Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

The Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream is a unique, dynamic way of bringing people to Canada’s most populated province.

Since being introduced in 2015, the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream has been an undeniable success. In many ways, it has become the centrepiece of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), through which Ontario welcomes newcomers from around the world.

The Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream requires candidates to have an active Express Entry profile in order to be considered. Ontario periodically invites candidates from the Express Entry pool to submit an application for provincial nomination. Ontario announces the points range for each round of invitations and sometimes restricts invitations to candidates with experience in certain occupations.

Successful applicants to the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, typically followed soon by an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

A job offer is not required in order to qualify under this stream, though candidates with a job offer have been prioritized for invitation in the past.

Do you prefer to learn by video? For a detailed overview of the Human Capital Priorities stream, we recommend this video guide from Deanne Acres-Lans, founder of Canada Abroad, an immigration consultancy based in Ontario, and one of Moving2Canada’s trusted partners:

 

OINP Human Capital Priorities draw history

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DateNumber of NOIs issuedCRS score rangeDate EE profile submittedNotes
Feb 22773455-600February 22, 2021 - April 29, 2021Targeted occupations for this draw:
NOC 0114 – Other administrative services managers
NOC 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
NOC 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
NOC 0125 – Other business services managers
NOC 0211 – Engineering managers
NOC 0311 – Managers in health care
NOC 0601 – Corporate sales managers
NOC 0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
NOC 0711 – Construction managers
NOC 0731 – Managers in transportation
NOC 0911 – Manufacturing managers
NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals
NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
NOC 2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists
NOC 3231 – Opticians
NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses
Feb 8622463-467February 8, 2021 - February 8, 2022Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
Jan 12, 2022502464-467Jan 12, 2021 – Jan 12, 2022Targeted occupations for this draw:
- NOC 0114 - Other administrative services managers
- NOC 0122 - Banking, credit and other investment managers
- NOC 0124 - Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- NOC 0125 - Other business services managers
- NOC 0211 - Engineering managers
- NOC 0311 - Managers in health care
- NOC 0601 - Corporate sales managers
- NOC 0631 - Restaurant and food service managers
- NOC 0711 - Construction managers
- NOC 0731 - Managers in transportation
- NOC 0911 - Manufacturing managers
- NOC 1121 - Human resources professionals
- NOC 1122 - Professional occupations in business management consulting
- NOC 2161 - Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
- NOC 3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- NOC 3211 - Medical laboratory technologists
- NOC 3231 - Opticians
- NOC 3233 - Licensed practical nurses
Oct 27, 20211,408455-467Oct 27, 2020 – Oct 27, 2021Targeted occupations for this draw:
Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
Oct 6486463-467Oct 6, 2020 – Oct 6, 2021Targeted occupations for this draw:
- NOC 0114 - Other administrative services managers
- NOC 0122 - Banking, credit and other investment managers
- NOC 0124 - Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- NOC 0125 - Other business services managers
- NOC 0211 - Engineering managers
- NOC 0311 - Managers in health care
- NOC 0601 - Corporate sales managers
- NOC 0631 - Restaurant and food service managers
- NOC 0711 - Construction managers
- NOC 0731 - Managers in transportation
- NOC 0911 - Manufacturing managers
- NOC 1121 - Human resources professionals
- NOC 1122 - Professional occupations in business management consulting
- NOC 2161 - Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
- NOC 3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- NOC 3211 - Medical laboratory technologists
- NOC 3231 - Opticians
- NOC 3233 - Licensed practical nurses
July 271,031458-467July 27, 2020 – July 27, 2021Targeted occupations for this draw:
NOC 0114 - Other administrative services NOC 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
NOC 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
NOC 0125 – Other business services managers
NOC 0211 - Engineering managers
NOC 0311 - Managers in health care
NOC 0601 – Corporate sales managers
NOC 0631 - Restaurant and food service managers
NOC 0711 - Construction managers
NOC 0731 - Managers in transportation
NOC 0911 - Manufacturing managers
NOC 1121 - Human resources professionals
NOC 1122 - Professional occupations in business management consulting
NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals
NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
NOC 2161 - Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 3211 - Medical laboratory technologists
NOC 3231 - Opticians
NOC 3233 - Licensed practical nurses
NOC 4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
June 23583464-467June 23, 2020 — June 23, 2021Targeted occupations for this draw:
- 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
- 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- 0125 – Other business services managers
- 0601 – Corporate sales managers
- 1111 – Financial auditors and accountants
- 1112 – Financial and investment analysts
- 1121 – Human resources professionals
-1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
- 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- 4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
Apr 13528456-467April 13, 2020 – April 13, 2021Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
Mar 2754463-467March 2, 2020 – March 2, 2021Targeted occupations for this draw:
- 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
- 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- 0125 – Other business services managers
- 0601 – Corporate sales managers
- 1111 – Financial auditors and accountants
- 1112 – Financial and investment analysts
- 1121 – Human resources professionals
-1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
- 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- 4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
Feb 161,186453-467February 16, 2020 – February 16, 2021Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
Feb 2, 2021283466-467February 2, 2020 – February 2, 2021Targeted occupations for this draw:
- 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
- 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- 0125 – Other business services managers
- 0601 – Corporate sales managers
- 1111 – Financial auditors and accountants
- 1112 – Financial and investment analysts
- 1121 – Human resources professionals
-1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
- 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- 4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
Dec 15, 2020668460-468December 15, 2019
– December 15, 2020
Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
Nov 12443469-477November 12, 2019 – November 12, 2020Targeted occupations for this draw:
0111 – Financial managers
0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0601 – Corporate sales managers
1111 – Financial auditors and accountants
1114 – Other financial officers
1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3124 – Allied primary health practitioners
3132 – Dietitians and nutritionists
Oct 15772462-470October 15, 2019 – October 15, 2020Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
Aug 26703466-475August 26, 2019 - August 26, 2020Targeted occupations for this draw:
- 0111 Financial managers
- 0114 Other administrative services managers
- 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
- 1114 Other financial officers
- 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
- 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- 3124 Other primary health practitioners
- 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
July 291,288463-477July 29, 2019 – July 29, 2020Targeted occupations for this draw:
0213 Computer and information systems managers
2147 Computer engineers
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
June 3699Candidates with:
Foreign work experience: 471-500

