ONTARIO wants Info/Comm/Tech Workers

Calling Filipino ICT professionals and skilled workers at home and abroad.

If you have been an OFW for years and are exploring migration opportunities to a country with a welcoming attitude to immigrants, respect and value human and work rights, then look no further or farther than Canada – and specifically the province of Ontario.

On June 28, 2017, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced that “it would issue targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream and who have work experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.”

This means ICT candidates with their profiles already in the Express Entry pool have better chances of being invited to apply for permanent residency.  The final nomination by Ontario would boost an Express Entry candidate’s points by 600.

Ontario’s nomination virtually guarantees your invitation to apply for permanent residency. Until the last draw (June 28, 2017) the threshold score for Candidates issued invitations to apply (ITA) hovered from 413 to 449.  Therefore, Ontario’s nomination of 600 will guarantee an invitation.

The list of occupations that Ontario prefers (and will select from the Express Entry pool even if your total points is less than 400) are the following:

For these occupations only, the OINP lowered the required minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score below 400.

Other factors to be eligible include the following:


Ontario encourages “prospective applicants to the HCP Stream… to create a new profile in the Express Entry system to make it easier for Ontario to identify their profile during its search in the federal government’s Express Entry pool.

 Please note that if you create a new Express Entry profile, you must delete your old profile.  

Ontario will first issue a Nomination of Interest to candidates (in this preferred group of occupations) selected form the pool.  This Nomination of Interest (NOI) is valid for six months. You must register a profile for Ontario’s HCP Stream.  Then, submit your complete application to the OINP within 14 calendar days through Ontario’s e-Filing Portal.

Email your resume for a free assessment on how to complete the Express Entry Candidate Profile.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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