Ontario

Skilled Worker Immigration

Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)

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:

  • Employer job offer
  • Human capital
  • Business

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 includes:

  • Foreign Worker Stream
  • International Student Stream
  • In-Demand Skills Stream
  • The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. It gives foreign workers with a job offer in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario. This stream is open to foreign workers in and outside of Canada.

You must apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence. If you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

  1. Make sure you meet the mandatory requirements
  • Job offer requirements – what your job offer must include
  • Applicant requirements – what you need to have before you apply
  • Employer requirements – what your employer needs to have before you apply
  1. Understand the application process

you have to apply online through the OINP e-Filing Portal

  • it takes about three hours to complete the application
  • you do not have to complete the application in one session, you can save your work and return to it later
  • you must submit your application within 14 calendar days after you register or your registration will expire
  • you can complete the application yourself or have a representative complete it on your behalf
  • you have to pay to apply and the cost varies depending on where you will be working
  • you have to pay by credit card, we only accept Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard and MasterCard Debit
  1. Have your supporting documents ready

You also need to make sure you have all your supporting documents, in English or French, scanned and ready to upload when you apply. If you do not, your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will be refunded.

 Applicant Requirements

Before you apply, you must meet the criteria in four categories below:

  1. Work experience or license or other authorization

You must have:

at least two years of paid full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience in the same occupation (same NOC code) as your job offer gained within the five years prior to submitting your application. If your work experience was gained in Canada, you must have been legally living and working in Canada.

or

a license or other authorization for the job that you have been offered.

or

working in more than one job for at least 30 hours per week for one year that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that one year period.

  1. Valid license or other authorization (if applicable)

If you need a license or other authorization for the job that you have been offered, you must have it when you apply.

  1. Intention to live in Ontario

You must intend to live in Ontario after you’ve been granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include doing things such as:

  • working or having worked here
  • getting job offers, applying to or interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships
  1. Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

Cost To Apply

The application fee covers the cost of processing your application and is:

  • $1,500 if the job offer is outside of the Greater Toronto Area
  • $2,000 if the job offer is within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions)

Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream

lassification (NOC), the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

This stream is open to international students in and outside of Canada. You must apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

If you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

Job Offer Requirements

To qualify under the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, you must have a job offer in Ontario from an employer that meets the following requirements.

  1. Full-time and Permanent

The job offer must be for a full-time and permanent position. Full-time means the job must be a minimum of 1,560 hours a year and a minimum of 30 hours of paid work per week. Permanent means the job must have no end date (also known as an indeterminate duration).

  1. Eligible Occupation

The job offered must be in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of National Occupation Classification (NOC).

  1. Low Wage Level

The pay of the job offered must meet or be higher than the low wage level, for that occupation, in the specific region of Ontario where you will be working. If you are already working in the position, the wage of the job offer must be equal to or greater than the wage level that the employer currently pays you in that position, in addition to meeting or exceeding the low wage level.

These wage requirements do not apply if you have a collective agreement, in your workplace, that determines your wages.

  1. Position is Necessary to Employer’s Business

The position offered must be necessary to your employer’s business. This means that the job offer must align with your employer’s existing business activities and the position must be needed to maintain or grow ongoing business activity.

  1. Work Based in Ontario

The work you do while in the position of the job offer must occur primarily in Ontario.

Submit An Application

If you are using a representative or you are a representative, the submission process is different. Before you start, make sure:

 

  • you and the employer meet all the necessary requirements under the:
    i. Job offer requirements
    ii. Applicant requirements
    iii. Employer requirements
  • have your credit card ready
  • have your supporting documents (in English or French) scanned and ready to upload

Application Instructions

Once you click “Submit an application”:

  • choose whether you are a returning user or a new applicant
  • choose the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • if you are a new applicant, you must pre-register with your name and date of birth
  • log into your ONe-key account. If you do not have one, click “Sign up now!”
  • once you’ve logged into your ONe-key account, you will be sent back to the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • once you’ve completed your profile, click “Finish” and you will be sent to your main page in the e-Filing Portal.
  • click on the file number beside the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream to begin your application

The Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream

The Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. It gives foreign workers with a job offer in specific in-demand occupations, such as in agriculture, construction, trucking or personal support work, the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

This stream is open to foreign workers in and outside of Canada. You must apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

If you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

Job Offer Requirements

To qualify under the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream, you must have a job offer in Ontario from an employer that meets the following requirements.

