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Ontario invites 691 Master’s and PhD Graduates under PNP

Updated on 05 May, 2023

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Nearly 691 international student graduates, who had submitted their profiles in Ontario’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system, have been invited by the province to apply for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). 

Along with 627 international student graduates eligible for the Masters Graduate stream, the province’s economic immigration program, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), issued an invitation to 64 more students to apply for the PhD Graduate stream on September 14. 

Score requirement of each stream that applies for PNP varies. While Masters Graduate stream, this time, was required to score a minimum of 35 points, PhD Graduates were required to score at least 16. 

This third Master’s Graduate stream draw is the largest draw in the category since the inception of the EOI system for PNPs. This is the second draw for the PhD Graduate stream. 

Going by the numbers till date, it can be observed that Master’s Graduate draws are usually larger with a higher score requirement. This could be because of the large number of qualified applicants who submit their profiles in the EOI system. 

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How to apply for Ontario’s Masters Graduate stream?

Applicants for Masters Graduate stream are required to sign up with Ontario’s e-filing portal first and then register an EOI for their respective graduate streams. The eligible candidates are later invited by Ontario to apply for a PNP. Applicants do not need any offer of employment to apply for the nomination. However, graduates are required to apply for the nomination within two years of their graduation. 

Graduates of the below-given universities are eligible for applying in this stream:


York UniversityUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyWestern University
Ryerson UniversityBrock UniversityUniversity of Ottawa
Queen’s University


Nipissing University

University of Toronto
Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)King’s University College at the University of Western OntarioWilfrid Laurier University
Laurentian UniversityUniversity of WindsorUniversity of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
Algoma UniversityUniversity of GuelphUniversity of Waterloo
Dominican University CollegeSt. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)Lakehead UniversityMcMaster University
Carleton UniversitySaint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
Trent UniversityRoyal Military College of CanadaOntario College of Art & Design University

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What is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

Provincial Nominee Program is a fast-tracked pathway to Canadian immigration. Each province may target different streams (immigration programs that zero down on certain groups) based on their requirements. These target groups–which are chosen based on skills, work experience and education–can be students, semi-skilled workers, skilled workers, and business owners. 

Provinces that offer PNP in Canada include the following:

1. Yukon

2. British Columbia

3. Northwest Territories

4. Prince Edward Island

5. Nova Scotia

6. Newfoundland and Labrador

7. Saskatchewan

8. Alberta

9. New Brunswick

10. Ontario

11. Manitoba

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