Ontario invited 703 applicants for the Express Entry to apply for a provincial permanent residence nomination on May 13.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has issued invitations to candidates having work experience in one of the following six occupations in the tech sector:
NOC 0213: Computer and information systems managers
NOC 2147: Computer engineers
NOC 2172: Database analysts and data administrators
NOC 2173: Software engineers and designers
NOC 2174: Computer programmer and interactive media developers
NOC 2175: Web designers and developers
The invited candidates for the Express Entry had scores between 421 and 451 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This CRS requirement, from its first draw in July 2019, is the lowest in the program's history. Since the first draw in July 2019, the latest OINP Tech Draw had the lowest CRS requirement and dropped by 46 CRS points since the last Tech Draw
The candidates who have been invited to receive the provincial nomination in the current OINP Tech Draw will receive an additional 600 CRS points. Ontario is just one of the nine provinces with provincial nominee (PNP) programs linked to Express Entry. Quebec is the only province which does not have a PNP. Candidates must be eligible for Human Capital Priorities Stream in order to receive Notification of Interests.
How Tech Draws work
OINP Tech Draws are conducted through the Human Capital Priorities stream which allows the OINP to search for candidates who meet the eligibility criteria of the stream in the federal Express Entry pool.
To be eligible for the Human Capital Priorities stream, a job offer is not needed. Candidates do need a profile in the Express Entry pool, however.
The aim of these draws are to search in one of six tech-sector occupations specifically for qualified Express Entry candidates who have at least one year of continuously working full-time work experience or the equivalent in paid part-time jobs.
This draw, in conjunction with recent PNP-specific Express Entry draws, has resulted in selecting even more tech workers under the PNP.
Some Canadian tech firms are currently recruiting amid the coronavirus pandemic and are prepared to help lead economic recovery in Canada.