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Ontario is the most popular Canadian province and the landing destination for newcomers throughout the world. Ontario is home to 40% of the Canadians and the Ottawa, the capital city of Ontario, and Toronto, the largest city of Ontario. It’s the central base of Canada’s economy, political, and social life.
Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP) is the Provincial Nominee Program of Ontario. Ontario targets prospective immigrants with skills and experience to receive the provincial nomination certificate which allows them to apply for Canada permanent residence.
OINP accepts applications under the below categories:
Here is the status of the OINP Immigration Streams
Human Capital, Priorities Stream
Expected to open and close intermittently throughout 2018
French-Speaking, Skilled Worker Stream
Skilled Trades Stream
Foreign Workers Stream
In-Demand Skills Stream
Through this Stream, OINP nominates the eligible candidates from the Federal Express Entry Pool who have the required skills in factors such as education, language ability, skilled work experience, and other factors to economically establish and settle down in Ontario.
To get qualified, candidates must qualify for the federal Express Entry pool of IRCC, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, through the Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. Candidates must first receive an NOI (Notification of Interest) from OINP on the basis of their Express Entry Profile.
OINP select the candidates for sending NOI who:
Once the candidates get the NOI from OINP, then they will get the invitation for the online application to OINP under Human Capital Priorities Stream. The selected candidates will have 45 calendar days to apply to OINP under this stream.
Candidates applying under the HCPS through the Federal Skilled Worker Class must score 67 points based on the six selection factors of IRCC: education, age, work experience, adaptability, arranged employment in Canada, and English/French language skills, in addition to the minimum eligibility needs as mentioned above.
The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream of Ontario is for the French-Speaking Skilled workers who have strong language abilities in English and who want to work and live in Ontario permanently. This stream allows OINP to nominate the eligible candidates from the Express Entry Pool with required education, language abilities, skilled work experience, and other characteristics which can help in establishing and integrating the Labour market and communities of Ontario.
Candidates must qualify for IRCC Federal Express Entry pool through either Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC). They cannot apply directly. They first have to receive an NOI from OINP on the basis of their Express Entry profile. OINP will search for the potential candidates who meet the required criteria, from the Express Entry Pool of Candidates.
Candidates will then be invited to apply for OINP under the FSSWS. They will have 45 calendar days to apply for OINP and they will be notified if their application gets approved.
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements as mentioned above, candidates must meet the additional criteria mentioned below to be eligible under this stream
Candidates applying under the FSSWS through the FSWC must score 67 points based on the six selection factors of IRCC: education, age, work experience, adaptability, arranged employment in Canada, and English and/or French language skills, in addition to the minimum eligibility needs as mentioned above.
OINPs Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream allows Ontario to target skilled trades workers with employment experience in an eligible trade to reside permanently in Ontario through the Federal Express Entry system.
Candidates will get an additional 600 points towards their CRS score which will guarantee an ITA to Canada PR in subsequent draws from the pool.
Candidates interested in being eligible under OINPs Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream must:
In addition to the requirements mentioned above, candidates must also meet the provincial criteria as mentioned below:
The Employer Job Offer category of OINP allows the Ontarios employers to recruit foreign workers for skilled positions as classified the Canadian government in an occupation with NOC skill level O, A, or B. Employees might live in Canada or abroad at application time.
Both the employers and the foreign nationals have to demonstrate that they met the eligibility requirements to get the nomination certificate under this category. The employer who are eligible need to fill up an Employer form that will be submitted to the foreign workers application.
The applicant in order to be eligible as a foreign worker under the General Category of OINP, must:
Through the Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream, Ontario targets the workers in particular construction and agricultural occupations. This stream offers an opportunity to the foreign workers who have a job offer in a targeted trade, to live & work in Ontario permanently. It helps them establish & integrate into the labor market and communities of Ontario.
The job must be among the following occupations in NOC level C or D:
Residential and Commercial Installers and Services
Heavy Equipment Operators (except crane)
Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers
General Farm Worker
Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
Industrial Butchers, Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, Related Workers