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Ontario PNP Occupation list in Demand – 2018

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Eligibility requirements to apply OINP, OINP Express Entry- HCP stream, Ontario PNP Occupation list 2018, Ontario PNP Processing Time 2018?

What is Ontario PNP?

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of Canadian province Ontario. It has been designed to select the suitable individuals for permanent residency in order to meet the labour market demands of Ontario.

The OINP selects the applicants from Express Entry pool, who have skills and experience to make valuable contribution to the economy and development of the province of Ontario. The OINP assess the received applications and accordingly nominate them to IRCC for Canadian permanent residency.

OINP Express Entry- HCP Stream 2018

Although OINP has several streams, however, Express Entry- Human Capital Priorities Stream of OINP is the most popular among the applicants of Canada PR. It has been designed for the skilled workers, who are willing to live and work in Ontario on a permanent basis. The express entry – HCP stream OINP is aligned with the Express Entry System.

What is the eligibility requirement to apply in OINP- Express Entry Stream?

Find below the key requirement to apply OINP- Express Entry HCP stream:

  • To be eligible to apply in OINP Express Entry stream an applicant must have his/her profile registered in federal express entry system (& qualify for express entry pool) with a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score 400 points or above.
  • He must choose an option of ‘Interested in moving to Ontario’ or ‘All Provinces and territories’ while creating an express entry profile
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  • The applicant need to fulfil the basic criteria of Ontario’s Express Entry- HCP stream, i.e. education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other key parameters.

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Ontario PNP occupation list 2017- 2018

Well, the Ontario doesn’t have any specific in demand occupation list for the skilled workers to nominate the same. However, if your occupation reflects in the NOC (National Occupational Classification) at skill type O, or skill levels A or B of Canada, you can apply in the OINP.

Moreover, if you are an ICT professional, you may also explore the below given prioritized ICT occupation list, revealed by Ontario June last year (i.e. year 2017), when it was issuing NOI to the ICT professionals even with the low CRS score.

Prioritized ICT Occupation by OINP

As per the new initiative taken by Ontario on June 26, 2017, the candidates with work experience in any of the following ICT occupations were eligible to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from OINP, i.e. an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination), even if their CRS score is below 400 points. Usually, Ontario only issue invitation to those candidates, who have CRS score 400 or above.

Prioritized ICT Occupations 

NOC Code ICT Occupations
NOC 0131 Telecommunication Carriers Managers
NOC 0213 Computer and Information Systems Managers
NOC 2133 Electrical and Electronics Engineers
NOC 2147 Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Design
NOC 2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
NOC 2172 Database Analysts and Data Administrators
NOC 2173 Software Engineers and Designers
NOC 2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
NOC 2175 Web Designers and Developers
NOC 2241 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and
NOC 2281 Computer Network Technicians
NOC 2282 User Support Technicians
NOC 2283 Systems Testing Technicians
NOC 5224 Broadcast Technicians
NOC 5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators

Note:  It is not confirmed whether OINP is still inviting ICT occupations as per the initiative taken in June 2017 or not.

Ontario PNP Processing Time 2018

Find below the stream wise OINP Processing Times as per the data updated on February 5, 2018:


OINP Stream OINP is processing applications submitted and paid for between the following dates: Estimated processing time
Ontario’s Express Entry French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream September 26, 2017 and February 3, 2018 inclusive 30 to 60 days*
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream May 15, 2017 and February 3, 2018 inclusive 30 to 60 days*
Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream July 20, 2017 and February 4, 2018 inclusive Less than 30 days*
Masters Graduate Stream October 13, 2017 and February 5, 2018 inclusive 30 to 60 days*
PhD Graduate Stream October 25, 2017 and February 4, 2018 inclusive 30 to 60 days*
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker, International Student and In Demand Skills streams July 20, 2017 and February 5, 2018 inclusive 30 to 60 days*
Entrepreneur Stream Applications are assessed on a case by case basis Dependent upon the complexity of the application
Corporate Stream Applications are assessed on a case by case basis Dependent upon the complexity of the application

Note: The processing time varies based on validity and accuracy of individual applications and documents. Some applications may take longer than estimated processing time if OINP is waiting for extra documents or for a reply of procedural fairness letter. Further details about processing time OINP – click here

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