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ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM ( OINP )

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is currently accepting applications under the following streams:

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

1, Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream

Overview

  • The Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
  • It gives foreign workers with a job offer in specific in-demand occupations, such as in agriculture, construction, trucking or personal support work, the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.
  • This stream is open to foreign workers in and outside of Canada.

This stream has a number of mandatory requirements you must meet before you can apply. These include:

  • Job offer requirements – what your job offer must include
  • Applicant requirements – what you need to have before you apply
  • Employer requirements– what your employer needs to have before you apply

Eligible occupation

The position offered must be in one of the following occupations in National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D:

  • 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 farm workers
  • NOC 8432 - nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 8611 - harvesting labourers
  • NOC 9462 - industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

2, PhD Graduate Stream

Overview

The PhD Graduate Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

It gives international graduates with an Ontario PhD degree the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

Eligible Ontario universities offering PhD programs

To qualify for the PhD Graduate Stream, your PhD degree must be from one of the universities listed below:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Dominican University College
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  • St. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

3, Entrepreneur Stream 

Overview

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 starting a new business or buying an existing business in Ontario.

It gives an entrepreneur (and up to one foreign national business partner) the opportunity to be nominated for permanent residence once their business has been established in Ontario.

The Entrepreneur Stream application is a two-stage process.

Stage 1
  1. Register an expression of interest by email
  2. If invited, submit an online application
  3. You and your business partner (if applicable) attend a mandatory in-person interview at the OINP office in Toronto
  4. If your stage 1 application is successful, you must sign a performance agreement
Stage 2
  1. We issue a temporary work permitsupport letter so that you can apply to IRCC for a temporary work permit
  2. Establish your business- you have 20 months to implement your business plan and submit a final report
  1. If your business meets all requirements, we ask you for documentation to make sure you are eligible for nomination for permanent residence.

1. Business experience

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

Your experience must be as a business owner or as a senior manager (business management). As a business owner you must have had an active role in the business and owned at least one-third of the business. As a senior manager you must have had senior decision-making responsibilities in the business.

2. Net worth

If your proposed business will be located:

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

If your proposed business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications sector then regardless of location, you must have a minimum net worth of $400,000 CDN.

3. Personal investment funds and minimum equity

If your proposed business will be located:

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

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

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) welcomes foreign national entrepreneurs willing to invest in Ontario. Candidates who are invited to apply for permanent residency nomination under the Entrepreneur Stream would be considered, but not guaranteed for approval, and applications are assessed against the criteria as set out under section 13 of Ontario Regulation 422/17 (General), as further explained in the Application Guide: Entrepreneur Stream. The criteria include an applicant demonstrating that they meet minimum personal net worth and investment criteria. While passive investments, including mutual and/or pooled fund securities, are permissible for the purpose of satisfying the personal net worth criterion, they are not eligible for inclusion in an applicant’s minimum business investment amount.

4, Human Capital Priorities Stream*

Overview

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

It gives foreign workers with the required skilled work experience, language abilities and education the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must 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.

Demanded Noc codes

  • 0111 Financial managers
  • 0114 Other administrative services managers
  • 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  • 0601 Corporate sales managers
  • 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
  • 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
  • 1114 Other financial officers
  • 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
  • 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

5,French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Overview

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

It gives French-speaking skilled workers with strong English language abilities the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must 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.

Language

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

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

To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved French and English language test before you submit your application to this stream.

The tests must 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

6, Skilled Trades Stream

Overview

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 eligible skilled trades the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must have a valid profile in the 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.

You must be living in Ontario and hold a valid work permit at the time you apply.

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

Language

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

To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved English or French language test before you submit your application to this stream.

The test must 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)
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