A range of candidates in the Express Entry pool who have work experience in one of many Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations were prioritized by the province of Ontario under a new initiative that began on June 26. Now, Ontario has clarified which candidates have been targeted for selection by the province.
Under this initiative, Ontario searched the Express Entry pool specifically for ICT workers under the Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream, part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Candidates with work experience in any of the following ICT occupations were eligible to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI, effectively an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination), even if they scored less than 400 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Normally, Ontario only invites candidates with 400 or more CRS points.
- NOC 0131: Telecommunication Carriers Managers
- NOC 0213: Computer and Information Systems Managers
- NOC 2133: Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- NOC 2147: Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
- NOC 2171: Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
- NOC 2172: Database Analysts and Data Administrators
- NOC 2173: Software Engineers and Designers
- NOC 2174: Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
- NOC 2175: Web Designers and Developers
- NOC 2241: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
- NOC 2281: Computer Network Technicians
- NOC 2282: User Support Technicians
- NOC 2283: Systems Testing Technicians
- NOC 5224: Broadcast Technicians
- NOC 5241: Graphic Designers and Illustrators
Under the HCP stream, only eligible candidates who are in the Express Entry pool may be issued a NOI. A provincial nomination issued under this stream results in a candidate receiving 600 additional CRS points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
Candidates eligible for the HCP stream, but who do not have ICT work experience, remain eligible for selection if they have 400 CRS points and satisfy other criteria.
When the initial announcement of this initiative was made last week, no list of specific occupations list was provided. However, on July 4, Ontario published the list above.
At this time, it remains unknown if or when Ontario may continue targeting ICT professionals. If the province again prioritizes certain occupations, the ICT sector may be on the mind of government staff as recent reports state that Ontario will need tens of thousands more ICT workers over the coming years.
For candidates with ICT work experience and candidates with other work experience alike, the first step to getting a provincial nomination under the NCP stream of the OINP is to create an Express Entry profile. Only then may Ontario be aware that this particular individual wants to immigrate to Canada, specifically to the province of Ontario.
HCP Stream Criteria
To be eligible under the HCP stream, candidates must:
- Have a profile in the Express Entry pool with 400 or more CRS points.* The score must remain at or above 400 during both the Ontario nomination processing stage and at the federal application for permanent residence processing stage;
- Have a minimum level of work experience;
- Candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) criteria must have at least one year of continuous and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation in the five years prior to the date of the NOI.
- Candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) criteria must have at least one year of cumulative and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation in Canada in the three years prior to the date of the NOI.
- Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that their foreign education credential is equivalent to Canadian standards;
- Demonstrate English or French language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening);
- Indicate that they intend to reside in Ontario or “all provinces and territories”;
- Possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario; and
- Meet the additional criteria under either the FSWC or CEC. Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates are not eligible under the HCP stream.
*Certain ICT workers were exempt from this requirement for the week beginning June 26.
It should be noted that the Ontario encourages potentially eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool to create a new profile in the system to make it easier for the province to identify their profile as it searches the Express Entry pool. Candidates who create a new profile must delete their old profile.
To find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool, the first step to immigrating to Canada through Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities stream, please fill out a free online assessment.
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