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Ontario Express Entry

Ontario Tech Draw Offers Nearly 1800 Invitations to Express Entry Candidates

Ontario’s new Tech Draw sent out 1,773 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a draw held August 1st, 2019. Over the past 20 days, close to 3,400 total candidates have been encouraged to pursue provincial nomination for draws in this stream. 

The Tech Draw is targeted towards Express Entry candidates with experience in one or more of six designated technology occupations the province has identified as high demand.The Tech Draw looks for candidates skilled in one of the six following occupations for the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level and skill type: software engineers and designers (NOC 2173), computer engineers (NOC 2147), computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174), database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172), computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213), and web designers and developers (NOC 2175).

For the August 1st draw, the lowest score on the Comprehensive Ranking System was 435, a relatively low score.The Tech Draws began in July this year, making this draw the second of its kind so far. Both draws in total have issued 3,396 invitations to candidates.

Ontario is one of Canada’s most prosperous technology bases, especially in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo. 

In the past 5 years, 80,000 new jobs in the tech industry were created in Toronto alone. These Tech Draws are designed to meet the increasing need for jobs in this sector, making it a promising stream for hopeful immigrants.

The Ontario government can search through the federal Express Entry pool of candidates to find those with the desired skills and experience in technology, and invite them to apply for permanent residence in the province. For candidates to be considered for the draws, it is mandatory to have an existing profile under the federal Express Entry system. 

Candidates with high scores on the CRS and with lots of experience in the field, and those with lower scores have both been granted invitations, or Notifications of Interest. 

Several provincial streams like the Ontario Tech Draw allows candidates with lower CRS scores to improve their ranking and be invited to apply for permanent residence, based on the province’s need for candidates in certain job industries. Candidates who receive invitations through Ontario Tech Draws will see increased CRS scores, and be prioritized to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence on the national and federal level.

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Ontario French-speanking stream

Ontario invited 360 French-Speaking candidates through Skilled Worker Stream

Ontario issued new invitations to immigration candidates with eligible French-speaking abilities to apply for an Ontario provincial nomination through the Skilled Worker Stream. A total of 360 invitations were issued in the May 22 draw.

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is aligned with Federal Express Entry (EE) system. To qualify for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, candidates must meet the requirements of both the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and one of the two federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

EE candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which effectively guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence from the Government of Canada. 

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream does not require a job offer in Ontario, nor does it require a minimum CRS score to be eligible. However, a minimum language level at CLB 7 in French and CLB 6 in English are required. Also, candidates must have been obtained at least one-year work experience in NOC Skill level 0, A or B. If you choose to be assessed against the FSW, you must score at least 67 points on the six selection factors, which include education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability.

So far in 2019, a total of 549 invitations have been issued through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. 

If you speak both French and English and interested in immigrating to Ontario, you are welcome to contact our Professional Canada Immigration Consultants for more information.

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Ontario's PNP

Ontario’s PNP nominations increase to 6900 in 2019

Ontario will be able to nominate 6,900 immigration candidates this year, the highest quota on record. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new initiative on March 12, in which it mentioned that the 6,900 candidates include 6,650 primary nominations and an additional 250 places for intermediate skilled temporary foreign workers.

The 6,650 nominees will be filled, as in previous years, through various immigration streams under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), including the most popular Human Capital Priorities Stream.

The 250 places are mainly for temporary overseas workers who have been in Canada for a long time and offer them the opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

The allocation of OINP is 6,600 in 2018; already the most significant number approved through the PNP. OINP also received an additional 250 nominations at the end of last year, bringing the total to 6,850.

Demand from OINP is so strong that Ontario had asked for an additional 1,000 nomination quotas in 2019, hoping to raise the total to 7,600.

The increase in this year’s allocation reflects an increase in the Provincial Nomination Programannual targets for 2019 and 2020. This year, the PNP aims to absorb 61,000 new immigrants nationwide, an increase of 6,000 from its goal of 55,000 in 2018.

Nine Canadian provinces and two territories take part in the PNP, under which provinces nominate a pre-decided number of economic immigrants annually to become permanent residents.

Ontario is the most populated province in Canada, with 40% of the total population of Canada living here. It has the largest concentration of higher education resources and economic activity in the country.

A significant number of this year’s Ontario nominees are expected to be selected through the Federal Express Entry System. At this stage, Ontario has three nomination streams linked to Express Entry System: Human Capital Priorities Stream, French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, and Skilled Trades Stream.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream was Ontario’s most active immigration stream in 2018, with 2,190 of the 6,850 nominations offered by Ontario last year. Last year’s take away winner in Ontario’s nominating program, was Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, with 1,254 nominations. Next came the Masters Graduate Stream, which nominated 1,215 people. It is relatively easy for qualified international students, the only difficulty being to grab the quota.

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Ontario immigration lowers scores to less than 400

Ontario says more Express Entry-linked draws with CRS under 400 ‘possible’

The Ontario provincial government has said that there is a possibility the province will consider applicants with CRS scores of less than 400 under the Human Capital Priorities Stream. The stream has always had a minimum threshold of at least 400 points. This stream allows the Ontario Immigrant Nominee programme to search for eligible candidates from the federal express entry pool.


Recently, OINP revised the stream’s application guide to allow the director to stipulate the minimum scores rather than sticking to 400. This led to three invitation rounds where the province selected candidates with a minimum as low as 350 points ever since the August 9 draw.


That draw targeted Express Entry candidates with a job offer in Ontario for which the CRS minimum was dropped to 351. A second Human Capital Priorities draw on March 28 also saw the CRS minimum reduced to 351 for Express Entry candidates with French language abilities of CLB 7 or higher.


But neither of these two (a job offeror French language proficiency) are mandatory under the Human Capital Priorities Stream’s criteria.


Ontario has used the Human Capital Priorities Stream to target Express Entry candidates with specified work experience, in the information and communication technology sector.


OINP says the possibility of minimum score continuing to drop below 400 will depend on a number of factors, including the number of eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool and Ontario’s labour market needs and priorities.


The Ontario Immigration Act grants the OINP’s director the discretion to set the minimum CRS score based on the following factors:

1. Ontario’s annual OINP nomination allocation, as determined by the federal government;


2. The federal government’s minimum CRS score, which establishes federal government Express Entry selection parameters;


3. Ontario’s current labour market needs; and


4. Other Ontario economic immigration related priorities.


In order to be visible to the OINP when it is searching the Express Entry pool, candidates must indicate their interest in immigrating to either Ontario or ‘All provinces and territories’ when creating their Express Entry profile.


Doing so will allow OINP staff to identify candidates in the federal Express Entry system who have an interest in immigrating to Ontario.