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Immigration draw an option for permanent residency in Canada 

The government of Ontario, the largest Canadian Province recently issued expressions of interest to 775 foreign healthcare workers, inviting them to apply for permanent residency.

This immigration draw is part of the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. It gives foreign workers with certain work experience, language abilities and education the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

To be selected for the opportunity to immigrate to the province of Ontario potential immigrants must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system.

Candidates with valid profiles are ranked based on comprehensive ranking scores (“scores”) generated from their personal information such as their work experience, language abilities, education and age. Candidates with the highest scores receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

The minimum qualifications for the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream are:

One year of continuous work experience;
A bachelors, masters of PhD degree;
You must be able to read, write and speak English or French at the Canadian Language Benchmark 7 or higher;
You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada; and
You must intend to live in Ontario
Candidates selected in the February 2, 2023 draw had scores between 476 and 489 and work experience in the following occupations:

Managers in health care
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
Specialists in surgery
General practitioners and family physicians
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
Dietitians and nutritionists
Occupational therapists
Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
Nursing coordinators and supervisors
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
Nurse practitioners
Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
Licensed practical nurses
Paramedical occupations
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
Dental hygienists and dental therapists
Dental technologists and technicians
Medical laboratory technologists
Medical radiation technologists
Medical sonographers
Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
Pharmacy technicians
Other medical technologists and technicians
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
Massage therapists
Other practitioners of natural healing
Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
Other assisting occupations in support of health services
Health care workers are in high demand within the province of Ontario and throughout Canada. The province of Ontario has also selected individuals from other professions in the past for nominations for permanent residency.

Foreign nationals interested in applying for immigration to theprovince of Ontario may engage the services of an attorney to assist them with the process.

*This article does not constitute legal advice and is intended for informational purposes only.

Carissa Mears is a triple-qualified lawyer authorized to practice immigration law throughout Canada and licensed to practice law in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. She has served as an adjunct lecturer in law at the University of the West Indies Mona and The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean. She is passionate about making legal issues understandable to the general public. You can contact her at

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