Author: Stephen Smith
The Government of Ontario has invited 29 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
The August 30 draw was Ontario’s twelfth through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream since the start of June.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has now invited 1,006 Express Entry candidates in 29 draws through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream since the start of 2018.
The OINP said candidates invited in this round submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018 and August 30, 2018.
The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream was launched in 2015 to target French-speaking Express Entry candidates who qualify for either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class and are sufficiently proficient in English (CLB 6 or higher).
There are also unique provincial criteria that candidates must meet.
The stream aims to bolster Ontario’s francophone community, which numbers more than 622,000 people and is the largest French-speaking minority in Canada.
Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three federal economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates who are nominated by Ontario receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.