Ontario French speaking skilled worker stream: Explained

Ontario French speaking skilled worker stream- Explained

Ontario French Speaking skilled worker stream is meant for those applicants who have proficiency in both French and English language, and a valid Express Entry profile. This blog includes:

  • Eligibility requirements for French speaking skilled worker
  • Documents checklist
  • Fees and Processing Time
  • French Speaking Worker Stream (FSWS) draws
  • How to get Canada PR as a French speaking skilled worker

Eligibility requirements for French speaking skilled workers

To be eligible to apply for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) as a French speaking skilled worker, you must meet the following requirements.

    1. A valid Express Entry profile

The French Speaking skilled worker stream is managed through the Express Entry system. Therefore, you must have an active and valid Express Entry profile with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC). Additionally, you must also choose Ontario as your choice of Canadian province to settle in while creating your profile.

    1. Notification of Interest

Along with a valid Express Entry profile, you must also receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program (OINP) in your IRCC Express Entry account. You can only apply to the French-Speaking skilled workers stream once you receive a Notification of Interest.

    1. Be eligible for Federal Skilled Worker Program or Canadian Experience Class.

You must either be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker pathway, or Canadian Experience Class of the Express Entry system. You cannot apply to the OINP French Speaking Skilled Worker stream if you belong to the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

    1. Academic proficiency

You must have completed your graduation, master’s or doctoral degree from Canada or equivalent degrees from foreign countries. If you have a foreign education, you must submit your ECA or Educational Credential Assessment report. Your ECA report must not be older than 5 years. You will also need to authorize the ECA organization to give access to your report to the OINP.

    1. Language proficiency.

Since this Ontario stream is exclusively for French speaking skilled workers, being able to speak, listen, read and write in French is mandatory to be eligible. You must score at least Canadian Language Benchmark or CLB 7 in French. OINP accepts TCF or  Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada, and TEF or Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada for French proficiency.

Along with your proficiency in French, you must also have CLB 6 in English. OINP accepts IELTS and CELPIP-G for English Proficiency tests. Your test results must not be older than 2 years.

    1. Settlement Funds

OINP facilitates the immigration of skilled workers, students, and entrepreneurs so that they can settle in the province and contribute economically, socially and culturally to it. Therefore, to be eligible to immigrate to Ontario as a french speaking skilled worker, you must be financially stable and secure to support yourself and your family (if they are accompanying you) after arriving in Ontario. The minimum settlement fund mandatory for a single applicant is $13310. This mandatory settlement fund requirement increases by $3586. You do not require settlement funds if you belong to the Canadian Experience Class, you will be exempt from it.

    1. Intention to settle in Ontario

You must demonstrate your plans to settle in Ontario permanently and contribute to its economy. You can show your interest of settling in Ontario through the following:

      • Proof of renting and leasing property in Ontario
      • Apply for job-offers and appearing for interviews in the province
      • Have a professional and social circle in the province
      • Studying or working in Ontario
      • Frequently visiting the province, etc.
    1. Have a legal Canadian status

If you are applying to the OINP Express Entry pathway as a French speaking skilled worker from Canada, you must have a valid study permit or work permit. If your permit has expired, you will still qualify if you have applied to IRCC for the extension or renewal of your work or study permit.

Documents required for French-Speaking Skilled Worker program in Ontario

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You do not require any documents while creating an Express Entry profile. However, you would need to provide certain documents while applying to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). These documents are listed below:

  • A copy of Notification of Interest received in your IRCC account
  • Copies of your identity documents such as the personal information page of your passport.
  • A scanned copy of your photograph
  • A valid study permit or work permit (whatever applicable)
  • If you have applied to renew or extend your work or study permit, you have an implied status. In this case, you will be required to provide an acknowledgement letter from IRCC regarding your extension or renewal request.
  • Copy of your Canadian degree along with the copies of official transcripts.
  • If you have a foreign equivalent degree, you will need to provide a copy of the ECA report. This Educational Credential Assessment report must not be older than 5 years.
  • Language test results. These test results must not be older than 2 years
  • Copy of your job-offer letter
  • Copy of LMIA or Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • Work experience letters or reference letters. These letters must be on the official letterhead. They must contain the address and contact information of your place of work and must clearly state your position, responsibilities, working hours, tenure, and wages, etc.
  • You will also need to provide documents to prove compensation received for your work experience. These documents include copies of pay-slips or pay cheques, income tax documents, bank statements showing your salary for the first and the last month of working period.
  • If you are working in Canada or have previously worked there, you will need to provide the copies of Canada Revenue Agency T4 statements of Remuneration Paid, as well the Notice of Assessment statements.
  • Copy of your license or certification if you have worked or are working in a regulated occupation in Ontario
  • A copy of your latest and updated resume.

Please note: this is not the complete list of documents. You might be asked to provide additional documents while applying to OINP as a French Speaking Skilled Worker depending on your profile.

Fees and Processing time

Fees and Processing time

The OINP French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is managed by the Express Entry system. Therefore, the applications through this stream are processed faster than the OINP Employer Job Offer streams. The processing time for the OINP French Speaking Skilled Worker stream is 70-100 days. A complete and updated application helps to cut-down the processing time. CICC authorized immigration consultants at Talent Connected Worldwide not only ensure that your OINP application is complete and is processed faster, we also help you suggest all the ways you can improve your CRS score while creating your Express Entry profile.

The application fee for OINP French Speaking Skilled Worker is $1500. OINP provides a refund if your application is incomplete, or if you withdraw it before it is processed. Fees are not refunded for unsuccessful applications.

