Ontario Express Entry: Simplified in Easy Steps

Ontario Express Entry simplified in easy steps

Ontario Express Entry includes three pathways : Human Capital Priorities stream, Skilled Trades stream, and French-speaking skilled workers. These three pathways of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) are managed by the Express Entry system. You must have an active and valid Express Entry profile inorder to be able to apply through any of the Ontario Express Entry streams. This blog includes:

  1. Overview of the OINP Express Entry pathways
  2. How to Apply through OINP Express Entry?
  3. OINP Express Entry draws
  4. Ontario Express Entry processing time and fee

Overview of the OINP Express Entry Pathways

Human Capital Priority Stream Skilled Trades stream French-speaking skilled workers
Express Entry profile Required Required Required
Language proficiency CLB 7 or above in English or French At Least CLB 5 or above in French or English  CLB 7 or above in French and CLB 6 or above in English
Express Entry stream eligibility Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Program Canadian Experience Class only Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Program
Education Graduation, Masters, or PhD No minimum education is mandatory Graduation, Masters, or PhD
Job Offer Not required Not required  Not required
Work Experience 1-year in TEER 0,1,2 &3 1-year in a skilled trade 1-year in TEER 0,1,2 & 3
Ontario Work Experience  Not mandatory Required Not mandatory
Human Capital Priority Stream Skilled Trades stream French-speaking skilled workers

Express Entry profile

Required

Required

Required

Language proficiency

CLB 7 or above in English or French

At Least CLB 5 or above in French or English

CLB 7 or above in French and CLB 6 or above in English

Express Entry stream eligibility

Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Program

Canadian Experience Class only

Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Program

Education

Graduation, Masters, or PhD

No minimum education is mandatory

Graduation, Masters, or PhD

Job Offer

Not required

Not required

Not required

Work Experience

1-year in TEER 0,1,2 &3

1-year in a skilled trade

1-year in TEER 0,1,2 & 3
1-year in TEER 0,1,2 & 3

Not mandatory

Required

Not mandatory

How to Apply to OINP Express Entry?

Below is the step by step process of applying to Ontario Express Entry pathways. Before applying to any of the OINP Express Entry pathways, you must have a valid and active Express Entry profile. Your Express Entry profile must have received a Notification of Interest by the OINP before applying to the Human Capital Priorities (HCP), French Speaking Skilled Worker, or Skilled Trades streams.
Create your Express Entry profile
Step1:
Create your Express Entry profile through the GCKey or Sign-in Partners
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Step 2:
Select Ontario as your choice of Canadian province you want to immigrate to.
Be eligible for one of the Express Entry pathways
Step 3:

Be eligible for one of the Express Entry pathways. Express Entry offers three pathways: Federal Skilled Workers (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class(CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades program(FSTP). While creating your profile, you will be assigned an Express Entry program as per the information you provide. You can only apply for the Ontario Express Entry stream if you belong to the FSWP or CEC program. You cannot apply if you belong to the FSTP stream. Additionally, you can only apply to the OINP Skilled trades stream if you belong to the Canadian Experience Class.

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Step 4:
Get a CRS score by the Comprehensive Ranking System. When you create your profile in the Express Entry system, you provide information about your age, education, language proficiency, academic qualifications, NOC code of primary occupation, foreign and Canadian work experience, etc. This information is assessed by the Comprehensive Ranking System that assigns you a CRS score.
Receive a Notification of Interest by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Step 5:
Receive a Notification of Interest by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Depending upon its labour market requirements, the OINP issues NOIs to the most suitable Express Entry profiles. OINP Express Entry draws are held to issue NOI to qualifying applicants with a specific CRS score range. Sometimes, the OINP also holds targeted draws to issue NOIs to profiles with specific NOC codes as their primary occupation.
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Step 6:
 Apply to the Ontario Express Entry pathway. Once you receive the Notification of Interest, you must apply to the OINP Express Entry stream you are eligible for within 45 days. You must upload all the mandatory documents and pay the application fee of $1500.
Get Provincial Nomination by the OINP or Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Step 7:
Get Provincial Nomination by the OINP or Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Once your OINP application is approved and accepted, you will receive a provincial nomination certification, and nomination approval letter via email. The OINP will also send a notification of nomination to your IRCC Express Entry account. 
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Step 8:
Accept your provincial nomination. Once you receive a notification of nomination in your IRCC account, you must accept it within 30 days.
Step 9:

Get 600 additional CRS points to your Express Entry profile. Once you accept the provincial nomination, you will receive 600 additional points on account of the nomination. These 600 points almost guarantee an ITA or Invitation to Apply in the Express Entry draws.

Get an ITA or Invitation to Apply in the Express Entry draws
Step 10:
Get an ITA or Invitation to Apply in the Express Entry draws or rounds of Invitation. Express Entry draws are held approximately twice a month. ITAs are issued to the applicants with a CRS score equal to or greater than the CRS cut-off.
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Step 11:

Apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canada PR through the Express Entry system within 60 days of getting the ITA.

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Step 12:

 Once your PR application is assessed and approved by the IRCC, you will receive your COPR or Confirmation of Permanent Residence. You can then immigrate to Canada as a Permanent Resident. 

OINP Express Entry draws

The OINP Express Entry draws are held to issue Notification of Interest to eligible profiles in the Express Entry pool. Below is the list of all the latest Ontario Express Entry draws for all the three pathways.
Human Capital Priorities stream draws
The latest Ontario Express Entry draws along with all the previous draws are tabulated below. Till now the OINP has issued 27664 Notifications of Interest to the Human Capital Priorities stream.
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HCP draws in 2022
Draw dateCRS score rangeNOI issuedDraw type
19.12.2022484-490936targeted 
28.09.2022Above 4961179targeted
22.02.2022455-600773targeted
08.02.2022463-467622targeted
12.01.2022464-467502targeted
HCP draws in 2021
Draw dateCRS score rangeNOI IssuedDraw Type
27.10.2021455-4671408Tech Draw
06.10.2021463-467486Targeted 
27.07.2021458-4671031Targeted 
23.06.2021464-467583Targeted 
13.04.2021456-467528Tech draw
02.03.2021463-467754Targeted
16.02.2021453-4671186Tech draw
02.02.2021466-467283Targeted
HCP draws in 2020
Draw dateCRS score rangeNOI IssuedDraw type
15.12.2020460-468668Tech draw
12.11.2020469-477443Targeted
15.10.2020462-470772Tech draw
26.08.2020466-475703Targeted
29.07.2020463-4771288Tech Draw
03.06.2020358-439167Targeted for CEC
03.06.2020471-500532Targeted
13.05.2020421-451703Tech draw
13.02.2020467-471486Targeted
15.01.2020460-472954Tech Draw
Human Capital Priorities draw in 2019
Draw dateCRS score rangeNOI IssuedDraw Type
15.08.2019439-465997Targeted
01.08.2019435-4581773Tech draws
12.07.2019439-4591623Tech draws
31.05.2019439-4691072Targeted
14.01.2019439-4481493General
HCP draws in 2018
Draw dateCRS score rangeNOI IssuedDraw Type
26.11.2018350-448185Targeted
09.08.2018350-439947Targeted
26.03.2018351-446480Targeted
26.03.2018351-446299Targeted
26.02.2018435-441488General
05.02.2018427-47489General
26.01.2018433-444380General
22.01.2018440-446340General

French-Speaking Skilled Worker draws

There has been no Ontario Express Entry draw for the French speaking skilled workers in the year 2023 yet. Below is the list of all the draws and the number of Notifications of Interest issued to the Francophone skilled workers. This stream has received 5274 Notifications of Interest till now.
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French-Speaking Skilled Worker  draws in 2022

Draw date CRS score range NOI Issued Draw Type
13.12.2022 341-490 160 Targeted
23.09.2022 326 and higher 363 Targeted
21.06.2022 440 and higher 356 Targeted
09.06.2022 481 and higher 153 Targeted
28.04.2022 460-467 301 General
08.02.2022 463-467 206 General

French-Speaking Skilled Worker draws in 2021

Draw date CRS score range NOI Issued Draw Type
07.10.2021 459-467 162 General
21.07.2021 461-467 115 General
04.05.2021 458-467 102 General
03.03.2021 455-467 126 General
13.01.2021 456-467 146 General

French-Speaking Skilled Worker draws in 2020

Draw date CRS score range NOI Issued Draw Type
04.11.2020 453-470 210 General
18.06.2020 424-436 143 General
30.04.2020 432-454 307 General
09.01.2020 433-472 242 General

