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Ontario PNP Program

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario is the most sought-after province in Canada as it is the center of the country’s economic, social, and political life. It is the most populous province in Canada, with approximately 40% of the Canadian population living in the province. In order to fulfill the labor market needs of Ontario, the province operates the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), which nominates potential immigrants who can contribute to the economic development of the province.

Ontario’s PNP/OINP has the following sub-categories that are designed to welcome immigrants with different backgrounds, like skilled workers, business immigrants, and graduates

  • Human Capital Category
  • Employer Job Offer Category
  • Business Category

Categories under Ontario PNP/ OINP

If you have the skills and experience that Ontario employers need

These OINP streams focus on the applicant’s skills and experience and contribute to the economic development of the province.

These streams are aligned with IRCC’s Express Entry program. To apply, you should have an active profile in the Express Entry pool. These streams are:

  • Human Capital Priorities Stream: This stream enables the OINP to nominate candidates registered in the Express Entry system for a provincial nomination. Invitations are extended to candidates who possess the required work experience, education, and other key qualifications.
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream: Through this stream, the province of Ontario can nominate French-speaking candidates who not only demonstrate proficiency in the French language but also maintain an active Express Entry profile.
  • Skilled Trades Stream: This stream allows the province to target tradespersons with current or recent work experience within Ontario.

If you have a Masters or PhD degree from an Ontario university

These streams targets recently graduated international students who have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree from an eligible university in Ontario.

  • Masters Graduate Stream: International students who have graduated with a master’s degree from an eligible educational institution in the province of Ontario are eligible to apply for provincial nomination under this stream.
  • PhD Graduate Stream: International students who have graduated from a Ph.D. educational program from a provincial education institution can apply under this stream.

If you have a job offer in Ontario

In this category, eligible employers in Ontario nominate immigrants and/or international students who have a valid job offer in the province.

  • Employer Job Offer – Foreign Worker stream: This stream gives foreign workers with a job offer in a skilled occupation from an employer in Ontario an opportunity to apply for an Ontario provincial nomination and live and work in Ontario permanently.
  • Employer Job Offer – International Student stream: International students with job offers in a skilled occupation from employers in Ontario can apply for Ontario provincial nomination through this stream.
  • Employer Job Offer – In-Demand Skills stream: This stream gives foreign workers with a job offer in specific in-demand occupations such as agriculture, construction, trucking, personal support work, and other select occupations an opportunity to apply for an Ontario provincial nomination and live and work in Ontario permanently.

If you are a foreign entrepreneur with a great business idea

  • Entrepreneur Stream: Experienced business people from all over the world who wish to own and manage their own business in the province of Ontario can apply through this stream. Once the candidate’s application is successfully processed, a letter of support for a temporary work permit—which is based on a performance agreement—is issued to them to start a business in the province. If the candidate meets all the conditions of the signed performance agreement, then they are nominated for a permanent resident visa in Canada.

Eligibility requirements for Ontario PNP – Express Entry Stream?

The table below depicts the minimum eligibility criteria for Ontario PNP – Express Entry Streams:

Eligibility/ Stream Human Capital Priority Stream French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Skilled Trades Stream
Living in Ontario Not Mandatory Not Mandatory Mandatory
Active Express Entry Profile Required

Must have a profile under one of the following two federal programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Required

Must have a profile under one of the following two federal programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Not Required
Education Must have education equivalent to Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree. Must have education equivalent to Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree. Not required
Language Skills CLB Level 7 or higher (either English or French Language Exam) Primary Language: French (CLB Level 7 or higher)

Secondary Language: English (CLB Level 6 or higher)
CLB Level 5 or higher (either English or French Language Exam)
Work Experience For candidates with a profile in FSWP:


  • At least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience, obtained within the last five years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP


  • There should be no breaks in employment over a one-year period



For candidates with a profile in CEC:


  • At least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience, obtained within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP


  • At least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience, obtained within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP

    For candidates with a profile in FSWP:


    • At least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience, obtained within the last five years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP


    • There should be no breaks in employment over a one-year period



    For candidates with a profile in CEC:


    • At least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience, obtained within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP


    • At least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience, obtained within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP


      • At least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience, obtained within the last two (2) years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP.


