Since the beginning of the year, the Government of Ontario,
Canada has steadily increased the number of work visa opportunities being made
available to eligible candidates.
January, the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) received an increased
allocation of nominees under the three streams from 6,000 to 6,600. The
increase in the allotment of visas under the program and issuance of
Notifications of Interest (NOIs) will further facilitate worker mobility to the
As of April 19, the OINP had issued 3,441 NOIs to candidates.
The OINP is an in-demand program within the Canadian visa system as it provides
employers in Ontario and foreign nationals interested in jobs in the province
to be selected from a prequalified pool to fill visa slots. The program taps
candidates already identified under the Canadian Express Entry program which
connects the Canadian federal government, provincial governments and employers
through a fully electronic process to facilitate the hiring of skilled foreign
The Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP), the French
Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW), and the Skilled Trades Stream (ST) are
programs by the provincial government of Ontario to further expedite the hiring
of foreign workers with specific skill sets. The breakdown is 2,587 NOIs under the
HCP, 366 with the FSSW, and 488 with the ST.
Employers and candidates cannot apply for a visa
through the Human Capital Priorities Stream or other streams unless they meet
additional eligibility requirements and receive a Notification of Interest from
the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program. Nominees who receive an NOI from the
OINP have 45 days in which to apply.