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The Canadian province of Ontario has issued new invitations to a total of 488 candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. 

This is the fourth announcement this year of new Notifications of Interests, or NOIs, issued through Ontario's Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP). This stream allows the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to search the Express Entry pool for eligible candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 400. 

With an NOI, Express Entry candidates can apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario. If successful, candidates receive an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, putting a federal Invitation to Apply (ITA) well within reach. 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, Express Entry candidates must also meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum level of work experience;
    • Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) criteria must have at least one year of continuous and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation in the five years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.
    • Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) criteria must have at least one year of cumulative and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation in Canada in the three years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.
  • Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that their foreign education credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD;
  • Demonstrate a language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening);
    • Language proficiency must be proved by test results from one of the following designated testing agencies:
      • IELTS (General Training Test only) for English;
      • CELPIP (General test only) for English; or
      • TEF for French;
  • Intend to reside in Ontario, as demonstrated by a statement of intent and indication of ties to Ontario;
  • Possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario. This must be supported by bank statements; and
  • Meet the additional criteria under either the FSWP or CEC. 

Invitation History 2018

Date of announcement Number of invitations issued CRS Score range Date & time of portal search Date Express Entry profile was submitted
February 13, 2018 488 441-435 February 12, 2018 at 2:30PM EST January 1, 2018 to February 8, 2018 at 4PM EST
February 8, 2018 89 444-433 January 25, 2018 at 2:15 PM EST January 1, 2018 to January 25, 2018
January 26, 2016 380 433-444 January 25, 2018 at 2:15 PM EST January 1, 2018 to January 25, 2018
January 23, 2018 340 440-446 January 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST January 1, 2018 to January 19, 2018

To find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool, fill out a free assessment form now.