changes would introduce a points-based EOI ranking system for selecting candidates from the following streams:
- Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker
- Employer Job Offer: International Student
- Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills
- Masters Graduate stream
- PhD Graduate stream
Currently, these five streams use a first-come first-served approach for accepting applications. This means that applications are only accepted during designated intake periods.
Popularized by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used in the federal Express Entry system, an EOI-based approach to selecting candidates through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) has been adopted by many provinces across Canada. Using a points-based EOI selection system enables provinces to prioritize candidates with certain skills or demographic characteristics that meet regional labour market needs. An EOI system also enables provinces to streamline the selection process.
Many of the five OINP streams where the changes have been proposed have been troubled by application intake challenges in the past. For example, both the Masters Graduate and Foreign Worker streams often open for only a matter of minutes before reaching capacity and closing again. This first-come first-served approach has been criticized for unfairly advantaging individuals with access to better internet connection, higher-quality computer gear, or the ability to monitor the program constantly for future intake rounds.
Details about how points will be allocated or how and when invitation rounds will take place have not yet been released.
Currently, these changes are at the proposal phase. Before the changes can come into effect, they must go through a public consultation phase lasting at least 45 days, until October 23, 2020. After this date, Ontario will determine whether or not to adopt the proposed changes, although these types of minor processing changes are usually accepted as they face little public opposition.
If and when updates become available, they will be posted here.