About the Corporate Stream

The Corporate Stream application is a two-stage process. Please review the process overview before applying which can be found here. Additional information about each step of the application process is provided in the Corporate Stream Application Guide.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for this program if you have a viable business activity that will bring significant economic benefit to Ontario. If the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) approves your proposal, your key staff may apply for a temporary work permit in order to establish the business.

Your corporation and your key staff must meet all eligibility criteria in order to qualify under the Corporate Stream. A decision will be made based on an assessment of all parties.

Corporation Requirements:

  • Your corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application submission.
  • Eligible corporate structures include: public corporations, sole proprietorship, and partnerships.

Investment Requirements:

  • Your Corporation must make a minimum investment of $5 million to expand into Ontario or purchase an existing business in the province.
  • The source of investment funds must have been obtained from legal sources.
  • The proposed investment activity must be of significant economic benefit to Ontario.

Local Job Creation Requirements:

  • Your Corporation must create five (5) new permanent and full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents per key staff applicant. For example, if you are proposing five key staff, you must create 25 permanent and full-time jobs in the business for Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Ontario.
  • Positions must be paid at or above the prevailing wage level for that position.
  • A permanent and full-time job means a position that consists of a minimum of 1,560 hours of paid employment in a 12-month period.
  • The position must be continuously filled for at least 10 months prior to the submission of your Final Report.

General Requirements:

In addition to meeting the above requirements, your Corporation must also meet the following:

  • There must be a clear structural linkage between the parent Corporation and proposed new business in Ontario (e.g. a subsidiary, branch or affiliate of the Corporation).
  • The proposed business must intend to make a profit through the sale of goods and/or services.
  • Primary income sources must be from active (earned) income, not passive (unearned) income.  
  • The proposed business must comply with Canadian legal requirements and all regulatory industry and licensing requirements which govern its legitimate operation.
    • If purchasing an existing business, it must be incorporated in Ontario.
  • The proposed business must comply with all Ontario labour laws, including but not limited to employment standards, health and safety, and labour relations legislation.
  • The proposed business must be considered a permanent business in Ontario. Project-based/seasonal businesses are not considered eligible.
  • Third party investors must be a Schedule I or Schedule II bank or an institutional investor.
  • The proposed business must not be involved in an immigration-linked investment scheme pursuant to paragraph 87(5)(b) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).
  • You must submit a business plan.

Key Staff and Position Requirements:

Your Corporation may request up to five (5) key staff (prospective nominees) who will establish the business in Ontario and who may apply for nomination for permanent residency in Ontario. All key staff must meet Stage 1 requirements at the time of application. During Stage 2, key staff will need to meet additional nomination requirements, which are listed below.  

  • Stage 1: Key Staff Application Requirements
    • Key staff must be essential to the establishment and operation of the proposed business.
    • Key staff must be in a senior, executive, management or specialized knowledge capacity (National Occupation Classification [NOC] Skill Level 0 or Skill Type A) in your Corporation’s existing business.
    • Only one key staff applicant in a NOC Skill Type A position can be proposed. The remaining key staff positions must be in NOC Skill Level 0.
    • Key staff must have at least 36 months of experience in the last 60 months in the intended occupation (the position they will hold in the proposed business in Ontario) with your Corporation. The key staff must also be continuously working for your Corporation in that position in the immediate 12 months prior to the submission of the application.
    • Key staff must not have an immediate familial relationship with any member of your Corporation’s Executive Board or Board of Directors or shareholders with more than 10% equity in your Corporation.
    • Key staff must not hold or have held equity in your Corporation, except in the case where that equity has been obtained as part of the remuneration package as part of the employee contract, in which case the equity held by the key staff must be less than 10% of your Corporation’s business.
    • The key staff position in the proposed business in Ontario must be a permanent and full-time job and meet the prevailing wage levels.
  • Stage 2: Key Staff Nomination Requirements

1. Position Requirement:

  • Key staff must be in the position for which they were approved by the OINP and carrying out the approved job duties and be earning the prevailing wage for the position.

2. Residency Requirement:

  • Key staff must physically reside in Ontario for at least 75% of each year (9 months out of the year) that they are in Ontario on a temporary work permit to support the business.

3. Language Requirement:

  • Key staff must have a language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 or higher.

There are additional requirements if you are purchasing an existing business in Ontario or if you are planning to establish a land development or leasehold company in Ontario, which can be found in the Application Guide.

Please ensure that you carefully review the Corporate Stream Application Guide before you apply to ensure that you and your key staff meet all eligibility requirements and that you understand the application process, including how to develop a business plan.

Important: Please refer to the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 and its regulations for further details. To the extent that there is any discrepancy between this website and the Act and its regulations, the legislation takes precedence.

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