  1. Full-time and Permanent

The job offer must be for a full-time and permanent position. Full-time means the job must be a minimum of 1,560 hours a year and a minimum of 30 hours of paid work per week. Permanent means the job must have no end date (also known as an indeterminate duration).

  1. Eligible Occupation

The position offered must be in one of the following occupations in National Occupation 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

  1. Median Wage Level

The pay of the job offered must meet or be higher than the median wage level, for that occupation, in the specific region of Ontario where you will be working. Refer to the Employer’s Guide for steps on how to find the median wage level.

If you are already working in the position, the wage of the job offer must be equal to or greater than the wage level that the employer currently pays you in that position, in addition to meeting or exceeding the median wage level.

These wage requirements do not apply if you have a collective agreement (a written contract between the employer and a union), in your workplace, that determines your wages.

  1. Position is necessary to employer’s business

The position offered must be necessary to your employer’s business. This means that the job offer must align with your employer’s existing business activities and the position must be needed to maintain or grow ongoing business activity.

If you are nominated:

If your application is successful, you will receive a Nomination Approval Letter and an OINP Certificate of Nomination by email. Once we notify you, your next step is to apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) within six months.

You will need to include your Nomination Approval Letter and the OINP Certificate of Nomination.

If you are not nominated:

If your application is unsuccessful, we will let you know by email. If you think we made an error in our decision that led to your application being refused, you may ask for an internal review.

To request an internal review:

send an email to internalreview-revisioninterne@ontario.ca. You must email us within:

  • 30 calendar days of receiving your notice of refusal if you live in Canada
  • 60 calendar days of receiving your notice of refusal if you live outside of Canada

in your email, explain how:

  • on the date you submitted your application, you met all requirements
  • an error we made resulted in your application being unsuccessful

Do not include any new information that you did not include in your original application, unless that information was not reasonably available to you at the time you submitted your application.

Human Capital Category

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

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

The Masters Graduate Stream

The Masters Graduate Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. It gives international graduates with an Ontario master’s degree the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence. If you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

Mandatory Requirements

You can apply to the Masters Graduate Stream if you meet all the criteria in the eight categories below. You don’t need a job offer to apply.

  1. Education

To qualify, you must have completed the requirements necessary to get a master’s degree. This means:

  • at least one academic year of full-time study (that is at least 15 hours of instruction per week over the academic year)
  • the degree is from an eligible university in Ontario (see the list of eligible Ontario universities below)

You don’t qualify if you are enrolled as a student when you are applying, unless:

  • it is for the purpose of meeting the requirements to be licensed in a regulated occupation in Ontario, or
  • you are also working full-time in Ontario

You don’t qualify if you have received a bursary, grant or scholarship that requires you return to your home country after you earn your master’s degree. You may only apply after you have fulfilled those commitments and can demonstrate an intention to live in Ontario.

  1. Language

You must be able to understand, read, write and speak in English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved English or French language test before you submit your application to this stream.

The test must be no more than two years old at the time you submit your application.

For English tests, we accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) (General Training test only)
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (General test only)

For French tests, we accept:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF)
  1. Residency in Ontario

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

  1. Settlement Funds

You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada. You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

  • funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  • annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario, and/or
  • a job offer in Ontario
  1. Intentions to Live in Ontario

You must intend to live and work in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include doing things like:

  • working or have worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers or applying/interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties or social or personal relationships
  1. Residency at Time of Application

At the time you apply, you must be either be:

  • living in Ontario with legal status (study permit, work permit, visitor record)
  • living outside Canada

You don’t qualify if you’re living in a province or territory in Canada other than Ontario at the time you apply.

  1. Legal Status in Canada (if applicable)

If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

  1. Application Period

You must submit your application within two years of completing the requirements necessary to obtain your master’s degree. This means that the date on your degree must be within two years of your OINP application submission date.

