The March 21 draw saw Notifications of Interests issued to 361 candidates.
To qualify, candidates needed to have submitted Express Entry profiles between March 21, 2018 and March 21, 2019.
This was the second Skilled Trades Stream draw of 2019, with a total of 732 NOIs issued so far.
In the previous draw, which took place on January 24, 2019, hundreds of NOIs were issued in error causing the number of NOIs to be revised down by more than half, from 889 to 371.
A statement said: “A number of Notifications of Interest (NOIs) were issued in error to candidates who do not meet the stream criteria.
“The NOIs issued on January 24 may be only used by candidates applying to Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream and will not be accepted to support applications under any other stream.”
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.
Skilled Trades candidates were the subject of 18 Ontario draws in 2018, with a total of 1,626 ITAs issued.
The stream has no minimum points requirement.
Ontario also conducts draws for its Human Capital Priorities, French Speaking Skilled Worker and Entrepreneur Stream throughout the year.
Ontario NOIs Issued So Far in 2019
|Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP)||1,493|
|French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW)||189|
|Skilled Trades Stream (ST)||732|
Ontario has received a total federal government nomination allocation of 6,900 for 2019 under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
Of the total, 250 nominations are specifically for temporary foreign workers in intermediate skilled occupations (National Occupation Classification C).
The figure represents a 4.5 per cent increase on the allocation of 6,600 nominations received by Canada’s largest province in 2018.
After reaching the nomination limit in November 2018, Ontario was granted 250 extra nominations, meaning it nominated a total of 6,850 candidates for permanent residence last year.
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