The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the province’s economic immigration program. It operates in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Foreign workers, international students and others with the appropriate skills, experience, and education submit an application to the OINP for a nomination.

The OINP recognizes and nominates people for permanent residence who have the skills and experience the Ontario economy needs, and the Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is presently receiving applications on the subsequent streams:

  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • Ph.D. Graduate Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • Skilled Trades Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream 

The subsequent OINP streams are closed to applications at the moment:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • Masters Graduate Stream

In-Demand Skills Stream

The stream provides foreign workers with a job offer in particular in-demand occupations, such as in agriculture, construction, trucking or personal support work, the chance to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

This stream is open to foreign workers in and outside of Canada.

Eligibility

  • Must have a job offer – for your application to be accepted, the job offer should be current the date that you are nominated by the OINP if you are by now working for the employer in the accepted employment position; or if you are not, on the date you obtain a work permit and begin working in the accepted employment position. This means that your employer should follow the terms and conditions in the job offer and begin paying you the approved wage once you are nominated and begin working.
  • Full-time and permanent – The job offer should be for a full-time and permanent position.

Full-time suggests the job must be at least 1,560 hours a year and at least 30 hours of paid work per week.

Permanent implies the job should have no end date (also known as an indeterminate duration)

  • Eligible occupation 
    • NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
    • NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
    • NOC 7441 – residential and commercial installers and servicers
    • NOC 7511 – transport truck drivers
    • NOC 7521 – heavy equipment operators (except crane)
    • NOC 7611 – construction trades helpers and labourers
    • NOC 8431 – general farmworkers
    • NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
    • NOC 8611 – harvesting laborers
    • NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • Median wage level – If you are by now working in the position, the wage of the job offer should be equivalent to or more than the wage level that the employer presently pays you in that position, in a supplement to the meeting or exceeding the median wage level.

These wage conditions do not apply if you have a collective agreement (a written contract between the employer and a union), in your workplace, that determines your wages.

  • Position – The position presented should be required for your employer’s business. This means that the job offer should affiliate with your employer’s existing business endeavors and the position must be considered necessary to sustain or grow continuing business interest.

Ph.D. Graduate Stream

This Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

It offers international graduates with an Ontario Ph.D. degree the chance to submit an application to permanently live and work in Ontario.

Eligibility

Education

You should have fulfilled the conditions required to acquire a Ph.D. degree. The degree should be from a qualified university in the province.

Minimum of two years of your Ph.D. studies should have been achieved while legally living and studying in Ontario.

You are not qualified if you have obtained a bursary, grant or scholarship that necessitates you return to your home country after you receive your Ph.D. degree. You may only apply after you have completed those obligations and can show an intention to settle in Ontario.

Ontario residency

You should have lawfully resided in Ontario for a minimum of one year in the past two years before you apply.

Settlement funds

You should have sufficient money to sustain yourself and your dependent family members when you stay in Canada.

You can meet this obligation through one or a mixture of any of the following:

  1. funds as shown by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts indicating other investments such as non-locked in, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  2. annual earnings from continuing engagement in Ontario, and/or
  3. a job offers in Ontario

Intention to live in Ontario

You should plan to reside and work in Ontario when you’re granted permanent residence. We ascertain this by assessing your ties to Ontario, which can involve accomplishing things similar to:

  • working or have worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers, or applying/interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties or social or personal relationships

Legal Status in Canada (if applicable) 

If you are applying from within Canada, you should have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and must retain that status until the moment of nomination.

Application period

You should submit your application within two years of fulfilling the obligations required to acquire your Ph.D. degree.

This implies that the date on your degree has to be within two years of your OINP application submission date. For example, if your degree is dated June 1, 2017, you must apply to this stream before June 1, 2019.

If you don’t have your degree yet, use the date on the official letter from your university which asserts when your degree will be awarded.

French-speaking Skilled Worker

Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

It provides French-speaking skilled workers with solid English language capabilities the chance to apply to permanently reside and work in Ontario.

You have to have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

Work experience

You should choose which of the subsequent two federal programs you would like to be evaluated against:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you should have:

  • at least one year of constant paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Your work experience should have been:

  • acquired within the last five years from the date of presenting your application to the OINP
  • in the similar main occupation as you pinpointed in your Express Entry profile

Your work experience may be from Canada or overseas.

