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On January 24 Ontario conducted its largest draw by using the Ontario Skilled Trades Draw in Express Entry. It also issued 889 Notifications to the candidates.

The first draw

This was the first draw of 2019 for such candidates. The norm for qualifying was that these candidates had to submit their EE profiles between Jan 24, 2018, and Jan 24, 2019. In the past, the record of the largest draw in this stream was held on Oct 19, 2018, where 439 candidates received NOIs. Ontario held 18 draws in the last year, for these skilled candidates and issued 1,626 ITAs. Additionally, there is no point’s requirement in this stream.

Ontario Express Entry: Skilled Trades Stream

This Stream attracts skilled trades workers engaged in the sectors of construction and agriculture. There is also a possibility of expanding it in the future. The qualifying norms for applicants are:
  • A pending application in the Federal EE system;
  • 12 months of paid (cumulative/continuous) work experience in Ontario. They must also have two years duration prior to NOI in NOC 633, or in major groups 72/ 73/82;
  • Confirmation of License/Certification in Ontario if it is a requirement in occupation;
  • Holding the valid work-permit and being a resident of Ontario while submitting the application;
  • English/French- CLB 5 level in listening, writing, reading, and speaking; and finally
  • Evidence of settlement funds, to meet the expenses of self and dependents, as per the minimum amount based on official Income Cut-Offs.
The OINP began to publish details of information about draws from January 2018. Furthermore, the province conducts draws in the categories of Entrepreneur Stream, Human Capital Priorities, and finally in French Speaking Skilled Workers all through the year.

Notifications Issued in 2019

Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) 1,493
French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW) 71
Skilled Trades Stream (ST) 889
Entrepreneur Stream 13
The OINP has not announced regarding the allocation in Federal Government Nomination for the present year.  For 2018 it had a target of issuing 6,850 nominations. Finally, it is presently accepting applications for these immigration 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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