Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities Stream is a unique, dynamic way of bringing people to Canada’s most populated province.
Since being introduced in 2015, the 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.
For the first three years of its existence, criteria for this stream included a requirement for candidates to have at least 400 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points in the Express Entry pool, though certain exceptions were made on occasion for certain occupations. By September, 2018, however, this requirement was replaced with a requirement that candidates ‘Must have obtained a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system as determined by the director [of the OINP].’
Exactly what this means for candidates is not fully clear, though it is worth noting that in OINP Human Capital Priorities Stream draws between March and November, 2018, candidates with CRS scores below 400 and with French ability or with a targeted job offer were invited. A full list of draws is available below.
Successful applicants to the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream receive 600 additional CRS points, followed 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.
OINP Human Capital Priorities draw history
|Date||Number of NOIs issued||CRS score range||Date EE profile submitted||Notes|
|Jan 14||1,493||439-448||Jan 14, 2018 to Jan 14, 2019|
|Nov 26||185||350-448||Jan 1 - Nov 26||Targeted job offer segment only|
|Aug 9||947||350-439||Jan 1 - Aug 9||Targeted job offer segment only|
|Mar 26||480||351-446||Jan 1 - Mar 26||Targeted job offer segment only|
|Mar 26||299||351-446||Jan 1 - Mar 26||Targeted French speaking segment only|
|Feb 26||511||433-441||Jan 1 - Feb 22||Largest draw so far|
|Feb 12||488||435-441||Jan 1 - Feb 8|
|Jan 26||380||433-444||Jan 1-25|
|Jan 25||89||433-441||Jan 1-25|
|Jan 19||340||440-446||Jan 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. For example:
- In June, 2017 immigration authorities in Ontario announced that Express Entry candidates with work experience in certain Information Technology (IT) occupations may receive a NOI, allowing them to apply for a provincial nomination, even if they had a CRS score below the 400-points benchmark. Click the slide immediately below to find out which candidates benefited from this strategy.
Ontario targeted IT occupations, June 2017
|Telecommunication Carriers Managers||131|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||213|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineers||2133|
|Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)||2147|
|Information Systems Analysts and Consultants||2171|
|Database Analysts and Data Administrators||2172|
|Software Engineers and Designers||2173|
|Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers||2174|
|Web Designers and Developers||2175|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians||2241|
|Computer Network Technicians||2281|
|User Support Technicians||2282|
|Systems Testing Technicians||2283|
|Graphic Designers and Illustrators||5241|
- In March, 2018 candidates with CRS scores as low as 351 were invited to apply to the OINP through the Human Capital Priorities stream. Candidates who met the selection criteria and who had a job offer in Ontario were invited if their CRS score was between 351 and 446 and their Express Entry profile was submitted between January 1 and March 26, 2018. Eligible candidates with proven French ability of CLB 7 or higher benefited in the same way.
- Later in 2018, Ontario removed the requirement for candidates to have 400 CRS points, and the OINP director can decide what CRS threshold, if any, may apply in any round of invitations under the stream.
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 receive 600 additional CRS points, followed by an ITA for permanent residence.