Ontario will hold targeted draws for Express Entry candidates with work experience in technology-related occupations through its Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream. Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of six targeted tech-related occupations will be selected to be invited to apply for provincial nomination.
The province of Ontario has been the most popular destination for newcomers in Canada for years. Around 65% of the candidates, who were admitted to Canada through Express Entry in 2018, had mentioned Ontario as their preferred destination.
High demand for tech workers:
Canada’s booming tech sector has high demand for skilled technology workers. According to estimates, the tech sector of Canada would need up to 220,000 skilled workers by 2021. As other regions of Canada, Ontario is also facing a dearth of technology workers.
Ontario will select eligible tech workers from the federal Express Entry pool through its Human Capital Priorities Stream. The six targeted technology occupations are:
- Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
- Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
- Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
- Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
- Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
Targeted occupations are decided on the basis of the current labour market needs of Ontario, after consulting with the employers and other stakeholders of the province. A job offer is not required for the candidates to be invited through Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream. Usually, HCP invites candidates with a CRS score not high enough to be invited through Express Entry draws. Once the candidates who receive a Notification of Interest from the OINP, they can submit the complete application for provincial nomination within 45 days.
Nomination allocation for Ontario:
Each year, the federal government allocates a certain number of nominations for all provincial nominee programs. In the past six years, the number of nominations allocated to Ontario had a steady increase, with the allocation for the current year being 6900. As Canada has set higher admission targets through PNPs for the next two years, it is expected that the allocations will also increase further.
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