Before You Arrive
Moving to Ontario is one of the most important choices you will ever make. This section gives you information to help guide you. It includes what you need to know about housing, health care, how to find a job, enter a profession or trade, start a business or go to school.
Ontario is a land of opportunity. It is a prosperous, democratic society built by the hard work of generations of immigrants. We hope that you will decide to make Ontario your new home.
Our people are our greatest asset, and we welcome the talent and energy that newcomers bring to our province. In return, we offer opportunities and a quality of life that are second to none.
You may be eligible to receive free in-person or on-line pre-arrival services to help you adjust to life in Canada, find a job and other free settlement services, once you arrive. These services are funded by the Government of Canada.
The Come to Canada will provide you with the requirements to enter Canada that apply to your personal situation. The Come to Canada Tool is provided by the Canadian federal government.
Visit Job Bank to obtain information and referrals to help you prepare to work, specific to where you live (or plan to live) in Canada.
If you want to move to Ontario, this section provides practical information on the immigration process. The Government of Canada decides who can come to Canada. This section of the website tells you how to apply to immigrate and explains the different categories (known as classes) of immigrants, family sponsorship, refugee status and similar issues.
This section also suggests things you can do to make your arrival easier. For example, you can read the guide Welcome to Canada: What you should know. It is full of useful information.
In order to make your move easier, you may also want to learn about the weather in Ontario before you arrive.
From the world’s longest street to the world longest freshwater beach, there’s always more to discover in Ontario. Explore your new home.
Advisory Notice: Paid Representatives
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration is aware that, in the past, some individuals considering immigration to Ontario have paid large fees to persons who may have provided incorrect or fraudulent advice.
Individuals who are considering hiring a paid representative to assist them with immigration matters processed by the by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and/or the Canadian Government should be aware the federal government’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations state that only authorized representatives may charge fees to represent an individual in an immigration application. The OINP applies this rule.
Section 13.1 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations states, "…no person who is not an authorized representative may, for a fee, represent, advise or consult with a person who is the subject of a proceeding or application before the Minister, an officer or the Board."
As of June 30, 2011, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the regulator of immigration consultants. Immigration consultants in good standing with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) on June 30, 2011, can begin to register with the ICCRC.
For more information about representatives, how to choose a representative, what services they may offer and frequently asked questions, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Global Experience Ontario offers resources for internationally educated professionals to become licensed in Ontario.
Important Links You Will Find in this Section
Find a Job will suggest valuable tools to help prepare you for your job search in Ontario.
Work in Your Profession provides information to newcomers about getting licensed to work in the jobs in which they’ve been trained.
Build ON is an initiative offering specialized information and orientation to individuals relocating to Ontario and showing an interest in working in the Skilled Trades.