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Ontario Likely to Make Changes in OINP Streams- Proposal Released on April 16, 2019

March 26 , 2020 By Rajneesh Kumar

Ontario Proposed to Make Key Changes in OINP Streams


Ontario mulls to make some changes in the different streams of Ontario Immigrant Nomine Program(OINP). The different streams of Ontario already popular among the applicants, however, to make the OINP more flexible towards labour market demand of the province. The proposal has been revealed by the province, which has recommended changes in some key streams of OINP, i.e.

  • Entrepreneur Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • Express Entry-aligned streams
  • Masters Graduate and Ph.D. streams
  • Corporate Stream.

Why Amendment is Required in OINP?

A few key reasons for proposed amendments are as follows:

  • Improve the receptiveness of the Ontario PNP to present labour market and employer needs in the province of Ontario, which includes supporting regions that do not conventionally see substantial immigration level
  • To apprise various OINP stream parameters to streamline requirements and provide more transparency to applicants
    • Advance the suite of business streams by updating the Entrepreneur Stream parameters to make the stream more appealing to applicants and competitive with similar streams in other provinces and territories.

What are the Suggested OINP Amendments as per the Proposal?

Find below the key amendments proposed in the different streams of OINP.

  • Corporate Stream Termination Proposed 

As per the latest amendment proposal, Corporate Stream will be terminated completely, as this keystream has not attained its projected objective of attracting the global corporations to the province of Ontario.

  • Proposal for Express Entry Stream changes

As per the proposal for Express Entry stream change, beginning date for qualifying work experience will change. Previously, work experience was counted as of the date that candidate received NOI from Ontario. However, from now onwards, the province is planning to count the work experience as of the date of application, which will align with all other stream parameters.

  • Proposal Revealed for In-Demand Skills Stream

The proposal includes:

    • Adding of 3 new National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes included in the in-demand occupation list, i.e.
      • NOC 7511- Transport Truck Drivers
      • NOC 3413- Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
      • NOC 4412- Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
    • Decreasing the work experience requirement for applicants to improve the receptiveness of the stream to the current labour market and employer needs.

Proposal for Entrepreneur Stream

Entrepreneur Stream was designed to support people from outside of Canada, who want to apply a new business idea or buy an existing business in Ontario. The proposal related to this stream will enhance the quality of business proposals and bring minimum investment and net worth thresholds in line with other jurisdictions.


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