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Ontario Immigrant Nominee
Program (OINP)


For immigrants coming to Canada, Ontario is the most well-liked destination for arrival.

Nearly 40% of all Canadians reside in Ontario, the province with the highest population in the country. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and Ottawa, its capital, are both located in Ontario. The most popular destination for immigrants to Canada is by far Ontario. Every year, one-third of all newcomers are welcomed in the province. Ontario’s job prospects, high income, and diversified population attracted people to settle there. In actuality, more than half of Toronto’s population is non-Canadian.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the name of Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).Through this program, potential immigrants who possess the qualifications and experience sought after by the province may be granted a provincial nomination by Ontario, following which they can submit an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence in Canada.

An Introduction of the Ontario PNP

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), the PNP’s full name, was introduced in 2007.

The OINP’s key goals are to address talent shortages in priority industries, make it simpler to invest in Ontario, and ensure that immigrants can successfully settle and integrate into the province. The Ontario PNP was initially only permitted to nominate up to 1,000 newcomers. Currently, Ontario nominates 8,000 immigrants annually.

There are base streams and enhanced streams for immigration to Ontario. The Express Entry system is matched with the enhanced streams. Through its three primary economic class immigration programs, Canada manages applications for permanent residency using this federal immigration system.

A candidate is assigned a point score through this approach based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The top candidates are then given the opportunity to submit an application for permanent residence. An additional 600 points are awarded to those who have nominations from enhanced provincial programs, effectively ensuring that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Through their Express Entry profile, they are also nominated.

Base streams are those that don’t comply with Express Entry’s systems. Candidates who get a provincial nomination must submit their application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) immediately. 



Categories for Immigration to Ontario



If you plan to immigrate to Ontario, then you have the four categories below to choose from:



  • Human Capital Category;

  • Masters or Ph.D. Category;

  • Employer Job Offer Category;

  • Business Category.



For skilled workers, French-speaking skilled workers, and tradespersons, there is a Human Capital Category. It also applies to foreign graduates who earned a Master’s or PhD from an Ontario university. To apply under this category, no employment offer is necessary.


Candidates who have an eligible job offer in Ontario from an employer who is prepared to nominate them fall under the employer job offer category.

Human Capital Category

Two sub-streams make up the Human Capital Category itself. The Ontario Express Entry program is one. This sub-stream’s programs are improved. They are therefore connected to the Express Entry program.


The Human Capital Category includes the following initiatives: Ontario Express Entry sub-stream


– The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) fall under the      

  heading of human capital priorities.

– For anyone with appropriate work experience in a qualifying trade occupation in Ontario.


– Like Human Capital Priorities, French-Speaking Skilled Worker functions through FSWP and CEC.  

  Candidates for positions as French-Speaking Skilled Workers are expected to be fluent in both French    

  and English.



You will be informed if you are nominated through Ontario Express Entry. You, the candidate, will then have the option of accepting or rejecting the nomination. You receive an additional 600 CRS points for accepting the nomination. This indicates that you will be given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the upcoming Express Entry draw for all programs.

Minimum Requirements:


The following are the minimum criteria needed to qualify in one of the streams under the Human Capital Category:

  • Must have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family.

  • Must have the intention to live in Ontario

  • Must fulfill the prerequisites for the additional stream you are applying for, set out below:

Master’s and Ph.D. Category

The following initiatives do not support Express Entry. A candidate must register an expression of interest (EOI) and build a profile:

  • Masters Graduate Stream: For individuals who hold master’s degrees from a university in Ontario

  • Ph.D. Graduate Stream: For individuals who hold a Ph.D. from a university in Ontario



Note: Ontario’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system is used by both the Masters Graduate Stream and the Ph.D. Graduate Stream.

Employer Job Offer Category


The following three programs exist under the Employer Job Offer Category:

  • Foreign worker stream: this is for skilled workers;

  • International students: for individuals recently graduated from one of Ontario’s post-secondary institutions;

  • In-demand skills stream: for intermediate skilled workers in certain occupations, such as construction, trucking, agriculture and personal support workers.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must possess a full-time, permanent employment offer in an eligible occupation in Ontario;

  • Must possess job experience, license, or other authorization that is necessary to perform the job;

  • Must have the intention to live in Ontario;

  • The employer or company must meet additional criteria (business, revenue, employment).

Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot

The Employer Job Offer Category operates as a subset of the Regional Immigration Pilot. In order to fill labor shortages in rural and small areas in Ontario, the pilot program helps to attract and retain immigrants. Additionally, it helps these towns’ economies expand.


People who have received a job offer from a company in a pilot community are eligible for this pilot. There are 150 nomination slots available in Ontario for 2021.

The Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot consists of three pilot communities

  • Cities of Belleville and Quinte West;

  • The city of Cornwall

  • Chatham-Kent

If you want to immigrate to Ontario via its Regional Immigration Pilot, you must meet the following requirements:-

  • Possess a job offer for a full-time, long-term position from an employer in one of the pilot villages;

  • Satisfy the requirements of a stream for employer job offers.

You must initially file an Expression of Interest (EOI) if you want to apply for the pilot position. You will be questioned about whether you want to apply through the Regional Immigration Pilot when you do this.

Business Category


The Business Category is for those who wish to start a business or buy an existing business in Ontario. There is currently only one stream under the Business Category – Entrepreneur Stream.


Minimum Requirements:


  • Must have business experience of 24 months in the last 60 months

  • Must have a net worth of CAD $800,000 if the business will be located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) OR CAD $400,000 if the business will be located outside the GTA

  • Must make a minimum personal investment of CAD $600,000 if the business will be located in the GTA OR CAD $200,000 if the business will be located outside the GTA

  • Must control at least one-third of the equity in the business.

  • Must be actively involved in the management of the business

  • The main purpose of investing must be to make a profit

  • Must create at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents, if the business will be in GTA, OR one permanent full-time job if the business will be outside the GTA. If the business is in the information and communications sector, or digital communications sector, only one full-time job is required, regardless of location.

  • Must meet additional requirements if you are purchasing an existing business.



To apply for this program or to learn more:

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