Ontario has invited a total of 271 candidates through the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream so far in 2021.
Ontario held a new draw on March 3, inviting French-speaking Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 126 candidates through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream. Invited candidates needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 455 and 467.
The province drew from the Express Entry pool of candidates who had created profiles between March 3, 2020, and March 3, 2021.
Invited candidates now have 45 calendar days to send in their application for a provincial nomination from Ontario.
This draw was slightly smaller than the previous FSSW draw on January 13, when the province issued 146 invitations. The new draw brings the total number of invited candidates to 271 in 2021.
Check if you’re eligible for the program
The first step after receiving an invitation is to check your eligibility, as receiving an invitation does not guarantee that you will be nominated.
Generally speaking, you need to meet the eligibility requirements of the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program in order to get the nomination. The specific eligibility requirements will depend on whichever program the OINP assesses you against.
You will also need a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 7 in French, and 6 in English. Among other eligibility criteria, the OINP will also want you to demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario.