Ontario PNP removes CRS cap again in Skilled Trades draw, Invited 818 PNP Candidates
On February 24, 2022 Ontario PNP invited 818 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has invited applicants who may qualify for the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. These candidates had to have a profile in the Express Entry system with a Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score of at least 359. Ontario invited candidates who had created an Express Entry profile between the dates of February 24, 2021 and of February 24, 2022.
For the second time in a row, Ontario has removed its CRS cap. The maximum points an Express Entry candidate can earn without a provincial nomination is 600. Prior to the February 22 draw, candidates whose CRS score was above the maximum range would not be eligible to apply for the nomination.
Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream 2022
February 24, 2021 – February 24, 2022
January 27, 2021 – January 27, 2022
Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream Opens PR Pathways for CEC Candidates
Ontario’s Express Entry-linked Skilled Trades Stream offers an alternate pathway to Canada permanent residency for Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class candidates.
Major requirements under this pathway are:
- Candidates need to be living in Ontario with a valid work permit.
- They also need to have a minimum of one year of full-time work experience or the equivalent of part-time work.
- They must have completed this work experience in the province in a skilled trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Candidates with no job offer can also apply under the Skilled Trades Stream. Contact our immigration experts to learn more.
Ontario opening up PR pathway for more Express Entry candidates
According to the new 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan Canada is expecting to bring in 83,500 immigrants through both Express Entry-aligned and base PNP categories this year. The new targets are greater than what the government projected in the last levels plan, which was 81,500 PNP immigrants for 2022, and 83,000 for 2023.
Ontario’s biggest draw of the year so far was on January 27, when the province invited 1,032 Skilled Trades Stream candidates. On February 23, Ontario held its biggest HCP draw of the year at 773 candidates.
NOIs issued in 2022 to date by OINP
- Human Capital Priorities stream – 1897
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream – 206
- Skilled Trades stream – 1850
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