If you want to move to Canada, then Ontario PNP may be just what you are looking for. In this guide, we will discuss the different programs offered by the Ontario PNP and help you decide which one is right for you!

Introduction

Ontario is home to the country's capital city, Ottawa, which means many government jobs are available in the area. Additionally, Ontario is home to several industries, including manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. This provides various job opportunities for people looking to move to the province. Ontario also has many different educational institutions to find the perfect school for your needs. Finally, the province is home to several cultural attractions, so you can always find something to do!

What is Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program?

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is a program designed to help people immigrate to the province of Ontario. The program offers several different streams to find the perfect one for your needs. Additionally, the program provides many benefits, including living and working in the province.

Benefits of Ontario PNP

The OINP offers many benefits for people looking to move to the province:

  • Provides an opportunity to immigrate to Ontario
    The program offers many different streams so that you can find the perfect one for your needs. You will get priority processing if you apply through the Express Entry system. This means you can get your application processed in weeks instead of the usual months. Finally, the OPNP is constantly evolving, so you can be sure you are getting the most up-to-date information.
  • Quality of life
    Another benefit of moving to Ontario is the quality of life that you will enjoy. The province has several amenities, including schools, hospitals and cultural attractions.
  • Job Opportunities
    As mentioned above, Ontario is home to many industries, giving more job opportunities for people looking to move to the province. Additionally, the government jobs available in Ottawa are some of the best in the country. If you are looking for a stable and well-paying job, Ontario is the perfect place for you.

Streams under Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

The OPNP has many streams, each with its own eligibility requirements and application process.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) manages its applications for the following streams using the federal government's Express Entry System. The Express Entry System is a system that allows foreign workers to be hired by Canadian businesses. To qualify, you must have an Express Entry profile and receive communication of interest from Ontario.

You may qualify for one of the following streams if you have the skills and experience that Ontario employers need.

Streams of Ontario PNP
Streams of Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

Human Capital Priorities Stream

Apply for this stream if you have the required skilled work experience, education and language abilities.

Eligibility

To apply for one of Ontario's Express Entry streams, you need to see if you meet the requirements of any of these federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program OR Canadian Experience Class.

To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), you must earn at least 67 points on the six selection criteria: Education, Language Skills, Work Experience, Arranged Employment and Adaptability.

For both programs, you need to fulfil the following requirements.

Work Experience: You must have at least a year of continuous paid full-time employment (or the equivalent of paid part-time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The work experience you include in your application must be from the last five years and the same primary occupation you listed in your Express Entry profile.

Education: If you studied outside of Canada, you need an Educational Credential Assessment report to work here that proves your education is equal to a Canadian degree. When you send in your application, please include a copy of the ECA report. When you submit your application, it must be at most five years old.

Language: You must be able to speak and understand English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. Before you submit your application to this stream, you must take an authorized English or French language test. Your application must include a test that was taken no more than two years ago.

For English Tests: International English Language Testing (IELTS) - the General Training test and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - the General test is accepted.

For French Tests: Test d'évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF) and Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) is accepted.

Settlement Funds: If you relocate to Canada, you'll need enough cash to look after yourself and any family members who rely on you. You need to show funds through bank statements or other investment accounts such as non-locked-in deposits, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds etc. Or prove annual earnings from employment in Ontario or have a job offer in Ontario. You can show one or a combination of the above to meet the requirements.

Skilled Trades Stream

Apply for this stream if you are a foreign worker with Ontario work experience in an eligible skilled trade.

Eligibility

Work Experience: At least one year of paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in part-time employment) in Ontario in a skilled trade classified under Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) is required.

For your application to the OINP to be valid, you must have worked in one of the job fields you stated in your Express Entry profile for at least one year within the last two years from the date of applying to the OINP.

Licence: If you want to use your work experience in a required/compulsory trade, you must have a valid certificate or license in Ontario when you apply. The work experience you intend to use to meet the minimum one year of eligible skilled trades occupation must have been granted under a valid certificate or license.

