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Ontario PNP Issues 995 Invitations to International Students and Employees

Joseph Creech



Ontario PNP draw

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is helpful for provinces and territories planning to invite eligible candidates. It allows them to browse the Express Entry pool in search of skilled candidates who will be able to fill the labor gaps in the provincial market. It is especially crucial in 2021 because all the Canadian provinces are looking to increase their immigrant intake. 

The province of Ontario held its most recent PNP draw on September 21 via the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The invited candidates had already created profiles under the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. Ontario usually evaluates EOI profiles based on a few human capital factors that determine whether the candidate will be successful in the province.

Details of the draw

Ontario PNP mainly invited temporary foreign workers and international students with existing profiles in the EOI system of the province.  A total of 995 candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. They satisfied the eligibility requirements of either of the Employer Job Offer streams.

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The Foreign Worker stream might find 406 of the invited candidates to be eligible. Their minimum required score was 37. Ontario did not select any specific occupations or location requirements since this was a general draw. On the other hand, 523 candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination via the International Student Stream. The minimum EOI score cutoff for the candidates was 61. 

The rest of the 66 candidates- 36 foreign workers and 30 international students- could be eligible for the Employer Job Offer streams. They were already registered in the Regional Immigration Pilot.

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