The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program
NOV 11, 2020
By far one of the most popular provinces to immigrate to in Canada, Ontario offers plenty of opportunities 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 the 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 ProgramEach province has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and each one is different from the last. Provinces are given the authority to establish immigration streams that 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 number 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 StreamIf 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 farmworkers||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 your 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 an 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;
Ph.D. Graduate Stream
French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF); or
- Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).
- 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
- 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
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 your proposed business is planned to be in the greater Toronto area, your 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 the 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 StreamsThe 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
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