      • Experience must have been gained in Ontario on legal status in Canada

      Skill Level of Work Experience Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC In a skilled trade that is listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73 or 82
      Job offer Not Required Not Required Not Required

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      Requirements to apply for OINP’s Employer Job-offer Category?

      The following table will illustrate the basic criteria to be eligible under various categories under the Ontario PNP – Employer Job-offer category:

      Stream/Category Minimum Requirements Job-offer Requirement
      International Student Graduated from a degree program at a Canadian education institution that is of minimum two years of duration, or a diploma, or a university that is a minimum one-year post-graduate certificate program Yes
      Foreign Worker A job offer in a skilled profession Yes
      In-demand Skills Recently worked in the province in a high demand occupation either in agriculture or construction-related industry Yes

      Eligibility to apply for OINP’s Business Category – Entrepreneur Stream?

      The minimum eligibility requirements in Ontario to be eligible under the OINP’s Entrepreneur Stream are as follows:

      Requirements Conditions
      Position/ Designation Business owner or managerial position
      Minimum Experience At-least 24 months in the last 60 months.
      Net Worth

      • Within the Greater Toronto Area (the City of Toronto and Durham, Halton, York, and Peel regions): A minimum personal net worth of CAD $800,000


      • Outside of the Greater Toronto Area: A minimum personal net worth of CAD $400,000

      Personal Investment Funds/ Minimum Equity

      • Within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto and Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions): Minimum personal investment of CAD $600,000


      • Outside of the Greater Toronto Area: Minimum personal investment of CAD $200,000

      Job Creation

      • Within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto and Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions): At least two (2) permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents


      • Outside of the Greater Toronto Area: At least one (1) permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents

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      OINP Tech Draws

      The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Tech draw is a newly introduced pathway of the OINP under the Human Capital Priorities Stream that identifies candidates with technical skills from the Express Entry pool and invites them to apply for an Ontario provincial nomination and live and work in Ontario permanently.

      Candidates must:

      • Meet the minimum requirements of the Human Capital Priorities stream, and
      • Have a primary occupation in the list of targeted National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes.

      The list of targeted in-demand NOC codes for OINP Tech Draws is as follows:

      • Data Scientists (NOC 21211)
      • Software engineers and designers (NOC 21231)
      • Computer systems developers and programmers (NOC 21230)
      • Software developers and programmers (NOC 21232)
      • Web developers and programmers (NOC 21234)
      • Web designers (NOC 21233)
      • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 21223)
      • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 20012)
      • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers (NOC 21311))

      OINP Application Processing Times

      The processing time of Ontario PNP or OINP streams depends on the number of applications submitted into the stream. The average processing time of each stream operated under the Ontario PNP or OINP is as follows:

      OINP Stream Estimated Processing Time
      Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker 90 - 120 Days
      Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities 70 – 100 days
      Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades 70 – 100 days
      Masters Graduate 90 – 120 days
      Ph.D. Graduate 90 – 120 days
      Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker 90 – 120 days
      Employer Job Offer: International Student 90 – 120 days
      Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills 90 – 120 days
      Entrepreneur Stream Expression of Interest (EOI) Assessment:

      Less than 30 days

      Applications:

      Depends on application complexity

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      OINP Document Checklist

      Candidates are required to scan and upload copies of the following mandatory documents with the application:

      • Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario
      • Identity documents
      • Documents showing Legal Status in Canada (if applicable)
      • Education documents
      • Language Exam results
      • A valid job offer from Ontario (if applicable)
      • Employment Documents of experience gained outside/ inside Canada
      • Proof of funds
      • Resume
      • Intent Letter
      • Other optional documents (if applicable)

      FAQ

      No, you can also apply for Ontario PNP without a job offer. Streams that accept applications without job offer letters are:

      • Human Capital Priorities stream
      • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
      • Skilled Trades stream
      • Master’s Graduate Stream
      • Ph.D. graduate stream

      When deciding to immigrate to Ontario using the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), there are a number of streams from which to select. One person probably won’t be qualified for all of the streams, and that’s why it is important that you are aware of the stream you qualify for. Contact us so we can address all of your inquiries.

      The average processing time for the applications submitted under the Human Capital category is 70-100 days, whereas for applications submitted under the Employer Job Offer category and International Student stream, it is 90-120 days.For the business category, the expression of interest (EOI) takes less than 30 days to process, but the application processing for nomination time depends on the complexity of the application.

      Yes. Currently, all streams are available.

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