This stream is aligned to Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system. If an applicant is successful, they get 600 extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Ontario. Applicants do not need to have a job offer to qualify in this stream. They, however, need to meet the following qualifications.

  • Must have a pending application with the Federal Express Entry System
  • Must have 12 or more months of paid cumulative or continuous experience of work in Ontario. The last two months before an applicant’s NOI must be in major groups 72, 73, or 82 or in National Occupation Classification
  • Must have proof of settlement fund to cover you and your dependents
  • An applicant must have certification for their occupation or proof of Ontario license
  • Must be a resident of Ontario with a valid work permit
  • French or English language level of at least CLB in writing, speaking, listening, and reading
  • Must have a Notification of Interest from Ontario through the Express Entry online account
  • Have a valid Express Entry pool profile

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) started publishing about this draw in 2018 and it has been very successful. This is not the only draw that Ontario has conducted for immigrants. It also conducts draws for Human Capital Priorities, Entrepreneur Stream, and French Speaking Skilled workers. They are all wonderful opportunities for applicants to get residence in Ontario.

In 2019, the city has received a federal government allocation for 6, 900 in 2019 through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. 250 of these nominations go to temporary foreign workers in occupations of intermediate skill.

In 2018, Ontario was given 250 extra nominations after it reached the limit. This means that 6, 850 candidates were nominated for permanent residence.

What Occupations Are Eligible for the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream

Certain occupation groups are eligible for this stream. They include; butchers and bakers, industrial and construction trades, agriculture, technical jobs in natural resource, and maintenance and equipment operations. Applicants simply need to know their National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes. The number of eligible occupation groups is expected to keep growing

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