Ontario Invites Express Entry Candidates Under Two Provincial Immigration Streams

Ontario sent out invitations to Express Entry candidates who may be qualified for two provincial immigration streams that target French-speakers, and skilled trades workers.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) sent out the invitations on Nov. 4. These invitations, also known as Notifications of Interest (NOIs), were distributed to immigration candidates in the French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams.

These two provincial immigration streams are linked with the Express Entry system. The people who were invited in today’s draw will get an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points towards their overall score if they get the provincial nomination.

This award would practically assure that they would be given an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence in a future federal Express Entry draw.

Express Entry is an application management system for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Immigration candidates are ranked on human capital factors that the government has determined would help them thrive in the Canadian labor market such as age, education, work experience, and French or English language proficiency.

Invited candidates will be reached by the OINP. They will have forty-five (45) days to apply online for their provincial nomination. Applications may be done online, and it can either be done by the applicant or by a representative.

Normally, the application form takes about three hours to complete but it is not required to be completed in one session. The application cost is $1,500 CAD payable by credit card. Ontario immigration accepts Mastercard, Mastercard debit, Visa, and Visa Debit.

More About French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams

This stream is tailored for Express Entry candidates who speak English and French. They have to meet the eligibility requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Program, or the Canadian Experience Class. Each of these federal programs has its own requirements for education and work experience.

Candidates also require a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of seven (7) in French, and at least a six (6) in English, among other eligibility criteria.

About the Skilled Trades stream

Skilled trades workers require a minimum of one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience, or equivalent part-time experience, in the Ontario province.

The eligible skilled trades need to be identified under Minor Group 633, or Major Groups 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupation Classification.

Work experience must have been done in the Ontario province within the last two years from the submission date of the application.

The work experience must also be in at least one of the occupations listed in the Express Entry profile.

These immigration candidates must also have a valid license or certificate if they are claiming work experience in a trade that requires certification. Candidates need a minimum CLB five (5) in either French or English, among other eligibility requirements.