Ontario Provincial Nominee Program
To encourage immigration to the province of Ontario, the province nominates individuals based on work skills, experience, and education to improve its economy. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) partners with the federal government to nominate candidates for permanent residency.
There are 6 Steams under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program:
- Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
- PhD Graduate Stream
- Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Human Capital Priorities Stream
- Skilled Trades Stream
- Entrepreneur Stream
ONIP and Express Entry
This means if you qualify for one of the Express Entry programs (CEC, FSW, FST), you are guaranteed an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency.
Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
This is a stream for foreign workers both inside and outside Canada who have a job offer in Ontario and prior work experience in the province.
The full list of eligible occupations includes:
- 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 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and
- 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 related workers
PhD Graduate Stream
This stream is geared towards international students who obtained a PhD in Ontario in the previous two years. It must have been from an eligible university in Ontario, with at least two years of studies.
You do not need a job offer to apply and must have valid legal status in Canada.
Before applying, the graduate must have lived for at least one of the last two years in Ontario, and shown their intent to remain in the province, which are shown through their ties to the province.
As with the job-offer stream, you must show there is enough money for you and any family to settle in Ontario.
Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
In this stream, an applicant must maintain an Express Entry profile and quality under FSW (Federal Skilled Worker) or CEC (Canadian Experience Class) while applying for nomination.
- open a new business in Ontario, or
- buy an existing one.
How does the process work?
The applicant must first make an Expression of Interest (EOI).
This is a self-assessment where you assess how many points you can claim in the following categories: Human Capital, Investment, and Business Concept.
You must also describe your business model, including ability to generate profits, preparations/research you will undertake, how the business will significantly benefit the economy of Ontario, among others. A poor business concept can likely result in a refusal, despite scoring high in the two other categories (Human Capital and Investment).
If the score is high-enough, you will be given an Invitation to Apply when a draw is made (much like the Express Entry program).
The minimum requirements include:
- At least two years (24 months) business experience, specifically as an owner or senior manager
- Minimum net worth (depends whether you are investing inside or outside the Greater Toronto Area)
- Job creation for Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents
In-Person Interview and Performance Agreement
After an application is assessed by Ontario Immigration, there is a mandatory in-person interview at their office, to fully understand both your experience and the business plan.
If successful, the applicant signs a performance agreement, similar to a contract, giving a timeline to establish the business.
Once you have arrived in Ontario, the province will keep track of your progress for 20 months to ensure you comply with all conditions stated in the performance agreement.
Apply for Permanent Residence
After 20 months, you will submit a final report, which Ontario Immigration will evaluate and decide whether to nominate you for the Provincial Nominee Program: Entrepreneurial Stream.
Once you have received the official nomination, you may apply for permanent residency via paper or through the Express Entry system.
Human Capital Priorities Stream
This stream is an Express Entry pool-linked stream for skilled workers.
You must have an active Express Entry profile and qualify under one of the three Express Entry programs (Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker)
The Human Capital Priorities Stream seeks those with experience in specific positions. These positions are chosen after each Express Entry draw.
If your occupation is chosen and you meet the cut-off point score, you will receive a Notification of Interest. This will allow you to apply for nomination under the Human Capital Priority Stream.
After receiving your confirmation of nomination, you will be awarded 600 points in your express entry profile and be issued an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency using the Express Entry System.
Skilled Trades Stream
This is an Express Entry-linked stream and thus you must have an active Express Entry profile.
o Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
Currently residing in Ontario with valid work permit
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