Ontario, a prominent Canadian province known for its robust immigration programs, continues to attract skilled professionals from around the world. In a recent development, Ontario held an Express Entry draw on September 26, 2023, under the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) . A total of 1,696 invitations for permanent residency were extended to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging from 350 to 462. This draw specifically targeted candidates with primary experience in healthcare occupations.
The OINP HCP Draw: A Path to Permanent Residency
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream is designed to attract highly skilled individuals who can contribute to the province’s workforce and economy. In this latest draw, the province sought candidates who meet the following eligibility criteria:
Express Entry Profile
Candidates must possess a valid Express Entry profile under either the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).
Candidates are required to have an educational level equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s degree or higher.
Proficiency in English or French, with a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher is required.
Candidates must be able to prove sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their dependent family members.
Intention to Live in Ontario
Candidates must demonstrate their intention to live and settle in Ontario.
The Power of Provincial Nomination
A noteworthy aspect of the OINP HCP draw is its potential to significantly boost a candidate’s CRS score. Provincial nomination from Ontario adds a substantial 600 points to the candidate’s CRS score. This means that candidates who accept the invitation will see their total CRS score range from 969 to 1,038, virtually guaranteeing their selection in the next Express Entry draw conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Healthcare Occupations Targeted
In this particular draw, Ontario aimed to bolster its healthcare workforce by focusing on candidates with primary experience in five specific healthcare occupations:
- NOC 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
- NOC 31300 – Nursing coordinators and supervisors
- NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
- NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
This targeted approach aligns with Ontario’s commitment to addressing the growing demand for healthcare professionals within the province, particularly in the wake of global health challenges.
A Recap of OINP Express Entry Draws in 2023
The OINP Express Entry draws in 2023 have consistently invited skilled professionals across various streams. Here is a summary of the draws conducted this year:
- Human Capital Priorities stream: 14,091 invitations with CRS scores ranging from 350 to 516.
- French-speaking Skilled Worker stream: 1,490 invitations with CRS scores from 250 to 516.
- Skilled Trades stream: 7,512 invitations with CRS scores ranging from 291 to 489.
Ontario’s Express Entry draw under the Human Capital Priorities stream on September 26, 2023, signifies the province’s commitment to attracting skilled professionals, particularly in the healthcare sector. By targeting candidates with relevant healthcare experience, Ontario aims to strengthen its healthcare workforce and provide quality healthcare services to its residents.
The draw also highlights the importance of provincial nomination, as it significantly enhances candidates’ chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency.