A total of 371 Express Entry candidates received NOIs under the Skilled Trades Stream.

The province of Ontario issued 470 invitations in January 2019 to Express Entry candidates to make applications for a provincial nomination via its Skilled Trades & French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams.

On January 24, 2019, OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) issued about 371* NOIs (Notifications of Interest) in its 1st draw of the year via the Skilled Trades Stream, which has a connection to the Express Entry System. The participants who got an NOI in the first draw were required to possess Express Entry profiles, which were to be made from January 24, 2018, to January 24, 2019.

Through the Skilled Trades Stream, OINP is able to search for suitable candidates in the Express Entry pool. People who are currently living in this particular province, and have a minimum of 1-year full-time work experience, or the same in doing part-time work in any of the skilled trades mentioned in Minor Group 633 or in Major Group 72/73/82 under the country’s NOC (National Occupational Classification) make the most ideal candidates.

Although the candidates don’t require a job offer to be allowed to apply under Skilled Trades Stream or French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, they have to meet certain federal and provincial conditions mandated by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

Candidates who manage to acquire provincial nomination successfully under the Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Streams get 600 CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) additional points. The extra points effectively guarantee these candidates an Invitation to Applyfor permanent residency in Canada via the Express Entry System.

To be acknowledged as a candidate under the mentioned Express Entry-aligned streams, the first step is to get an Express Entry profile.

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