Ontario PNP (OINP)

Ontario is a province in east-central Canada that borders the U.S. and the Great Lakes. It’s home to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, known for Parliament Hill’s Victorian architecture and the National Gallery, featuring Canadian and indigenous art. Toronto, Ontario’s capital, is home to the 553m-high CN Tower, with expansive views from its revolving restaurant, as well as High Park, site of a rare oak savannah habitat.

Ontario is by far the leading destination for newcomers to Canada. The province welcomes one-third of all newcomers each year. People chose to land in Ontario because of its job opportunities, high income and diverse population. In fact, more than half of those living in Toronto were born outside of Canada.

Ontario Immigration Categories

Human Capital Priority Category

The Human Capital Category is for skilled workers, French-speaking skilled workers and tradespersons. It is also for international graduates who graduated from an Ontario university with a Master’s or Ph.D. degree. No job offer is required to apply through this category.

The Human Capital Category itself divides into two sub-streams. One is the Ontario Express Entry. Programs in this sub-stream are enhanced. This means that they are linked with the Express Entry system.

  • Human Capital Priority Category includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class.
  • Skilled Trades Category is for individuals with relevant Ontario work experience in an eligible trade occupation.
  • French Speaking Skilled Worker category is for applicants for French-Speaking Skilled Worker who must have strong skills in both French and English.

 

The following programs fall into the Human Capital Category: International Graduates sub-stream. They are not aligned with Express Entry. An applicant must create a profile and register an Expression Of Interest.

  • Master’s Graduate Category
  • Ph. D. Graduate Category

 

Application Fee: CAD $1,500

Processing Time: 30-60 days

 

Employer Job Offer Category

Foreign Worker Stream is for skilled workers. 

The Processing Fee is $1500  if the job offer is from outside the GTA area, and $2000 if the job offer is from the GTA area.

Processing Time is 60-90 days.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a full-time, permanent job offer in an eligible occupation in Ontario;
  • Must have work experience, licence or other authorization that is required to perform the job;
  • Must intend to live in Ontario;
  • The employer must meet additional requirements (business, revenue, employment).
  • Must have two years of work experience if the occupation does not require a license or other authorization
  • Pay must be higher than the median wage level for that occupation in Ontario

 

In-Demand Skills Stream is for intermediate skilled workers in certain sectors, such as agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support workers.

The Processing Fee is $1500  if the job offer is from outside the GTA area, and $2000 if the job offer is from the GTA area.

Processing Time is 60-90 days.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a full-time, permanent job offer in an eligible occupation in Ontario;
  • Must have work experience, licence or other authorization that is required to perform the job;
  • Must intend to live in Ontario;
  • The employer must meet additional requirements (business, revenue, employment).
  • 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

 

Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot

The Regional Immigration Pilot works as part of the Employer Job Offer Category. The pilot helps Ontario attract and retain immigrants to rural and small communities in Ontario to fill labour shortages. It also supports the growth of the economy in these communities.

This pilot is for people who have a job offer from an employer in a pilot community. Ontario has 150 nomination spaces for 2021 available.

There are three pilot communities that are part of the Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot:

  • Chatham-Kent;
  • Cities of Belleville and Quinte West;
  • The city of Cornwall.

To be eligible to immigrate to Ontario through its Regional Immigration Pilot, you must:

  • Have a full-time, permanent job offer from an employer in one of the pilot communities;
  • Meet the criteria for one of the Employer Job Offer streams.

 

Business Category

This category has only stream under it:  Entrepreneur Stream

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have business experience of 24 months in the last 60 months
  • Must have a net worth of CAD $800,000 if the business will be located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) OR CAD $400,000 if the business will be located outside the GTA
  • Must make a minimum personal investment of CAD $600,000 if the business will be located in the GTA OR CAD $200,000 if the business will be located outside the GTA
  • Must control at least one-third of the equity in the business.
  • Must be actively involved in the management of the business
  • The main purpose of investing must be to make a profit
  • Must create at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents, if the business will be in GTA, OR one permanent full-time job if the business will be outside the GTA.

 

Application Fee: CAD $3,500

Processing Time: EOI Assessment: Less than 30 days