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Ontario Opens Doors for Skilled Trades: 2,552 Invited in Latest Provincial Draw

Ontario has hit the ground running in 2024, issuing 2,552 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to skilled trades professionals through its Express Entry – Skilled Trades Stream! This targeted draw, conducted on January 11th, marks the second for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) this month, with a total of 4,003 immigration invitations extended within just two weeks.

This targeted draw focused on attracting skilled individuals in specific trades.


Here’s What You Need to Know

  • Date/Time: January 11, 2024
  • NOIs Issued: 2,552
  • CRS Score Range: 350-424
  • Profiles Created in IRCC’s Express Entry System: January 11, 2023 – January 11, 2024
  • Draw Type: Targeted draw for skilled trades occupations
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Eligible NOC Codes

  • Supervisors and contractors: NOC 72010 to NOC 72023
  • Machinists, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, mechanics, and related occupations: NOC 72100 to NOC 72423
  • Crane operators, concrete finishers, roofers, painters, and related occupations: NOC 72500 to NOC 73113
  • Installers, services, maintenance workers, and repairers: NOC 73200 to NOC 73209
  • Heavy equipment operators, drillers, landscapers, and supervisors in landscaping services: NOC 73400 to NOC 82031

Why This Matters

Lower CRS Requirement

Compared to the federal Express Entry system, this stream offers a chance for skilled trades professionals with slightly lower CRS scores to secure provincial nomination and pursue Canadian PR.

Significant Pathway

It’s expected to be a major route for Canadian immigration in 2024, addressing the province’s need for skilled trade expertise.

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Commitment to Skilled Trades

Ontario’s proactive approach reflects its dedication to attracting talented individuals in these crucial professions, boosting the province’s economy, and diversifying its workforce.

Ontario’s Appeal

This draw and the overall success of the OINP highlight Ontario’s attractiveness as a preferred immigration destination. With opportunities for a wide range of skilled individuals, from tradespeople to healthcare professionals, the province welcomes newcomers to contribute to its vibrant and growing community.

Looking Ahead

Ontario’s commitment to immigration through targeted draws demonstrates its dedication to building a prosperous and inclusive future. Skilled professionals across various sectors, especially those in high demand, have a promising pathway to Canadian PR through the OINP. So, if you’re a skilled tradesperson looking for a new adventure, Ontario might just be the perfect place to call home!

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