Ontario Exceeds Original PNP Express Entry Allocation
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Ontario Exceeds Original PNP Express Entry Allocation

Isabel Rice



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While the pandemic presented many obstacles for Canadian provinces when it came to immigration, the final results are still impressive. The numbers might be low in comparison to previous years, but they seem satisfactory when the coronavirus crisis is factored into the equation.

Ontario has managed to issue over 8000 nominations in 2020. Eligible immigration candidates can now use these nominations to get ahead in their race towards permanent residence. In the process of choosing ideal candidates, Ontario ended up filling a higher number of spots than what the province was allotted originally.

Ontario issued 8,050 nominations

Canada was hoping to welcome about 61,000 people via the Provincial Nominee Program this year. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program was originally allowed to hand out 7600 provincial nominations by the federal government. However, Ontario outdid itself in a year that proved to be tough for both immigrants and provinces.

The province issued 8,050 nominations in 2020 across all the available streams, and it is definitely a laudable achievement. This figure is inclusive of the 50 nominations for NOC skill level C. Ontario received an extra 400 nominations via the in-year reallocation.


The last draws of the year were hosted by Ontario on December 15. The Tech Draw was used to invite 668 candidates with professional experience in specific tech occupations. 19 candidates were also invited to apply via the OINP Entrepreneur Stream.

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Canada hasn’t made the provincial nomination allocations for 2021 public yet. The newly submitted applications and the ones that are currently being processed will be included under the 2021 allocation. Ontario is expected to introduce an Expression of Interest system in early 2021.

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