Ontario's Human Capital Priorities Stream targets foreign skilled workers in the Express Entry pool with the necessary education, work experience, language proficiency, and other characteristics to establish economically and settle in the province of Ontario.
To be considered under this stream, candidates must qualify for the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) federal Express Entry pool through either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates may not apply directly to this stream. Instead, they must first receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the OINP based on their Express Entry profile.
The OINP searches the Express Entry pool and identifies potential candidates who:
- Have a minimum score of 400 under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS),* and
- Meet the criteria of Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream (see below).
Candidates identified by the OINP will receive an NOI, which will invite them to apply online to the OINP for nomination under the Human Capital Priorities Stream. From this point, selected candidates have just 45 calendar days to apply to the OINP under this stream. It is important to note that applications submitted outside the 45 calendar days will not be processed. If their application is approved, candidates will be notified of their nomination by the OINP, which they can accept and use to apply to IRCC for permanent residence.
Note: Ontario has used the HCP stream to conduct the occasional occupation-specific search of the Express Entry pool. This last occurred in June 2017, when Ontario targeted candidates with work experience in the Information and Communications Technology sector. On this one occasion only, the HCP stream also dropped its requirement of 400 CRS points for candidates whose work experience met the HCP’s requirements.
This page will provide details on the following topics:
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream, candidates must:
- Score a minimum of 400 points under the CRS. The score must remain at or above 400 during both the Ontario nomination processing stage and at the federal application for permanent residence processing stage;
- 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;
- Language proficiency must be proved by test results from one of the following designated testing agencies:
- 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.
The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size.
|Number of family members||Funds required|
|7 or more||$33,014|
Requirements for settlement funds are updated annually. Note that the number of family members includes both accompanying and non-accompanying dependents
Human Capital Priorities Application Process
Applicants must have received a NOI from Ontario through their IRCC online profile in order to apply through this stream. A NOI is valid for 45 calendar days, which means that an application to the OINP must be submitted within 45 days.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who have been issued a NOI stand a far greater chance of submitting a successful application if they become acquainted with the document checklist in advance and prepare accordingly. The required documents for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream is more extensive than the documents required to enter the federal Express Entry pool.
- Step 1: Satisfy eligibility criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class.
- Step 2: Create an Express Entry profile.
- Step 3: OINP identifies candidates in the Express Entry pool.
- Step 4: Receive a NOI from the OINP.
- Step 5: Apply to the OINP under the Human Capital Priorities Stream within 45 calendar days after receiving a NOI from Ontario.
- Step 6: Eligible candidates receive a nomination certificate from the OINP.
- Step 7: Upload the nomination certificate to the Express Entry profile to receive the 600 additional CRS points and the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.
- Step 8: Submit an application for permanent residence within 90 days of receiving the ITA.
- Step 9: Become a permanent resident of Canada.
To learn more about your Canadian immigration options through Express Entry and/or the OINP, as well as other Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements listed above, candidates applying to the Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream through the FSWP must score at least 67 out of 100 points based on the IRCC's six selection factors: English and/or French skills, education, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada, and adaptability.
Candidates should note that the OINP will only consider arranged employment in Ontario. Arranged employment in any province other than Ontario would contradict the candidate's statement of intent to reside in Ontario and result in a denial of the application to the OINP.
|English and/or French skills||Maximum 28 points|
|Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Work experience||Maximum 15 points|
|Age||Maximum 12 points|
|Arranged employment in Canada||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
|Total||Maximum 100 points|
|Pass Mark||67 points|
Factor 1: English and/or French Skills
|CLB level 9 or higher||6||6||6||6|
|CLB level 8||5||5||5||5|
|CLB level 7||4||4||4||4|
|Below CLB level 7||Not eligible to apply|
Factor 2: Education
|University-level credential at the Doctoral (PhD) level, or equivalent||25|
University-level credential at the Master’s level, or equivalent, OR an entry-to-practice professional degree, or equivalent
Occupation related to the degree must be:
|Two or more Canadian post-secondary credentials (at least one must be for a program of at least three years), or equivalent||22|
|Canadian post-secondary credential for a program of three years or longer, or equivalent||21|
|Two-year Canadian post-secondary credential, or equivalent||19|
|One-year Canadian post-secondary credential, or equivalent||15|
|Canadian high school diploma, or equivalent||5|
Factor 3: Work Experience
|Less than 1 year||Ineligible|
|6 or more years||15|
Factor 4: Age
|Under 18 years||0|
|47 years and older||0|
Factor 5: Arranged Employment in Canada
Note: For the purposes of application to the Human Capital Priorities Stream, OINP will only consider arranged employment in Ontario.
|You currently work in Canada on a temporary work permit.||
Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued),
IRCC issued your work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Service Canada. Your employer would have applied for the LMIA, which you then had to attach to your application,
You are working for an employer named on your work permit who has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement under:
Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a permit when your visa is issued),
Your current employer has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
You currently do not:
You are currently working in Canada and a different employer has offered to give you a permanent full-time job,
You are currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment, but not under an international or federal-provincial agreement,
An employer has made you a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker,
The employer has a positive LMIA from Service Canada.
Factor 6: Adaptability
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements listed above, candidates applying to the Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream through the CEC must:
- Have at least 12 months of full-time, or part-time equivalent, cumulative paid work experience in Canada in a NOC level 0, A, or B occupation in the three years prior to applying;
- Meet the minimum language level of CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR CLB 5 for NOC B jobs.
- Note: The Human Capital Priorities Stream requires ALL applicants to have language level of CLB 7 in English or French regardless of occupation.
- Plan to live outside the province of Quebec; and
- Note: planning to live outside of Ontario can be deemed to contradict the candidate's statement of intent to reside in Ontario. This can result in the refusal of his or her application to the OINP.
- Be admissible to Canada.
Ontario is issuing NOIs on a regular basis to eligible candidates with a minimum CRS score of 400. The table below reveals details of recent rounds of invitations:
|Date of announcement||Number of invitations issued||CRS Score range||Date & time of portal search||Date Express Entry profile was submitted|
|February 27, 2018||511||433-441||February 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST||January 1, 2018 to February 22, 2018|
|February 13, 2018||488||435-441||February 12, 2018 at 2:30 PM EST||January 1, 2018 to February 8, 2018 at 4PM EST|
|February 8, 2018||89||433-444||January 25, 2018 at 2:15 PM EST||January 1, 2018 to January 25, 2018|
|January 26, 2018||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|