Eligible Ontario Universities Offering Masters Programs

To qualify for the Masters Graduate Stream, your master’s degree must be from one of the universities listed below:

  • Algoma University
  • Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Dominican University College
  • Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario College of Art & Design University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  • Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

OINP PHD Graduate Stream

The PhD Graduate Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. It gives international graduates with an Ontario PhD degree the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence. If you are nominated your next step is to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

Before You Apply

  1. Make sure you meet the mandatory requirements

This stream has a number of mandatory requirements you must meet before you can apply.

  1. Understand the application process
  • you have to apply online through the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • it takes about two hours to complete the application
  • you do not have to complete the application in one session, you can save your work and return to it later
  • you must submit your application within 14 calendar days after you register or your registration will expire
  • you can complete the application yourself or have a representative complete it on your behalf
  • you have to pay $1,500 to apply
  • you have to pay by credit card, we only accept Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard and MasterCard Debit
  1. Have your supporting documents ready

You also need to make sure you have all your supporting documents, in English or French, scanned and ready to upload when you apply. If you do not, your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will be refunded.

Eligible Ontario Universities offering PhD programs

To qualify for the PhD Graduate Stream, your PhD degree must be from one of the universities listed below:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Dominican University College
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  • Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

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

Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). It gives French-speaking skilled workers with strong English language abilities the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

If you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through IRCC. They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

IRCC’s Express Entry System

Express Entry is an online system IRCC uses to manage applications for permanent residence in Canada. We can search the system to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams.

Before you can create your profile in IRCC’s Express Entry system, you must:

  • take a language test
  • get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if you completed your education outside Canada, and
  • determine the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code for your past work experience

If you meet the Express Entry criteria, you will be accepted into the Express Entry pool of candidates. You will receive an Express Entry profile number and a job seeker validation code. You will need to submit these with your application to the OINP.

To qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, you must also meet the requirements of one of these federal immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), or
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

When you submit your application to the OINP, you will need to select which federal program you would like to be assessed against: FSWP or CEC.

Mandatory Requirements

To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, you must meet all the criteria in the seven categories below. You do not need a job offer to apply.

  1. Work experience

You must decide which of the following two federal programs you would like to be assessed against:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must have at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part- time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Your work experience must have been obtained within the last five years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP in the same primary occupation as you identified in your Express Entry profile.

Your work experience may be from Canada or overseas.

  • Canadian Experience Class

Under the Canadian Experience Class, you must have at least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Canada in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC

Your work experience must have been:

  • obtained within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
  • in one or more of the occupations that you identified in your Express Entry profile
  • in Canada while maintaining legal status in Canada
  1. Education

You must have a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree or its equivalent in another country. If you completed your studies outside of Canada, you need to get an Educational Credential Assessment report that proves your education is equivalent to a Canadian degree.

The assessment must be done by one of the following organizations, designated by IRCC.

  • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  • International Credential Evaluation Service
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service
  1. 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 be able to understand, read, write and speak English at CLB level 6 or higher.

To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved French and English language test before you submit your application to this stream. The tests must be no more than two years old at the time you submit your application.

For French tests, we accept:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

For English tests, we accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test
  1. Settlement Funds

You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada. You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

  • funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  • annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario
  • a job offer in Ontario
  1. Intention to Live in Ontario

You must intend to live in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include things like:

  • working or have worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers or applying/interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships
  1. Legal Status in Canada

If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

If you choose to be assessed against the FSWP, you must score at least 67 points on the six selection factors (education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability).

Ontario’s Express Entry- Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). It gives foreign workers with the required skilled work experience, language abilities and education the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

If you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through IRCC. They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

Before You Apply

  1. Create a profile in IRCC’s Express Entry system

You must have a profile in IRCC’s Express Entry system before we can send you a Notification of Interest (NOI), which you need before you can apply to Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.

  1. Make sure you meet the mandatory requirements

This stream has a number of mandatory requirements you must meet before you can apply.

  1. Understand the application process
  • you have 45 calendar days after you receive your NOI to apply to this stream
  • you have to apply through the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • it takes about three hours to complete the application
  • you do not have to complete the application in one session, you can save your work and return to it later
  • you can complete the application yourself or have a representative complete it on your behalf
  • you have to pay $1,500 to apply
  • you have to pay by credit card, we only accept Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard and MasterCard Debit
  1. Have your supporting documents ready

You also need to make sure you have all your supporting documents, in English or French, scanned and ready to upload when you apply. If you do not, your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will be refunded.