French-Speaking Skilled Worker draws in 2019

Draw date NOI Issued CRS score range Draw type
22.05.2019 360 General
07.02.2019 61 General
01.02.2019 29 General
24.01.2019 28 General
17.01.2019 33 General
11.01.2019 38 General

French-Speaking Skilled Worker draws in 2018

Draw date NOI Issued CRS score range Draw type
20.12.2018 24 General
13.12.2018 13 General
06.12.2018 45 General
29.11.2018 32 General
22.11.2018 43 General
15.11.2018 44 General
09.11.2018 49 General
01.11.2018 27 General
25.10.2018 40 General
18.10.2018 39 General
11.10.2018 33 General
04.10.2018 48 General
27.09.2018 46 General
20.09.2018 85 General
13.09.2018 44 General
06.09.2018 15 General
30.08.2018 29 General
23.08.2018 15 General
16.08.2018 31 General
09.08.2018 14 General
02.08.2018 32 General
26.07.2018 22 General
19.07.2018 31 General
12.07.2018 24 General
19.07.2018 31 General
12.07.2018 24 General
05.07.2018 31 General
28.06.2018 21 General
21.06.2018 44 General
14.06.2018 58 General
31.05.2018 45 General
24.05.2018 34 General
17.05.2018 30 General
10.05.2018 39 General
03.05.2018 122 General
26.04.2018 18 General
19.04.2018 34 General
12.04.2018 55 General
27.03.2018 10 General
23.03.2018 05 General
01.03.2018 11 General
21.02.2018 47 General
13.02.2018 36 General
07.02.2018 49 General
31.01.2018 20 General
24.01.2018 28 General
19.01.2018 71 General

Skilled Trades draws

The latest Ontario Express Entry for the Skilled Trades stream was held on 13th January, 2023. This was a targeted draw and issued 1252 Notifications of Interest to Express Entry profiles with the CRS score in the range of 336-506. Till now, the Skilled Trades stream has received 14,571 NOIs in the draws. All the draws since 2018 have been tabulated below.

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Skilled Trades draws in 2023

Draw date NOI Issued CRS score range Draw Type
13.01.2023 1,252 336-506 Targeted

Skilled Trades draws in 2022

Draw date NOI Issued CRS score range Draw Type
29.09.2022 1340 Higher or equal to 266 General
07.09.2022 1521 320 and more Targeted
14.07.2022 755 310 and more Targeted
26.05.2022 535 295-461 General
26.04.2022 1034 300-461 General
24.03.2022 471 350-600 General
24.02.2022 818 359-600 General
27.01.2022 1032 381-461 General

Skilled Trades draws in 2021

Draw date NOI Issued CRS score range Draw Type
01.06.2021 986 300-379 General
13.01.2021 338 434-460 General

Skilled Trades draws in 2020

Draw date NOI Issued CRS score range Draw Type
04.11.2020 516 436-470 General
17.06.2020 758 400-436 General
29.04.2020 190 Targeted 

Skilled Trades draws in 2019

Draw date NOI Issued CRS score range Draw Type
11.12.2019 667 General 
21.03.2019 361 General
24.01.2019 371 General

Skilled Trades draws in 2018

Draw date NOI Issued CRS score range Draw type
26.11.2018 181 General 
19.10.2018 439 General
25.07.2018 36 General
19.07.2018 243 General 
23.05.2018 30 General
16.05.2018 45 General
09.05.2018 48 General 
02.05.2018 59 General
25.04.2018 57 General
18.04.2018 29 General 
11.04.2018 87 General
28.03.2018 149 General
20.02.2018 15 General 
14.02.2018 39 General
06.02.2018 34 General
30.01.2018 25 General 
25.01.2018 52 General
18.01.2018 58 General

Ontario Express Entry processing time and fee

Below is application fee and processing time of the Ontario Express Entry pathways.

Human Capital Priorities stream French-Speaking Skilled Workers Skilled Trades
Fes $1500 $1500 $1500
Processing time 70-100 Days  70-100 days 70-100 days
Human Capital Priority Stream French-Speaking Skilled Workers Skilled Trades

Fes

$1500

$1500

$1500

Processing time

70-100 Days

70-100 Days

70-100 Days

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