Residence and Legal status in Canada: You must be a resident of Ontario who has a valid work permit. You may apply to the OINP even if your work visa has expired. You may do so if you have previously applied to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to renew or extend your working permit before it ran out of date.

Education: You must be able to speak and understand English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or higher. Before you submit your application to this stream, you must take an authorized English or French language test. Your application must include a test that was taken no more than two years ago. For English tests, International English Language Testing (IELTS) - the General Training test is accepted and Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General test is accepted. For French tests, Test d'évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF) and Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) is accepted.

Settlement Funds: When you move to Canada, you will need enough money to care for yourself and any family members who depend on you. You need to show funds through bank statements or other investment accounts such as non-locked-in deposits, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds etc. Or prove annual earnings from employment in Ontario or have a job offer in Ontario. You can show one or a combination of the above to meet the requirements.

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Apply for this stream if you are a French-speaking foreign worker with strong English language abilities.

Eligibility

Work experience: You must decide under which of the two federal programs, i.e. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), you would like to be assessed.

For FSW, you must have at least a year of continuous paid full-time employment (or the equivalent of paid part-time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The work experience you include in your application must be within the last five years, and in the same primary occupation you listed in your Express Entry profile.

To be eligible for the CEC program, you must have worked full-time in Canada for at least one year (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in an occupation classified as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC. The work experience you include in your application must be within the last three years and in one or more occupations listed in your Express Entry profile.

Education: If you studied outside of Canada, to work here, you need an Educational Credential Assessment report that proves your education is equal to a Canadian Bachelor's, Masters or PhD degree. Please include a copy of the ECA report with your application. It must have been issued at most five years ago.

Language: You must be able to understand, read, write and speak French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. You must also understand, speak, read and write English at CLB level 6 or higher to apply for this program. Before applying for this stream, you must take an approved French and English language test to show that you have the necessary language skills. When you submit your application, your test results can be up to two years old.

Settlement Funds: When you move to Canada, you will need enough money to care for yourself and any family members who depend on you. You need to show funds through bank statements or other investment accounts such as non-locked-in deposits, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds, etc. Or prove annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario or have a job offer in Ontario. You can show one or a combination of the above to meet the requirements.

ONTARIO ENTREPRENEUR STREAM

The Entrepreneur Stream provides foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to come to Ontario and establish a new business or buy an existing one.

An Expression of Interest system manages the selection process. You must register an expression of interest and be invited to apply to qualify.

The Entrepreneur Stream application consists of two stages. The following is a summary of the procedure.

  • By email, register an expression of interest. Send in an online application if you are invited. You must go to a mandatory interview with your business partner (if applicable). You must sign a performance agreement if your stage 1 application is accepted.
  • You will be provided with a letter of support so that you may apply for a temporary work permit with IRCC. Establish your company - you have 20 months from the date you arrive in Ontario to implement your strategy and submit a final assessment.

Minimum requirements at Stage 1

  • If you want to be nominated as a permanent resident under the Entrepreneur Stream, you'll have to prove that your business will improve Ontario's economy as a whole or the local economy where your business is situated.
  • You only have 90 days to submit your application after receiving an invitation.
  • You must have worked full-time in business for at least 2 years within the last 5 years.
  • All of your personal assets must be obtained and verified legally. To qualify, your net worth must be at least $800,000 Canadian if your proposed business is in the Greater Toronto Area. If your proposed business is outside of the Greater Toronto Area, your net worth must be a minimum of $400,000 Canadian.
  • You must make a minimum personal investment of $600,000 Canadian or more in your company if it is inside the Greater Toronto area, and you must invest a minimum of $200,000 Canadian outside of the Greater Toronto Area.
  • You must create at least two full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents to locate your business in the Greater Toronto Area. If you wish to be located outside of the Greater Toronto area or in the information and communications technology sector, you are only required to create one full-time job for a Canadian citizen.

