The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) continues to actively seek skilled workers proficient in French, with the latest invitation round held on July 25, 2023. This marked the third draw for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream in the year 2023. A total of 95 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination in this round, each of whom needed to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 321 and 374.
Ontario PNP’s Commitment to French-Speaking Skilled Workers
Ontario has demonstrated its commitment to attracting French-speaking skilled workers through its Express Entry-managed immigration streams. The province frequently scans the pool of candidates in the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system to identify potential candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for Ontario’s various immigration programs.
Key Highlights of the Latest Draw
On July 25, 2023, the OINP issued a total of 95 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to eligible candidates under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. These candidates had created profiles in the IRCC’s Express Entry system between July 25, 2022, and July 25, 2023. The CRS score requirement for this draw ranged from 321 to 374, indicating a competitive selection process.
The draw followed a general format, where candidates were selected based on their CRS scores and their proficiency in French. The province strategically determines the frequency, size, and date of its invitation rounds based on its current application inventory needs.
Benefits of the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
The French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream is designed to attract individuals with strong French language abilities and valuable skills to Ontario.
Candidates selected through this stream have the opportunity to apply for a provincial nomination, which can significantly boost their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score by 600 points. The additional CRS points virtually guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent federal Express Entry draws.
Impact on Ontario’s Economy and Society
These newcomers often fill labor market gaps and contribute to various industries, bolstering economic growth and innovation.
Eligibility Criteria for French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
To qualify applicants must meet the following:
- Be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs managed through Express Entry.
- Possess a high level of proficiency in French, demonstrated through language tests recognized by the Canadian government.
- Intend to live and work in Ontario.
Ontario’s latest invitation round for French-speaking skilled workers reaffirms the province’s commitment to fostering linguistic diversity and attracting talent from across the globe.