Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream
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:
- Meet the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in IRCC's Express Entry system as determined by the director;* 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.
* In September 2018, the Government of Ontario replaced the eligibility requirement of at least 400 CRS points for the Human Capital Priorities Stream with a requirement that candidates "must have a minimum CRS score as determined by the director." The CRS scores of candidates issued invitations in three out of the eight HCP draws in 2018 were lower than 400. See a complete list of draws under the Invitation History section of this page.
This page will provide details on the following topics:
- Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Human Capital Priorities application process
- Additional Criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Class
- Additional Criteria for the Canadian Experience Class
- Invitation History
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream, candidates must:
- 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:
- International English Language Testing (IELTS) (General Training Test only)
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (General Test only) for English testing, and
- Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada),
- Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) for French testing.
- 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;
- Have obtained a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system as determined by the director;
- 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|
|For each additional family member||$3,361|
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 Express Entry 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 60 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.
Additional Criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Class
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
|Arranged employment (principal applicant only)|
Points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.
|Candidate's previous study in Canada|
The candidate completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.
Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week. Candidates must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in Canada.
|Spouse or common-law partner’s previous study in Canada|
The candidate's spouse or common-law partner completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.
Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and the spouse or common-law partner must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in Canada.
|Candidate's previous work in Canada|
The candidate completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in Canada:
|Spouse or common-law partner’s previous work in Canada|
The candidate's spouse or common-law partner completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in Canada.
|Relatives in Canada|
The candidate or, if applicable, his/her spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Canada and is 18 years or older. Acceptable forms of relatives include:
|Spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency|
The candidate's spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency in either English or French is at the CLB 4 level or higher in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
Additional Criteria for the Canadian Experience Class
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.
- All applicants must intend to reside in Ontario
- Be admissible to Canada.
Ontario is issuing NOIs on a regular basis to eligible candidates who have the minimum CRS score as determined by the director. 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|
|November 26, 2018*||185||350-439||November 26, 2018 at 1:13 PM EST||January 1, 2018 to November 26, 2018|
|August 9, 2018*||947||350-439||n/a||January 1, 2018 to August 9, 2018|
|March 28, 2018**||299||351-446||March 26, 2018 at 4 PM EST||January 1, 2018 to March 26, 2018|
|March 28, 2018*||480||351-446||March 26, 2018 at 2 PM EST||January 1, 2018 to March 26, 2018|
|February 27, 2018||511||441-443||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|
*Invitations to Express Entry candidates with job offers in Ontario.
**On March 28, the second HCP draw targeted Express Entry candidates who demonstrated French language ability of CLB 7 or above.