Ontario Invites

Ontario invites over 1,600 Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 439 in its first Tech Draw (WWICS: 19201907Ga1437)

Ontario holds its first Tech Draw on July 12, issuing 1,623 invitations to Express Entry candidates with eligible work experience to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Those who received Notifications of Interest (NOIs) in the July 12 invitation round had Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging from 439 to 459. To qualify, candidates needed to have created their Express Entry profiles between July 12, 2018 and July 12, 2019.

As announced by The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) earlier this month, the province would begin holding Tech Draws to meet the growing labour needs of the province’s tech sector.

In order to be considered for a Tech Draw invitation, candidates need to have an eligible profile registered under the Federal Skilled Worker Class or Canadian Experience Class, both of which are managed by the federal Express Entry system.

How OINP Tech Draws work

OINP’ targeted Tech Draws are conducted through the province’s Human Capital Priorities immigration stream – A stream which allows the OINP to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who meet the stream’s eligibility requirements.

Through tech draw, the OINP search the Express Entry pool to find candidates who fulfill the criteria of the Human Capital Priorities Stream and have work experience in one of the following six tech occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

The candidates, who received a NOI in July 12 draw, can now submit their online application to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) within 45 calendar days.

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