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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

As Canada’s most populous province, nearly 40 percent of Canadians call Ontario home. Ontario is also home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto. In many ways, Ontario is the center of Canada’s economic, social, and political life. Ontario is by far the leading destination for newcomers to Canada. The province welcomes one third of all newcomers each year.

People chose to land in Ontario because of its job opportunities, high income and diverse population. In fact, more than half of those living in Toronto were born outside of Canada.

Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Ontario is Canada’s most popular landing destination for immigrants from around the world.

Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a provincial nomination from Ontario, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Overview of the Ontario PNP

The Ontario PNP, officially the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), became permanent in February 2009.

The main objectives of the OINP are to respond to skill shortages in targeted areas, make it easier to invest in Ontario, and make sure newcomers can settle and integrate well in the province.

  • Some Ontario immigration streams are base streams and others are enhanced streams.

Enhanced streams are those that are aligned with the Express Entry system. This is the federal immigration system that Canada uses to manage permanent residence applications through the country’s three main economic class immigration programs.

Those with nomination from a provincial program that is enhanced get an extra 600 points, effectively guaranteeing getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. They also get their nomination through their Express Entry profile.

Ontario Immigration Categories

If you wish to immigrate to Ontario, then you have three categories to choose from:

Ontario Human Capital

Ontario Human Capital encompasses a range of immigration streams targeting candidates for Ontario’s labour force. The Human Capital streams emphasize skills, abilities, or experience which suggest a foreign national can easily join the Ontario labour force. Those who have work or educational experience in Ontario, those who are proficient in both English and French, and those with competitive Express Entry profiles may find success through one of these streams.

  • Human Capital Priorities – Express Entry
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker – Express Entry
  • Skilled Trades – Express Entry
  • Masters Graduate
  • PhD Graduate
  • Human Capital Priorities: This category includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
  • Skilled Trades: For individuals with relevant Ontario work experience in an eligible trade occupation.
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker: This program operates, like Human Capital Priorities, through FSWP and CEC. Applicants for French-Speaking Skilled Worker must have strong skills in both French and English.

If you receive a nomination through Ontario Express Entry, you will be notified. It will then be up to you, the candidate, to accept or refuse the nomination. Accepting the nomination awards you with an extra 600 CRS points. This means that you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the next all-program Express Entry draw.

The following programs fall into the Human Capital Category: International Graduates sub-stream. They are not aligned with Express Entry. An applicant must create a profile and register an expression of interest (EOI):

  • Master’s Graduate Stream: For individuals who received Master’s degrees from an Ontario University
  • Ph.D. Graduate Stream: For individuals who received Ph.D.’s from an Ontario University.

Note: The Master’s Graduate Stream and the Ph.D. Graduate Stream both use Ontario’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system

  • Application Fee: CAD $1,500
  • Processing Time: 30-60 days

The following are the minimum requirements needed to be eligible through one of the streams under the Human Capital Category:

  • Must have enough money to support yourself and your family.
  • Must intend to live in Ontario
  • Must meet the additional requirements for the stream you are applying for, set out below:
CategoryIs a job offer required?Express Entry aligned?Additional Requirements
Human Capital Priorities Stream


  • Must have valid Express Entry profile.
  • Must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience.
  • Must have a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree.
  • Language requirement: CLB level 7 or higher (English or French)
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream


  • Must have valid Express Entry profile
  • Must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience
  • Must have a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree
  • Language requirement: CLB level 7 or higher (French).

Skilled Trades Stream



  • Must have valid Express Entry profile
  • Must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience
  • Must have a valid certificate or licence (if applicable)
  • Must be currently living in Ontario and hold a valid work permit at the time of application
  • Language requirement: CLB level 5 or higher (English or French)
Master’s Graduate StreamNo


  • Must have a master’s degree from an eligible university in Ontario.
  • Language requirement: CLB level 7 or higher (English or French)
  • Must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years.
Ph.D. Graduate Stream



  • Must have a PhD degree from an eligible university in Ontario.
  • Must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years.

Ontario Employer Job Offer

Ontario Employer Job Offer streams provide immigration options for applicants who have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer. Both the employer and the job itself must meet certain conditions in order to be considered valid. As well, the applicant must meet certain eligibility requirements depending on which stream they wish to apply through.

  • Foreign Worker
  • International Student with a Job Offer
  • In-Demand Skills
  • Foreign worker stream: for skilled workers;
  • International students: for recent graduates of Ontario post-secondary institutions;
  • In-demand skills stream: for intermediate skilled workers in certain sectors, such as agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support workers.
StreamApplication FeeProcessing Time
Foreign Worker Stream

In-Demand Skills Stream

CAD $1,500 if the job offer is outside the Greater Toronto Area.

CAD $2,000 if the job offer is within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions)

60-90 days

International Student Stream

CAD $1,500

90-120 days
  • Must have a full-time, permanent job offer in an eligible occupation in Ontario;
  • Must have work experience, license or other authorization that is required to perform the job;
  • Must intend to live in Ontario;
  • Employer must meet additional requirements (business, revenue, employment).
CategoryIs a job offer required?Additional Requirements
Foreign Worker Stream


  • Must have two years of work experience if occupation does not require license or other authorization
  • Pay must be higher than the median wage level for that occupation in Ontario
In-Demand Skills Stream


  • Job must be in an in-demand occupation
  • Must have nine months of work experience
  • Language requirement: CLB 4 or higher (English or French)
  • Must have a high school diploma
  • Pay must be higher than the median wage level for that occupation in Ontario

Skilled Trades Stream


  • Pay must be higher than the low wage level for that occupation in Ontario
  • Must have a two-year degree or diploma from a Canadian institution.

Ontario Business

Ontario Business immigration is a collection of streams designed to target wealthy entrepreneurs and corporations who are interested in making significant investments in business development in Ontario. Through this program, entrepreneurs and corporations with proven track records of success can launch new business projects in Ontario. If these projects are successful, the applicants involved will be nominated for Canadian permanent residence.


1. Does the Ontario PNP need a job offer?
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Trades Stream
  • Master’s Graduate Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream.

However, Ontario’s Employer Job Offer Category is for candidates who have an eligible job offer in Ontario from an employer who is willing to nominate them.

2. How can I apply for the Ontario PNP through Express Entry?

You will have to create a new profile, and choose to apply through the stream you are eligible for.

Next, upload your documents.

If you are successful, you will receive a Nomination Approval Letter, a work permit support letter and a nomination certificate by email.

You will also receive your nomination through the Express Entry system. Once you accept, you will receive an additional 600 points. This effectively guarantees that you will be invited to apply for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

3. How long does the Ontario PNP take?

For the Employer Job Offer Category, it takes 60-90 days, except for the International Student stream which takes 90-120 days.

For the Business Category, the Expression of Interest (EOI) takes less than 30 days to process but the processing time for the application depends on how complex the application is.

4. Why immigrate to Ontario?

In addition, there are many job opportunities in Toronto and neighboring cities. There are many major corporations with their Canadian headquarters based in Toronto such as Apple, Coca Cola, Google, Microsoft, ASUS, Intel, SAP and Citibank. Key industries include finance, technology, film and media, and tourism.

Ontario also boasts some of the best universities in the world including the University of Toronto, the University of York, McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, the University of Ottawa, Ryerson University, Carleton University, the University of Guelph, as well as others.

  • Seneca College;
  • George Brown College;
  • Humber College;
  • Centennial College;
  • Niagara College;
  • Canadore College;
  • Mohawk College.

The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Call us today at 1+613.222.7154 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form. 

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