Canadian work experience: 358-439
June 3, 2019 – June 3, 2020Targeted occupations for this draw:
- 0111 Financial managers
- 0114 Other administrative services managers
- 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
- 1114 Other financial officers
- 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
- 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- 3124 Other primary health practitioners
- 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
May 13703421-451May 13, 2019 to May 13, 2020Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
Feb 13486467-471Feb 13, 2019 to Feb 13, 2020Targeted occupations for this draw:
- 0111 - Financial managers
- 0114 - Other administrative services managers
- 0124 - Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- 0601 - Corporate sales managers
- 0621 - Retail and wholesale trade managers
- 0651 - Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
- 1111 - Financial auditors and accountants
- 1114 - Other financial officers
- 1122 - Professional occupations in business management consulting
- 3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
Jan 15, 2020954460-472January 15, 2019 to January 15, 2020Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
Aug 15, 2019997439-465Aug 15, 2018 to Aug 15, 2019Targeted occupations for this draw:
0114 - Other administrative services managers
0601 - Corporate sales managers
1122 - Professional occupations in business management consulting
0124 - Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0621 - Retail and wholesale trade managers
1111 - Financial auditors and accountants
3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
0111 - Financial managers
1114 - Other financial officers
0651 - Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c
Aug 11,773435-458Aug 1, 2018 to Aug 1, 2019Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
July 121,623439-459July 12, 2018 to July 12, 2019Tech Draw
Target occupations include:
2173 - Software engineers and designers
2174 - Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2147 - Computer engineers
2175 - Web designers and developers
2172 - Database analysts and data administrators
0213 - Computer and information systems managers
May 311,072439-469May 31, 2018 - May 31, 2019Targeted occupations for May 31 draw:
0114 - Other administrative services managers
0601 - Corporate sales managers
1122 - Professional occupations in business management consulting
0124 - Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0621 - Retail and wholesale trade managers
1111 - Financial auditors and accountants
3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
0111 - Financial managers
1114 - Other financial officers
0651 - Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
Jan 141,493439-448Jan 14, 2018 to Jan 14, 2019
Nov 26185350-448Jan 1 - Nov 26Targeted job offer segment only
Aug 9947350-439Jan 1 - Aug 9Targeted job offer segment only
Mar 26480351-446Jan 1 - Mar 26Targeted job offer segment only
Mar 26299351-446Jan 1 - Mar 26Targeted French speaking segment only
Feb 26511433-441Jan 1 - Feb 22Largest draw so far
Feb 12488435-441Jan 1 - Feb 8
Jan 26380433-444Jan 1-25
Jan 2589433-441Jan 1-25
Jan 19340440-446Jan 1-25

