Ontario Skilled Trades Stream Express Entry

Ontario PNP, under the PNP Canada, offers a stream named as Ontario express entry skilled trades stream. The Ontario Skilled Trades stream allows experienced skilled workers in an eligible work trade to gain a permanent residency in Ontario under the Ontario immigration process.  In order to qualify for the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, under the PNP Canada program, a candidate need to score points under the federal skilled trade program points calculator. In order to gain Ontario PR under the Ontario Express Entry Skilled trades Stream of Ontario PNP program in PNP Canada, a candidate needs to do things as per the Ontario Permanent Residency (PR) rules.

As the stream is one of the parts of Express Entry of Canada, a candidate who is ssuccessful receives an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Then after this they receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for obtaining the Permanent residency (PR) of Ontario or Ontario PR.


In order to be eligible for the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, candidate needs to qualify some conditions. These conditions are laid out by Ontario Immigration which comes under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of Canada Immigration.

✍ Candidates must be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

✍ Candidates must have a valid profile in the federal Express Entry pool.

✍ Candidates must possess a Notification of Interest from Ontario through the IRCC Express Entry online account.

✍ Candidates must indicate an interest in immigrating to either Ontario or “All Provinces and Territories”, as designated in the Express Entry profile.

Provincial Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, candidates must fulfill some additional conditions as well.  Following are those conditions:-

✍ A candidate must be possession of trade license or certification from the Ontario College of Trades, if the candidate is working, or has worked, in an occupation in Ontario that requires a license or certification.

✍ Candidates must possess atleast 12 months of full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience in Ontario within two years from the date of issuance of the Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario. Work experience must be in a skilled trade occupation listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

✍ A candidate must maintain a minimum level of settlement funds.

✍ A candidate must have the intention to reside in Ontario.

✍ Candidates must be currently residing in Ontario on a valid work permit.

✍ A candidate must have minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or in French. This must be proved by taking a standardized language test recognized by the governments of Ontario and Canada.

Ontario PNP Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream Application Process

In order to file the application for Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, a candidate needs to follow a particular process. This process makes the activities more streamlined and the candidates can attain the visa under this category in easy manner.  Following is the process of the same:-

✍ Online Express Entry profile creation

Initially candidates need to build a profile under the express entry system via online medium. Once a candidate receives a Express Entry profile number and a job seeker validation code, they need express interest in Ontario or All Provinces and territories. After this they need to submit application for Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP).  Candidates must qualify for Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

✍ Identification of candidates in Express Entry pool by OINP

OINP searches the express entry pool which fits in the in demand occupation of the Ontario province.  Once the right candidate is selected they receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario through IRCC online account.

✍ Applying to Ontario PNP under the Skilled Trade Stream

After receiving the Notification of Interest (NOI) a candidate has 45 days in hand to apply for OINP under the Ontario’s Express Entry Trades Stream. In order to apply for the same a candidate must submit their application through OINP e-filing portal with supporting documents. In addition to this a candidate needs to submit anon refundable application fee of $1500, which includes the cost of processing the application.  Then after this the OINP will assess the nomination of the candidate according to the Skilled Trades Stream eligibility criteria.

✍ Nomination acceptance and Permanent Residency (PR) application

If a candidate’s application is approved by Ontario Immigration, they will receive a notification from the OINP’s end on the IRCC online account about the same. A candidate has 30 days to accept the nomination of Ontario in Express Entry. This will be advantageous for the candidate as they gain an additional 600 points in the points system under the Canada Immigration and receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residency (PR). After receiving of Invitation To Apply (ITA) a candidate has 90 days to submit their application for permanent residence to IRCC.

Ontario PNP Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream Occupation list

There are some occupations that are listed under the Ontario PNP Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. Before applying a candidate must make sure that their past experience and desired job falls under the following occupation list:-

NOC Code


Further Job Classification


Minor group 633


Butchers and Bakers

✍ 6331 — Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale

✍ 6332 — Bakers























Major Group 73























Maintenance and equipment operations trade

730 Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators

✍ 7301 — Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

✍ 7302 — Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

✍ 7303 — Supervisors, printing and related occupations

✍ 7304 — Supervisors, railway transport operations

✍ 7305 — Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)

✍ 7311 — Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

✍ 7312 — Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

✍ 7313 — Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

✍ 7314 — Railway carmen/women

✍ 7315 — Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors

✍ 7316 — Machine fitters

✍ 7318 — Elevator constructors and mechanics

732 Automotive service technicians

✍ 7321 — Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

✍ 7322 — Motor vehicle body repairers

733 Other mechanics and related repairers

✍ 7331 — Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics

✍ 7332 — Appliance servicers and repairers

✍ 7333 — Electrical mechanics

✍ 7334 — Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics

✍ 7335 — Other small engine and small equipment repairers

736 Train crew operating occupations

✍ 7361 — Railway and yard locomotive engineers

✍ 7362 — Railway conductors and brakemen/women

737 Crane operators, drillers and blasters

✍ 7371 — Crane operators

✍ 7372 — Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction

✍ 7373 — Water well drillers

738 Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations not elsewhere classified

✍ 7381 — Printing press operators

✍ 7384 — Other trades and related occupations, not elsewhere classified














Major group 72













Industrial, electrical and construction trades

720 — Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers

✍ 7201 — Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations

✍ 7202 — Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

✍ 7203 — Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades

✍ 7204 — Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

✍ 7205 — Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

723 Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades

✍ 7231 — Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

✍ 7232 — Tool and die makers

✍ 7233 — Sheet metal workers

✍ 7234 — Boilermakers

✍ 7235 — Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters

✍ 7236 — Ironworkers

✍ 7237 — Welders and related machine operators

724 Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers

✍ 7241 — Electricians (except industrial and power system)

✍ 7242 — Industrial electricians

✍ 7243 — Power system electricians

✍ 7244 — Electrical power line and cable workers

✍ 7245 — Telecommunications line and cable workers

✍ 7246 — Telecommunications installation and repair workers

✍ 7247 — Cable television service and maintenance technicians

725 Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters

✍ 7251 — Plumbers

✍ 7252 — Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

✍ 7253 — Gas fitters

727 Carpenters and cabinetmakers

✍ 7271 — Carpenters

✍ 7272 — Cabinetmakers

728 Masonry and plastering trades

✍ 7281 — Bricklayers

✍ 7282 — Concrete finishers

✍ 7283 — Tilesetters

✍ 7284 — Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

729 Other construction trades

✍ 7291 — Roofers and shinglers

✍ 7292 — Glaziers

✍ 7293 — Insulators

✍ 7294 — Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

✍ 7295 — Floor covering installers

















Major group 82
















Supervisors and Technical occupations in natural resources in natural resources, agriculture and related production

821 Supervisors, logging and forestry

✍ 8211 — Supervisors, logging and forestry

822 Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas

✍ 8221 — Supervisors, mining and quarrying

✍ 8222 — Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

823 Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related occupations

✍ 8231 — Underground production and development miners

✍ 8232 — Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

824 Logging machinery operators

✍ 8241 — Logging machinery operators

825 Contractors and supervisors, agriculture, horticulture and related operations and services

✍ 8252 — Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

✍ 8255 — Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

826 Fishing vessel masters and fishermen/women

✍ 8261 — Fishing masters and officers

✍ 8262 — Fishermen/women


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