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Ontario PNP 2020: A Year In Review

The province of Ontario is Canada’s most popular destination for immigrants with many newcomers drawn to the bustling city of Toronto and its growing tech-jobs sector. As such, the province has a large quota for helping newcomers immigrate through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams. Securing a PNP from Ontario is considered the golden ticket in Canadian immigration.


On March 19th, 2021, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program provided an overview of their 2020 PNP activity.

For 2020, the federal government allocated 7,350 nominations to the province of Ontario, with an additional 250 nominations allocated to Ontario’s NOC C Pilot, a Federal-Provincial partnership to increase permanent resident pathways for in-demand lower-skilled workers with job offers. In November 2020, the OINP had met its 2020 quota, issuing a total of 7,600 nominations. As a response to COVID 19 immigration efforts, Ontario was granted an additional 450 nominations to be issued before the end of year, bringing Ontario’s 2020 nominations up to 8,054. In addition to principal applicants, OINP nominations also included 7,249 spouses and dependents for a total of 15,303 new immigrants to Ontario nominated for 2020.

The 8,054 nominations were issued to applicants in the following streams:

StreamNumber of nominations
Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream1,732
Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream608
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream1,558
PhD Graduate Stream251
Masters Graduate Stream405
Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream1,106
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream1,996
Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream397
Entrepreneur Stream1
Grand Total8,054

Where are the nominated applicants from?

The 8,054 nominees in 2020 came from over 130 different countries with over 50% of all nominated applicants coming from India. The top 10 countries of birth being:

Country of birthNumber of nominations
South Korea276

An increase in Tech Workers

In 2020 as a result of a shift in labour market needs, the OINP issued a high number of nominations in technology-related occupations. Approximately 20% of all nominations were to individuals citing work experience or a job offer in a high-tech occupation, including:

  • Software Engineers and Designers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Interactive Media Developers
  • IT systems analysts
  • technology consultants
Top Tech OccupationsNumber of nominations
Software engineers and designers528
Computer programmers and interactive media developers374
Computer and information systems managers172
Database analysts and data administrators162
Web designers and developers96
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)63
All other tech occupations209
Grand total1,604

The importance of an Express Entry profile.

Out of the 8.054 nominations issued, over 40% of applicants were selected via their federal Express Entry profile, further identifying the importance of a strong Express Entry profile. The lowest targeting CRS score for 2020 was 358, with a median lowest CRS across all Express Entry draws of 442.

Rebecca Major

Rebecca Major is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and Director of Operations at Canadim Law Firm. She has spent the last 11 years of her career helping thousands of people immigrate to Canada.

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