Evgeny Blumin summarizes the results of immigration to Ontario in 2018

Ontario is the most populated province of Canada, and its economy attracts the most successful immigrants. Evgeny Blumin, president of Green Light Canada, summarizes the results of immigration to Ontario in 2018.

In January 2018, the provincial government reported that the federal government, recognizing the success of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and its importance to the economy of Ontario, increased the provincial quota to 6,600 people, which is 600 more nominations compared with 2017.

OINP accepts applications for Ontario Express Entry, Job Offer Stream, International Graduates Streams, and Entrepreneurs Stream.

Ontario Express Entry

As part of the most popular provincial program, the Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, the government conducted several rounds of invitations to relevant candidates.

In the first three months of the year, Ontario invited candidates on a general basis. A mandatory requirement was at least 400 points in the profile of the federal Express Entry system.

  • January 23, 2018, – 340 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 440
  • January 26, 2018 – 380 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 433
  • February 8, 2018 – 89 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 433
  • February 13, 2018 – 488 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 435
  • March 28, 2018 – 480 candidates were invited – a minimum score was 351
  • March 28, 2018 – 299 candidates were invited (francophones targeted) – a minimum score was 351

Inviting 2,076 candidates by the end of March, the government focused on two subcategories — francophones and representatives of the trade occupations. Invitations were sent every week, Blumin emphasizes:

  • April 11, 2018 – 55 candidates invited (francophones)
  • April 12, 2018 – 87 candidates invited (trade occupations)
  • April 18, 2018 – 34 candidates invited (francophones)
  • April 19, 2018 – 29 candidates (trade occupations)
  • May 2, 2018 – 36 candidates invited (francophones)
  • May 3, 2018 – 59 candidates invited (trade occupations)
  • May 9, 2018 – 18 candidates invited (francophones)
  • May 10, 2018 – 48 candidates invited (trade occupations)
  • May 16, 2018 – 30 candidates invited (francophones)
  • May 17, 2018 – 45 candidates invited (trade occupations)
  • May 23, 2018 – 34 candidates invited (francophones)
  • May 24, 2018 – 30 candidates invited (trade occupations)

After the summer break, Ontario continued to select candidates, and in September, the government abolished the mandatory requirement of 400 points in the Express Entry profile. Emphasis was placed on francophone candidates, as well as candidates who have a valid job offer from an Ontarian employer.

  • August 16, 2018 – 31 candidates were invited (francophones)
  • August 23, 2018 – 15 candidates were invited (francophones)
  • September 6, 2018 – 15 candidates were invited (francophones)
  • September 13, 2018 – 44 candidates were invited (francophones)

Beginning with August, the OINP stopped publishing the number of candidates and their scores, especially regarding candidates with an existing job offer.

Read also: Why Ontario Attracts So Many New Immigrants?

The main disadvantage of the Ontario Express Entry remains the “passive” selection. The candidate has no opportunity to influence the system. The government of Ontario chooses the candidates it wants. Blumin notes that to increase the chances of being invited to this program, you should either pass the French language test or find an employer from Ontario.

Masters’ and Doctoral Steams

As in 2017, the bulk of invitations for Ontario graduates were issued in the first months of the year. Unfortunately, in these programs, there is still a system of the short-term opening of the registration window, during which the first who submit an application receives an invitation. Due to the significant number of masters and Ph.D. graduates, the system often fails to cope with the influx of visitors, and the website of the program simply stops working. As a result, the speed of the Internet and your own luck are decisive.

In 2018, the program opened on January 29 and April 5 but closed just an hour after opening.

Entrepreneurs Stream

Inviting entrepreneurs remains an important part of the development strategy of the Ontarian economy. Qualifying rounds for entrepreneurs were held almost every month:

  • February 6, 2018, 13 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 137 points.
  • March 14, 2018, 10 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 135 points.
  • April 16, 2018, 13 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 132 points.
  • May 14, 2018, 10 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 127 points.
  • August 24, 2018, 21 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 110 points.
  • September 21, 2018, 16 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 117 points.
  • October 23, 2018, 18 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 110 points.
  • November 23, 2018, 15 entrepreneurs were invited, and the minimum score was 112 points.

Thus, as of today, Ontario has invited 116 entrepreneurs in 2018, summarizes Blumin.

At the moment, Ontario has used its quota of 6,600 candidates, but according to our sources in the government, the success of the OINP has led to a likely increase in the quota for 2019 to 7,000 spots.

Evgeny Blumin, Immigration consultant / ICCRC #R513445

 

To learn more about immigration to Ontario, contact Green Light Canada. We will help you to immigrate to this province.

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