Ontario’s first immigration draw of 2021 had an opportunity for French-speaking candidates. On January 13, 2021, the Canadian province issued 484 NOIs to Express Entry candidates in the draw.
The candidates were chosen via 2 provincial immigration streams namely Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled worker streams. Both these PNPs are aligned with the Express Entry system. Hence, the candidates who were sent NOIs had their profiles created with Express Entry between January 13, 2020, and January 13, 2021.
Through the Skilled Trades stream, OINP could find eligible candidate currently living in Ontario from the Express Entry pool with at least a year’s experience in a full-time work experience. It could even be an equivalent part-time experience in a skilled trade that’s listed in Major Group 72, 73, or 82 or Minor Group 633 under NOC.
Of the total NOIs sent to candidates, 338 were sent to candidates from the Skilled Trades stream. Their CRS scores were between 434 and 460.
The FSSW stream helps skilled Express Entry candidates with language skills in French to work in Canada. The candidates must meet the terms of eligibility under the FSWP or CEC. These candidates must have a minimum CLB score of 7 in French and 6 in English.
The candidates who received NOIs under the FSSW stream had a CRS score between 456 and 460.
The candidates chosen under this draw were not required to have a job offered in the province. Nevertheless, they had to meet all compulsory provisional and federal requirements as laid out by OINP.
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NOI – Notification of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
OINP – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
NOC – National Occupational Classification
FSSW – French-Speaking Skilled Worker
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark