Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario is among the 9 provinces and 2 territories in Canada that are a part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program. Canadian PNP offers a route to Canadian permanent residence that goes through the provincial and territorial governments.

Ontario PNP is officially referred to as the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Immigration candidates with the right skills and experience are nominated by Ontario. The OINP Nomination Certificate can then be used to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Ontario PNP streams available  
Categories Description Pathways Sub-stream
Employer Job Offer For workers that already have a permanent job offer from an Ontario employer. Foreign Worker stream
International Student stream
In-Demand Skills stream
Human capital category For workers that possess valuable work experience, language skills, education, and a profile in IRCC’s Express Entry system. Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream (FSSW)
Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream
Skilled Trades (ST) stream
For graduate students International Graduate stream Masters Graduate stream
PhD Graduate stream
Business category For entrepreneurs (from outside Canada) that intend either starting a new business or buying and growing an existing business in Ontario.

Entrepreneur stream

 

While some of the OINP streams are linked with the federal Express Entry system, many run independently.

Ontario PNP streams connected to the federal Express Entry system have the selected candidates being invited to apply through Notification of Interest (NOI) letters.

Express Entry linked OINP streams are – (1) Human Capital Priorities (FSSW) stream, (2) French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW), and (3) Skilled Trades (ST) stream.

An Express Entry candidate that is able to secure a PNP nomination through any of the Ontario Express Entry streams – the HCP, the FSSW, or the ST – will automatically be allotted 600 additional points towards their ranking scores as per the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

With the launch of the Expression of Interest (EOI) system recently, five of the OINP streams are now operated through the EOI system. Invitations to Apply (ITAs) are issued for these streams.

OINP streams now operated under an EOI system –

(1) Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream

(2) Employer Job Offer: International Student stream

(3) Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream

(4) Masters Graduate stream

(5) PhD Graduate stream

Ontarip PNP draws in 2022
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Notifications of Interest, or NOIs, are issued for – (1) Human Capital Priorities (HCP) steam, (2)  French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW), and (3)  Skilled Trades (ST) stream.
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Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, are issued in the Expression of Interest (EOI) draws held by the OINP.        5 OINP streams have an EOI system –(1)   Employer Job Offer (EJO): Foreign Worker, (2)  EJO: International Student, (3)  EJO: In-Demand Skills, (4) Masters Graduate, and (5) PhD Graduate.
Sl.no Date of round of invitations Stream NOIs / ITAs issued
1 April 28, 2022   301
2 April 26, 2022   1034
3 March 30, 2022 Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream 618
Employer Job Offer: International Student stream
Masters Graduate stream
4 March 24, 2022 Skilled Trades stream 471
5 March 01, 2022 Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream 1320
Employer Job Offer: International Student stream
Masters Graduate stream
6 February 24, 2022 ST 818
7 February 22, 2022 HCP 773
8 February 22, 2022 EJO: Foreign Worker stream 8
9 February 09, 2022 EJO: Foreign Worker stream 476
10 February 09, 2022 EJO: Foreign Worker stream 166
11 February 09, 2022 EJO: In-Demand Skills stream 107
12 February 08, 2022 HCP 622
13 February 08, 2022 FSSW 206
14 January 27, 2022 ST 1,032
15 January 12, 2022 HCP 502
16 January 11, 2022 EJO: Foreign Worker stream 264
17 January 11, 2022 EJO: International Student stream 762
18 January 11, 2022 EJO: In-Demand Skills stream 58
Targeted draw for health, manufacturing and agricultural occupations.
 
 

Steps to Apply

There are three main steps to follow when applying for OINP –

  1. Ensure that you qualify

After selecting the stream, you want to apply under, ensure you fulfill all the mandatory requirements for the stream.

  1. Apply for nomination by the Ontario government

Apply online, through the OINP e-Filing Portal.

  1. Apply to the Government of Canada for permanent residence

If successful in securing an OINP nomination, you can then apply to IRCC for Canadian permanent residence.

FAQ
What is the OINP?

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an Ontario immigration pathway under which prospective immigrants with the skills and expertise required by Ontario are nominated by the province for Canadian permanent residence.

What is the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream of the OINP?

Aligned with the federal Express Entry system, the OINP’s HCP stream is targeted at highly-qualified skilled workers that have the potential of making a positive contribution to the provincial labour market.

What are the federal Express Entry linked OINP streams?

Express Entry linked OINP streams are –

(1) Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream,

(2) French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW), and

(3) Skilled Trades (ST) stream.

I am an Express Entry candidate. How will a PNP nomination by the Ontario PNP program help me?

An Express Entry candidate that is successful in securing a PNP nomination will have 600 ‘additional’ points added to their CRS score, thereby guaranteeing that they would be invited by IRCC in the next federal draw to be held.

Is a connection to Ontario needed to be eligible for the OINP’s Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream?

No. A connection to Ontario is not mandatory in order to be eligible for the Express Entry-aligned HCP stream of the OINP.

Do I need a valid job offer to apply to the OINP’s HCP stream?

A job offer is not a pre-requisite to be eligible for the HCP stream of the OINP.

What are OINP Tech Draws?

Tech Draws are a new opportunity that come under the HCP stream of the OINP. The aim of the OINP Tech Draws is to identify people with technological skills in the IRCC Express Entry pool.

Are all tech occupations covered by the OINP Tech Draws?

6 tech occupations – NOC 2173, NOC 2174, NOC 2147, NOC 2175, NOC 2172, and NOC 0213 – are specifically targeted in the OINP Tech draws.

What is the main difference between the BC PNP Tech Pilot and the OINP Tech Pilot?

The BC PNP targets 29 key tech occupations. The OINP Tech Draws, on the other hand, have a list of 6 eligible tech occupations.

What is the OINP processing time?

The processing times vary from stream to stream. The processing time might be comparatively longer if more information or further clarification required.

How to get Canadian permanent residence via PNP?

Acquiring Canadian permanent residence through the PNP is a 2-step process.

Firstly, a nomination would have to be secured from the relevant provincial/territorial government.

Following the PNP nomination, the provincial nominee can then proceed to applying to IRCC for Canadian permanent residence.

What is the Regional Immigration Pilot of the OINP?

The OINP’s Regional Immigration Pilot is a 2-year pilot program that has the aim of spreading the benefits of economic immigration to the smaller communities in Ontario.

For Ontario pilot program, nominations under the OINP’s Job Offer category are set aside for applicants looking to settle in any of the pilot communities.

Which communities come under Ontario’s Regional Immigration Pilot?

Communities taking part in Ontario’s Regional Immigration Pilot are –

  • Chatham-Kent
  • City of Cornwall
  • Cities of Belleville and Quinte West

To be considered by the OINP for the Regional Immigration Pilot, a completed intake form would have to be submitted. CVs and resumes will not be accepted by the OINP.

Which OINP streams are operated under an EOI system?

OINP streams now operated under an EOI system –

(1) Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream

(2) Employer Job Offer: International Student stream

(3) Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream

(4) Masters Graduate stream

(5) PhD Graduate stream

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