THE ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM (OINP)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has three main categories for immigrants to apply for provincial nomination. These categories are:

01. Employer Job Offer Category

This category is for temporary workers who have a valid job offer from an eligible employer in the province. There are three sub-categories:

  • Foreign Worker Stream– For Immigrants with work experience in a skilled occupation.
  • International Student Stream– For recent graduates from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in the province.
  • In-Demand Skills Stream– For skilled workers in occupations such as agriculture, construction, trucking, and personal support providers.

02. Human Capital Category

This category is an “enhanced” stream that allows the province to search for skilled candidates in the federal immigration department’s express entry program. There are two streams under this category:

  • International Graduates Stream– To be eligible to apply under this stream, recent graduates must apply within two years of getting their degree from a Designated Learning Institution in the province. There are two sub-streams:
  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • D. Graduate Stream
  • Ontario INP Express Entry Stream – To be eligible to apply under this stream, candidates must have received a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the province and have an up-to-date profile in the express entry program. There are three sub-categories under this stream:
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream– This stream is for skilled immigrants who are proficient in the French language with the required work experience and education.
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream– This stream is for skilled workers with the required work experience, education, language proficiency in either English or French.
  • Skilled Trades Stream– This stream is for immigrants with work experience in the province in an eligible trade occupation.

03. Business Category

If your proposed business is to be located:

  • within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto and Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions) you must have a minimum personal net worth of $800,000 Canadian
  • outside of the Greater Toronto Area, you must have a minimum personal net worth of $400,000 Canadian

If your proposed business is to be located:

  • within the Greater Toronto Area, you must make a minimum personal investment of $600,000 Canadian
  • outside of the Greater Toronto Area, you must make a minimum personal investment of $200,000 Canadian
  • You must control at least one-third of the equity in the business.

Candidates whose applications are successfully processed get a temporary work permit support letter (based on your performance agreement) to set up a business in the province. If the investment and job creation agreements described in the performance agreement are respected, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to be nominated for permanent resident status in Canada.

Before you can apply to these streams, you must register an expression of interest to let the OINP know you wish to be invited to apply. Registering an expression of interest is not the same as applying to the OINP or applying for permanent residency.

Registering allows the OINP to gather important information about you in order to rank and select those who are most likely to meet Ontario’s economic and labour market needs, based on one or more of the following attributes:

  • education – level and field of education and where completed
  • language – English or French
  • regional immigration – intention to settle outside of the Greater Toronto Area
  • skill and work experience level
  • earnings history
  • other factors relevant to employment prospects – job offer in Ontario, Canadian work experience
  • strategic priorities – attributes that would address immediate labour market needs in Ontario or a region of Ontario

Stevens and Associates has helped numerous applicants with their applications to the OINP. Please complete the online inquiry form and we will guide you through the application process.