Ontario PNP Tech Draws: Which Occupations Qualify?

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Ontario PNP Tech Draws: Which Occupations Qualify?
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Canada immigration news: Ontario targets tech occupations with regular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws through its Express Entry-linked Human Capital Priorities stream.

The province, which has the largest PNP by federal government allocation, also has three of the foremost tech hubs in North America, in Toronto, Ottawa and the Waterloo Region.

It means tech talent immigrating to Ontario should have plenty of employment options, especially given the current tight labour market.


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Candidates receiving a nomination from the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) get an additional 600 points added to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This effectively guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the next Express Entry draw.

The OINP has an initial allocation of 9,750 nominations in 2022, up from 8,600 for 2021. It regularly reaches its allocation and is given extra places, meaning it is likely to nominate more than 10,000 candidates this year.


Human Capital Priorities Stream Dominates OINP 2021 Nominations

Stream Number of nominations
Employer Job Offer: International Student stream 1,240
Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream 540
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream 1,705
PhD Graduate stream 212
Masters Graduate stream 1,202
Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream 177
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream 3,513
Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream 410
Entrepreneur stream 1
Grand total 9,000

Human Capital Priorities Tech Draws

Ontario targets six specific technology sector occupations with tech draws from the Express Entry pool as part of the HCP stream.

Candidates must have experience in one of the six occupations to qualify.

HCP Tech Draws: Target Occupations

  1. Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  2. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  3. Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  4. Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  5. Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  6. Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

Tech Jobs Top List Of 2021 OINP Nominations 

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Occupations Number of nominations
NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers 792
NOC 124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 482
NOC 1111 Financial auditors and accountants 382
NOC 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 374
NOC 6311 Food service supervisors 353
NOC 7511 Transport truckdrivers 325
NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators 319
NOC 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting 267
NOC 601 Corporate sales managers 258
NOC 213 Computer and information systems managers 252
NOC 1121 Human resources professionals 186
NOC 122 Banking, credit and other investment managers 183
NOC 2175 Web designers and developers 167
NOC 1112 Financial and investment analysts 164
NOC 1241 Administrative assistants 148
NOC 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 133
NOC 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations 122
NOC 6322 Cooks 118
NOC 114 Other administrative services managers 114
NOC 4163 Business development officers, marketing researchers, consultants 103
All other occupations 3,758
Grand total 9,000

Candidates must also meet the general requirements of the HCP stream.

This stream is designed for skilled workers who wish to live and work in Ontario, and who have proven skills and abilities to successfully establish themselves in the province.

Ontario HCP: General Requirements

  • Ongoing profile under the Federal Express Entry system and qualify for the FSWP or the CEC.
  • Hold a minimum of 1-year of full-time, or full-time equivalent work experience under NOC occupation level 0, A or B, in the past five years if applying under the FSWP or in the past three years if applying under CEC.
  • Hold the equivalent of a Canadian bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Show language proficiency of minimum CLB/NCLC level 7 in English or in French.
  • Intention to reside in the province of Ontario.
  • Residing with legal status in Canada, if applicable.
  • Proof of required settlement funds.
  • Minimum Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score as determined by the director under period draws.

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