Ontario immigration nominee program

Ontario immigration nominee program

Ontario is the most popular province in Canada. Its multicultural communities, strong economy, immigration friendly policies, job opportunities, and landscape beauty magnetize thousands o immigrants there.

What is an Ontario immigration nominee program?

The OINP is an immigration program designed for the skilled workers who interested stay and work in the province of Ontario on a permanent basis. Under the OINP, potential foreign nationals can apply for permanent residency in Ontario. International students, foreign workers, and all other individuals including business people need to fulfill the prescribed qualifications, skills and experience to apply in this program. Once the foreign nationals are selected, they are eligible to receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate that enables them to have quicker processing of their Canadian permanent residency application.

What you need to know

There are three ways you may qualify for a nomination:

  • Employer job offer category: for workers who already have a permanent job offer from an Ontario employer
  • Human capital category: for workers who have valuable work experience, education, language skills, and a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system; or for graduate students
  • Business category: for entrepreneurs looking to start a new or buy an existing business in Ontario

Employer job offer category:

The employer job offer category has three streams. You must have a full-time and permanent job offer from an Ontario employer to qualify.

Foreign Worker stream: for workers in skilled positions

International Student stream: for recent graduates in Ontario

In-Demand Skills stream: for intermediate skilled workers in specific sectors, such as agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support workers.

Human capital category:

The human capital category has two sub-categories, the international graduate streams and Ontario’s Express Entry streams.

To qualify under the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams, you must have a graduate degree from an eligible Ontario university and apply within two years of getting your degree.

To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry streams, you must have received a notification of interest from Ontario and have an up-to-date profile with your most current work experience, language tests and education in the federal government’s Express Entry system.

Business category:

The business category has one stream. You must be an entrepreneur from outside of Canada who is looking to implement a new business idea or buy and grow an existing business in Ontario.


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14 September 2020


Provincial Nominee Program