About Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario recognizes that employers play a critical role in our economic success. For many employers, newcomers to Ontario are a valuable source of skilled labour. If you are an Ontario employer having difficulty finding the workers you need, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program may be the program for you.

What is it?

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an economic immigration program designed to help Ontario meet its labour market and economic development priorities. The program allows Ontario to nominate, for permanent residence, individuals who have the skills and experience to contribute to Ontario’s economy, and assists employers in recruiting and retaining foreign workers.

The OINP is operated by the province of Ontario in partnership with the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The OINP assesses applications and nominates candidates for permanent residence. Individuals nominated by the OINP can then apply for permanent residence through IRCC, IRCC makes the final decision on each application and issues permanent resident visas to successful applicants. 

How do employers participate?

This program allows employers to:

  • Apply for the approval of permanent, full-time positions to be filled by foreign nationals
  • Recruit foreign nationals to fill those positions.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is designed in part to assist employers who are having difficulty recruiting qualified, skilled workers in Ontario.

Approved employers can recruit foreign workers through the General Category and the International with a Job Offer.

Individuals applying through the International Masters Graduates and the International PhD Graduates streams can apply directly to OINP

How do investors participate?

The program allows investors to have key employees obtain permanent resident status.

Endorsed investors can recruit foreign workers through the General Category.

How do individuals participate?

Once they are recruited by an employer, individuals who meet all of the OINP requirements may be nominated by the province for permanent residence as Provincial Nominees. Individuals applying in the International Students: Masters Graduate or PhD graduates stream can apply directly to OINP.

Nominated individuals must then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC then performs important admissibility checks for health and security in order to grant permanent residence to applicants. Nominees can also apply to IRCC for a temporary work permit while their permanent residence application is being processed.

Applying for immigration can seem complicated when both the Provincial and Federal Governments play a role in the process. To learn more about the Province of Ontario’s role and the Government of Canada’s role in processing permanent residence applications for Provincial Nominees, visit the Nominees: What’s Next section of our website.


This website provides details on Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The Government of Ontario reserves the right to change any aspect of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, including any time limits, nomination categories, eligibility criteria, distribution of nominations by category and supporting documentation requirements, at any time and without notice.