Ontario announced the introductions of the Expression of Interest system


On March 15, 2021, the government of Ontario announced regulatory amendments to the Ontario Immigration Act to implement the Expression of Interest (EOI) system for five streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The new system will help OINP to apply the points grid system to administer the Employer Job Offer Category (Foreign Worker; International Student, and In-Demand Skills streams); Masters Graduate Category; and Ph.D. Graduate Category. These measures were first announced on September 8, 2020, and public consultations continued until October 23, 2020. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development finally filed the amending regulations to Ontario Regulation 422/17 and Ontario Regulation 421/17. The three main goals of the new EOI are to allow OINP to strategically manage intakes, increase the OINP’s labour market responsiveness, and better respond to regional labour market needs. The details for the points grids to be published soon.