Two New Express Entry Options in Ontario
Effective June 1st, Ontario now offers two new immigration streams through the Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP). There is the Human Capital Priorities stream and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. These new streams are distinctive in that they don’t require a job offer… however candidates with an existing Express Entry profile will have to start over with a new profile if they already have one from before June 1st, 2015. There are a total of 5200 placements available for 2015 for OPNP, but only 2500 of those are available for OPNP Express Entry (Thanks, Adam!).
The Human Capital Priorities Stream
- You can apply for this stream if you have qualified for CIC’s Express Entry and also have the required education, skilled work experience and language ability to successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.
- Be eligible through either the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The Federal Skilled Trades Program will not gain access to this stream.
- FSWP candidates need at least a year of continuous work experience.
- A degree is required to apply: Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree.
- You will need CLB scores of 7 or above in either French or English.
- Have funds readily available to support yourself in the country, even under the CEC stream.
- You must indicate your intention to reside in Ontario.
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- This stream was designed for French-Speaking skilled workers who want to live and work in Ontario and have strong English language abilities.
- The requirements are the same (as above with the Human Capital Priorities Stream) with two exceptions: 400 CRS points are notrequired, and CLB scores requirements are a bit lighter. You will need at least CLB 6 for English and CLB 7 for French.
If you need help navigating these new potential inroads to living and working in Canada, please call us at (416) 901-9633 to arrange a free consultation.