Continuous means:

  • no breaks in employment over a one-year period

Please note: Work experience can comprise of back-to-back jobs with similar or different employer(s) (with no gap in between), but at least one year should be in the same NOC occupation as your primary NOC stated in your Express Entry profile.

Canadian Experience Class

In the Canadian Experience Class, you should have:

  • at least one year of the aggregate paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Canada in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC

Your work experience should have been:

  • acquired within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
  • in one or more of the occupations that you stated in your Express Entry profile
  • in Canada, while retaining legal status in Canada

Cumulative means:

  • work you’ve done should add up to one year – it does not have to be one year of constant work

Please note:

Paid work experience earned whilst studying full-time at a post-secondary institution (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment is not qualified under the CEC.

In both programs:

  • your work experience should have been acquired over a period of at least one year – work experience totaling 1,560 hours acquired in less than a one-year period does not meet the criteria
  • full-time work experience entails working in a job with at least 30 hours of paid work in a week, that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in one year
  • part-time equivalent work experience means:
    • working in one job for at least 15 hours per week, for two years that quantities to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that two-year period, or
    • working in more than one job for at least 30 hours per week, for one year, those quantities to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that one- year period
  • if your work experience was attained in Ontario in an occupation that necessitates a licence or other authorization, only work experience obtained after becoming eligible to practice that occupation in Ontario will be eligible
  • volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count as valid work experience

Education

You should have a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree or it is equal in another country.

If you finished your studies outside of Canada, you should obtain an Educational Credential Assessment report that demonstrates your education is the same as a Canadian degree.

The evaluation should be completed by one of the subsequent organizations, selected by IRCC.

Each organization charges a separate fee and has separate processing times. Please check the website of each ECA organization to select the one that’s best for you.

You should provide us a copy of the ECA report after you submit your application. The report cannot be more than five years old at the time you submit your application.

We should be able to verify your ECA results with the organization that completed it. This means you should allow the organization to communicate the results with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (not IRCC).

To authorize us to see your ECA results from:

Language

You should be able to comprehend, read, write and speak French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

You should also be able to comprehend, read, write and speak English at CLB level 6 or higher.

To demonstrate that you have the required language skills, you should take an authorized French and English language test prior to submitting your application to this stream.

The tests should be no more than two years old at the time you submit your application.

For French tests, we accept:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
  • Test de Connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

For English tests, we accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test

Settlement Funds

You should have sufficient money to sustain yourself and your dependent family members when you stay in Canada.

You can meet this obligation through one or a combination of any of the subsequent:

  • funds as shown by the balance registered in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  • annual earnings from continuing employment in Ontario
  • a job offers in Ontario

Intention to live in Ontario

You should plan to reside in Ontario once you’re given permanent residence. We ascertain this by analyzing your ties to Ontario, which can involve things like:

  • working or have worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers or applying/interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships

Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

If you are applying from within Canada, you should have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and must retain that status until the time of nomination.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

If you decide to be evaluated against the FSWP, you should score at least 67 points on the six selection factors (education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability).

Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

It provides foreign workers with the necessary skilled work experience, language skills, and education the chance to apply to permanently reside and work in Ontario.

You should have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

Work experience

You should choose which of the subsequent two federal programs you would like to be evaluated against:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you should have:

  • at least one year of constant paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Your work experience should have been:

  • acquired within the last five years from the date of presenting your application to the OINP
  • in the similar main occupation as you pinpointed in your Express Entry profile

Your work experience may be from Canada or overseas.

Continuous means:

  • no breaks in employment over a one-year period

Please note: Work experience can comprise of back-to-back jobs with similar or different employer(s) (with no gap in between), but at least one year should be in the same NOC occupation as your primary NOC stated in your Express Entry profile.

Canadian Experience Class

In the Canadian Experience Class, you should have:

  • at least one year of the aggregate paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Canada in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC

Your work experience should have been:

  • acquired within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
  • in one or more of the occupations that you stated in your Express Entry profile
  • in Canada, while retaining legal status in Canada

Cumulative means:

  • work you’ve done should add up to one year – it does not have to be one year of constant work

Please note:

Paid work experience earned whilst studying full-time at a post-secondary institution (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment is not qualified under the CEC.

