Ontario introduces express entry skilled trades stream to enhance immigration opportunities


The Ontario government has enhanced immigration opportunities for skilled tradespeople through enhancements to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

A government news release says the program allows it to nominate for permanent residence people who have the skills and experience needed to contribute to the province’s economy, helping employers to meet their labour needs.

The new Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream “is being launched under the OINP for workers in the skilled trades, which will help employers meet their identified need for workers in the province’s booming construction and agriculture industries,” the announcement says.

Applicants must already have a work permit and live in Ontario. “Open work permits, postgraduation work permits and work permits issued under the International Mobility Program all qualify,” the program notes say.

Other requirements include:

  1. Work Experience: A minimum of 12 months of full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience in Ontario within two years from the date of your Notification of Interest from Ontario. Work experience must be in a skilled trade occupation listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
  2. Trade Certification (if required): A trade license or certification from the Ontario College of Trades if working/have worked in an occupation in Ontario that requires a license or certification.
  3. Language: A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or in French.
  4. Settlement Funds: A minimum level of savings or income to support you and your family members.
  5. Intent: An intention to live in Ontario.


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