Who Can Apply

To be eligible to apply under Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, you must meet provincial and federal eligibility criteria. You will be assessed against both as part of the nomination process.

To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, you must:

  1. Have a valid profile in the Express Entry pool;
  2. Qualify for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC);
  3. Indicate an interest in immigrating to either Ontario or “All Provinces and Territories” when you create a profile in Express Entry; AND
  4. Have received a Notification of Interest from Ontario through your IRCC online account.

Note: Receiving a Notification of Interest does not mean you qualify under the Skilled Trades Stream. Please consult Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream Application Guide to ensure you meet both provincial and federal criteria.

Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream Criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following provincial criteria:

  1. Work Experience: A minimum of one year of full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience in Ontario within two years from the date of your Notification of Interest from Ontario. Work experience must be in a skilled trade occupation listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
  2. Trade Certification (if required): A trade license or certification from the Ontario College of Trades if working/have worked in an occupation in Ontario that requires a license or certification.
  3. Current Residence in Ontario: Currently residing in Ontario on a valid work permit.
  4. Language: A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or in French.
  5. Settlement Funds: A minimum level of savings or income to support you and your family members.
  6. Intent: An intention to live in Ontario.

Note: Refugee claimants with a pending application to remain in Canada are not eligible to apply to OINP. Refugee claimants whose claim has been rejected, abandoned, or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying to OINP. Refugee claimants may only apply to OINP once they have left Canada. For more information related to refugee claimants, visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

For more information about the eligibility criteria, please refer to the Skilled Trades Stream Application Guide.

Important: Please refer to the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 and its regulations for further details. To the extent that there is any discrepancy between this website and the Act and its regulations, the legislation takes precedence.

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