the Human Capital Priorities Stream

Third Ontario Draw under the Human Capital Priorities Stream | What is the HCP?

On February 22, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 773 candidates who may qualify for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream. This is the third draw of the year under the HCP, an stream that gives foreign skilled workers the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

HCP Draws:  Number of invitations issued
February 22, 2022 773
February 8, 2022 622
January 12, 2022 502

This time, invited candidates had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 455 and 600. The most points Express Entry candidates can get without a provincial nomination is 600. This means that OINP removed the CRS cap for this draw. Consequently, high-scoring Ontario candidates can now apply.

Invited candidates also had work experience in specific National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes such as:

  • Other administrative services managers – NOC 0114
  • Banking, credit and other investment managers – NOC 0122
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations managers – NOC 0124
  • Other business services managers – NOC 0125
  • To check the full list please visit OINP’s website.

Ontario also issued 8 invitations under the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream, on February 22. These candidates did not have Express Entry profiles, but they had submitted an Expression of Interest to Ontario’s system. Of course, this draw was targeted for Economic Mobility Pathways Project candidates.

About the Human Capital Priorities Category

The requirements for the Human Capital Priorities stream will vary according to the category in which you wish to be evaluated. However, you may consider exploring the requirements since this could be a great alternative for:

In order to apply, candidates must have a valid profile in IRCC’s Federal Express Entry system. Also, they must qualify under either the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). It is important to note that candidates may not apply directly to this stream. Instead, they must first receive a Notification of Interest from the OINP.

The OINP searches the federal Express Entry pool for potential candidates who:

  • Meet the stream’s minimum CRS in IRCC’s Express Entry system (there is no minimum CRS established for this category.); and also,
  • Meet the criteria of Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

The minimum requirements to be eligible under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream are:

  • Have a profile under the Federal Express Entry system, and be qualified for either the FSWP or the CEC.
  • Have obtained a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system as determined by the director;
  • Also, you must hold a minimum of 1-year of full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience under NOC occupation level 0, A, or B.
  • Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree. You can also have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that the foreign education credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D.
  • Furthermore, you must show language proficiency of minimum CLB/NCLC level 7 (or above) in English or in French.
  • In addition, you must show that you intend to reside in Ontario, by providing documentation to demonstrate ties to the province.
  • You must also reside with legal status in Canada, if applicable.
  • Moreover, you need proof of required settlement funds, such as bank statements, annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario, and/or a job offer in Ontario.

Furthermore, the required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed for each family size. It is also important to note that requirements for settlement funds are updated annually.

To read more about the work experience that you need, click here.

Human Capital Priorities Application Process

  • In order to apply, applicants must have received a NOI from Ontario through their Express Entry profile. Of course, a NOI is valid for 45 calendar days, which means that an application to the OINP must be submitted within 45 days.
  • Once you receive a NOI from the OINP, you must apply to the OINP under the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
  • If nominated, you will obtain a Nomination Approval Letter and an OINP Certificate of Nomination by email. Then, candidates have 30 calendar days to accept the nomination in the Express Entry system.
  • If a nomination is accepted, Express Entry candidates are awarded an additional 600 CRS points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a future draw from the pool.
  • Then you have to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to IRCC within 60 days of receiving the ITA.

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