As Ontario reaches its 2020 allocations for nominations, 688 new candidates are invited in the fifth and final Tech Draw of the year. With this draw Ontario has issued a total number of 8,050 nominations to successful candidates, even as new applications continue to come in.
With vaccines finally being rolled out and hope of life regaining some normalcy, Canada is pushing forward with its immigration plans. On December 15 2020, Ontario invited 668 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in their fifth Tech Draw of 2020.
The draw was done as part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and candidates with profiles in the Express Entry system, who qualified under the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream were issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs).
In order to receive a NOI, eligible candidates were required to have scores between 460 and 468 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). While candidates are not required to have a job offer from a Canadian employer, they will need to demonstrate at least one year of work experience in one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes:
- 0213 – Computer and information systems managers
- 2147 – Computer engineers
- 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
- 2173 – Software engineers and designers
- 2174 – Computer programmer and interactive media developers
- 2175 – Web designers and developers
If appropriate work experience cannot be established in these NOC codes, the candidate’s application may be refused. Once a NOI is received, candidates must submit their application for the provincial nomination within 45 calendar days.
Receiving a provincial nomination automatically adds 600 points to a candidate’s CRS score. This translates into a near guarantee the candidate will be sent an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. If their application is approved by the Federal Government, they become permanent residents in Ontario.
This is likely OINP’s last Tech Draw of the year. They conducted five draws in total.
The largest one took place over the summer on July 29 2020 when 1,288 candidates were issued provincial nominations.
The ONIP’s allocation for 2020 nominations has now been reached. A total of 8,050 nominations were issued to successful applicants in this past year across all streams.
However, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will continue to accept new applications and will be considered under their allocation for 2021.