Ontario immigration department is to adopt an Expression of Interest system to manage the application processes for some of its most popular streams.

The Ministry of Labour and Skills Development introduced the changes in a proposal released on Tuesday, September 8.

Under the proposal, the Ontario immigration will introduce an EOI system for the following streams:

  • Employer Job Offer Category: Foreign Worker stream; In-Demand Skills stream; International Student stream; Masters Graduate; Ph.D. Graduate.

The Expression of Interest system will work in the same way as the federal Express Entry system.

“Under an new system, candidates would register with the OINP and be placed under a selection pool,” the proposal says.

“Candidates would then be required to provide personal details or information and other labor market and/or human capital information that would form the basis of any Invitation to Apply (ITA).”

Specific regulatory amendment in Tuesday’s proposal includes the right to:

  • Hold both general and targeted draws.
  • A score of prospective applicants in the EOI pool.
  • Determine and publish EOI point allocations.
  • Allocate points to various factors including education and language abilities.
  • Issue invitations to the top-scoring candidates.

Ontario says the introduction of an EOI system will allow it to better respond to specific labor market requirements, manage high OINP demands, and prioritize the best candidates.

Many Canadian provinces already operate their own Expression of Interest system, including Quebec, which introduced the Arrima portal in 2018, making the first invitation in 2019.

Ontario is asking for stakeholder responses on the plan to launch an EOI system. A consultation period is opened until October 23, 2020.

Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

To qualify under this stream, applicants must have:

  • A permanent and full-time job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets the median wage levels for Ontario, and in a position that is necessary to the business;
    For those already working in the position, the proposed wage must be equal or greater than the current wage being paid
  • Two cumulative years of relevant work experience in the previous five years before the date of application;
  • Relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario, if the position so requires;
  • Live abroad, or be working, studying, or visiting Canada on a valid permit;
  • Intention to settle in Ontario.

Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream

To qualify under the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, individuals must:

  • Have an approved full-time permanent job offer of an indeterminate period in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) in Ontario
  • Have completed studies, or have met the requirements of a full-time degree or diploma program, at a designated Canadian postsecondary school that takes at least one or two years to complete (on a full-time basis).
  • Apply within two years of completing their studies in an eligible Canadian postsecondary school.
  • Have finished more than half of their studies while lawfully living and studying in Canada;
  • Hold the mandatory authorization or licensure required for the job at the time of applying.
  • Demonstrate the intention of settling in Ontario. Applicants will need to show their connections to Ontario;
  • Have and maintain legal status (a visitor record, work permit or study permit) in Ontario throughout the application period if the applicant is settling in Canada; The OINP receive applications from potential persons who are in implied status at the period of applying.
  • Must have the intention to live in Ontario

Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream

This stream focus on candidates with specifically skilled in-demand in Ontario. To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • A permanent and full-time job offer under certain occupations in the construction or agriculture sector and meets the median wage in Ontario for the occupations, and in a position that is necessary to the business.
  • For candidates already working in the position, the proposed wage must be greater than the current wage being paid.
  • Nine (9) months of cumulative work experience in the past three years in one of the eligible occupations.
  • Experience must be full time and paid or the equivalent amount in part-time work in Ontario.
  • Seasonal work doesn’t count.
  • The equivalent of a Canadian high school education certificate or higher.
  • Valid certificate at the time of application for any claimed work experience that needs it.
  • Minimum CLB/NCLC four (4) in English or French in all languages competences.
  • Live abroad, or be studying, working, or visiting Canada on a valid permit;
  • Intention to settle in Ontario.

Masters Graduates Stream

This stream offers an opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence to foreign students who obtained a master’s degree in Ontario province without requiring a job offer.

To be qualified to apply, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Finished from a Master’s degree program from a designated higher institution in Ontario, which was at least one-year full-time.
  • Obtained minimum language CLB/NCLC level Seven (7) or above in English or in French.
  • Legally residing in Ontario for at least one year in the last two.
  • Have enough settlement funds.
  • Intend to work and live in Ontario.
  • Must have legal status in Ontario or overseas.
  • Applications from elsewhere in Canada may not be accepted.
  • An application must be lodged within two years of completing the requirement to graduate from the master’s degree.

Ph.D. Graduates Stream

This stream offers foreign students an opportunity to become a permanent resident for those who have a Ph.D. degree from Ontario without needing a job offer.

To qualify, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Finished from a Ph.D. degree program in a designated institution in Ontario, and have completed at least two-years full-time.
  • Lived legally in Ontario for at least one year in the last two.
  • Have enough settlement funds.
  • Intend to settle and work in Ontario.
  • The application must be lodged within two years of completing the requirements to graduate from the Ph.D. degree.
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