On February 24, 2022 Canada Province Ontario held its new draw. Ontario invited 818 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program(OINP) has invited applicants who may qualify for the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. These candidates had to have a profile in the Express Entry system with a Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score of at least 359. Ontario invited candidates who had created an Express Entry profile between the dates of February 24, 2021 and of February 24, 2022.
For the second time in a row, Ontario has removed its CRS cap. The maximum points an Express Entry candidate can earn without a provincial nomination is 600. Prior to the February 22 draw, candidates whose CRS score was above the maximum range would not be eligible to apply for the nomination.
Ontario opned its new ways for Express Entry Candidates
Canada has not held an Express Entry draw for anyone other than PNP candidates since September 2021. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser did not specify when the draws for Category of Canadian Experience Class(CEC) and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will resume, but recently said it will be in the “near future.”
Throughout 2021, Ontario Express Entry candidates with scores over 467 have not been invited to apply for nomination. As a result, some candidates were trying to lower their scores in the pool in order to get an Ontario nomination.
According to the new Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024, Canada plans to welcome 83,500 immigrants this year through categories aligned with Express Entry and the basic PNP. The new targets are higher than the government had forecast in the last levels plan, which was 81,500 PNP immigrants for 2022 and 83,000 for 2023.
The biggest draw of the year in Ontario so far took place on January 27, when the province invited 1,032 applicants from the Skilled Trades Stream. On February 23, Ontario held its biggest draw of the year among healthcare professionals with 773 candidates.
This News taken from CIC News