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Ontario Human Capital Stream

 Ontario Human Capital includes following distinct streams that are designed to attract foreign nationals who possess a unique set of skills, experiences, and abilities that make them ideal candidates for Ontario’s labour force. 

OINP Human Capital offers the following streams:

  • Ontario Human Capital Priorities – Express Entry
  • Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker – Express Entry
  • Ontario Skilled Trades – Express Entry

Ontario Human Capital Priorities is aligned with the federal Express Entry system.  To be considered, candidates must have an active Express Entry profile in either the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) or Canadian Experience class (CEC)


  1. Work Experience 

Federal skilled workers candidates requires to have

  • Minimum of one year of continuous full-time, skilled work experience (or the equivalent in paid part- time work) in TEER Category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Under the Canadian Experience Class, you must have:

  • at least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Canada in TEER Category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the NOC

Your work experience must have been:

  • obtained within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
  • in one or more of the occupations that you identified in your Express Entry profile
  • in Canada while maintaining legal status in Canada

2. Education

In order to be eligible, you must possess a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD degree from Canada or its equivalent from another country. If you have completed your education outside of Canada, you will need to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report to verify that your education is equivalent to a Canadian degree. It’s important to note that completing a three-year program at a university, college, or institute does not automatically qualify as having a bachelor’s degree. Your ECA report must explicitly state that your education is equivalent to at least a Canadian bachelor’s degree to meet the requirements for immigration to Canada.

3. Language Requirements:

To be eligible for this stream, you must possess language skills in either English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. You must provide proof of your language proficiency by taking an approved English or French language test before submitting your application.

The language test must have been taken within two years from the date of submitting your application. Accepted English tests include the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training test and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General test. For French tests, we accept the Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF) and the Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).

4. Financial Resources for Settlement:

To successfully settle in Canada, it is essential to have sufficient funds to support yourself and your dependent family members. Your family members may include your spouse, common law partner, and children who are under the age of 22, as well as their own children.

You can demonstrate your financial capability to meet this requirement through any of the following options, either individually or in combination:

Bank statements or statements of accounts that show adequate balances, as well as investments such as non-locked-in accounts, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc. Annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario A job offer in Ontario

5. Intention to live in Ontario.

This can be evidenced through various ties to Ontario, such as:

  • Employment history in Ontario, including current or past work
  • Job offers or active job applications within the province
  • Pursuing studies or educational opportunities in Ontario
  • Volunteering or engaging in community activities
  • Owning or leasing property in Ontario
  • Visiting the province for extended periods
  • Having professional networks, affiliations, family ties, or personal relationships within Ontario”

Note: Please keep in mind that this information is subject to change and it’s always best to refer to the official website of the relevant immigration authorities for the most up-to-date and accurate information.


Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

If you are currently residing in Canada, it is mandatory to have legal status, which includes a valid visitor record, study permit, or work permit, at the time of your application for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). It is essential to maintain this legal status throughout the entire nomination process.

If you have already applied to renew or extend your temporary status document (such as a visitor record, work permit, or study permit) with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before its expiry date, you may still be eligible to apply under OINP while in ‘implied status.’ ‘Implied status’ allows you to stay in Canada and continue working or studying under the same conditions as your existing permit until a decision is made on your pending IRCC application.

What to Expect After Creating an Express Entry Profile Once you’ve created your Express Entry profile, you’ll need to wait for an invitation to apply. If you receive an invitation, you’ll be notified through your IRCC online account. However, it’s important to keep in mind that:

  • Having an Express Entry profile doesn’t guarantee an invitation to apply to the OINP.
  • Receiving a notification of interest doesn’t guarantee you’ll receive a certificate of nomination.

To successfully apply, you must ensure that you meet all the stream requirements at the time of your application, including having the qualifications that you claimed in your Express Entry profile.

It’s crucial to provide accurate and correct information in your Express Entry profile. If any information is found to be inaccurate or misleading, your application may be denied, and you could face penalties or prosecution.

If you are nominated

If your application is successful, you will receive a nomination approval letter and a nomination certificate by email.

We will enter the details of your nomination into the IRCC Express Entry System. You will then receive a notification of your nomination through your IRCC online account.

You have 30 calendar days to accept or refuse the nomination in the Express Entry System.

If you accept, you will receive an additional 600 points for being nominated, which means you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence from IRCC in the next round of invitations.

You then have 60 calendar days to submit your application to IRCC for permanent residence.