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March 3 OINP draw

Ontario invites 126 French-speaking skilled workers for PR nomination in March 3 OINP draw

In the March 3 OINP draw the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to 126 candidates in the Express Entry-linked French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, 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 and with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 455 and 467.

To qualify for the March 3 OINP draw, candidates had to submit Express Entry profiles between March 3, 2020 and March 3, 2021. Candidates must have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in French and 6 in English to qualify.

Invited candidates now have 45 calendar days to send in their application for a provincial nomination from Ontario.

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OINP regularly searches the federal Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the criteria for any of its immigration program streams. 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 – 2,223
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream – 272
  • Skilled Trades stream – 338

See OINP – Notifications of Interest issued in 2021 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.

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