In both programs:

  • your work experience should have been acquired over a period of at least one year – work experience totaling 1,560 hours acquired in less than a one-year period does not meet the criteria
  • full-time work experience entails working in a job with at least 30 hours of paid work in a week, that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in one year
  • part-time equivalent work experience means:
    • working in one job for at least 15 hours per week, for two years that quantities to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that two-year period, or
    • working in more than one job for at least 30 hours per week, for one year, that quantity to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that one- year period
  • if your work experience was attained in Ontario in an occupation that necessitates a licence or other authorization, only work experience obtained after becoming eligible to practice that occupation in Ontario will be eligible
  • volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count as valid work experience

Education

You should have a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree or it’s equal in another country.

If you finished your studies outside of Canada, you should obtain an Educational Credential Assessment report that demonstrates your education is the same as a Canadian degree.

The evaluation should be completed by one of the subsequent organizations, selected by IRCC.

Each organization charges a separate fee and has separate processing times. Please check the website of each ECA organization to select the one that’s best for you.

You should provide us a copy of the ECA report after you submit your application. The report cannot be more than five years old at the time you submit your application.

We should be able to verify your ECA results with the organization that completed it. This means you should allow the organization to communicate the results with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (not IRCC).

To authorize us to see your ECA results from:

Language

You should be able to comprehend, read, write and speak French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

You should also be able to comprehend, read, write and speak English at CLB level 6 or higher.

To demonstrate that you have the required language skills, you should take an authorized French and English language test prior to submitting your application to this stream.

The tests should be no more than two years old at the time you submit your application.

For French tests, we accept:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
  • Test de Connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

For English tests, we accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test

Settlement Funds

You should have sufficient money to sustain yourself and your dependent family members when you stay in Canada.

You can meet this obligation through one or a combination of any of the subsequent:

  • funds as shown by the balance registered in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  • annual earnings from continuing employment in Ontario
  • a job offers in Ontario

Intention to live in Ontario

You should plan to reside in Ontario once you’re given permanent residence. We ascertain this by analyzing your ties to Ontario, which can involve things like:

  • working or have worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers or applying/interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships

Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

If you are applying from within Canada, you should have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and must retain that status until the time of nomination.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

If you decide to be evaluated against the FSWP, you should score at least 67 points on the six selection factors (education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability).

Skilled Trades Stream

Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

It gives foreign nationals with Ontario work experience in qualified skilled trades the chance to apply to permanently reside and work in Ontario.

You should have a valid profile in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and obtain a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

Eligibility

Work Experience

You should have:

  • a minimum of one year of collective paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Ontario  in a skilled trade that is itemized in Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73 or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Your work experience should have been:

  • acquired within the last two years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
  • in one or more of the occupations that you stated in your Express Entry profile
  • acquired in Ontario while retaining legal status in Canada

Cumulative means:

  • the work you’ve done should add up to one year, but it does not have to be one year of constant work

Full-time work experience means:

  • working in a job with at least 30 hours of paid work in a week that quantities to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in one year

Part-time equivalent work experience means:

  • working in one job for at least 15 hours per week for two years that amounts to at least 1,560 hours in that two-year period, or
  • working in more than one job for at least 30 hours per week for one year that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that one-year period

Please note:

  • your work experience should have been achieved over a period of at least one year
  • work experience amount to 1,560 hours acquired in less than one-year period does not meet the criteria
  • if you worked in a compulsory trade, only work experience obtained after becoming eligible to perform that occupation in Ontario will be eligible
  • paid work experience earned while studying full time at a post-secondary institution (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment are not qualified
  • volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count as work experience

Valid certificate or license (if applicable)

If you are alleging work experience in a compulsory trade, even if you are no longer working in the trade, you should have a legitimate certificate or licence in Ontario at the time you apply.

Find out if your job is in a compulsory trade that necessitates a licence.

Current residence in Ontario and legal status in Canada

You should be residing in Ontario and retain a legitimate work permit at the time you apply.

You are not obliged to have a job at the time you apply.

Language

You should be capable to comprehend, read, write and speak either English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or higher.

To demonstrate that you have the required language skills, you should take an authorized English or French language test prior to submitting your application to this stream.

The test should be no more than two years old at the time you submit your application.

For English tests, we accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test

For French tests, we accept:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
  • Test de Connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

Learn more about the English and French language tests.

Settlement funds

You should have sufficient money to sustain yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.

You can meet this obligation via one or a combination of any of the subsequent:

  • funds as shown by the balance registered in bank statements, or statements of accounts indicating other investments such as non-locked in, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  • annual earnings from continuing employment in Ontario
  • a job offers in Ontario

Learn more about the amount of money you must have available to apply (see ‘How much money you will need’).

