66% of Express Entry Applicants Plan to Live in Ontario-Canada
June 11, 2018

66% of Express Entry Applicants Plan to Live in Ontario-Canada

A vast majority of immigration applicants using the Express Entry had the plan to live in Ontario in 2017, as per the new figures. 73,000 out of 110,000 Candidates targeted this province at the time of submitting applications.

These figures show an increase from 2016, when Ontario hardly received 15,400 from a total of 42,700 applications using the Express Entry. Furthermore it also proves that Express Entry became the leading pathway for economic immigration to the country in 2017. Additionally, Ontario received many applications.

The figures for Canadian Provinces regarding Applications in Express Entry

Rank Province Express Entry Applications Received 2017
1 Ontario 72,993
2 British Columbia 17,458
3 Alberta 9,360
4 Nova Scotia 3,032
5 Saskatchewan 2,581
6 New Brunswick 2,070
7 Manitoba 1,034
8 PEI 538
9 Newfoundland 317

Quebec Province does not participate in the Express Entry

British Columbia Province, only received 17,458 – or 16 percent applications in 2017.

Reasons of popularity of Ontario Immigration

Ontario happens to be the largest Canadian province.  One can expect that it receives the most immigrants. Moreover, it has the status as the economic hub of Canada. It has some fastest growing cities as well as the most desirable places to reside. Toronto is the most recognizable metropolis of Canada and also has a skyline recognized all through the world. Ontario presently has the challenge to attract new immigrants to reach towards some of the areas having less population. The Northern Ontario has called recently for targeted immigration programs to get more immigrants in the region.

Process of Applying to Immigrate to Ontario

  • Ontario mainly receives immigrants through Canada’s federal immigration programs. It has an Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, which can invite 6,600 aspirants in 2018.
  • Candidates failing to qualify for family reunification programs must enter the Express Entry Pool. There are Figures which suggest that Ontario received around two-thirds of Express Entry applications in 2017.
  • The method to qualify for Express Entry is through core human capital factors like language skills, age, education as well as work experience.
  • Another way to score additional points is through qualified job offer which has 200 or 50 points.
  • The candidates can also consider seeking the provincial nomination, which has 600 points. Ontario manages several provincial programs which reach out to the Express Entry Pool to select the right candidates.
  • In case of not qualifying directly for PR, candidates can reach Ontario on a temporary work permit and gain the experience necessary to improve their score.
  • On gaining permanent residence they can choose to live in any place in Canada.

The Major Programs for Ontario Immigration:


  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canada Experience ClassThe figures for Canadian Provinces regarding Applications in Express Entry


  • Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker (Express Entry)
  • Skilled Trades (Express Entry)
  • Employer Job Offer
  • International Student (Masters Graduate)
  • International Student (PhD Graduate)
  • Investor Immigration (Corporate)
  • Investor Immigration (Entrepreneur)

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