Ontario Invites Tech Workers and French Speakers in PNP Draws

Published on: February 8th, 2022
Ontario held two new PNP draws for tech workers and French speakers in the Express Entry pool on February 8, 2022.

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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued a total of 828 invitations in two separate targeted Human Capital stream draws.

February 8 Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker PNP Draw Results

Dates of Express Entry profiles considered: February 8, 2021 – February 8, 2022
CRS score range: 463-467
Number of invitations: 206

Those invited in OINP’s French-Speaking draw must also have met the following criteria:

  • Have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree;
  • Provide French-language results at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in each area of the exam;
  • Provide English language results with a minimum of CLB 6 in each area of the exam;

February 8 Ontario Human Capital Priorities PNP Tech Draw Results

Dates of Express Entry profiles considered: February 8, 2021 – February 8, 2022
CRS score range: 463-467
Number of invitations: 622

Candidates invited in Ontario’s tech draw had identified their primary National Occupational Classification (NOC) code as one of Ontario’s six targeted tech professions:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

Tech draw candidates were required to have at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience in one of the above occupations. To be considered in a Human Capital Priorities stream draw, tech candidates must also have a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D., and a minimum of CLB 7 or higher in each area of the language exam.

All candidates must also have legal status in Canada (if applying from within the country) and intend to reside in Ontario upon becoming a permanent resident


If a candidate meets the requirements for either of the above draws they may be issued a Notification of Interest (NOI) of their Express Entry profile.

How does Ontario’s Human Capital Stream work?

Ontario’s Human Capital Stream hosts a collection of immigration pathways within the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), including the Human Capital Priorities and French-Speaking streams.

Both streams use the Express Entry system to search for profiles that help meet the province’s labour market or demographic needs.

The streams holds draws throughout the year, where they target a CRS range and/or set of occupational codes, and invite candidates to apply for the chance to be nominated for Canadian permanent residence.

In addition to meeting stream-specific criteria, candidates applying through the Human Capital Priorities or French-speaking streams must have an active Express Entry profile and meet draw-specific criteria.

Upon receiving a nomination from Ontario, candidates receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, essentially guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.


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