Ontario and Alberta are two of nine provinces that hold Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). The only province in Canada that doesn’t hold a PNP is Quebec.

Below is an extensive outline of how the Immigrant Nominee Programs played out in Alberta and Ontario.

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)

The OINP usually issues invitations to candidates with work experience in one of these occupations;

  • Computer engineering (NOC 2147)
  • Software engineering and software design (NOC 2173)
  • Web design and development (NOC 2175)
  • Computer Programming and interactive media development (NOC 2174)
  • Database analysis and data administration (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems management (NOC 0213)

All Express Entry candidates at the provincial level need to have Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores that range between 421 and 451. This is a very favourable requirement because it’s the lowest score since this program kicked off in July 2019.

Once you receive a provincial nomination into 2020’s OINP Tech Draw, you get awarded an additional 600 CRS. This allows the candidates to advance through the subsequent Federal Express Entry draw.

In Ontario, all candidates that receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) should be eligible for the Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCPS) to move to the subsequent round.

How does the Tech Draw work?

Once you receive your provincial nomination, the next step is the Tech Draw that’s usually carried out through the HCPS. This stream allows OINP to find out which candidates qualify for Federal Express Entry.

Note that, you don’t have to have a job offer to be eligible for the HCPS. All you need is a profile in the Express Entry pool.

Tech Draws are necessary because they help figure out which candidates have work experience. To qualify, you need one year’s work experience. If you don’t, the equivalent to this is paid part-time work in any of the sectors specified.

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