On June 17, Ontario organized another Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw targeted at skilled trades workers in the Express Entry system.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 758 invitations to candidates who may qualify for the Skilled Trades Stream of Express Entry. As of January 18, 2018, this is the largest number of candidates invited in a single draw via this stream. Invited candidates had work experience in the Express Entry pool as well as profile as a tradesperson. They also had a CRS score of 400 to 436.

In three economic-class immigration programs, Express Entry is the application management system – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Candidates for Express Entry are allocated a CRS score based on human capital factors such as age, work experience, education and English or French language ability.

If the candidates who obtained a Notification of Interest (NOI) or Ontario invitation, secure the provincial nomination successfully, they will receive an extra 600 points towards their CRS score. Such bonus points in a subsequent Express Entry draw would essentially guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency.

So far this year, the OINP has accepted a total of 948 Skilled Trades Stream candidates. In April, a similar draw was conducted to target specific occupations in the trades.

This is the second draw of the month for Ontario. On June 3, Ontario invited candidates in Express Entry with CRS scores as low as 358 to apply for a provincial nomination.

In the course of the year, Ontario’s 2020 total would be 7,600 primary candidates. This includes 250 temporary workers’ nominations for intermediate skilled occupations or skill level C for National Occupation Classification (NOC). In 2019 over half of the 7,391 recipients of Ontario’s PNP were Express Entry candidates.

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