Ontario Shows Skilled Trades Candidates Are An Immigration Priority

May 18, 2018

By Mondaq |

Ontario immigration officials have conducted a new draw aimed at Skilled Trades candidates, the 13th of 2018 under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program stream.

The draw saw 45 candidates issued Notifications of Interest under the province’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream, bringing the total for 2018 to 697.

In the latest draw, dated May 16 2018, Canada Express Entry profiles submitted between January 1 and May 16 were considered for NOIs.

The draw is the third in May for the Skilled Trades stream, which 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. It comes after the province signed an immigration agreement with Canada’s federal government at the end of 2017.

The previous Skilled Trades draw was made on May 9, 2018 and saw 48 NOIs issued to candidates who submitted their Canada Express Entry profiles between January 1 and May 9, 2018.

Ontario has also conducted several Human Capital Priorities, French Speaking Skilled Worker and Entrepreneur Stream draws so far in 2018.

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