1,773 Get NOIs With CRS As Low As 435 In New Ontario Tech Draw

August 1, 2019 In Canada Immigration News Articles

Ontario immigration issued Notifications of Interest to 1,773 candidates with Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 435 in a new Tech Draw.

The August 1 draw is the second and largest since Ontario announced the start of Tech Draws under the Human Capital Priorities stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

In the first Tech Draw, on July 12, Notifications of Interest were issued to 1,623 candidates.

This was Ontario’s second Tech Draw since their introduction in early July and a total of 3,396 Express Entry candidates have now received invitations, or Notifications of Interest (NOIs).

Ontario is home to several of Canada’s major tech hubs, notably those in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo, and Tech Draws are designed to meet growing labour needs in the sector.

More than 80,000 tech jobs have been created in Ontario’s capital city, Toronto, alone in the last five years, according to the 2019 CBRE Scoring Tech Talent Report.

Under the HCP as a whole, Ontario has now issued 5,961 NOIs during 2019.

See below for full details of how HCP Tech Draws work.

Ontario Human Capital Priorities Tech Draw

Date/time NOIs issued

Number of NOIs issued

Profiles created in IRCC’s Express Entry system

CRS score range

August 1, 2019 1pm EST


August 1, 2018 to August 1, 2019



Ontario announced it would be starting Tech Draws earlier in July, focused on six specific technology occupations:

  1. Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  2. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  3. Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  4. Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  5. Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  6. Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

The draws are designed to address labour shortages in the technology sector in Canada’s largest province.

Candidates must meet existing HCP requirements (see below) as well as have work experience in one of the stated occupations.

Candidates selected from the Express Entry pool receive a Notification of Interest via their Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) account.

They then have 45 days to submit a full application.

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As part of the new focus on technology occupations, Ontario has also launched a new Business Immigration Services team.

Dedicated staff are on hand to help employers looking to fill tech worker vacancies.

Employers can also get up-to-date information about application processing times and nominations issued to date.

What Are The Requirements For the Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream?

To qualify applicants must have:

  • Ongoing profile under the Federal Express Entry system and be qualified for either the FSWP or the CEC.
  • Hold minimum of 1-year of full time, or full-time equivalent work experience under NOC occupation level 0, A or B, in the past five years if applying under the FSWP or in the past three years if applying under CEC.
  • Hold the equivalent of a Canadian Bachelors degree or higher.
  • Show language proficiency of minimum CLB/NCLC level 7 in English or in French.
  • Intention to reside in the province of Ontario.
  • Residing with legal status in Canada, if applicable.
  • Proof of required settlement funds.

Summary of Ontario NOIs 2019


Notifications of interest

Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP)


French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW)


Skilled Trades Stream (ST)


Entrepreneur Stream