Provincial Nominee Program
Apr. 30, 2021

Ontario's EOI system: A Detailed Analysis

Ontario's EOI system: A Detailed Analysis

On April 28, 2021, Ontario opened a new Expression of Interest (EOI) system for the following two streams under the Employer Job Offer Category. 

  • Foreign Worker

  • International Student 


The OINP expects to open the EOI system to the following programs in the near future.

Employer Job Offer:

  • In-Demand Skills


Human Capital: 

  • Masters Graduate Stream

  • Phd Graduate Stream


What is the EOI system?

EOI is simply Expression of Interest. Applicants will firstly register the EOI system to enter the selection pool. The applicant will be given a score based on his/her answers. Ontario will then invite candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. 


Before, one could only register when the OINP opened its online portal. Now, applicants can register an EOI profile at any time. The EOI registration is valid for up to 12 months or until the applicant receives an invitation. After 12 months, the EOI profile will be deleted automatically.


How to register an EOI profile? 

  1. Firstly, you need to make sure that you are eligible for the provincial Nomination Program by reading the applicant requirements at https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-immigrant-nominee-program-oinp 

  2. Secondly,  create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal

  3. You can only register one EOI profile at any given time, but you can register an expression of interest for one or more streams.

  4. You can update or withdraw your profile at any time.


EOI Scoring Rule

  1. Ontario ranks EOI profiles based on your answers.

  2. The OINP scoring system is different depending on which stream you apply for. 

  3. Points are awarded based on: NOC Code, Canadian work experience, wage, education, official language ability, the region in which you study or work, and the labor markets needs.


Job offer: NOC skill level

(Not applied to Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams.)

  • NOC Skill Level A – 10 points

  • NOC Skill Level B – 8 points

  • NOC Skill Level C – 0 points

  • NOC Skill Level D – 0 points

 

Job offer: NOC type

(Not applied to Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams.)

  • NOC Type 0,1,2,3,9 – 10 points

  • NOC Type 4,5,6,7,8 – 5 points

 

Job offer: wage

(Not applied to Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams.)

  • $40 per hour or higher – 10 points

  • $20 to $39.99 per hour – 5 points

  • Less than $20 per hour – 0 points

 

Canadian work experience: length

(Cumulative)

  • 12 Months or more – 4 points

  • Less than 12 months – 0 points

 

Canadian work experience: NOC Skill Level

  • NOC Skill Level A – 3 points

  • NOC Skill Level B – 0 points

  • NOC Skill Level C – 0 points

  • NOC Skill Level D – 0 points

 

Canadian work experience: earnings history

  • $40k or more earnings in a year – 3 points

  • Less than $40k earnings in a year – 0 points

 

Highest level of education

(Only applied to International Student stream)

  • PhD – 10 points

  • Masters – 8 points

  • Bachelors or equivalent – 6 points

  • College diploma or trade certificate – 5 points

  • Less than college or trade certificate – 0 points

 

Field of study

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams)

  • Engineering – 10 points

  • Health care – 10 points

  • Math and Computer Science – 9 points

  • Business and Administration – 7 points

  • Trades – 7 points

  • Social, Legal, Education and Science – 6 points

  • Arts and Humanities – 5 points

 

Canadian education experience

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)

  • More than one Canadian credential – 10 points

  • One Canadian credential – 5 points

 

Official language ability

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)

  • CLB 9 or higher – 10 points

  • CLB 8 – 6 points

  • CLB 7 – 4 points

  • CLB 6 or lower – 0 points

 

Knowledge of official languages

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)

  • 2 Official Languages – 10 points

  • 1 Official Language – 5 points

 

Regional immigration: location of job Offer

(Not applied to Masters or PhD streams.)

  • Outside GTA – 10 points

  • Inside GTA – 6 points

 

Regional immigration: location of study

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams)

  • Outside GTA – 10 points

  • Inside GTA – 6 points

 

Strategic priorities

(To address immediate labor market needs in the province or a region of the province.)

  • As determined by OINP on the expression of interest system invitation to apply webpage – 10 points  (if in use)



Xueran HAN
Xueran HAN
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)