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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

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream is a popular immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) that targets foreign skilled workers in the Express Entry pool with the necessary education, work experience, language proficiency, and other characteristics to settle and become economically established in the province.

Application Process:

Foreign nationals must have a valid Express Entry profile and an NOI letter to apply for the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream. The application process involves the following steps:

  • Satisfy the Federal Skilled Worker Class’s or Canadian Experience Class’s eligibility criteria.
  • Create an Express Entry profile.
  • The OINP searches the Express Entry pool and identifies candidates who may meet the eligibility criteria of the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
  • Receive a NOI letter from the OINP.
  • Apply to the OINP under the Human Capital Priorities Stream within 45 calendar days after receiving a NOI from Ontario.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to IRCC within 60 days of receiving the ITA.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

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

  • 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.
  • Meet the stream’s work experience requirements.
    1. Candidates applying through the FSWP must have at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part- time work) in TEER Category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Your work experience must have been:
      • obtained within the last five years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP.
      • in the same primary occupation as you identified in your Express Entry profile
    2. 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.
  • 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 Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree. The ECA report must not be more than five years old as of the date of applying to the OINP.
  • Demonstrate an English or French language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening). Language proficiency must be proved by test results from designated testing agencies taken within the two years prior to submitting the application to the OINP.
  • Intend to reside in Ontario by providing documentation demonstrating ties to the province.
  • Hold legal status in Canada (and maintain it until the time of nomination) if residing in Canada when applying. The OINP accepts applications submitted while on maintained status.
  • Possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario. The required settlement funds must equal or exceed the sums listed for each family size. Requirements for settlement funds are updated annually


Work Experience Requirements:

Candidates must provide proof of work experience based on the program they choose:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP):

  • Continuous, paid, full-time work of at least one year, or part-time equivalent, within the past five years in Canada or abroad prior to the date of the NOI from Ontario.
  • Work experience must consist of at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week in one job and at least $1,560 CAD hours of paid employment in one year.
  • Self-employment experience must have been paid, full-time (or the equivalent in part-time), and Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC):

  • Cumulative, paid, full-time work of at least one year, or part-time equivalent, within the last three years in Canada before the date.
  • Work experience must consist of at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week in one job and at least $1,560 CAD hours of paid employment in one year.
  • Paid work experience obtained while studying full-time at a post-secondary institution or during periods of self-employment is not eligible when assessed under the CEC.

Required Documents:

Candidates who receive an NOI from the OINP must submit a complete application within 45 calendar days of receiving the NOI. The following documents are required to apply under the Human Capital Priorities Stream:

  • Proof of education (Canadian degree or ECA report)
  • Proof of work experience
  • Language test results (IELTS or CELPIP for English, TEF for French)
  • Proof of settlement funds
  • Proof of legal status (if applicable)
  • Other supporting documents such as photograph, passports, resume, proof of relationship, etc.

For a comprehensive list, please visit OINP website here.

Fees & Processing Time:

  • The associated fee for the Human Capital Priorities Stream is $1,500 CAD, which can be paid using a credit or debit card (Visa or MasterCard). If your application is incomplete or withdrawn before processing, OINP will provide a refund. However, fees are not refunded for unsuccessful applications.
  • The estimated processing period for Human Capital Priorities stream applications spans approximately 70 to 100 days.

Draw Updates:

So far in 2023, OINP Human Capital Priorities Stream has been targeting Tech and Healthcare related occupations with scores ranging from 458 and upwards. To see a list of all draws, visit this page on OINP’s website.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an exclusive pathway for foreign skilled workers. Candidates must meet the eligibility and work experience requirements to apply for this stream. Overall, the Human Capital Priorities Stream offers a promising opportunity for skilled workers to pursue permanent residence in Ontario.

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