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954 IT candidates invited for PR in latest OINP draw

Ontario invites 954 with IT skills for PR in latest OINP draw

In the latest OINP draw held January 15, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) conducted a Tech Draw that invited 954 candidates with eligible IT work experience to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

In order to be eligible for OINP Tech Draw candidates must have an eligible profile registered under the federal Express Entry Program pool.

Ontario is the most popular destination for new permanent residents of Canada, including those admitted through the Express Entry system. In 2019, some 70% of new immigrants admitted through the federal Express Entry program had Ontario as their destination province.


The federal Express Entry Program allows Canada to actively recruit assess and select skilled immigrants under the following federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates for these programs are entered into the Express Entry pool where they are ranked based on scores awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors that include age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Those who received invitations from OINP via a Notification of Interest (NOI) in the January 15 Tech Draw had Express Entry CRS scores between 460 and 472. With the OINP nomination, their Express Entry scores jump by 600 points and they are prioritized for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

How OINP Tech Draws work


OINP searches the federal the Express Entry pool to find candidates who may:

If OINP identifies you in the federal Express Entry pool, you will receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) in your IRCC online account. Receiving an NOI does not necessarily mean that you qualify for one of our streams. You are responsible for reviewing program guides to confirm your eligibility.

Candidates selected in the January 15 OINP draw had work experience in one of the following six occupations:

  • 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)

If you receive an NOI

You may submit an online application to the OINP through the OINP e-Filing Portal. It takes between two to three hours to complete the application. You must submit your application within 45 calendar days of receiving your NOI.

Your application will be processed and a decision to grant or refuse your application will be made in accordance with the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 and its regulations.

See how many NOIs we’ve issued to date.

How OINP chooses the eligible occupations

To ensure that this initiative meets the needs of Ontario employers, OINP engaged with stakeholders across the province through a survey and face-to-face consultations. This helped OINP choose priority occupations for the targeted technology occupations draws.

In addition to these tech draws, OINP also meet employer priorities through targeted priority occupation draws for non-tech priority occupations.

Employers gave their feedback on their current labour needs and hiring practices, including their need for specific information and communication technology skills and occupations.

Support for businesses

If you are a tech employer interested in finding out more about using immigration to fill your labour market needs, the OINP’s Business Immigration Services team can help. The team takes an active role in helping employers find talent solutions with immigration, including:

  • support in understanding federal and provincial immigration pathways
  • info sessions, in-person or teleconference meetings
  • dedicated staff to help employers fill labour shortages, hire foreign talent, retain international students and get skilled workers faster

If you’re interested in using immigration to fill a labour shortage, contact our Business Immigration Services team at

Employers can also get up-to-date information about application processing times and nominations issued to date. Estimated processing time as of June 13, 2019, for the Human Capital Priorities stream is 30 to 60 days.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.