French Speaking Worker Stream (FSWS) draws

The OINP draws for the French Speaking Skilled Worker stream is tabulated below.

French-Speaking skilled worker draws in 2023

Till now, there have not been any draws for the French Speaking skilled worker stream. Keep visiting this page to get the latest draws for this OINP pathway.

French-Speaking Skilled Worker draws in 2022

The OINP issued 1539 Notifications of Interest (NOI) to eligible Express Entry profiles in the year 2022. Below are the details of the OINP draws.

Date of draw NOI issued CRS score range Draw type
13.12.2022 160 341-490 A targeted draw for the NOC codes 41220, 41221, 43100, 41200, 63202, 63201, 72100, 72106, 72400, 72024, 73112, 72310, 72204, 72311, 72410, 72205, 72020, 72101, 73110, 73102, 72014, 73111, 73100, 72404, 72201, 72421, 72401, 72200, 72302, 72320, 72300, 72104, 82020, 73402, 72011
  23.09.2022   363   326 and higher A targeted draw for the NOC codes 20012, 21311, 21223, 21231, 21234, 31300, 31301, 31100, 31101, 31102, 31110, 31103, 31111, 31201, 31302, 32103, 31303, 31209, 31303, 31120, 31121, 31112, 31202, 31203, 31204, 41301, 32120, 33101, 31303, 32120 , 32103, 32122, 32123, 32124, 32129, 33103, 32110, 32111, 32100, 32200, 32209, 32101, 32201, 32109, 33109
21.06.2022 356 440 and higher Targeted draws for NOC codes 21231, 20012, 21211, 21223, 41220, 21311, 21230, 21233, 21234, 41221, 32120, 31301, 32101
09.06.2022 153 481 and higher Targeted draws for NOC codes 41220, 51114, 41221, 32120, 31301
28.04.2022 301 460-467 General draws
08.02.2022 206 463-467 General draws
Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Workers draws in 2021

In the year 2021, the OINP issued 651 Notifications of Interest to the French Speaking Skilled Workers.

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

Total ITAs issued 

651
OINP French-Speaking Skilled Workers draws in 2020

The OINP issued 902 Notifications of Interest to the French-speaking skilled workers with eligible Express Entry profiles.

Draw DateCRS score rangeNOI issued
04.11.2020453-470210
18.06.2020424-436143
30.04.2020432-454307
09.01.2020433-472242
Total ITAs issued902
Ontario French Speaking Skilled Workers draws in 2019

The OINP issued 549 Notifications of Interest to eligible francophone skilled workers. The draws for the year 2019 are tabulated below.

Draw date NOI issued
22.05.2019 360
07.02.2019 61
01.02.2019 29
24.01.2019 28
17.01.2019 33
11.01.2019 38
OINP draws for French Speaking skilled workers in 2018
Draw date NOI issued
20.12.2018 24
13.12.2018 13
06.12.2018 45
29.11.2018 32
22.11.2018 43
15.11.2018 44
09.11.2018 49
01.11.2018 27
25.10.2018 40
18.10.2018 39
11.10.2018 33
04.10.2018 48
27.09.2018 46
20.09.2018 85
13.09.2018 44
06.09.2018 15
30.08.2018 29
23.08.2018 15
16.08.2018 31
09.08.2018 14
02.08.2018 32
26.07.2018 22
19.07.2018 31
12.07.2018 24
19.07.2018 31
12.07.2018 24
05.07.2018 31
28.06.2018 21
21.06.2018 44
14.06.2018 58
31.05.2018 45
24.05.2018 34
17.05.2018 30
10.05.2018 39
03.05.2018 122
26.04.2018 18
19.04.2018 34
12.04.2018 55
27.03.2018 10
23.03.2018 05
01.03.2018 11
21.02.2018 47
13.02.2018 36
07.02.2018 49
31.01.2018 20
24.01.2018 28
19.01.2018 71

How to get Canada PR as a French Speaking Skilled worker?

Immigrating to Canada and getting Canada PR through the French Speaking Skilled Worker stream of the OINP can be divided into two phases. The first phase includes getting the provincial nomination by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. The second phase is to receive an ITA in the Express Entry draws and apply to IRCC for Canada PR. The detailed process to get your Canada PR through Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) as a francophone skilled worker is given below.

Phase 1: Getting the Provincial Nomination by the OINP

Phase 1 Getting the Provincial Nomination by the OINP
  1. Create an Express Entry profile
  2. Choose Ontario as your choice of province to settle while creating the profile
  3. Get a CRS score by the Comprehensive Ranking System and be in the Express Entry pool.
  4. Receive a Notification of Interest in OINP draws if you are found suitable 
  5. Apply to the OINP French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream within 45 days of receiving the NOI
  6. Submit all the documents and pay $1500 
  7. Once your OINP application is approved, you will receive a provincial nomination. You will also receive a notification of nomination in your IRCC Express Entry account. You must accept this nomination within 30 days.
Phase 2: Getting Canada PR through Express Entry
Phase 2 Getting Canada PR through Express Entry
  1. Once you accept the provincial nomination in your IRCC account, you will get 600 additional CRS points. 
  2. Get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the Express Entry draws
  3. Upload all the documents and pay the application fee $1525
  4. Submit your Canada PR application through the Express Entry program within 60 days of getting the ITA
  5. Get the Confirmation of Permanent Residence once IRCC approves your application.

Talent Connected Worldwide is a CICC/ICCRC authorized immigration consultancy that has a decade’s long successful experience of helping applicants settle in Ontario as permanent residents.

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