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2021 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

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2021 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) 2021 program is open to new applications. and applications already submitted to the OINP will continue to be accepted and considered under the program’s 2021 nomination allocation. The exact number of 2021 OINP allocations has not been announced yet.

Canada encourages applications for Permanent Residence from people with skilled abilities, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy. One of the most significant programs is known as the Provincial Nominee Program or PNP. This is a system that allows the territorial and/or provincial governments to select immigrants based on the specific economic needs of that territory or province. PNP is targeting 80,800 new immigrants over the next three years, according to the new immigration levels plan announced by the government in March.

To discuss your qualifications for obtaining Permanent Resident status in Ontario or one of the other provinces, an immigration legal professional familiar with how the PNP System works can explain your options.

2020 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Results

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reached its 2020 nomination allocation on December 17 and is in the process of notifying successful applicants. In 2020 OINP issued:

  • 8,050 nominations across all streams in 2020
  • 400 additional nominations available by in-year reallocation
  • 50 additional NOC skill level C nominations

Applications already submitted to OINP will be accepted and considered under the program’s 2021 nomination allocation.

Ontario Will launch EOI system in 2021

Ontario announced that in early 2021 they will launch an Expression of Interest (EOI) system to manage application intake, which is already in place in other provinces, including Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The point-based system will give prospective applicants a score based on their EOI profile using factors including education and language abilities. The exact details of the OINP EOI are expected to be announced in early 2021.

In addition to the current Entrepreneur Stream and Human Capital Priorities Stream, the Ontario EOI Express Entry immigration stream is anticipated to include:

  • Employer Job Offer Category (Foreign Worker; International Student, and In-Demand Skills streams)
    Foreign workers with a job offer in Ontario
  • Masters Graduate
    Targeting foreigners who have graduated with a Master’s Degree from an eligible Ontario university
  • Ph.D. Graduate
    Targeting foreigners who have graduated from a PhD program at an eligible Ontario university

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Do You Want to Move To Ontario, Canada?

Each Canadian province or territory has its own specific immigration procedures. In order to become a nominee, applicants must first submit an application to the province they are interested in. If they are accepted, they can make an application to IRCC for their Permanent Residence. When applying to IRCC at the federal stage, the federal government will review issues such as medical tests, criminal background and financial stability in making a final decision.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program and the other Provincial Nominee Programs are great ways of ensuring you have the best chances at a streamlined immigration method and will work in an industry in which you have specific skills. The provinces and territories each have unique needs, and it may be a very wise choice to explore which of these areas are experiencing the greatest demand for people with your professional skills and experiences.

Contact Ackah Law today at 403-452-9515 or email us directly.


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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