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How many provincial nominations will Ontario render in 2021?

This year, Ontario is projected to offer more than 8,350 nominations. 

Each Canadian province is allotted a set number of provincial nominations to support permanent residence petitions each year. The allotment for 2021 in Ontario has just been published. 

The federal government has given Ontario permission to issue 8,350 nominations, plus an extra 250 for temporary foreign workers in jobs with a C-skill level in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). In most cases, these vocations need a high school diploma or special job training.


In comparison, despite blocked borders and other COVID-related service delays, Ontario nominated 8,054 major applicants in 2020. In 2019, Ontario received 7,391 nominations. This also happens to be the year that Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Immigration Minister, petitioned the federal government for a 13,300 nominations allotment by 2022.

Already, the year 2021 is shaping up to be a watershed moment for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). For programs in the Employer Job Offer Category, the OINP implemented an Expression of Interest (EOI) mechanism this year.

This implies that immigration candidates can register at any time for a chance to be nominated by a province through its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), which does not invite the Express Entry applicants.

This implies that immigration candidates can register at any time for a chance to be nominated by a province through its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), which does not use the Express Entry system to choose applicants. 

Immigrate to Ontario under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). 

The province of Ontario is the most favored destination for newcomers. As a result, there are a variety of immigration options available to persons who desire to relocate to Ontario. 

PNPs were created to allow provinces to assist the economic requirements of their respective regions. As a result, many PNP immigrants prosper in Ontario’s labor market, securing employment within the first year of their arrival.

According to Statistics Canada, PNP applicants do well in part because many of them have prior Canadian experience. 

The circumstance will determine which immigration program is appropriate for the candidate. Some Ontario PNPs, such as the Human Capital Priorities Stream, allows applicants to apply without ever having visited Canada. Others, such as the Master’s Graduate stream, require you to have a work offer or at least domestic education. 

PNPs are divided into two groups. Employer Job Offer Category and other base PNPs function independently within the province. Candidates who have submitted profiles to the Express Entry system are invited to Enhanced PNPs, such as the Ontario Express Entry Streams.


Permanent residency is not guaranteed by a provincial nomination. However, it may be able to help you with your application. Only the federal government has the authority to make final decisions on immigration cases. 

Ontario and Express Entry 

To immigrate to Ontario, you do not need to apply for a PNP. You can apply to the federal government directly using the Express Entry system. It was created to enable Canada to pick excellent applicants to become permanent citizens and succeed in the labor market by expediting immigration applications.

You must be eligible for one of the three Federal High Skilled programs to apply through Express Entry: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program. 

You will be given a score based on your age, skilled job experience, education, language ability, and other characteristics when you register your profile in the pool and upload all of your documentation. 

Through regular Express Entry lotteries, the highest-scoring individuals are invited to apply for permanent residency.

Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel

To say it in the most sardonic way possible, I am least skilled as an engineer and instill a myopic view of all the experiences I have anticipated so far. However, I stir the pot, colors from which come surging forth as I choose to describe myself as an artist. Here's hoping to diversify my awareness from that cleft beyond writing.

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