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Why apply for OINP?

  • 100,000+ Job vacancies
  • The CRS score required is 400
  • Easy pathway to migrate to Canada
  • 43,624 immigrants invited in 2023
  • Houses nearly 40% of the total population of Canada

 

About Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario is the second-largest and most popular Canadian province. Nearly 40% of the entire population of Canada resides in Ontario. It is among the nine provinces and two territories in Canada that are a part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program.

Canadian PNP offers a route to Canadian permanent residence through the provincial and territorial governments.

Ontario PNP is officially called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Ontario nominates immigration candidates with the right skills and experience. The OINP Nomination Certificate can then be used to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

 

OINP streams

The OINP Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program offers four streams:

  • Human Capital Category
  • Masters or Ph.D. Category
  • Employer Job Offer Category
  • Business Category

 

Human Capital Category

The Ontario Human Capital Category (HCP) is divided into three subcategories.

The table given below has the eligibility requirements for HCP:

Category

Job offer required?

Express Entry profile

Additional Requirements

Human Capital Priorities Stream

No

Yes

Must have valid Express Entry profile.

Must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience.

Must have a bachelor’s, masters or PhD degree.

Language requirement: CLB level 7 or higher (English or French)

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

No

Yes

Must have valid Express Entry profile

Must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience

Must have a bachelor’s, masters or PhD degree

Language requirement: CLB level 7 or higher (French).

Skilled Trades Stream

No

Yes

Must have valid Express Entry profile

Must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience

Must have a valid certificate or licence (if applicable)

Must be currently living in Ontario and hold a valid work permit at the time of application

Language requirement: CLB level 5 or higher (English or French)

 

Masters or Ph.D. Category

Category

Job offer required?

Express Entry Profile

Additional Requirements

Masters Graduate Stream

No

No

Must have a masters degree from an eligible university in Ontario.

Language requirement: CLB level 7 or higher (English or French)

Must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years.

PhD Graduate Stream

No

No

Must have a PhD degree from an eligible university in Ontario.

Must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years.

 

Employer Job Offer Category

The Employer Job Offer category is divided into three categories.
The table given below has the eligibility requirements:

Category

Job offer required?

Additional Requirements

Foreign Worker Stream

Yes

Must have two years of work experience if occupation does not require license or other authorization

Pay must be higher than the median wage level for that occupation in Ontario

In-Demand Skills Stream

Yes

Job must be in an in-demand occupation

Must have nine months of work experience

Language requirement: CLB 4 or higher (English or French)

Must have a high school diploma

Pay must be higher than the median wage level for that occupation in Ontario

Skilled Trades Stream

Yes

Pay must be higher than the low wage level for that occupation in Ontario

Must have a two-year degree or diploma from a Canadian institution.

 

OINP Canada Eligibility

The eligibility requirements to apply for the Ontario provincial nominee program are as follows:

  • The eligibility requirements for Ontario PNP are as follows:
  • ECA (Educational Credential Certificate)
  • Educational qualifications: At least Bachelor’s degree
  • CRS score of 400
  • Sufficient proof of funds
  • At least 1 year of work experience
  • Proof of English Language proficiency  
  • An intention to live and work in Ontario , Canada

 

Latest OINP Updates

New requirement for OINP applications: Applicant Consent Form

Starting from February 26, 2024, all the applications submitted for the OINP program must include an Application Consent Form. The form must be correctly filled out, dated, signed by the primary applicant, applicant’s spouse and dependents (If applicable), and submitted along with the other documents. The Application Consent Form must be completed after receiving an NOI or ITA. 

 *Note:  Forms that are incomplete or have incorrect information will most likely get rejected and receive a refund of the fee.  

 

OINP to accept PTE Core as an English Language proficiency Test! 

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program will now accept PTE Core as an English language proficiency Test from January 30, 2024. Students who received a Notification of Interest (NOI)- or an Invitation to Apply (ITA) before January 30, 2024, will remain unaffected by the latest changes. 

The score equivalency chart between PTE and CLB scores is given in the table below:

CLB level

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

10

89-90

88-90

89-90

90

9

82-88

78-87

84-88

88-89

8

71-81

69-77

76-83

79-87

7

60-70

60-68

68-75

69-78

6

50-59

51-59

59-67

60-68

5

39-49

42-50

51-58

51-59

4

28-38

33-41

42-50

41-50

 

Steps to Apply for OINP

You can follow the simple steps given below to apply for OINP:

Step 1: Check you eligibility with the Y-Axis Canada Immigration point calculator.

Step 2: Review the selection criteria for OINP

Step 3: Sort out the requirements

Step 4: Apply for OINP

Step 5: Migrate to Ontario, Canada

 

Processing Time of OINP Streams

The IRCC has updated the application processing times for various immigration programs on May 2, 2024. The table given below has details of the updated processing times.

Application Type 
Revised processing times as of May 01st, 2024 
Federal Skilled workers:Online via Express Entry  5 months 
Canadian Experience Class:Online via Express Entry   5 months 
Provincial Nominees: Online via Express Entry  6 months
Provincial Nominee non-Express Entry   11 months 
Visitor Visa from inside Canada 23 days 
Study permit from outside Canada  14 weeks 
Spouse, common law or conjugal partner living outside Canada: outside Quebec 13 months 
Parents or grandparents outside Quebec 20 months 

 

 

Ontario PNP Draws in 2024

Month No. of draws Total no. of Invitations
June 4 434
May  0 0
April 1 211
March 9 11,092
February 4 6,638
January 6 8122

 

Total Ontario PNP Draws in 2023
Month  Number of Invitations issued
December 4,796
November 1,314
October  1,117
September  2,667
August  9,906
July 1,904
June 3,177
May 6,890
April 1,184
March 3,906
February 3,182
January  3,581
Total 43,624

 

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