How is it unique?

Ontario searches the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet the criteria, who may then receive a Notification of Interest (NOI, effectively an invitation) from the OINP. This makes the program passive, because not only can candidates not apply directly, they also can’t make an ‘Expression of Interest’ in eventually applying. This offers hope to eligible candidates that Ontario may issue them a NOI.

How is it dynamic?

Ontario has issued NOIs to eligible candidates on an intermittent basis. However, the province has also on occasion tweaked its own eligibility criteria in order to select certain candidates.

Most notably, in July 2019, Ontario announced that it was introducing tech-specific draws to the Human Capital Priorities stream. These draws target tech workers with experience in one of the following occupations:

Occupations eligible for Ontario's Tech Draws
Occupation TitleNOC Code
Software engineers and designersNOC 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developersNOC 2174
Computer engineersNOC 2147
Web designers and developersNOC 2175
Database analysts and data administratorsNOC 2172
Computer and information systems managersNOC 0213

In addition to these tech-specific draws, there have been other instances when Ontario has prioritized candidates with experience in certain priority occupations.

How can Express Entry candidates benefit?

Ontario can only search what is already in the pool, so it is important to have an up-to-date Express Entry profile. The potential pay-off is huge — successful applicants to the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream receive 600 additional CRS points, with an ITA for permanent residence more or less guaranteed in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

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Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible under Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, individuals must meet certain criteria.

Express Entry profile criteria

Candidates must:

Additional criteria

  • Work Experience:
    Candidates must have a minimum of either one year of work experience within the past five years according to the criteria under the FSWC OR one year of work experience within the past three years according to the criteria under the CEC.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Language: A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French.
  • Settlement Funds: A minimum level of savings or income.
  • Intent: An intention to live in Ontario.
  • Legal Status in Canada (if applicable): Must have legal status in Canada (i.e., study permit, work permit, visitor record) if currently residing in Canada.
  • CRS score:  Must have obtained a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system as determined by Ontario for each round of invitations.

Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream: How it works

It is entirely feasible for an individual to complete the entire process of immigrating to Canada under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream within a 12-month period, if not even more quickly than that.

Below is a run-through of the process, from beginning to end.

  1. Meet the criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class (note that candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Trades Class only are not eligible under this stream).
  2. Create an Express Entry profile.
  3. Meet the criteria for the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.
  4. Receive a NOI from the OINP (note that not all eligible candidates may be issued a NOI).
  5. After receiving a NOI, you have 45 calendar days to apply to OINP.
  6. To apply, you must submit your application through the OINP e-Filing Portal and ensure that you include all the required supporting documents.
  7. Pay the OINP fee of $1,500.
  8. If your application is approved, you will receive a letter from OINP through your Express Entry account notifying you of your nomination. You have 30 calendar days to accept the nomination from Ontario in the Express Entry system.
  9. Receive 600 additional CRS points and an ITA for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
  10. Submit an application for permanent residence within 60 days of receiving the invitation to apply (ITA).
  11. Become a permanent resident of Canada.

The Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream is one of three Express Entry-linked OINP streams. The other two are the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream and the Skilled Trades stream.

You can keep track of all updates for the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream, including the latest draws as they happen, with our Canada PNP Live Tracker.

You can also view the complete application guide here.

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