Canada welcomes newcomers with different skills, work experience, and education to contribute to the economy and make a new life here. While many immigrants apply to settle in Canada as permanent residents (PR) through the Express Entry system, there are other programs that might make it easier for you to move to Canada. One of those is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). There are 13 provinces and territories in Canada and 11 of them currently offer this program. Each has different eligibility criteria and a separate application process.
In this article:
- Overview of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
- How to qualify for an Ontario PR nomination through OINP
- Step-by-step application process for OINP
- How does the OINP draw and point scoring system work?
- What happens after I get an OINP nomination?
- Where to get more information on OINP
Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) are primarily aimed at individuals who:
- Have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory.
- Intend to settle permanently in that province or territory, and
- Want to become permanent residents of Canada.
The province of Ontario is the political and economic centre of Canada, making it a popular choice for newcomers. Major cities like Toronto and Ottawa provide plenty of opportunities for jobs, innovation, dining, entertainment, and leisure. If you’re thinking of applying for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), here is what you need to know about how the program works and how to apply.
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As Ontario’s economic immigration program, the ONIP recognizes and nominates foreign nationals who have the skills and experience the Ontario economy needs for permanent residence.
In Ontario, there are three ways you may qualify:
- 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 international graduates. There are two sub-categories, the first is the international graduate stream. The second is Ontario’s Express Entry streams, which includes:
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
- Human Capital priorities stream
- Skilled Trades stream
- Business category: for entrepreneurs looking to start a business or buy an existing business in Ontario
Currently, there are multiple streams available under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, including qualifying for permanent residence through the provincial Express Entry system.
OINP streams that are currently accepting applications
|French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream||French-speaking skilled workers with the required work experience, education and language proficiency in both French and English.||
|Human Capital Priorities stream||For skilled workers with the required work experience, education and language proficiency in French or English.||
|Skilled Trades stream||For workers with work experience in Ontario in an eligible trade occupation.||
|Entrepreneur stream||For entrepreneurs from outside of Canada who are interested in starting a new business or buying an existing business in Ontario.||
For the French-Speaking Skilled Workers stream, Human Capital Priorities stream, and Skilled Trades stream, you’ll need to have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) 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.
OINP streams that are currently accepting expressions of interest
Registering an expression of interest allows the OINP to collect important information about you and select candidates who are most likely to meet Ontario’s current economic and labour market needs.
However, this information is subject to change and it’s important you check the official Ontario government website to verify which programs are open for registering expressions of interest.
The following streams are listed under expressions of interest as of August 2021:
|Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream||Foreign workers with a job offer in a skilled occupation in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 (previously Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B) of the National Occupation Classification (NOC). Open to foreign workers in and outside Canada.||
|Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream||For skilled workers with a job offer in an in-demand occupation, including agriculture, construction, trucking, personal support work.||
|Masters Graduate stream||For international graduates with an Ontario master’s degree to apply to live permanently and work in Ontario.||
|PhD Graduate stream||For international graduates with an Ontario PhD degree to apply to live permanently and work in Ontario.||
You can only apply to these streams if you are invited. Registering an expression of interest is not the same as applying for PR or to OINP.
There are four key steps involved in the OINP application process:
1. Confirm you qualify
Once you have identified which stream you’d like to apply under, it’s important to make sure you meet all the mandatory requirements for that stream before completing your application.
2. Create a profile
Before being nominated, you need to create a profile. Your profile will be ranked according to a point scoring system.
- For Express Entry streams, you’ll need to submit your profile online through IRCC.
- For the Entrepreneur stream, register an expression of interest by email. If invited, you’ll have to submit an application online and attend a mandatory interview.
- For all other streams, register an expression of interest for your chosen stream.
3. Apply to be nominated for OINP
If you are invited to apply or receive a notification of interest, you’ll need to apply online through the OINP e-Filing Portal.
- Express Entry streams – you may apply online within 45 calendar days.
- Employer job offer and international student – you may apply online within 14 calendar days.
At this stage, you’ll also need to pay the application fees. Currently, they range from $1,500 CAD to $3,500 CAD, depending on the program you select.
It takes between two to three hours to complete your OINP e-Filing Portal application.
4. Apply for permanent residence
If your application is successful, the last step is to apply for permanent residence through IRCC. It will be up to the Government of Canada to make the final decision on your permanent residency.
Unlike the Express Entry draw which is based solely on your CRS score, the OINP draws for various streams can be based on score, target industries or professions the province wants people for, or a combination of both. Recent draws for the In-Demand Skills Stream and Human Capital Priorities Stream were “targeted,” with the province releasing a list of National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes and inviting people from the listed occupations to apply. Up-to-date information on OINP draws can be found on their program updates page.
If you’re applying for PR through an Express Entry OINP stream, 600 points will be added to your CRS score if you secure a PNP nomination. This will guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next round of federal invitations.
For more information on the Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program:
- Call: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at telephone 416-327-0374 or toll-free 1-888-214-6820.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrepreneur stream applicants only email@example.com
Visit the OINP website for up-to-date news and announcements.
If you’re looking for information on your application for permanent residence, contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada online or at telephone 1-888-242-2100.
The OINP process may seem daunting, as there are many steps involved. However, if you follow the instructions provided by the provincial Government and consult with authorized immigration representatives, you’ll be able to realize your dream of settling in Ontario.