Skilled Trades An Immigration Priority For Ontario
Ontario conducted its ninth draw of the year under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, making Skilled Trades candidates a priority.
The draw saw 29 candidates issued Notifications of Interest under the province’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream, bring the total for 2018 to 488.
In the latest draw, dates April 18, 2018, Canada Express Entry profiles submitted between January 1 and April 18 were considered for NOIs.
The draw is also the second in a week 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 April 11, 2018, and saw 87 NOIs issued to candidates who submitted their Canada Express Entry profiles between January 1 and April 11, 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)||2587|
|French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW)||332|
|Skilled Trades Stream (ST)||488|
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|