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Published by Gabriel Oliveira on October 09, 2020

Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario's Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is called OINP - Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

There are several possible paths under Ontario PNP. These are called streams.

We can divide them in different groups, based on their requirements:

Express Entry Streams

These streams above will select candidates from the Express Entry pool, based on specific criteria (explained below), and send them a notification of interest. Candidates will then apply, by submitting the required documentation. If approved, candidates are nominated by the province, which will grant them extra 600 points on their CRS Score.

  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Trades Stream
"Study in Ontario" Streams

If you graduate on a Masters or PhD from an eligible Ontario university, you can apply for one of these streams:

  • Masters Graduate Stream (program currently not active)
  • PhD Graduate Stream
Job Offer Streams

These streams are for people that already have a job offer from and Ontario employer. The job offer must be full-time and permanent.

  • In-Demand Skills Stream
  • International Student Stream (program currently not active)
  • Foreign Worker Stream (program currently not active)
Entrepreneurs Streams

To apply on an entrepreneur stream, you must start or buy a business in Ontario. The minimum investment value is C$ 800,000.

  • Entrepreneur Stream

Details for Each Stream

Human Capital Priorities Stream
Target Candidates

This stream will select candidates from the Express Entry pool, based on their work experience, language abilities, and education. For an example, in Aug 26, 2020, OINP issued notifications of interest for Express Entry candidates with CRS score between 466 and 474, and work experience on some specific occupations like financial managers or nutritionists.

Minimum Requirements

The occupations in need, or the minimum score required to be selected might change on each invitation round. But The requirements below are mandatory, no matter what:

  • Work Experience - One year of continuous paid full-time work experience in management (like restaurant manager), professional (like engineer or accountant), or technical (like chefs or plumbers) jobs.
  • Education degree equivalent to Canadian bachelor, master, or PhD degree. You will need an ECA to prove it.
  • English Level - Minimum English (or French) skills level of CLB 7.
  • Funds - Enough money to support yourself and your family when you settle in Canada. For a single person, minimum value is C$ 12,960, but value changes depending on how big your family is.
  • Intention to live in Ontario. This can be expressed by showing your ties to the province, like studies you have performed there, family ties, experiences on the province, etc.
How to Apply
  1. Fill out your normal Express Entry profile and join the Express Entry pool. Make sure you say you plan on settling in Ontario - there are questions about it on the form.
  2. If you fit the criteria, and rank well, they (Province of Ontario) will send you a Notification of Interest (NOI).
  3. With a NOI in hands, go ahead and apply at the OINP e-Filling Portal . Submit the required documents there.
  4. If your application gets approved, you will get extra 600 points on your CRS score, and will probably get an Invitation to Apply (ITA), through the Express Entry process.
  5. With the ITA in hands, go ahead and apply for Permanent Residence on the Federal Process, as instructed on your ITA.
Costs
  • CAD$ 1,500 to apply (provincial application)
  • Plus all costs associated with Express Entry itself. For more details, read this article about an Express Entry Costs.
Documents Needed
  • Language Test results (like IELTS).
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). We have an article about How to get one.
  • Proof of work experience. Read our article about How to get work experience letters.
  • Proof of funds. We also have an article about it here.
  • You might be required to submit some extra documentation specific to your case.

All documents must be translated to English or French. Read our article on How to get Certified Translations.

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
Target Candidates

Skilled workers who speak French, and also have strong English abilities

Minimum Requirements
  • Work Experience - At least 1 year of continuous paid full-time work, in management (like restaurant manager), professional (like engineer or accountant), or technical (like chefs or plumbers) jobs. In other words, it must be skill type 0 or skill level A or B, according to the National Occupational Classification .
  • Education degree equivalent to Canadian bachelor, master, or PhD degree. You will need an ECA to prove it.
  • French skills - Minimum test result of CLB 7.
  • English skills - Minimum test result of CLB 6.
  • Funds - Enough money to support yourself and your family when you settle in Canada. Read our article about Minimum Funds Required for Express Entry for details.
  • Intention to live in Ontario. This can be expressed by showing your ties to the province, like studies you have performed there, family ties, experiences on the province, etc.
How to Apply
  1. Fill out your normal Express Entry profile and join the Express Entry pool. Make sure you say you plan on settling in Ontario - there are questions about it on the form.
  2. If you fit the criteria, and rank well, they (Province of Ontario) will send you a Notification of Interest (NOI).
  3. With a NOI in hands, go ahead and apply at the OINP e-Filling Portal . Submit the required documents there.
  4. If your application gets approved, you will get extra 600 points on your CRS score, and will probably get an Invitation to Apply (ITA), through the Express Entry process.
  5. With the ITA in hands, go ahead and apply for Permanent Residence on your the Federal Process, as instructed on your ITA.
Costs
  • CAD$ 1,500 to apply (provincial application)
  • Plus all costs associated with Express Entry itself. For more details, read this article about an Express Entry Costs.
Documents Needed
  • French Test results (like TEF Canada).
  • English Test results (like IELTS).
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). We have an article about How to get one.
  • Proof of work experience. Read our article about How to get work experience letters.
  • Proof of funds. We also have an article about it here.
  • You might be required to submit some extra documentation specific to your case.
Skilled Trades Stream
Target Candidates

