By far one of the most popular provinces to immigrate to in Canada, Ontario offers plenty of opportunity to find work, affordable housing and a fairly agreeable climate. Over the past year, an estimated 127,000 immigrants settled in Ontario. If you consider that the annual target set by the Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC), prior to latest announcement, was to welcome 340,000 immigrants to Canada, that accounts for a staggering 37% of all immigration to Canada. To help ensure an equal intake of foreigners of all skill levels, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is set up with various immigration programs to be able to handle the intake accordingly, allow people of all backgrounds to become permanent residents and address the provinces labour requirements
To confirm your eligibility for Canadian immigration and start your application process, follow the link below, or read on to learn more about the OINP.
Immigrate to Canada through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Each province has their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and each one is different from the last. Provinces are given the authority to establish immigration streams which will address their economic requirements by allowing them to attract and retain global talent from business owners to students to skilled and semi-skilled workers. Ontario’s Nominee Program, or the OINP, is one of the most comprehensive PNP’s because of the large amount of immigrants who choose to settle in the province each year. These are the immigration streams, and the requirements for each one that would make you and your dependents eligible for permanent residency in Canada.
Employer Job Offer: In-demand Skills Stream
If you are working in the agricultural or construction industry on a temporary foreign work permit (TFWP), you can apply for permanent residency if you meet the following requirements:
- You must have a full-time, permanent jobs offer (minimum 30 hours per week);
- The position can be anywhere in Ontario outside of the greater Toronto area and must be in one of the following occupations:
Eligible Occupations in NOC Level C or D nurse aides, orderlies and patient services Machine operators, mineral and metal processing home support workers and related occupations metalworking and forging machine operators residential and commercial installers and servicers machining tool operators transport truck drivers other metal products machine operators heavy equipment operators (excl. Crane operators) chemical plant machine operators construction trade helpers and labourers plastics processing machine operators general farm workers woodworking machine operators nursery and greenhouse workers industrial sewing machine operators harvesting labourers; and process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related occupations. electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors mechanical assemblers and inspectors industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
- You must accumulate 9 months (1,200 hours) work experience in Ontario, int the occupation you are applying through;
- If you occupation requires, you must hold the valid licensure from the appropriate provincial authority or governing body;
- You must score a minimum of 4 on a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test in either English or French;
- You must have the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma. If you graduated high school in a foreign country you will require and Education Credential Assessment (ECA) to show your qualification meets the Canadian standards;
- Show that you intend to go on living and working in Ontario by providing proof of ties to the province;
While this may seem like a lot to digest, obtaining permanent residency is well worth it. If you struggle to wrap your head around all these requirements, speak to one of our professional consultants who will be happy to give you advice and guide you through the application process.
Phd Graduate Stream
If you complete your Phd at a designated learning institution in Ontario, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residency. As long as you don’t have any commitments in your home country (such as a bursary obligation), have the required settlement funds and can show an intention to live in Ontario. Also, and this is vital, make sure you maintain legal status in Canada, even if it means applying for a visitor visa while your permanent residency application is being processed.
French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
If you meet the requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canada Experience Class (CEC) Program you can be eligible for this stream by creating an Express Entry profile and an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Ontario. The language requirement is where you will need to differentiate yourself from other candidates in the FSWP or CEC pool to earn your provincial nomination and permanent residency. You must score a minimum of 7 on one of the French CLB tests:
- Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF); or
- Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).
and a minimum of 6 on one of the English CLB tests:
- International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test; or
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test
Human Capital Priorities Stream
If you meet the requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canada Experience Class (CEC) Program you can be eligible for this stream by creating an Express Entry profile and an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Ontario. Occupations currently being considered for a provincial nomination under this stream are:
- Computer and information systems managers
- Computer engineers
- Database analysts and data administrators
- Software engineers and designers
- Computer programmer and interactive media developers
- Web designers and developers
Skilled Trades Stream
Like the above two streams, if you meet the requirements of the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) you become eligible for this stream by creating an Express Entry profile and an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Ontario. Keep in mind you will need to either have a job offer in your trade in Ontario OR get certification in your trade from the relevant authority in Ontario. In the last round, Notifications of Interest (NOI) were granted to candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 400 and 436. If you want to earn an NOI and permanent residency, it is important to ensure you maximize your CRS score and fall into that margin. If you find yourself struggling to reach that target, speak to one of our professional immigration consultants, who specialize in helping immigrants become permanent residents of Canada.
If you have at least two years of experience as a business owner or senior manager within the last five years, you could be eligible for permanent residency by opening a business in Ontario, granted you also meet these requirements:
- If your proposed business is planned to be in the greater Toronto area, you minimum net worth must be at least $800,000 CAD, if it is planned to be outside of the greater Toronto area you will need to show at least $400,000 CAD net worth.
- You must invest a minimum of $600,000 CAD into your business in the greater Toronto area, or $200,000 into your business if it is outside of the greater Toronto area. You must also control at least ⅓ of the business.
- You must show you will be actively involved in the day to day management of the business.
- If your business will be run inside the greater Toronto area, you must employ at least 2 Canadian citizens or residents on a full time basis. Outside the greater Toronto area or if your business is in the communication technology or digital communications sector, you must employ at least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident on a full time basis.
- If you are purchasing an existing business, ensure that:
- you make a business visit to the province of Ontario within 12 months of submitting your EOI for a provincial nomination
- the business you purchase has been in continuous operation and ownership for the past 5 years
- ownership of the business must be completely transferred to applicant or partner
- at least 10% of your investment must go toward expanding the business in Ontario
- all permanent full time employees must be retained through the purchase and after
Temporarily Closed Streams
The following three streams are temporarily closed, but can open at any time and allow eligible candidates to apply for permanent residency.
- Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream – for immigrants with valid TFWP’s and a job offer from an employer in Ontario
- Employer Job Offer: International Student stream – for Ontario graduates with valid job offers
- Masters Graduate stream – for Master graduates in Ontario
How MDC Can Help You
The OINP isn’t even the only way to live and work in the province, or to immigrate to Canada. There are over 100 visa and immigration programs available. It is important that you know all your options and choose a path that is most likely to lead you to your ultimate goal, becoming a permanent resident of Canada.
By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success when you apply for your Canada visa, but you will receive expert advice on which program is best for your personal needs. Our RCICs are registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf.
Let us take care of the paperwork while you plan your life in Canada. We make sure that all forms are completed correctly and sent in on time. Simply fill out our application form to receive your assessment today and take one step closer to a happy life in Canada.