New Ontario draws will target Express Entry candidates with tech experience

Ontario tech draws will provide a pathway to permanent residence for tech workers in 6 occupations

The Government of Ontario has revealed its plans for nominating Express Entry candidates with work experience in the technology sector for Canadian permanent residence.

Ontario had previously announced that it would create a dedicated stream for tech workers. Instead, it will hold targeted draws for Express Entry candidates with work experience in six tech-related occupations through its existing Human Capital Priorities Stream.

New Ontario draws will target Express Entry candidates with tech experience

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled workers and manages the pool of candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates for these programs are entered into the Express Entry pool where they are ranked based on scores awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors that include age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or ITA.

Ontario is the most popular destination for new permanent residents of Canada, including those admitted through the Express Entry system. In 2018, 65% of new immigrants admitted through Express Entry had Ontario as their destination province.

To be considered for an invitation through an OINP tech draw, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile.

Find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool

Tech draws will reflect employer needs


Interest in the tech-focused draws is high in Ontario, which is home to major tech hubs located in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Ontario is currently facing a shortage of tech workers, as is the rest of Canada. It is estimated that up to 220,000 skilled workers will be needed in Canada’s Information and Communication Technology sector by 2021.

The OINP uses its Human Capital Priorities Stream to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who match specified federal and provincial criteria.

OINP tech draws will search the Express Entry pool for eligible candidates with work experience in one of six targeted occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

NOC stands for National Occupational Classification, which determines an occupation’s skill level and skill type.

The OINP said the six occupations reflect current needs in Ontario and were selected based on consultations with employers and other stakeholders across the province.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream does not require a job offer and has a history of inviting Express Entry candidates with CRS scores that haven’t been high enough for an ITA in one of the federal government’s regular Express Entry draws.

Express Entry candidates selected by the OINP will receive a Notification of Interest from the OINP and have 45 days to apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario.

Nominations on the rise


Ontario receives an annual nomination allocation through the federal government’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Ontario’s allocation under the PNP has grown in each of the last six years and stands at 6,900 for 2019.

Admissions of new permanent residents through the PNP are slated to continue growing in 2020 and 2021, as are admissions through the three programs managed by the Express Entry system.

Overall, Canada could welcome more than one million newcomers between now and 2021.

How can Delhi Immigration help you apply for PR via Express Entry System?

If you choose to apply for Canadian PR via express entry through Delhi Immigration, you are assured of getting thorough assistance and support in the following:

  • Full guidance to meet the documentation requirements for the Canada FSW programs,
  • Providing guidance on Educational Credential Assessment,
  • Inform the clients with up to date PNP details.

With the dedicated team of immigration specialists, Delhi Immigration provides its clients best support and assistance to secure their PR visa and move abroad. You may contact the experts at Delhi Immigration on Toll free: 90233-40077 or email your query at info@delhiimmigrationservices.com

How To Calculate Your Total Points For Canada PR?

How Can I Calculate My Total Points for Canada PR?

Canada introduced its Express Entry system in 2018 and since then it has been most popular among the immigration aspirants to this part of the world. Now, moving to Canada has become a point’s game. Got the points by your side, you stand a great chance of making it to Canada as a permanent resident.

What is the point based Immigration of Canada?

Canada selects the skilled and talented people based on 6 selection factors to allocate them permanent residency. These key factors are as follows:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Language skills
  • Adaptability
  • Arranged employment

An applicant has to score his best on these factors if he/she wants to be considered for the Canada PR invitation. When you apply for Canada PR through the fastest entry immigration system of Canada, you will get assessed twice based on the above factors.

At first stage, when you register your profile on express entry, you need to pass the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)points criteria by scoring a minimum 67 points out of 100. If you failed to score this much points, you won’t be allowed to apply through EE System. But how one can calculate the points, where is the whole point’s arrangement available. Well, you can get the same calculated either on the official site of Canadian government.

You may check your Eligibility for Express Entry system using the below:

Federal Skilled Worker Points Calculator

Once you score the required points, you will move to the second stage and reach the Express Entry pool, where your profile will be assessed based on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You will get CRS points out of 1200 points, based on the above-mentioned selection factors, which will form your total CRS score. This score should be close to the current cut off marks or CRS score requirement being demanded by the IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) to allocate permanent residency invitation to the applicants. As per the last express entry draw launched in the first half of November, the CRS score requirement from IRCC is 449 CRS points or above. If your CRS Score is close to this mark, you stand a strong chance of getting an Invitation to Apply Canada PR from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Click the below Express Entry CRS point calculator to check your CRS score in Express Entry

Express Entry CRS points Calculator

You may check your total immigration points for FSW category as well as in the express entry pool, i.e. CRS Score. Moreover, if you have any difficulty in calculating your points you may forward your details to get your total Canada immigration point checked by the qualified immigration expert at Delhi Immigration.

You may contact Delhi Immigration experts on Toll-Free Number  902-334-0077. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, receive a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.

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