The latest Ontario Tech Draw was conducted on this August 1. In the draw, a total of 1,773 candidates who had entered the Express Entry pool before the timestamp of the Tech draw was invited to apply a provincial nomination certificate by the province.
What this means is that once a profile is shortlisted by the province, a Notification of Interest (NOI) will be issued to the profile owner. Upon receipt of the NOI from the province, the candidate can then apply for a provincial nomination certificate. The total CRS points that can be earned by such provincial nominations is 600. So, irrespective of the CRS score of the candidate without a nomination certificate, a provincial nomination is a sure path towards Canadian permanent residence taking into consideration the current Express Entry cut-off CRS draw trends.
This is the province’s second Tech Draw. The first draw was conducted early in the month of July, and a total of 3,396 invitations were issued. Candidates who received invitations in the August 1 draw were those whose NOC code(s) corresponding to the occupations they had been (and/or still is) working in the last 10 years matched with one (or more) of the NOC codes identified for the Ontario Tech draw category – please see below for eligible Ontario Tech Draw NOC codes.
Note: The abbreviation NOC above stands for the Canadian National Occupational Classification. The current version of NOC used is NOC version 2016.1.
According to sources (the CBRE Group), Tech companies in Toronto alone created more tech jobs opportunities than the San Francisco Bay area (USA) in 2017.
How the Ontario Tech Draw works?
The Tech draws are conducted through the province’s Human Capital Priorities Steam. The Category A of the Human Capital Priorities Steam require the applicant to have a job offer from a Canadian employer. The Tech Draw category specifically target Express Entry candidates who are active in the Express Entry pool, and, who have at least 1 year of work experience in the last 10 years in one (or more) of the below 6 tech occupations:
The abbreviation NOC above stands for the Canadian National Occupational Classification. The current version of NOC used is NOC version 2016.1.
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