Ontario French Speaking Skilled Worker Draw Issues 126 NOIs

Ontario immigration department  held a new draw via the Express Entry-linked French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, rolling out Notifications of Interest(NOIs) to 126 candidates.

The March 3 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program draw saw NOIs sent out to immigration candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging between 455 and 467.

To be eligible for the draw, candidates had to lodge Express Entry profiles between the months of March 3, 2020, and March 3, 2021.

Candidates from this draw needed to have a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system, which processes and manages applications for the Federal Skilled Trades Programs, the Federal Skilled Workers Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates are awarded points on the CRS for work experience, educational qualification, age and language ability.

If invited candidates receive the nomination, they will be granted an extra 600 CRS points toward their overall score.

This bonus practically assures that they will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

The French-Speaking Skilled Workers (FSSW) candidates need to meet the eligibility requirement of the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least six in English and seven in French, among other requirements.

These invited candidates will be contacted by the immigration department. They have forty-five (45) days to apply online for their provincial nominations.

Ontario 2021 French-Speaking Skilled Worker Draws

Date NOIs sent out CRS Score Range Express Entry profile submission dates
03-Mar-21 126 455-467 March 3, 2020 to March 3, 2021
13-Jan-21 146 456-467 January 13, 2020 to January 13, 2021


Eligibility Requirements For The Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Eligible applicants must have:

  • Pending application under Canada’s Express Entry system;
  • Minimum of One (1) year of full-time, or full-time equivalent work experiences under NOC occupation level 0, A or B;
  • Canadian equivalent Bachelor degree, Masters degrees or PhD;
  • Minimum CLB level Seven (7) in TEF exam (French); AND minimum CLB Six (6) in IELTS exam (English)
  • Intention to reside in the Ontario province.

Express Entry system

Express Entry is an application management system for three main Federal High Skilled immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Express Entry candidates may be qualified for one or more of these programs.

Once in the Express Entry pool of candidates, the federal immigration department awards point to immigration candidates based on their human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, language ability in French or English, and other factors. The candidates having the highest scores are then invited to apply in an Express Entry draw.