On November 16, 2015, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
("OINP"), formerly known as the Ontario Provincial
Nominee Program, announced that it has exhausted its base stream
allocation for 2015. Annual provincial nomination targets for each
year are determined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
("CIC"). For 2015, the OINP received a base stream
allocation of 2,500 nominations.
The OINP's two new Express Entry Streams (the Ontario
Human Capital Priorities Stream and the Ontario French Speaking
Skilled Worker Stream) are not considered base streams and are
therefore still available. The Ontario Human Capital Priorities
Stream is for English-speaking skilled workers who want to live and
work permanently in Ontario. The Ontario French-Speaking Skilled
Worker Stream is for French-Speaking skilled workers who have
strong English language abilities and who want to live and work
permanently in Ontario. However, applicants seeking nominations
under one of these OINP Express Entry streams must first submit
their profile under the Federal Express Entry Program and then wait to
receive a Notice of Invitation from the OINP.
For applicants who have already submitted an application to the
OINP but have not yet received a decision, their application will
be finalized in 2016, under next year's allocation. If an
employer's pre-screen application has been approved, the OINP
will also continue to accept the corresponding nominee
application(s) under the Foreign Worker Stream and International
Student with a Job Offer Stream.
Between November 16th, 2015 and January 3, 2016, the program
will not accept any new employer pre-screen applications or
applications under the Master's Stream or PhD Stream. Any
applications received during this time period will be returned to
The OINP will again begin accepting new applications under all
base streams on January 4, 2016.
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