One of the most prominent and desired provinces in terms of settling in is Ontario as it is the country’s most populous province and is home to the country’s capital, Ottawa, and the largest city, Toronto. The provincial nominee program for Ontario is called the Ontario Immigrant nominee program (OINP) which allows foreign workers, international students, and others with the right skills, experience, and education to apply for a nomination for permanent resident status in Ontario.

OINP comprises of three categories and each category is further divided into several streams:
  • Under the Employer job offer category, you must have a full-time and permanent job offer from an Ontario employer to qualify.
  • The Business category specifically caters to entrepreneurs from outside of Canada who are looking to implement a new business idea or buy and grow an existing business in Ontario.
  • Human capital Stream has two sub-categories, the international graduate streams, and Ontario’s Express Entry streams.
  • To qualify under International Graduate Stream, the candidate must have a master’s or Ph.D. degree from Ontario University and apply within two years of receiving the degree.
  • To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry stream, the candidate must have a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario.
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Application Process

Despite the various gateways offered by the OINP, there is a general application process. Specific to the individual’s eligible stream, the applicant must take the unique requirements into consideration while applying for OINP. The standard OINP application process is as follows:


Make sure that the eligibility requirements are met.


Once eligible for a particular stream, the candidate must file the application through the OINP e-filing portal for nomination by the Ontario government.


On receiving the nomination by the Ontario Government, the next step is to apply for permanent residency through IRCC.