A temporary pause had been placed on these streams last May, due to their annual allocations having been reached.
In addition, a new modernized online application process is due to be rolled out in conjunction with the reopening of these OINP streams. The government of Ontario says that this will speed up the application process, improve customer service, and help employers find the skilled workers they need sooner.
The provincial government also added that the International PhD Graduate, International Masters Graduate, and Human Capital Priorities streams will pause and reopen periodically. The aim of this strategy is for more efficient processing of applications.
The OINP overall allocation is set at 6,000 for 2017. This is up from 5,500 last year, and includes applications across all OINP streams. As recently as 2014, the province's allocation was set at just 2,500.