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New Ontario Invitation Rounds Focuses On Express Entry Candidates

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New Ontario Invitation Rounds Focuses On Express Entry Candidates

Ontario has invited 75 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through its Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Workers streams.

Held April 25 and 26, the invitation rounds were the third to take place in each stream since April 11.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said candidates selected in this round through the Skilled Trades Stream submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and April 25, 2018.

Those invited through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream submitted their Express Entry profile between January 1, 2018, and April 26, 2018.

Ontario has now issued 545 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) through Ontario’s Skilled Trades Stream since the start of 2018 and 384 through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

The Skilled Trades Stream is for skilled workers with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system who qualify for the Canadian Experience Class and have work experience in an eligible skilled trade.

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream was launched in 2015 to target French-speaking Express Entry candidates who qualify for either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class and who have sufficient English language abilities (CLB 6 or higher). The program was created to help bolster Ontario’s francophone population, which numbers around 500,000 people and is the largest francophone population outside of Quebec.

There is no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement for either stream.

There are also unique provincial criteria for both the Skilled Worker Stream and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

Express Entry candidates who are issued a Notification of Interest by Ontario and receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 CRS points, leaving them well positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply, or ITA, in a later Express Entry Draw.

Express Entry candidates who received an NOI in this latest invitation round have 45 calendar days from the date the NOI letter was issued to submit an online application to the OINP.

The first step to pursuing any of Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams is to submit a profile to the federal Express Entry pool.

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