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February 16 Express Entry Tech Draw

Ontario invites 1,186 for PR in February 16 Express Entry Tech Draw

February 16 Express Entry Tech Draw. In the latest OINP Tech Draw held on February 16, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to 1,186 federal Express Entry candidates, inviting them to apply for a provincial nomination to become Canadian permanent residents. Notifications of Interest were sent by OINP only to candidates with a profile in the Government of Canada’s Express Entry system.

OINP Tech Draws are key to OINP’s strategy to address labour shortages in Ontario’s technology sector, and a pathway for candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence as a tech worker in Ontario.

The purpose is to identify people with technological skills in the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry pool. Through this dedicated approach, we’re helping to make it easier for businesses in the technology sector to recruit top talent from around the world.


OINP regularly searches the federal Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the meet the criteria of the Human Capital Priorities Stream and have work experience in one of the targeted National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes. The purpose is to identify people with technological skills in the federal Express Entry pool.

Candidates invited in the February 16 Express Entry Tech Draw needed a federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 466 and 467 in order to receive a NOI in the latest OINP Tech Draw. Candidates must also demonstrate work experience in one of the following 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 OINP identifies you in the federal Express Entry pool, you will receive a notification of interest in your federal Express Entry online profile account.

Note: Receiving a notification of interest does not mean that you qualify for one of OINP streams.

After you receive a notification of interest, you may submit an online application to the OINP if you qualify under the Ontario Express Entry stream for which your notification of interest was issued. You must submit your application within 45 calendar days of receiving the notification of interest.

Notifications of interest issued in 2021 to date

  • Human Capital Priorities stream – 1,469
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream – 146
  • Skilled Trades stream – 338

See OINP – Notifications of Interest issued in 2020 to date.

About Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs

Under the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Canada’s provincial and territorial governments like Ontario are able to nominate individuals to reside in the province/territory as permanent residents in order to meet the province’s economic and labour needs. 

Candidates who have created a profile in the federal Express Entry system AND have also applied for and received a nomination from a province’s PNP, are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score at the federal level, on top of the points that they have in the federal Express Entry pool. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will also receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence under the federal Express Entry system. Create your federal Express Entry profile.