Ontario is Canada’s most popular landing destination for immigrants from around the world. As Canada’s most populous province, nearly 40 percent of Canadians call Ontario home. Ontario is also home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto. In many ways, Ontario is the center of Canada’s economic, social, and political life. Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program is called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a provincial nomination from Ontario, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence with the Government of Canada.
The OINP accepts applications under the following immigration categories:
The OINP Human Capital Category consists of five streams divided into two categories: Ontario's Express Entry streams and the International Graduates streams.
The OINP's Express Entry streams are aligned with the federal government's Express Entry selection system. Candidates can only apply for these streams if they have an active Express Entry profile and if they have received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.
This 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 successfully establish themselves and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.
The OINP also uses the Human Capital Priorities Stream to conduct occasional tech draws for Express Entry candidates with work experience in six tech-sector occupations.
This stream allows Ontario to nominate French-Speaking skilled Express Entry candidates who have strong English language abilities, education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish themselves and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.
The Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades stream targets tradespersons with ongoing or recent experience of working in Ontario.
Ontario's two International Graduate streams target international students who have recently obtained a master's or doctoral degree from an eligible Ontario university.
This stream targets individuals who have graduated with a master’s degree from an eligible Ontario university. A job offer is not required.
This stream targets individuals who have graduated from a PhD program at an eligible Ontario university. A job offer is not required.
Through the Foreign Worker and International Student streams, Ontario employers can nominate foreign workers and/or international students with an eligible job offer in Ontario. Potential applicants may be living abroad or in Canada at the time of applying.
This stream provides foreign workers with a job offer in a skilled occupation in Ontario the capability to settle and work in the province.
This stream assists international students with job offers in Ontario to work and settle as permanent residents in the province.
This stream targets foreign workers abroad or in Canada with a job offer in specific in-demand occupations, such as in agriculture or construction.