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    Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

    Ontario is Canada’s most popular landing destination for immigrants worldwide.

    As Canada’s most populous province, nearly 40 percent of Canadians call Ontario home. Ontario is also home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto. As a result, Ontario is the center of Canada’s economic, social, and political life in many ways.

    Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program is the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

    Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate, allowing that foreign national to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with processing times faster than other Canadian immigration classes.

    The OINP accepts applications under the following immigration categories:

    • Ontario Express Entry
    • Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream
    • Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
    • Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream

    General Category (sometimes referred to as Employer Job Offer Category) 

    • Foreign Workers with a Job Offer Stream
    • Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream

    International Student Category 

    • International Students with a Job Offer Stream
    • International Students – Masters Graduate Stream
    • International Students – Ph.D. Graduate Stream

    Business Category 

    • Entrepreneur Stream
    • Corporate Stream
    • Investors Category (discontinued)

    Current Status of OINP Immigration Streams

    The following table provides details on the current status of each OINP immigration stream.

    OINP Stream Status Additional Notes
    Human Capital Priorities This stream is expected to open and close intermittently throughout 2018. Aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
    French-Speaking Skilled Worker Open — OINP continues to accept and process applications. Aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
    Skilled Trades Open — Applications being accepted online. Aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
    Foreign Worker Open to eligible candidates whose job offer has been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process. The job offer must meet the prevailing wage level in Ontario for that occupation.
    In-Demand Skills Stream Open — Applications being accepted. Targets workers in certain agriculture and construction occupations with work experience in Ontario and a job offer.
    International Student with a Job Offer Open to eligible candidates whose job offer has been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process. Previous education requirement is not Ontario-specific; graduates who studied in any province may be eligible.
    International Student – Masters Graduate stream This stream is expected to open and close intermittently throughout 2018. Job offer not required.
    International Student – Ph.D. Graduate stream This stream is expected to open and close intermittently throughout 2018. Job offer not required.
    Entrepreneur Open — OINP continues to accept Expressions of Interest. Successful applicants obtain Temporary Work Permits before Permanent Resident status may be obtained.
    Corporate Open — OINP continues to accept and process applications. Successful applicants obtain Temporary Work Permits before Permanent Resident status may be obtained.

    Ontario Express Entry

    Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream

    This stream enables the OINP to nominate individuals eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool and have the required education, professional work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labor market and communities.

    Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

    The Ontario French-Speaking, Skilled Worker Stream, is for skilled French workers who have strong English language abilities and want to live and work permanently in Ontario. This stream enables the OINP to nominate individuals in the Express Entry pool who have the required education, professional work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labor market and communities.

    Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream

    The Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades stream targets tradespersons with ongoing or recent experience of working in Ontario.

    Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the OINP Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream.

    Employer Job Offer Category

    Through this category, Ontario employers can recruit foreign workers for approved skilled positions (classified by the Government of Canada as NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B). These employees may be living abroad or in Canada at the time of application.

    Learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the OINP Employer Job Offer Stream for foreign workers.

    Ontario has also launched the Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream, targeting specific agriculture and construction occupations. Learn more about the Ontario Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream.

    International Student Category

    This category is for students from abroad. The International Students category accepts applications under the following three streams:

    International Student with a Job Offer Stream

    This stream was created to help employers recruit international students. It is open to Ontario employers and students with job offers.

    Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the OINP International Student with a Job Offer Stream.

    International Masters Graduate Stream

    This stream targets individuals who have graduated with a Master’s degree from one of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. A job offer is not required.

    Learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the OINP International Masters Graduate Stream.

    International Ph.D. Graduate Stream

    This stream targets individuals who have graduated from a Ph.D. program at one of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. A job offer is not required.

    Learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the OINP International Ph.D. Graduate Stream.

    Business Category

    Entrepreneur Stream

    This stream is designed to attract individuals looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in Ontario. Successful applicants will obtain a temporary work permit support letter – based on a performance agreement – to establish the business in Ontario. If the investment and job creation agreements outlined in the performance agreement are adhered to, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to be nominated for Canadian permanent resident status.

    Learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the OINP Entrepreneur Stream.

    Corporate Stream

    This stream aims to help and support established international corporations looking to expand into Ontario or buy an existing business. Once the business has been successfully established, key staff can apply for a provincial nomination certificate, eventually becoming permanent residents of Canada.

    Learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the OINP Corporate Stream.

    Investors Stream

    As of October 29, 2015, the OINP Investors Stream is closed and no longer accepting applications.

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