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.

"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:

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.

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.

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:

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
Documents Needed

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
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
Documents Needed

Skilled Trades Stream

Target Candidates

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

Minimum Requirements
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
Documents Needed

PhD Graduate Stream

Target Candidates

People with an Ontario PhD degree

Minimum Requirements
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
Documents Needed

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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