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In the recent IRCC meeting Ontario has decided to again remove the CRS slab from skilled trades option and followed by it, they invited 818 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on February 24.

TheOINPinvited candidates who may be eligible for the Ontario express entry trades stream. These candidates needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system with aCRS score of at least 359. Ontario invited candidates who had created an Express Entry profile between the dates of February 24, 2021, and February 24, 2022.

For the second time in a row, Ontario removed its CRS cap. The maximum points an Express Entry candidate can get without a provincial nomination is 600.

Ontario is making up new PR pathway for Express Entry candidates

Canada has not held an Express Entry draw for anyone but PNP candidates since September 2021. Immigration Minister Fraser has not said when draws forCEC) andFSWP candidates will resume, but recently said it would be in the “near future.”

In all of 2021, Express Entry candidates in Ontario with scores of more than 467 were not invited to apply for a nomination. As a result, some candidates were trying to reduce their scores in the pool in order to get a nomination from Ontario.

According to the new immigration plans of 2022-2024, Canada is expecting to bring in 83,500 immigrants through both Express Entry-aligned and base PNP categories this year. The new targets are greater than what the government projected in the last levels plan, which was 81,500 PNP immigrants for 2022, and 83,000 for 2023.

Ontario’s Skilled Trades Stream made pathways for CEC candidates

Ontario’s Express Entry-linked skilled trades stream offers a pathway to permanent residency for FSWP and CEC candidates. The OINP invites eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

To be eligible, candidates need to be living in Ontario with a valid work permit. They also need to have a minimum of one year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work. They must have completed this work experience in the province in a skilled trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82under Canada’sNOC.skilled trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82

No job offer is needed to apply under the Skilled Trades Stream, but candidates must meet all the mandatory federal and provincial requirements.

The first step to being considered for a provincial nomination is to submit a profile to the Express Entry system and keep yourself in the EE pool to get considered by the Canadian government for PR.

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