In the Ontario Tech Draw held on October 15, the province invited 772 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The Notifications of Interest (NoI) were issued to candidates under the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of the selected candidates ranged between 462 and 470. The invited candidates also had work experience in one of the following six targeted occupations:
- NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
- NOC 2147 Computer engineers
- NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
- NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
- NOC 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
- NOC 2175 Web designers and developers
But a job offer was not mandatory to be invited.
The candidates who received invitations in the draw may apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario within 45 days. Those who obtain provincial nomination will have 600 additional CRS points added to their total CRS score and that would guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
This is the fourth Ontario Tech Draw, and the first and the largest Ontario Tech Draw was held on July 29, when 1288 Express Entry candidates were invited.
Ontario Tech Draw
In order to receive an invitation to apply for provincial nomination in an Ontario Tech Draw, a candidate must first create an Express Entry profile. The Ontario Tech Draw selects candidates directly from the Express Entry pool and invites them to apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario. Once they obtain provincial nomination, they can apply for Canadian permanent residence, upon receiving which they can move to Ontario to explore the numerous career opportunities that await them in the booming tech sector of the province.
Human Capital Priorities Stream
The Human Capital Priorities Stream of Ontario selects candidates from the federal Express Entry pool based on various factors such as education, work experience and language proficiency. It is not possible for the candidates to apply directly under this stream. Instead, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program(OINP) selects candidates from the Express Entry pool based on whether the candidate meets the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score requirements and other criteria for Human Capital Priorities Stream.
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