Minimum requirements at Stage 2

  • If you are asked to complete an application, you must provide supporting documentation to show that you satisfy the requirements. You must also prove that you had the qualifications you claimed when you announced your expression of interest.
  • If you want to start a business in Ontario, you must live there 75% of the time. Within 12 months of Stage 1 approval, you must move there and inform the program of your arrival within 7 days.
  • You must be able to speak and understand English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher. Before you submit your application to this stream, you must take an authorized English or French language test. Your application must include a test that was taken no more than two years ago.
  • The following streams operate through the OINP's Expression of Interest System. To qualify, you must register an expression of interest and receive an invitation to apply.

EMPLOYER JOB OFFER: FOREIGN WORKER STREAM

The Foreign Worker Stream allows foreign nationals with a job offer in a skilled occupation the opportunity to apply for permanent residence and work status in Ontario. Your job offer must be in an occupation classified as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B on the National Occupational Classification (NOC). You may apply for this stream from inside or outside of Canada.

The job that you are applying for must be full-time and with an indeterminate duration. Full-time means that the weekly hours amount to a minimum of 30, while permanent positions have no end date.

You must first join the OINP's Expression of Interest System and receive an invitation to apply before applying online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residency.

EMPLOYER JOB OFFER: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STREAM

The purpose of this stream is to allow international students who have a job offer in a skilled occupation, the chance to apply to live and work permanently in Ontario. For your job offer to be valid, it must be in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This stream is available to both those living inside and outside Canada.

The job offer must be for a full-time, permanent position. This means the job must be a minimum of 1,560 hours per year and 30 paid work hours per week with no end date.

If you're studying on a full-time basis, you must have a degree or diploma that takes at least two years to complete if you study full-time or a degree, diploma, or certificate that takes at least one year to complete if you study part-time and need an accredited Canadian institution's completed degree as an entrance requirement.

To apply, you must first join the OINP's Expression of Interest System and receive an invitation to apply before submitting an online application to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residency.

EMPLOYER JOB OFFER: IN-DEMAND SKILLS STREAM

This stream allows foreign workers who have received a job offer in specific in-demand vocations such as farming, construction, trucking, personal support work, and other select jobs to apply for permanent residence and employment in Ontario. Foreign individuals from throughout the world are eligible for this program.

The job offer must be for a full-time, permanent position. This means the job must be a minimum of 1,560 hours per year and 30 paid workhours per week with no end date.

The positions below are available inside and outside Ontario's Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The occupation must be classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D

  • NOC 3413 - nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • NOC 4412 - home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  • NOC 7441 - residential and commercial installers and servicers
  • NOC 7511 - transport truck drivers
  • NOC 7521 - heavy equipment operators (except crane)
  • NOC 7611 - construction trades helpers and labourers
  • NOC 8431 - general farm workers
  • NOC 8432 - nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 8611 - harvesting labourers
  • NOC 9462 - industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

The position offered must be outside the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions) and must be in one of the following occupations in National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D:

  • NOC 9411 - machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 9416 - metalworking and forging machine operators
  • NOC 9417 - machining tool operators
  • NOC 9418 - other metal products machine operators
  • NOC 9421 - chemical plant machine operators
  • NOC 9422 - plastics processing machine operators
  • NOC 9437 - woodworking machine operators
  • NOC 9446 - industrial sewing machine operators
  • NOC 9461 - process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • NOC 9523 - electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 9526 - mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • NOC 9536 - industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • NOC 9537 - other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

To submit an application, you need to be proficient in either English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher. The test results cannot be older than two years from when you applied, not when you received the invitation.

You must first join the OINP's Expression of Interest System and receive an invitation to apply before submitting an online application to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residency.

MASTERS GRADUATE STREAM

The Masters Graduate stream allows international students who have graduated with a master's degree from an Ontario institution to apply for permanent residency in the province.

You will only qualify if you have met the requirements for an entire master's degree, meaning you completed 15 hours of instruction per week over an academic year, including any in-workplace training that was part of your studies. Although part-time studies at an eligible university might suffice, it has to be equivalent to one academic year.

