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Ontario Issues 212 NOIs in Latest French-Speaking Skilled Worker Draw

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) recently conducted a draw under the Express Entry-linked French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream on June 20, 2024. The draw resulted in the issuance of 212 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates.

The candidates who received NOIs had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging between 305 and 409. This draw considered profiles created in the IRCC’s Express Entry system from June 20, 2023, to June 20, 2024. 

Classified as a general draw, it was not targeted toward any specific occupation or skill set within the French-speaking skilled worker category.

To be considered for the French-speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) program, candidates must have work experience in TEER Category 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). They must also have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in French and 6 in English, as per the eligibility criteria set by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

This initiative reflects Ontario’s ongoing commitment to attracting French-speaking skilled workers to meet the province’s labor market needs and support the vitality of its Francophone communities. 

To be eligible for the Ontario Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, applicants must have a pending application under the Federal Express Entry system. They must also have at least one year of full-time or full-time equivalent work experience under the NOC TEER Category 0, 1, 2, or 3.

Applicants must hold a Canadian equivalent Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD degree. Language proficiency is crucial. Candidates must achieve at least a CLB level 7 in the TEF exam for French and a minimum CLB level 6 in the IELTS exam for English. All applicants must demonstrate their intention to reside in the Province of Ontario.

The draw highlights Ontario’s efforts to improve its workforce by adding skilled French-speaking individuals.

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