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Ontario Wants ICT Professionals, Workers for Permanent Residency

Ontario has released the list of occupations in the ICT field - professionals and skilled workers who get best chance of being selected from the Express Entry Candidate Pool.

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Ontario Wants ICT Professionals, Workers for Permanent Residency
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated July 5, 2017 | Canada

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:

  • NOC 0131: Telecommunication Carriers Managers
  • NOC 0213: Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • NOC 2133: Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • NOC 2147: Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
  • NOC 2171: Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • NOC 2172: Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • NOC 2173: Software Engineers and Designers
  • NOC 2174: Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
  • NOC 2175: Web Designers and Developers
  • NOC 2241: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • NOC 2281: Computer Network Technicians
  • NOC 2282: User Support Technicians
  • NOC 2283: Systems Testing Technicians
  • NOC 5224: Broadcast Technicians
  • NOC 5241: Graphic Designers and Illustrators

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:

  • Work Experience: A minimum of either:
  • Education: Equivalent of a Canadian Bachelor’s degree or above;
  • Language: A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or in French;
  • Settlement Funds: A minimum level of savings or income in Ontario; and
  • Intent: An intention to reside in Ontario long term.


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.

About the Author

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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