Candidates with work experience in Ontario, in these specific trades:

  • Butchers and bakers
  • Industrial, Electrical and construction
  • Maintenance and equipment operation
  • Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related
Minimum Requirements
  • Work Experience - At least one year of experience in Ontario in one of the fields mentioned above.
  • License to work - If your job requires a license to work, you must have a valid one in Ontario. Check here if your profession requires one.
  • Live in Ontario - You must be already living (temporarily, at least for now) in Ontario, and with a work permit.
  • English or French - CLB level 5 or higher.
  • Funds - Enough money to support yourself and your family when you settle in Canada. For a single person, minimum value is C$ 12,960, but value changes depending on how big your family is.
  • Intention to live in Ontario. This can be expressed by showing your ties to the province, like studies you have performed there, family ties, experiences on the province, etc.
Process Step by Step (overview)
  1. Go to Ontario as a temporary resident, with a work permit. There are several ways of doing it, such as Post Graduation Work Permit, or if your spouse is a student.
  2. Get a license to work in one of the trades mentioned above.
  3. Get a (temporary) job in one of the trades mentioned above.
  4. Work there for at least one year
  5. Fill out your normal Express Entry profile and join the Express Entry pool. Make sure you say you plan on settling in Ontario - there are questions about it on the form.
  6. If you fit the criteria, and rank well, they (Province of Ontario) will send you a Notification of Interest (NOI).
  7. With a NOI in hands, go ahead and apply at the OINP e-Filling Portal . Submit the required documents there.
  8. If your application gets approved, you will get extra 600 points on your CRS score, and will probably get an Invitation to Apply (ITA), through the Express Entry process.
  9. With the ITA in hands, go ahead and apply for Permanent Residence on your the Federal Process, as instructed on your ITA.
Costs
  • CAD$ 1,500 to apply (provincial application)
  • Plus all costs associated with Express Entry itself. For more details, read this article about an Express Entry Costs.
Documents Needed
  • English (or French) Test results (like IELTS).
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). We have an article about How to get one.
  • Proof of work experience. Read our article about How to get work experience letters.
  • Proof of funds. We also have an article about it here.
  • You might be required to submit some extra documentation specific to your case.
PhD Graduate Stream
Target Candidates

People with an Ontario PhD degree

Minimum Requirements
  • PhD Degree obtained in Ontario
  • Live in Ontario for at least one year (temporarily for now, of course)
  • Funds - Enough money to support yourself and your family when you settle in Canada. Read our article about Minimum Funds Required for Express Entry for details.
  • Intention to live in Ontario. This can be expressed by showing your ties to the province, like studies you have performed there, family ties, experiences on the province, etc.
Process Step by Step (overview)
  1. Enroll in a PhD course in an eligible university in Ontario, and complete the program.
  2. Submit an application at the OINP e-Filling Portal . Submit the required documents there. It must be done within 2 years after you have obtained your PhD degree.
  3. If your application gets approved, you will be nominated by the province, and can now apply for permanent residence on the Federal level, through IRCC. You have 6 months to do it.
  4. If your Federal application is approved, you will be granted permanent residence in Canada.
Costs
  • CAD$ 1,500 to apply (provincial application)
  • Plus all costs associated with Express Entry itself. For more details, read this article about an Express Entry Costs.
Documents Needed
  • Identity - Passport
  • Status documents in Canada - work permit, study permit, temporary resident visa, etc.
  • Proof of residency in Ontario, like utilities bills
  • PhD degree granted from an eligible Ontario University
  • Proof of funds - bank statements, letter from the bank, etc.
  • resumé

I won't go into details about the Job Offer Streams , nor the Entrepreneurs Stream , because that won't apply to the vast majority of the readers. If needed, click on the links for more details.

Glossary

PNP - Province Nomination Program. Each province has its own program with specific rules to attract immigrants. The candidates selected by them get 600 points on Express Entry.

Express Entry - Process in place to select candidates to become permanent residents based on their skills. Express Entry is used for different immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program

OINP - Ontario Immigration Nominee Program. Dictates Ontario's specific processes and rules to select immigrants for the province.

Notification of Interest - When a province is interest in a candidate (from the Express Entry pool), it sends him/her a notification of interest. The candidate will then apply on the province specific program/stream, and submit the documents required. If the application is approved, the candidates gets a provincial nomination, which will grant 600 extra points on the CRS score.

CLB - Canadian Language Benchmark. Method to evaluate English or French skills. It takes results from different tests like IELTS or CELPIP, and put them on the same scale - from 0 to 10.

Sources

https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-immigrant-nominee-program-oinp

https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-entrepreneur-stream

https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-express-entry-human-capital-priorities-stream

https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-express-entry-notifications-interest

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2020-ontario-immigrant-nominee-program-updates

https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-express-entry-french-speaking-skilled-worker-stream

https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-express-entry-skilled-trades-stream

https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-phd-graduate-stream

https://www.ontario.ca/document/oinp-document-checklists/phd-graduate-stream-applicant-checklist


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