Ontario issued its first Express Entry-linked invitations of the new year on Friday, inviting 242 candidates to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
The stream is one of three Ontario immigration pathways that are aligned with the Express Entry selection system.
Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream allows the province’s immigrant nominee program, the OINP, to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet the stream’s eligibility requirements.
Among other requirements, candidates must be able to understand, read, write and speak French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. They must also be able to understand, read, write and speak English at CLB level 6 or higher.
The OINP said the 242 Express Entry candidates who were issued a Notification of Interest (NOI) in the January 9 draw also had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging from 433 to 472.