The much-anticipated Ontario Tech Draw was finally held on August 1. The Draw issued 1,773 invitations to Express Entry candidates who had work experience in one of the six tech occupations and achieved a Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 435. This marked the second Ontario Tech Draw since they were introduced in July and in total 3,396 Express Entry candidates have received notifications or invitations or Notifications of Interests.
Ontario is a notable home to several major tech hubs. The tech hubs are mostly in the cities of Toronto, Waterloo, and Ottawa. The Tech Draws are therefore designed to meet the rising labour needs in the sector. For example,more than 80,000 jobs have been created in Toronto alone in the last five years . Therefore, the Tech Draw gives Ontario a chance to search the Express Entry applications and invite the eligible candidates to apply for provincial nomination.
Due to the massive shortage in Canada’s workforce, the Express Entry System serves as a primary source of Canada’s skilled foreign workers. Candidates who receive provisional nomination, end up receiving an additional 600 points towards their possible Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score. This effectively ensures an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The Express Entry System gives candidates a chance to acquire Canadian permanent residence if they qualify for the Federal Trades Class, Skilled Worker Class or Canadian Class of the Experienced. The Express Entry System does not require you to have a job offer so that to participate in the Draw. The candidates who score highest points in the Entry Express System pool receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence through constant draws from the pool. However, for one to be considered for an invitation from Ontario, the interested candidates are required first to submit an Express Entry Profile.