To qualify applicants must have:
- Pending application under the Federal Express Entry system;
- Minimum of 1-year of full time, or full time equivalent work experience under NOC occupation level 0, A or B;
- Canadian equivalent Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD;
- Minimum CLB level 7 in IELTS general exam;
- Intention to reside in the Province of Ontario;
- Minimum of 400 points under the Federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System.
Although Ontario began releasing information about its draws at the start of 2018, it had not provided an update since the end of May.
The previous HCP draw took place on March 26, when the province issued a total of 779 invitations in two targeted searches.
The first search focused on candidates with a job offer in Ontario who had profiles in the Express Entry Pool and met HCP criteria.
Under this search, 480 candidates received invitations with scores in the range of 351 to 446. Those invited submitted their Canada Express Entry profiles between January 1 and March 26, 2018.
The second search targeted candidates with French language ability at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all abilities, who had a profile in the Express Entry Pool and met HCP requirements.
This search saw 299 invitations issued, again with scores in the range of 351 to 446. Those invited submitted their Canada Express Entry profiles between January 1 and March 26, 2018.
The Ontario HCP is aimed at skilled workers looking to live and work in Canada’s largest province.
Candidates who qualify for the federal Express Entry pool are nominated by Ontario based on education, work experience, language skills and other factors.
The province looks for candidates it considers able to quickly integrate themselves into the labour market.
The OINP received an increased federal government allocation for 2018 of 6,600 nominations, up 600 on the number for 2017.
The province is currently accepting applications for all but one of its immigration streams.
Together with HCP, other open streams include the Employer Job Offer streams for Foreign Workers, International Students and In-Demand Skills, the Express Entry streams for French-Speaking Skilled Workers and Skilled Trades, plus the Corporate and Entrepreneur
Ontario’s International Student PhD Graduate stream is also currently open, while the Masters Graduate stream is now closed after opening briefly in January.