You must submit your application within two years after graduating from the requirements to earn your master's degree.

You must be proficient in English or French, as demonstrated by a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of level 7 or higher. The language proficiency test can have been taken up to two years before you apply, not from when you received an invitation.

You must have resided in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years before you apply.

You cannot apply online to be nominated for permanent residency by the Ontario government unless you first register in the OINP's Expression of Interest System and receive an invitation to apply.

PHD GRADUATE STREAM

International PhD graduates from Ontario may apply to permanently reside and work in Ontario with the PhD Graduate stream.

You must have completed the prerequisites for a PhD degree. The degree must come from an Ontario-accredited institution. While lawfully living and studying in Ontario, at least two years of your PhD studies must have been completed.

Your PhD application must be submitted within two years of completing your degree requirements.

You must have also lived in Ontario legally for at least one year within the past two years before you apply.

To apply, you must first join the OINP's Expression of Interest System and receive an invitation to apply before being able to apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residency.

How to Apply for OINP

To apply for one of Ontario's Express Entry streams:

STEP 1

  • You must first create a profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's Express Entry system.
  • Take a language proficiency test
  • If you finished your education outside of Canada, get an Educational Credential Assessment.
  • Find the National Occupational Classification code for your past work experience.

STEP 2

  • You must select Ontario or All Provinces and Territories when you create a profile in the Express Entry System.
  • The information you provide in your Express Entry profile must be accurate and honest. If not, your application could be refused or your nomination withdrawn by OINP, and IRCC could also find you ineligible to apply for Canadian immigration for five years.
  • Remember that if you apply under the Skilled Trades stream, you must fulfil the Canadian Experience Class requirements.
  • To remove your application, click the "Withdraw" button next to your file number on the Main Page of the OINP e-Filing Portal. The application fee will be refunded only if you withdraw your application before it gets processed.

STEP 3

If you are invited to apply, Ontario will send you a Notification of interest (NOI) on your EE EOI application. It's crucial to remember that: a) A Express Entry profile does not ensure that you will be invited to apply for the OINP; and b) A notice of interest does not guarantee that you'll get a certificate of nomination.

Your application must be submitted within 45 days of receiving a notification of interest.

STEP 4

In order to complete your application, you will need to gather some documents that verify the information you have provided and show that you are eligible for this program.

Supporting documents must be captured and submitted in your online application.

If a document is not provided in either French or English, then you must give a copy of the original document as well as get a notarized translation of the said document.

Remember that if you don't submit all of the necessary papers, your application will be rejected and your money will not be refunded. Fee will be refunded only if your application is not successful.

STEP 5

If you're chosen, the next stage is to apply for permanent residence through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC makes the ultimate decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

By email, you will get a nomination approval letter and a nomination certificate if your application is approved.

Your information will be put into the IRCC Express Entry System. Then, you will get a notification about your nomination in your IRCC online account.

Under the Express Entry System, you have 30 days to accept or refuse the nomination.

If you accept this nomination, IRCC will give you an additional 600 points. This means that, in the next round of invitations, you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

You then have 60 calendar days to submit your application to IRCC for permanent residence.

Latest OINP draws

On 30th Aug 2022 - The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued one invitation to candidate who submitted profile within the last 12 months through the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream under the federal Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP).

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FAQs

What is the minimum CRS score for Ontario PNP?

There is no minimum CRS score requirement for the Ontario Human Capital Priorities stream.

How much time does Ontario PNP take?

The average processing time for Ontario PNP is 3 months.

How to get Ontario PNP without a job offer?

If you want to apply for the Ontario PNP without a job offer, you must be a skilled worker who can go through the Express Entry- Human Capital Priorities Stream.

What is OINP one key?

The one key is an electronic credential that allows you to access Ontario government site safely to file OINP applications.

What is the Ontario PNP fees?

Depending on which stream you select, the fees for Ontario PNP are either $1,500 or $2,000. If you have chosen the business stream, the fee is $3,500.

 

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