Intention to live in Ontario

You should plan to reside in Ontario once you’re accorded permanent residence. We ascertain this by analyzing your ties to Ontario, which can involve things like:

  • working or have worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers or applying/ interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships

Entrepreneur Stream

The Entrepreneur Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

This stream is for entrepreneurs from outside of Canada interested in launching a new business or purchasing an existing business in Ontario.

It provides an entrepreneur (and up to one foreign national business partner) the chance to be nominated for permanent residence as soon as their business has been established in Ontario.

Eligibility

Business experience

You should have at least 24 months of full-time business familiarity in the last 60 months.

Your knowledge must be as a business owner or as a senior manager (business management). As a business owner, you should have had an effective position in the business and maintained at least one-third of the business. As a senior manager, you should have had senior decision-making obligations in the business.

Net worth

If your planned business will be established:

  • within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto and Durham, Halton, York, and Peel regions) you should have at least a net worth of 800,000 CDN.
  • outside of the Greater Toronto Area you should have at least have a net worth of $400,000 CDN.

If your planned business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications sector then irrespective of site, you should at least have a net worth of $400,000 CDN.

Personal Investment funds and minimum equity

If your planned business will be established:

  • within the Greater Toronto Area, you should make at least have a personal investment of $600,000 CDN and control at least one-third of the equity in the business
  • outside of the Greater Toronto Area, you should make at least a personal investment of $200,000 CDN and control at least one-third of the equity in the business

If your planned business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications sector then regardless of location, you should at least make a personal investment of $200,000 CDN and control a minimum of one-third of the equity in the business.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) welcomes foreign national entrepreneurs eager to invest in Ontario. Candidates who are invited to apply for permanent residency nomination under the Entrepreneur Stream would be considered, but not certain for approval, and applications are evaluated against the criteria as set out under section 13 of Ontario Regulation 422/17 (General), as further clarified in the Application Guide: Entrepreneur Stream. The criteria incorporate an applicant showing that they meet the least personal net worth and investment criteria. While passive investments, involving mutual and/or pooled fund securities, are acceptable for the intention of fulfilling the personal net worth criterion, they are not qualified for inclusion in an applicant’s minimum business investment amount.

Active involvement

You should be actively engaged, on a continuing basis, in the management of the business.

Capital Investment purpose

The main objective of investing capital in the business should be to create a profit. It should not be to obtain interest, dividends or capital gains.

Job creation

If the business will be situated inside the Greater Toronto Area, you should generate at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents. If the business will be established outside the Greater Toronto Area or in the information and communications technology or digital communications sector, regardless of location, you must generate at least one permanent full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Jobs should be generated within the first 20 months of creating or purchasing the business, should be filled constantly for at least 10 months and should be paid at the median wage level for the position.

Additional requirements if purchasing an existing business

If you intend to procure an existing business:

  • you should create at least one business-related visit to Ontario within 12 months from the date of entering an Expression of Interest
  • the business being procured should have been in constant operation by the same owner(s) for the previous 60 months
  • possession of the business should be entirely transferred to the applicant or any business partner
  • you should use at least 10% of your personal investment for developing or growing the business in Ontario
  • you should maintain all permanent full-time employees that worked in the business prior to the transfer of ownership

General business requirements

Business purpose

The business objective should be to create a profit from active income via the sale of goods and/or services.

Canadian Ontario legal requirements

Your business should conform with all applicable federal, provincial or municipal legal, regulatory and licensing requirements. This involves conformity with Ontario’s labour and employment standards laws.

Business in Ontario

You must always maintain a place of business in Ontario.

Refer to the Entrepreneur Stream Application Guide for more detailed information.

Ineligible type of business

Prior To start the procedure of applying you should make sure that your intended business is not one of the ineligible types listed below.

  • automated car wash business
  • holding companies
  • laundromats
  • pawnbrokers
  • payday loan and related businesses
  • scrap metal recycling
  • tire recycling
  • a business involved in producing, distributing or selling pornography or sexually explicit products or services, or providing sexually oriented services
  • businesses which have been previously owned/operated by current or former OINP business stream nominees

If your planned business will be situated in the Greater Toronto Area, the subsequent types are also ineligible.

  • existing franchises in Ontario (new foreign franchises expanding into Ontario are permitted)
  • gas stations
  • bed and breakfasts