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The immigration authorities in Ontario province revealed that they had issued several Notifications of Interest containing an error. This happened in the recent Skilled Trades Stream draw of the Express Entry, held on January 24. The number of candidates receiving these NOIs was revised from 889 to 371. Moreover, there was a warning that this NOIs applied exclusively to the Trades Stream draw of the Express Entry

The statement

They also issued the statement saying that many Notifications were issued erroneously to the candidates who did not meet the criteria of the stream. These Notifications of January 24 can be used by candidates who apply to the EE Skilled Trades Stream of Ontario.  Moreover, no other stream will accept these applications. Additionally, the province will contact the involved candidates directly.

Ontario Express Entry: Skilled Trades Stream

This Stream attracts workers engaged in skilled trades in the sectors of construction and agriculture. There is a scope to expand it in the future. The norms to qualify applicants are:
  • A Pending application in the Federal EE system;
  • 12 months of paid cumulative/continuous work experience in Ontario where the last two years before NOI are in NOC 633, or in major groups 72, 73 or 82;
  • A valid Proof of license/certification if the occupation requires it in Ontario;
  • A work permit that is valid and applicants are residents of Ontario while applying;
  • level of CLB 5 or above in English/French language in writing, reading, listening and speaking;
  • Evidence of settlement funds for covering self and dependents, as per the minimum amount specified by Low-Income Cut-Offs.
Additionally, it conducted 18 draws in 2018 for Skilled Trades candidates. Moreover, the beneficiaries were 1,626 totally. There is no requirement of minimum points in the stream. The OINP publishes information regarding specific draws since January 2018. The province also conducts draws for Human Capital Priorities, Entrepreneur Stream and French Speaking Skilled Worker all through the year.

NOIs Issued in 2019

Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP)

French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream


Skilled Trades Stream

Entrepreneur Stream


OINP has not announced the allocation of federal government nomination for the present year. The allocation for 2018 was issuing 6,850 nominations. The province is presently accepting applications for these streams.

Status of Streams

Immigration Stream

Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)


French-Speaking Skilled Worker (Express Entry)

Skilled Trades (Express Entry)


Employer Job Offer

International Student (Masters Graduate)


International Student (PhD Graduate)

Investor Immigration (Corporate)


Investor Immigration (Entrepreneur)


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