The first ever Ontario Tech Draw held on July 12, 2019 issued a total of 1623 invitations to tech workers through the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). This is so far the largest draw held by OINP till date.
Ontario announced the launch of tech-specific draws for international workers with experience in one of the six designated NOC codes in the beginning of this month. The first draw will give 1623 candidates and their families a chance to make Canada their permanent home.
Draws held in 2018 and 2019 so far
|Date of Draw||Number of Invitations||CRS Score Range|
|July 12th, 2019||1623||439-459|
|May 31st, 2019||1072||439-469|
|January 14, 2019||1493||439-448|
|November 26, 2018||185||350-448|
|August 9, 2018||947||350-439|
|March 28, 2018||480||351-446|
|March 28, 2018||299||351-446|
|February 27, 2018||511||441-433|
|February 13, 2018||488||441-435|
|February 8, 2018||89||443-433|
|January 26, 2018||380||444-433|
|January 23, 2018||340||440-446|
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of the candidates invited in the latest draw ranged between 439 and 459. With the CRS cut-off scores in recent federal Express Entry draws hovering around 450, an invitation through Ontario Tech Draw gives more possibility for an Express Entry candidate to obtain permanent residence in Canada.
The invited candidates can submit the complete application for provincial nomination from Ontario. If they are successful in obtaining provincial nomination, they will receive an additional 600 CRS score points that would guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Eligibility criteria for Ontario Tech Draw
In order to be eligible to obtain invitation through the Ontario Tech Draw, the candidates must have an active Express Entry profile and meet the eligibility criteria for the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream of OINP.
Eligible candidates must also have work experience in one of the six targeted occupations which are currently in demand. They are:
|NOC 2173||Software engineers and designers|
|NOC 2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|NOC 2147||Computer engineers|
|NOC 2175||Web designers and developers|
|NOC 2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|NOC 0213||Computer and information systems managers|
Canada offers countless opportunities to foreign skilled workers with work experience in tech-related occupations. If you wish to migrate to Canada, explore your options with our free eligibility assessment.