ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM (OINP)

About 40 percent of Canadian population lives in Ontario. Ontario is also home to Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto are in housed in this province. Ontario is the center of Canada's economic, social, and political life and always remained most popular destination for immigrants from all over the world.

Through Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.

The OINP accepts applications under the following immigration categories:

  • Ontario Express Entry; Human Capital, French Speaking Skilled Worker Streams and Skilled Trades Stream

  • Employer Job Offer Category; Foreign Worker Stream, International Students Stream and In-Demand Skills Stream

  • International Graduate Stream without Job Offer, Master's and PhD Graduate Streams

  • Business Category; Entrepreneur Stream

Current Status of OINP Immigration Streams

The following table provides details on the current status of each OINP immigration stream.

Ontario Express Entry; Human Capital Priorities Stream

Stream enables the OINP to nominate individuals who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario 's labour market and communities.

To be considered under this stream, candidates must qualify for the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) federal Express Entry pool. Candidates may not apply directly to this stream. Instead, they must first receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the OINP based on their Express Entry profile.

The OINP searches the Express Entry pool and identifies potential candidates who;

  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in Express Entry System, and

  • Meet the criteria of Ontario's Human Capital Priorities Stream (see below).

Candidates identified by the OINP will receive an NOI, which will invite them to apply to the OINP for nomination under the Human Capital Priorities Stream. From this point, selected candidates have 45 days to apply to the OINP under this stream. If their application is approved, candidates will be notified of their nomination by the OINP, which they can accept and use to apply to IRCC for permanent residence.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream, candidates must;

  • Meet the eligibility requirements for one of the Canada’s Federal Skilled programs; Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC);

    • To apply under FSWP, candidate must meet passing mark of 67 points based on selection factors; language skills, education, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability.

  • Have a minimum CRS score under either the FSWP or CEC.

  • Have a minimum level of work experience.

    • Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) criteria must have at least one year of continuous and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation in the five years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.

    • Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) criteria must have at least one year of cumulative and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation in Canada in the three years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.

  • Have a Canadian Bachelor's, Master 's or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that their foreign education credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor's, Master’s, or PhD

  • Demonstrate a language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening); Language proficiency must be proved by test results from one of the designated testing agencies only.

  • Intend to reside in Ontario, as demonstrated by a statement of intent and indication of ties to Ontario;

  • Possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario. This must be supported by bank statements; and

  • Meet the additional criteria under either the FSWP or CEC.

The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size

For each additional family member after 7, the amount of funds required is $3,492.

Requirement for settlement funds are updated annually. Note that the number of family members include both the accompanying and non- accompanying dependents.

Please contact us to learn more about additional criteria for the federal skilled worker .

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