The Ontario Provincial Govt. says that the way the scores for the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream are determined is being changed. The changes could result in more candidates in the Express Entry pool with less than 400 CRS to be picked in subsequent draws.
A spokesperson of the OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) said that the CRS scores in future draws continue to drop lower than the threshold score of 400, as per CIC news.
The Human Capital Priorities Stream of the OINP helps pick Express Entry candidates who meet the eligibility criteria of the province. The CRS score will now be determined by the program director as per the revised guidelines of the stream.
Post the changes, OINP has conducted 3 draws for the Human Capital Priorities Program with the CRS scores going well below 400. The draw conducted on August 9 saw application with scores as less as 350 being selected in the draw. This draw targeted candidates with a job offer in the province of Ontario. A similar draw conducted on March 28 also saw the CRS drop to 351 and targeted candidates with French proficiency of CLB 7 or above.
Neither a job offer nor French proficiency is mandatory under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream.
Kwok Wong, the OINP spokesperson, said that the Ontario Immigration Act gives discretionary power to the Program Director to set the CRS scores based on:
- Ontario’s annual nomination allocation done by the Federal Govt.
- The CRS score set by the Federal Govt. which establishes the selection parameters of the Federal Govt.
- The current labor market needs of the province of Ontario
- Other economic immigration-related priorities in the province of Ontario
To be visible to the OINP while they search in the Express Entry Pool, it is necessary that the applicants must indicate their interest to immigrate to Ontario. They may also select the option “All Provinces and Territories” while submitting their Express Entry profiles. This will allow OINP selectors to identify candidates in the pool who are interested in migrating to Ontario.
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