1,773 Express Entry Tech candidates – CRS scores as low as 435 received NOI from Ontario Province


Ontario’ssecond ever Tech Draw, held on 1st August 2019, led to 1,773 Express Entry Candidates receiving invitations i.e. Notifications of interest (NOIs)and the cut-off CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score was as low as 435. An NOI allows the candidates who received it to apply for a provincial Nomination of that province.

Some of Canada’s major tech hubs are located in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo, all of which are located in Ontario. Tech Draws were introduced in Ontario, as a part of its ‘Human Capital Priorities Stream’ managed by the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP), since July 2019 to meet the growing labor needs of the booming technological sector of the province. Over 80,000 tech jobs were created in Ontario alone in the last 5 years.

Tech Draws were introduced to allow the provinces to sift through the candidates in the Express Entry Pool and select those who have sufficient experience in one of six tech occupations listed under the National Occupation Classification (NOC), these are as follow:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

The cut-off CRS score for these draws is much lower (in Ontario’s case, 435) as compared to the Federal draws under the Express Entry System. The cut-off score for the most recent federal draw was 459. 3,396 Express Entry candidates have managed to secure an NOI since the introduction of Tech Draws in Ontario. These draws have allowed the eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool to increase their chances of receiving Canada permanent residency, who otherwise would not have reached the cut-off CRS score.

Let us consider a situational example to better understand how the Tech Draws may help eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Ravi is a 30-year-old, holding a bachelor’s degree and 3 years of work experience as a Computer and information systems manager. Ravi has advanced proficiency in English and has no job offer from Canada. Ravi’s CRS score is 436.

On 1st August, Ravi received an NOI from Ontario through its Tech Draw. He may now apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario.

If Ravi receives a nomination from Ontario his CRS score would increase to 1036, this would ensure his receipt of an ITA (Invitation to Apply) from IRCC in the next Express Entry federal draw.

To find out if you are eligible for Express entry program and PNP options, contact on 7045 688 237 or send your updated resume to contact@smi.legal