Skilled Trades Candidates Continue to be Targeted By Ontario
Ontario immigration officials have conducted a new draw aimed at Skilled Trades candidates, the 13th of 2018 under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program stream.
The draw saw 45 candidates issued Notifications of Interest under the province’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream, bringing the total for 2018 to 697.
In the latest draw, dated May 16 2018, Canada Express Entry profiles submitted between January 1 and May 16 were considered for NOIs.
The draw is the third in May for the Skilled Trades stream, which has no minimum points requirement.
Ontario Express Entry: Skilled Trades Stream
The Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream targets skilled trades workers in the construction and agricultural sectors, but could be expanded in the future.
To qualify applicants must have:
- Pending application under the Federal Express Entry system;
- At least 12 months of paid cumulative or continuous Ontario work experience with the last two years prior to your Notification of Interest in National Occupation Classification 633, or major groups 72, 73 or 82;
- Proof of Ontario license or certification if your occupation so requires;
- A valid work permit and be resident in Ontario at the time of application;
- English or French-language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 or above in reading, writing, listening and speaking;
- Proof of settlement fund to cover you and your dependents, with the minimum amount determined by official Low Income Cut-Offs.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) began publishing information about specific draws at the beginning of 2018. It comes after the province signed an immigration agreement with Canada’s federal government at the end of 2017.
The previous Skilled Trades draw was made on May 9, 2018 and saw 48 NOIs issued to candidates who submitted their Canada Express Entry profiles between January 1 and May 9, 2018.
Ontario has also conducted several Human Capital Priorities, French Speaking Skilled Worker and Entrepreneur Stream draws so far in 2018.
Ontario NOIs Issued So Far in 2018
|Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP)||2,587|
|French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW)||438|
|Skilled Trades Stream (ST)||697|
The OINP has received an increased federal government allocation for 2018 of 6,600 nominations, up 600 on the number for 2017.
The province is currently accepting applications for all but one of its immigration streams.
An Overview of Ontario’s 2017 Immigration Strategy Progress Report
Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 Now in Force effective January 1, 2018
Ontario Immigration Granted Increased 2017 Nomination Allocation
New Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement to Harmonize Immigration Policies to Canada’s Largest Province
Together with the Skilled Trades stream, other open streams include the other Express Entry streams for Human Capital Priorities and French-Speaking Skilled Workers, the Employer Job Offer streams for Foreign Workers, International Students and In-Demand Skills, plus the Corporate and Entrepreneur business streams.
Ontario’s International Student PhD Graduate stream is also currently open, while the Masters Graduate stream is now closed after twice briefly opening so far in 2018.
Status of Ontario Streams
|Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)||Open|
|French-Speaking Skilled Worker (Express Entry)||Open|
|Skilled Trades (Express Entry)||Open|
|Employer Job Offer||Open|
|International Student (Masters Graduate)||Closed|
|International Student (PhD Graduate)||Open|
|Investor Immigration (Corporate)||Open|
|Investor Immigration (Entrepreneur)||Open|