Skilled Trades- Ontario’s Express Entry
The Skilled Trades stream is one of the ways for immigration to Ontario under the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP). This program allows foreign nationals with work experience in Ontario to get permanent residence of Ontario. You must first create a profile on the federal Express Entry system and then apply for Ontario’s Express Entry. If you are approved by Ontario, you will receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario. You must first get the minimum required score for the Federal Express Entry and then obtain at least 67 points out of 100 to become eligible for permanent residence of Ontario.
1-Having at least 1 year full-time work experience over the past 2 years in the following occupations according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC):
Minor Group 633: Butchers and bakers
Major Groups 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades
Major Groups 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades
Major Groups 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production
2- If you have a work experience in a compulsory trade, even if you are no longer engaged in the trade, you must have a valid certificate or license in Ontario at the time you apply.
3- You must be living in Ontario at the time of apply and have a valid work permit.
4- have an English or French ability of CLB 5 or better
Acceptable English tests:
- IELTS (General Training test only)
- CELPIP (General Training test only)
Acceptable French tests:
- TEF Canada
- TCF Canada
5- You must have the financial ability to live in Ontario
6- You must have an intention to live in Ontario. After you have received permanent residence, you must live in Ontario. The Ontario government specifies this by checking:
- Working in Ontario or have a job there
- Getting job offer or applying for jobs
- leasing or owning property
- Having family relationships in Ontario
7- When you apply, you must have legal status in Canada (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit).
8- Pay the application fee that is $1,500
You must pay this cost by credit card. Only VISA or MasterCard is accepted. The fee will be refunded only if the request is incomplete or you have withdrawn your application before start of evaluation process. If your request fails, the fee will not be refunded.