IRCC’s Express Entry system

Express Entry is an online system IRCC uses to manage applications for permanent residence in Canada. We can search the system to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams.

What you need to do?

Before you can create your profile in IRCC’s Express Entry system, you must:

  • take a language test
  • get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if you completed your education outside Canada, and
  • determine the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code for your past work experience

Once you are ready, you can create your Express Entry profile.

If you meet the Express Entry criteria, you will be accepted into the Express Entry pool of candidates. You will receive an Express Entry profile number and a job seeker validation code. You will need to submit these with your application to the OINP.

To qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, you must meet the requirements of one of these federal immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), or
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

When you submit your application to the OINP, you will need to select which federal program you would like to be assessed against: FSWP or CEC.

Supporting Documents

You must provide supporting documents to validate the information in your application and to prove you meet the eligibility criteria.

All supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded in your online application. Refer to the document checklist for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Stream for a list of mandatory documents.

If a supporting document is not in English or French, you must provide a copy of the original document and a notarized translation of document. Please read Document translation and notarization for more information.

Remember, if you do not upload all the required documents, your application will be incomplete and it will be returned.

Cost to Apply

The application fee is $1,500 and covers the cost of processing your application. We only accept Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard and MasterCard Debit.

Refunds

We will only refund the fee if we find that your application is incomplete or you withdraw your application before we start processing it. We will not refund the fee if your application is unsuccessful.

You can check the status of your application through your account in the OINP e-Filing Portal.

Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream

 

Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

It gives foreign nationals with Ontario work experience in eligible skilled trades the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must have a valid profile in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

If you are nominated, your next step will be to apply to the federal government through IRCC. They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

Mandatory Requirements

To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, you must meet all the criteria in the seven categories below. You do not need a job offer to apply.

  1. Work experience

You must have at least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Ontario in a skilled trade that is listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73 or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Your work experience must have been:

  • obtained within the last two years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
  • in one or more of the occupations that you identified in your Express Entry profile
  • obtained in Ontario while maintaining legal status in Canada

Please note:

  • your work experience must have been obtained over a period of at least one year
  • work experience totaling 1,560 hours obtained in less than one year period does not qualify
  • if you worked in a compulsory trade, only work experience acquired after becoming qualified to practice that occupation in Ontario will qualify
  • paid work experience gained while studying full time at a post-secondary institution (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment are not eligible
  • volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count as work experience
  1. Valid Certificate or licence (if applicable)

If you are claiming work experience in a compulsory trade, even if you are no longer working in the trade, you must have a valid certificate or licence in Ontario at the time you apply.

  1. Current residence in Ontario and legal status in Canada

You must be living in Ontario and hold a valid work permit at the time you apply.

You are not required to have a job at the time you apply.

  1. Language Proficiency

You must be able to understand, read, write and speak either English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or higher. To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved English or French language test before you submit your application to this stream.

The test must be no more than two years old at the time you submit your application.

For English tests, we accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test

For French tests, we accept:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)
  1. Settlement funds

You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada. You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

  • funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  • annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario
  • a job offer in Ontario
  1. Intention to live in Ontario

You must intend to live in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include things like:

  • working or have worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers or applying/ interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships

Business Immigration

OINP Entrepreneur Stream

The Entrepreneur Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). This stream is for entrepreneurs from outside of Canada interested in starting a new business or buying an existing business in Ontario.

It gives an entrepreneur (and up to one foreign national business partner) the opportunity to be nominated for permanent residence once their business has been established in Ontario.

If you are nominated, the next step will be to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

The Entrepreneur Stream application is a two-stage process.

Stage 1

  • Register an expression of interest by email
  • If invited, submit an online application
  • You and your business partner (if applicable) attend a mandatory in-person interview at the OINP office in Toronto
  • If your stage 1 application is successful, you must sign a performance agreement

Stage 2

  • We issue a temporary work permit support letter so that you can apply to IRCC for a temporary work permit
  • Establish your business – you have 20 months to implement your business plan and submit a final report
  • If your business meets all requirements, we ask you for documentation to make sure you are eligible for nomination for permanent residence.

