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OINP Human Capital Priorities Stream


Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), is a pathway for skilled foreign workers in the Express Entry pool to settle in Ontario. Candidates must meet eligibility criteria such as work experience, education, language proficiency, and intent to reside in Ontario. The application process involves creating an Express Entry profile, receiving an NOI from OINP, and submitting a nomination application. Successful candidates receive 600 CRS points and an ITA for permanent residence. Recent draws in 2023 have targeted Tech and Healthcare occupations with scores of 458 or higher, making this stream an attractive route to Ontario for skilled workers

Eligibility Requirements for OINP HCPS

To be considered under this stream, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements, ensuring OINP eligibility:

Qualify for one of Canada’s Federal High Skilled programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and have a valid express entry profile, essential for OINP eligibility.

  •  Meet the stream’s work experience requirements, a key aspect for OINP eligibility.
  •  Candidates applying through the FSWP: Must have at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience, obtained within the last 5 years from the OINP application submission, in NOC TEER Category 0, 1, 2 or 3, aligned with OINP eligibility criteria.
  •  Self-employment experience is eligible as well. Candidates applying through the CEC.
  •  Must have at least one year of cumulative, full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the NOC, in the three years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP, a significant factor for OINP eligibility.
  •  Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report indicating that the foreign education is equivalent to a Canadian credential, fulfilling OINP eligibility criteria.
  •  Demonstrate an English or French language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies, in accordance with OINP eligibility guidelines.
  •  Intend to reside in Ontario by providing documentation demonstrating ties to the province, meeting OINP eligibility requirements.
  •  Hold legal status in Canada (and maintain it until the time of nomination) if residing in Canada when applying, adhering to OINP eligibility criteria.
  •  Possess sufficient funds and/or income to cover settlement costs for themselves and their dependent family members, meeting OINP eligibility standards. 

Application Process

  • You must have a valid Express Entry profile to be eligible to apply for the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream, a crucial step for OINP eligibility. The application process involves the following steps:
  • Satisfy the Federal Skilled Worker Class’s or Canadian Experience Class’s eligibility criteria, essential for OINP eligibility. Create an Express Entry profile, a prerequisite for OINP eligibility. 
  • The OINP searches the Express Entry pool and identifies candidates who may meet the eligibility criteria of the Human Capital Priorities Stream, in alignment with OINP eligibility guidelines.
  •  Receive a NOI letter from the OINP, a pivotal moment in the OINP eligibility process. Apply to the OINP under the Human Capital Priorities Stream within 45 calendar days after receiving a NOI from Ontario, fulfilling OINP eligibility standards.
  •  If nominated, candidates obtain a Nomination Approval Letter and an OINP Certificate of Nomination by email. Candidates have 30 calendar days to accept the Express Entry system nominations, essential for OINP eligibility.
  •  If a nomination is accepted, Express Entry candidates are awarded 600 CRS points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a future draw from the pool, adhering to OINP eligibility criteria.
  •  Submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to IRCC within 60 days of receiving the ITA, meeting OINP eligibility standards.

Fees & Processing Time

The associated fee for the Human Capital Priorities Stream is $1,500 CAD, a factor to consider for OINP eligibility. The estimated processing period for Human Capital Priorities stream applications spans approximately 70 to 100 days, a key aspect of OINP eligibility. 

Draw Updates

To see a list of all draws, visit this page on OINP’s website, crucial for OINP eligibility updates. Last year, OINP issued 17,502 Notifications of interest for the HCP stream through 14 rounds. All of these were targeted draws, focusing on health care, tech occupations. The minimum CRS scores ranged from 350-479, aligning with OINP eligibility criteria.


Document Checklist OINP HCPS

  1. Identity Documents
    • Photograph
      • Scan of a physical photo meeting passport or visa requirements.
      • Do not upload a photo of the personal details page of your passport or a low-quality image.
    • Passport
      • Scan and upload the personal details page and all pages with Canadian visas and entry stamps.
  2. Status Documents in Canada
    • Current and previous status documents from IRCC or CBSA, including:
      • Work permits.
      • Study permits.
      • Temporary resident visas.
      • Any other Canadian immigration documents.
    • For implied status, upload:
      • IRCC acknowledgment letter for status extension application.
      • IRCC fee receipt.
      • Post office mailing receipt (if applicable).
  3. Education Documents
    • Canadian Degree:
      • Copy of the degree and official transcripts from a Canadian academic institution.
    • Foreign Degree:
      • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report, not more than five years old.
      • Authorize the ECA organization to share results with OINP electronically.
  4. Language Test Results
    • Scan and upload English or French language test results, taken within two years prior to the application.
    • For English: IELTS (General Training) or CELPIP (General test).
    • For French: TEF Canada or TCF Canada.
  5. Documents to Show Employment in Ontario
    • Job offer letter for full-time employment. (If applicable)
    • Current work permit for those already working in Ontario.
    • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), if applicable.
  6. Work History Documents
    • Employment/work experience reference letters.
    • Proof of compensation.
    • Canada Revenue Agency statements for Canadian work.
    • Licence or authorization for regulated occupations.
    • Self-employment documents.
    • Work contracts (optional).
    • Other work-related documentation (optional).
  7. Settlement Funds Requirement
    • Bank statements showing last three months of activity.
    • Letter from financial institution confirming the availability of funds.
    • Documents demonstrating ongoing employment in Ontario or a valid job offer.
  8. Resumé
    • Current resumé detailing work experience, education, and contact information.
  9. Intention to Reside in Ontario Documents
    • Evidence of ties to Ontario (e.g., employment, education, property ownership).
  10. Family Documents (If Applicable)
    • Passports and status documents of family members.
    • Canadian education and work experience documents for spouse or common-law partner.
    • Language test results for spouse or common-law partner.
    • Documents for relatives in Canada.

General Guidelines:

  • Ensure all scans are clear and complete.
  • Black out sensitive information like Social Insurance Numbers and credit card numbers.
  • Check that all documents are current and relevant to the application requirements.
  • Contact the ECA organization for any specific queries related to the assessment process.

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I’m Rashid Ali, a Licensed Canadian Immigration Consultant, having a designation of RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) from the College of Citizenship & Immigration Consultants of Canada or CICC (Previously known as ICCRC). CICC is the official regulator of immigration consultants in Canada. I’m also a member of the Canadian Association for Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).

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