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Program Requirements To be eligible for the Ontario Human Capital Priorities stream, candidates must have an active profile in one of the following two Express Entry programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW): Candidates must have at least a high school diploma and one year of continuous full-time, skilled work experience at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B. Candidates must also demonstrate language proficiency in English or French consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7.

  2. Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Candidates must have at least one year of full-time Canadian skilled work experience obtained within the three years prior to application, with no minimum education requirement. Work experience must be at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B, and candidates must demonstrate language proficiency in English or French consistent with CLB level 7 for NOC Skill Level 0 or A, and CLB 5 for NOC Skill Level B.

This program is by invitation only.  If you are foreign national and you have submitted your Express Entry profile, you are automatically considered for this program. If you are selected, the province will send you a Notification of Interest (NOI) to your Express Entry account, inviting you to apply.

Minimum CRS Score Candidates in the Express Entry pool are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. To be eligible for the Ontario Human Capital Priorities stream, a candidate’s CRS score must be 400 points or higher. Please note that the minimum score requirement may vary and there is no guarantee that it will be lowered in the future.

Language Proficiency All candidates must demonstrate language proficiency in English or French consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7.

Settlement Funds Candidates must also meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances or by maintaining a valid offer of employment. Candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stream of Express Entry are exempt from showing settlement funds at the federal level, but not at the provincial level.

Application Procedure The Ontario Human Capital Priorities stream operates on an invitation-only basis. Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements must create an Express Entry profile and wait to be issued a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the province of Ontario. Note that receiving an NOI does not guarantee nomination.

Once a candidate receives an NOI, they have 45 calendar days to prepare and submit an online application through the OINP e-Filing Portal. The application fee is $1,500 CAD. If the province approves the application, Ontario will notify the applicant they have been selected for provincial nomination, which will increase their CRS score by 600 points. This virtually guarantees that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw. After receiving an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence within the designated timeframe. Applications for permanent residence submitted through Express Entry are generally processed within six months.

Tech Draws The OINP also conducts draws targeted to tech workers under the Human Capital Priorities stream, aligned with the Federal Express Entry system. These draws are intended to identify candidates with work experience in the tech sector, to support Ontario’s thriving tech industry. Eligible candidates must have an active Express Entry profile, qualify under Human Capital Priorities criteria, and prove work experience in specific NOC codes related to the tech sector.

We invite you to explore the Ontario Human Capital Priorities stream as a potential pathway to permanent residence in Ontario, Canada. Get started by creating an Express Entry profile and meeting the program requirements. Good luck on your immigration journey!