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Ontario Provincial Nominee Program Update

Ontario's Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has a current allotment of 5500 per year. Specifics regarding this program include:

The Human Capital Priorities program

Ontario PNP nominates people based on its own criteria, from the federal Express Entry pool

- Employer Pre-screen program

- International Student - Masters Graduate stream,

- International Student- PhD Graduate stream,

- French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream

Corporate stream

For companies investing in Ontario

Ontario used up its 2016 allocation for the Human Capital Priorities program in February. As such, Ontario has not been sending, and will continue not to send, expressions of interest for this program until further notice (probably in 2017).

Effective May 9, at 5pm EDT, Ontario has now paused intake on other streams, due to the high volume of applications. The programs affected are:

The Employer Pre-screen program

The International Student - Masters Graduate stream, and

The International Student, - PhD Graduate stream.

Applications received for these streams will be returned to applicants, and no further applications will be permitted until such time as the Ontario PNP program permits.


Some applications will continue to be received as the Ontario PNP has advised it will continue to accept applications from Foreign Worker and International Student with a Job Offer applicants as Employer Pre-screen applications are assessed. Only those Foreign Worker and International Student with a Job Offer that has been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process may continue to apply to the Ontario PNP.

Ontario PNP continues to accept and process applications for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, and the Corporate stream.