Canada wants to continue pursuing its immigration goals despite the pandemic. The provinces have been putting their best foot forward when it comes to organizing immigration draws.
Ontario hosted a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on June 17 that targeted skilled trades workers belonging to the Express Entry system. The invited candidates will not have a chance to be eligible for a provincial nomination from Ontario under the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream.
Details of the draw:
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) distributed 758 invitations amongst candidates who are now qualified for the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. The draw saw the largest number of candidates since January 18, 2018, to be invited via this stream.
The candidates who were chosen for the invitations already had work experience as tradespersons. All of them had registered profiles in the Express Entry system. The range of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores to qualify for the invitation was between 400 and 436.
Why Express Entry?
Canada considers Express Entry to be the most extensive application management system in the country. In fact, Express Entry is responsible for three economic-class immigration programs. All Express Entry candidates are assigned a CRS score on the basis of their merit. Human capital factors like age, education history, work experience, and language proficiency play a huge role in determining the CRS score.
The candidates who managed to secure a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario will now apply for a provincial nomination. If they can successfully get a nomination, they will have an extra 600 points added to their CRS score. This boost in their score will help them obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
The OINP has invited 948 Skilled Trades Stream candidates so far this year. Ontario held a similar draw in April aimed at specific trades occupations. The June 17 draw was the province’s second draw this month.