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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

818 skilled trades candidates were invited through the OINP


818 skilled trades candidates were invited through the OINP

Ontario has invited 818 candidates under the Skilled Trades Stream of the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP).


The CRS score range for the invited candidates was 359-600. Candidates who received a notification of interest on February 24, 2022, do not have to contact the program and can apply to the stream. This year, Ontario invited 1,850 candidates in two draws under the Skilled Trades Stream.

The OINP already invited 5,794 candidates under all streams of OINP in 2022. Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. In this stream, foreign nationals with work experience in Ontario skilled trades can apply to live and work permanently in Ontario.


To apply for this stream, there are some eligibility requirements. These include:

  • You must have at least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Ontario in a skilled trade that is listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73 or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

  • You must be living in Ontario and hold a valid work permit at the time you apply

  • You must be able to understand, read, write and speak either English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or higher. For English and French tests, they accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – the General Training test

  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – the General test

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)

  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

  • You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada

  • You must intend to live in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. This is determined by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include things like:

  • working or have worked in Ontario

  • getting job offers or applying/ interviewing for jobs

  • studying

  • volunteering

  • leasing or owning property

  • visiting

  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships


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