June 4, 2015 – Ontario has announced the creation of two
new application streams for the federal Express Entry system. The
new pathways, part of Ontario's Provincial Nominee Program
(PNP), permit the province to participate in immigration selection
using their own criteria based on provincial needs and priorities.
While Ontario has had a PNP program for many years, this is the
province's first foray into the Federal Government's new
Express Entry system launched in January of 2015.
Ontario's two new application streams are:
Human Capital Priorities Stream
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
In order to qualify for either of these streams, applicants must
first meet the minimum requirements of applying through the Express
Entry system, including meeting minimum requirements for either the
Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled
In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for
participation in Express Entry, applicants for the Ontario PNP
Express Entry program must meet additional requirements, and pay
Applicants to both streams must meet certain education
qualifications, pay an additional processing fee, possess adequate
"settlement funds" and intend to reside in the Province
In addition, applicants to the Human Capital Priorities
Stream must meet certain English language skills requirements
and must achieve and maintain a minimum of 400 points in the
Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). For further
information on CRS scoring please
Applicants to the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
must be bilingual, meeting both English and French language
What Does This Mean for Foreign Nationals
Applicants for Express Entry who do not possess qualifying job
offers supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) may
benefit from these new streams. For the purposes of the Express
Entry system, successful applicants who meet the requirements above
are eligible to receive an additional 600 points in Express Entry,
drastically improving their chances of being selected and invited
to apply for Permanent Residence.
At this time, Ontario will only consider Express Entry profiles
created on or after June 1, 2015.
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