The Express Entry Program, which was implemented on January 1, 2015 and is an application management process for foreign nationals to apply for Permanent Residence (PR) under certain economic immigration programs. To be considered for an Ontario nomination, candidates must qualify for Express Entry under one of the following categories: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Trade Worker (FTW)or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Two New Streams
In June 2015, two additional streams were created for skilled workers to live and work permanent in Ontario: Human Capital Priorities Stream and the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
The two new additional streams enable the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP) to nominate individuals who meet the criteria under the Express Entry Program, which is composed of age, education, language, ability and other components to evaluate their ability to successfully integrate into Ontario’s labour market and community.
Individuals selected under either stream will receive a Notification of Interests and will have 45 days to apply for a stream. Once a candidate is selected and notified of their nomination, the candidate will have 30 days to accept the nomination.
Exceptions to the Human Capital Priorities Stream
Foreign nationals will not be able to apply for OOPNP under this category if:
– They are a refugee claimant in Canada;
– They were not accepted into the Express Entry Pool; or
– They have not received a Provincial/Territorial Notification of Interest from Ontario.
Exceptions to the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
To apply under this category, a foreign national must demonstrate a French-language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 or above in all areas of language competencies, which include reading, writing, listening and speaking. Foreign nationals also must show a CLB level of 6 in English in all competencies. Once a foreign national receives a Notification of Interest from Ontario, they will be eligible to apply for OOPNP under this stream.
Benefits to Foreign Nationals
The opening of additional streams for OOPNP allows targeted qualified foreign nationals to apply under these new categories for Express Entry to Ontario, leading to Canadian PR of the foreign worker.