Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario is a study in contrasts. The varied landscape includes the vast, rocky and mineral-rich Canadian Shield, which separates the fertile farmland in the south and the grassy lowlands of the north.

Population density per square kilometre as on 2016 is 14.6

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - 2019

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) allows foreign workers, international students and others with the right skills, experience and education to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in Ontario. 

The program is:

  • operated by the Ontario government in partnership with the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • designed to help Ontario meet its labour market and economic development needs

The OINP is made up of three categories and each category is divided into several streams:

  1. Employer job offer
  2. Human capital
  3. Business

1.Employer job offer category

The employer job offer category has three streams. You must have a full-time and permanent job offer from an Ontario employer to qualify.

Employer Job Offer:

  • Foreign Worker Stream
  • International Student Stream
  • In-Demand Skills Stream

2.Human capital category

The human capital category has two sub-categories, the international graduate streams and Ontario’s Express Entry streams.

a.International graduates

To qualify under the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams, you must have a graduate degree from an eligible Ontario university and apply within two years of getting your degree:

  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream

b.Ontario’s Express Entry

To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry streams, you must have a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario.

Ontario’s Express Entry:

  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • Skilled Trades Stream

3.Business category

The business category has two streams:

  1. Corporate stream: You must be an international corporation looking to expand or buy an existing business in Ontario
  2. Entrepreneur stream: You must be an entrepreneur from outside of Canada looking to start a new business or buy an existing business in Ontario
2018 OINP Nominations by Stream
Stream Number of Nominations
Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream 1,254
Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream 35
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream 934
PhD Graduate Stream 175
Masters Graduate Stream 1,215
Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream 648
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream 2,190
Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream 387
Business Streams  12
Grand Total 6,850


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