The federal government has increased the province's 2017 allocation by 500 nominees to a total of 6,000.
Through the OINP, Ontario is able to nominate people for permanent resident status. Nominees include skilled workers, international students, experienced entrepreneurs, and key staff of established foreign corporations seeking to expand into Ontario.
Next week, the OINP will open applications for its three highest-volume streams - the International Masters Graduate Stream, the International PhD Graduate Stream, and the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.
The OINP is also modernizing its application process this year with a new, paperless online system, which aims to speed up the application process, improve customer service, and help employers find the skilled workers they need sooner.