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Four new Ontario Expression of Interest draws saw the province issue 1,685 invitations through its Employer Job Offer streams for Foreign Workers and International Students.

Two draws under each stream were conducted on July 13, 2021.

Under the Foreign Worker stream, a general draw saw 1,211 candidates invited, with a minimum score of 33 points on the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program points grid. A further targeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates saw 24 invitations issued.

For the International Student stream, a general draw saw 431 invitations issued, while a Regional Immigration Pilot draw featured 19 invitations.

To qualify for each draw, candidates needed to have created profiles between April 28 and July 13, 2021.

Full requirements for all the mentioned streams are included further down this article.


Ontario Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream Expression of Interest Draw

Date issued Number of invitations issued Date profiles created Score range Notes
July 13, 2021 24 April 28 – July 13, 2021 N/A Targeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates.
1,211 33 and above General draw

Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream Expression of Interest Draw

Date issued Number of invitations issued Date profiles created Score range Notes
July 13, 2021 19 April 28 – July 13, 2021 N/A Targeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates.
431 62 and above General draw

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The Ontario EOI system manages application intake for the following streams:

Ontario Expression of Interest Ranking System

Points are awarded based on the following attributes:

  1. Level and field of education and where they completed their studies.
  2. Proficiency in English or French.
  3. Intention to settle outside of the Greater Toronto Area.
  4. Skill and work experience level, earnings history, other factors relevant to prospects in Ontario job market.
  5. Labour market needs in the province or region of the province.

Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

To qualify under this stream, applicants must have:

  • A permanent and full-time job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets the median wage levels for Ontario, and in a position that is necessary to the business;
    • For those already working in the position, the proposed wage must be equal to or greater than the current wage being paid
  • Two cumulative years of relevant work experience in the previous five years before the date of application;
  • Relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario, if the position so requires;
  • Live abroad, or be working, studying or visiting Canada on a valid permit;
  • Intention to settle in Ontario.

Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream

To qualify under this stream, applicants must have:

  • A permanent and full-time job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets low wage levels for Ontario, and in a position that is necessary to the business;
    • For those already working in the position, the proposed wage must be equal or greater than the current wage being paid
  • Either
    • Graduated or met requirements of a full-time minimum two-year degree from a publicly-funded Canadian college or university; OR
    • Graduated or met requirements of a full-time minimum one-year post-graduate diploma program from a publicly-funded Canadian college or university.
  • Completed at least half the studies in Canada;
  • Apply within two years from the date you completed the above course
  • Legal status in Ontario
  • Intention to settle in Ontario.

Regional Immigration Pilot

The Regional Immigration Pilot is designed to use the OINP to bring skilled labour not available locally to smaller Ontario communities.

To qualify candidates must have a permanent job offer from one of the three participating communities:

  • Chatham-Kent.
  • Cornwall.
  • Quinte West/Belleville.

Candidates must also meet the criteria for one of the Ontario Employer Job Offer streams, namely:

  • Foreign Worker.
  • International Student.
  • In-Demand Skills.

Candidate Requirements

  • Full-time and permanent job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities.
  • Meet the criteria for one of the Employer Job Offer category streams (see below).

Number of Nominations

Approximately 150 Employer Job Offer nominations have been set aside for the pilot.

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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of immigration.ca featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.