Canada Immigration

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an immigration pathway that allows the government of Ontario to nominate and select individuals for immigration to Ontario. The OINP is actually one of the most dynamic and varied programs in all of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs). They have categories and streams that are specially designed to welcome graduates, skilled workers, and business immigrants.

Ontario Immigration

As per the consensus, Ontario is considered to be the crown jewel of the Canadian landscape. Ontario is a huge province located in east-central Canada and is actually home to the country’s largest city. Toronto, the national capital, Ottawa, and many other cities have been known to be home to many newcomers from all around the world.
But the question is how to immigrate to Ontario? Aside from the Federal programs like the Express Entry program, the Ontario Immigration department offers a different and unique pathway to Canada.
In some of the cases, it might be possible that an applicant to OINP is also in the Federal Express Entry pool. As a matter of fact, the OINP includes three Express Entry-aligned streams. In the cases of Express Entry aligned programs, all the applicants with an OINP nomination receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Getting these points certainly makes sure that the applicant receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA) as soon as the IRCC conducts a draw from the Express Entry pool.
The Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream is particularly now in demand after being introduced in 2015. There are other streams as well like Skilled Trades streams for Express Entry applicants having working experience in trade occupation and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream for Express Entry applicants who are well versed in French and English both.

The applicant can also immigrate to Ontario via OINP, without even going through the Express Entry program. International graduates and students take benefit from the streams aimed at welcoming newcomers at various education levels.

In the end, there are streams that are designed to focus on companies and individuals having a business experience.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)- Overview
The table given below is a representation of the stream available for immigration by the Ontario Immigration Authorities. All the information related to migrating to Ontario with a particular stream is given in the table.

Ontario Express Entry

Category Requirement of Job offer Eligibility Criteria
Human Capital Priorities
Stream No Must be in the Express Entry pool either as CEC or FSW applicant. They must the current minimum requirement of CRS score as declared by the Ontario Immigration Authorities.
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream No Must be in the Express Entry pool either as CEC or FSW applicant. They must have a CLB 7 or better French language skills and must have a CLB 6 or better English language skills.
Skilled Trades Stream No Must be in the Express Entry pool as a CEC applicant. They must be currently residing in Ontario with working experience in the listed skilled trade occupations.

Graduate Streams

Category Requirement of Job offers Eligibility Criteria
Masters No Must have graduated a Master’s Program in the last two years in Ontario.
Ph.D. No Must have graduated a Ph.D. Program in the last two years in Ontario.

Employer Job Offer

Category Requirement of Job offer Eligibility Criteria
International Student Yes Must have Graduated in a degree program from a Canadian institution. The duration of the course must be at least two years in length. They can also have a diploma degree or a one year post-graduate certificate from a Canadian institution.
Foreign Worker Yes Should have a permanent job in a skilled occupation. The wages must meet the Onatrio occupation requirement in that region.
In-Demand Skills Yes The applicant must have recently worked in a high-demand agriculture or construction occupation in Ontario.

Business Streams

Category Requirement of Job offers Eligibility Criteria
Entrepreneur No (but must create jobs) Must have a Managerial or Business owner experience. The net worth should be a minimum of $800,000 and a personal investment of a minimum of $500,000. There is also a requirement of creating two or more jobs.
Corporate n/a Closed in 2019
Three important steps for a successful OINP submission

If the applicant is willing to make sure that their OINP application is successful and hassle-free as much as possible, then make sure to follow the given below steps:

Eligibility requirement: This may seem a little obvious at this point but trust me that many applicants actually fail to ensure that they the minimum eligibility requirement criteria. So to avoid unusual delays in the submission, make sure that all the requirements have been adhered as per the OINP stream you are applying for.
Apply for nomination from the Ontario Government: After you have chosen the stream, you have to apply online through the OINP e-filing portal. The usual time for completing the application is two to three hours. The cost of application is either $1500 or $2000 for the Human capital stream and an employer job offer. Whereas for the Business Stream, it is $3500 for the key staff applicant or the business partner. The processing time for processing may vary from stream to stream.
Apply for a Permanent Residency Visa: Once the application is successful and you receive a nomination from the Ontario government, the next for the applicant to follow is to apply for a permanent residency at IRCC. It is up to the Canadian government to decide who becomes a permanent resident.