October 23, 2018 – Ontario immigration has conducted its first Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream draw in three months and the largest of 2018, issuing invitations to apply to 439 candidates.
The October 19 draw eclipsed the previous largest draw, which took place in July and saw 243 candidates invited to apply for Ontario immigration.
Candidates needed to have submitted federal Express Entry profiles between January 1 and October 19 to qualify.
Skilled Trades candidates have now been the subject of 17 Ontario draws so far in 2018, with a total of 1,445 ITAs issued.
The stream 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.
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)||3,534|
|French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW)||1,316|
|Skilled Trades Stream (ST)||1,445|
The OINP 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.
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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|
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