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Ontario & BC Invite 760 IT Workers To Apply For Canadian Immigration

Ontario & BC Invite 760 IT Workers To Apply For Canadian Immigration

Ontario and BC sent a combined total of 760 invitations to apply for Canadian immigration to IT workers through their provincial nominee programs. 

On Dec. 15, both the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued targeted draws for IT workers. 

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Dec. 15 draw

Dates of Express Entry profiles considered: Dec. 15, 2019, to Dec. 15, 2020
CRS score range: 460-468
Number of invitations: 668

Priority occupations list for OINP Tech Draw:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

OINP issues targeted tech worker draws periodically throughout the year. These occur under the Human Capital Priorities Stream of their provincial nominee program. Through this PNP stream, OINP reviews candidates with valid federal Express Entry profiles and chooses the ones that meet their criteria. In this case, IT workers with sufficient experience and the right CRS score. 

In other words, applicants only need to apply to OINP’s Human Capital Priorities stream when they receive an invitation. 

BC PNP Dec. 15 Tech Pilot draw

BC PNP sent invitations to 92 IT professionals working in the province. The minimum score on the BC PNP selection grid was 80. 

Unlike the OINP draw, candidates must first apply to BC PNP to be considered for the program. To be eligible for BC PNP’s Tech Pilot, applicants must be working in the IT sector of the province and have a job offer in their field. 

Eligible IT occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

NOCJob Title
0131Telecommunication carriers managers
0213Computer and information systems managers
0512Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2134Chemical engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
5121Authors and writers
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5226Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the
performing arts
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
6221Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade
Adam Pinsky

Adam Pinsky has a keen interest in all things immigration and has been working in the industry for 11 years.

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