Mandatory Requirements

To qualify under the Entrepreneur Stream, you must have a viable business that is likely to provide material economic benefit to the economy of Ontario as a whole or to the local Ontario economy where the business will be located. You and one business partner (if applicable) must both meet the eligibility requirements.

If you are invited to submit an application, you must provide supporting documentation to demonstrate you meet the requirements.

  1. Business experience

You must have at least 24 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months.

Your experience must be as a business owner or as a senior manager (business management). As a business owner you must have had an active role in the business and owned at least one-third of the business. As a senior manager you must have had senior decision-making responsibilities in the business.

  1. Net worth

If your proposed business will be located:

  • within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto and Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions) you must have a minimum net worth of 800,000 CDN.
  • outside of the Greater Toronto Area you must have a minimum net worth of $400,000 CDN.

If your proposed business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications sector then regardless of location, you must have a minimum net worth of $400,000 CDN.

  1. Personal investment funds and minimum equity

If your proposed business will be located:

  • within the Greater Toronto Area, you must make a minimum personal investment of $600,000 CDN and control at least one-third of the equity in the business
  • outside of the Greater Toronto Area, you must make a minimum personal investment of $200,000 CDN and control at least one-third of the equity in the business

If your proposed business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications sector then regardless of location, you must make a minimum personal investment of $200,000 CDN and control at least of one-third of the equity in the business.

  1. Active involvement

You must be actively involved, on an ongoing basis, in the management of the business.

  1. Capital investment purpose

The primary purpose of investing capital in the business must be to make a profit. It must not be to derive interest, dividends or capital gains.

  1. Job creation

If the business will be located inside the Greater Toronto Area, you must create at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents. If the business will be located outside the Greater Toronto Area or in the information and communications technology or digital communications sector, regardless of location, you must create at least one permanent full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

  1. Additional requirements if purchasing an existing business

If you plan to purchase an existing business:

  • you must make at least one business-related visit to Ontario within 12 months from the date of registering an Expression of Interest
  • the business being purchased must have been in continuous operation by the same owner(s) for the previous 60 months
  • ownership of the business must be completely transferred to the applicant or any business partner
  • you must use at least 10% of your personal investment towards improving or expanding the business in Ontario
  • you must keep all permanent full-time employees that worked in the business prior to the transfer of ownership

General Business Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements listed above, you must also meet the general business requirements listed below:

  1. Business purpose

The business purpose must be to make a profit from active income through the sale of goods and/or services.

  1. Canadian and Ontario legal requirements

Your business must comply with all relevant federal, provincial or municipal legal, regulatory and licensing requirements. This includes compliance with Ontario’s labour and employment standards laws.

  1. Permanent business

Your business must be permanent. Project-based and seasonal businesses are not eligible.

  1. Business in Ontario

You must maintain a place of business in Ontario at all times.

Expression of Interest

An expression of interest (EOI) is the first step. It is not an application. There is no fee to register an EOI. The EOI is comprised of two components, for a maximum EOI score of 200 points:

  • Self-Declared Score (126 points)
  • Business Concept Score (74 points)

OINP will assess and score your Business Concept.  Your business concept will need to score at least 37 of the available 74 points (50%) to be placed in the EOI selection pool. Whether you will be issued an invitation to apply is based on your EOI rank in the selection pool. Only the top ranked candidates are invited to apply.

Please note:

  • If you are selected, you will be invited to submit an application and you will be required to provide supporting documents to validate the information in your EOI
  • If your stage 1 application is successful, the information you provide in your EOI will become part of your contractual obligations under the performance agreement.
Age limit: N/A
Education: No Minimum requirement, points will be awarded on Education
IELTS: CLB 4, points awarded for proficiency
Senior Managerial Exp: At least 24 months
Good faith Deposit: Not Required
Leading to: Work Permit, PR after nomination

In Greater Toronto Area:
Net worth requirement (not just cash in the bank, but all assets put together between the principal applicant and his / her spouse) should be Cad$800,000 and out of this net worth, an investment of Cad$600,000 is required.
Out of Greater Toronto Area:
the net worth requirement (not just cash in the bank, but all assets put together between the principal applicant and his / her spouse) should be Cad$400,000 and out of this net worth, an investment of Cad$200,000 is required.