Opportunities Ontario: Employers
If you are an Ontario employer finding it difficult to recruit the skilled workers you need, Opportunities Ontario may be the program for you.
Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program helps employers meet their human resource needs for workers, by enabling them to recruit foreign workers and international students. Opportunities Ontario has a target of 1,000 nominations in 2012.
New! Simplified Application
If you are an employer who previously applied successfully to the program, Opportunities Ontario has made it easier for you to apply again. Previously approved employers are no longer required to submit supporting documents unless there are changes that may affect the employer’s eligibility for Opportunities Ontario. Please note that Opportunities Ontario reserves the right to request updated documentation. You will find the Pre-Screen Application for Previously Approved Employers on this website.
Smart Employer Application Forms
We have made it easier for employers to complete our application forms. The “smart” application form has help messages that are useful in filling out sections of the form. This feature is available for the Employer Pre-Screen Application Form and Pre-Screen Application Form for Previously Approved Employers.
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About the process
Employers first apply for approval of the positions they intend to fill. If the positions are approved, employers then recruit individuals who must apply to Opportunities Ontario for a nomination. Eligible individuals are nominated, along with their dependants, for permanent resident status.
Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program is designed in part to assist employers who are having difficulty recruiting qualified, skilled workers in Ontario. Applications from employers who are seeking positions for foreign workers residing abroad, or foreign workers who are visiting Canada, will receive priority processing if those employers have tried to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents located in Ontario for those positions before applying to the program.
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We want to hear from you
Do you have more questions? Visit our Questions and Answers section and find information in other languages. You will also find the Employer Pre-Screen Application and other forms on this website.
About using a representative
Applicants are not required to hire a representative. All applications are treated equally, regardless of whether or not they were prepared with the assistance of an authorized representative. Opportunities Ontario reserves the right to contact the employer or prospective nominee directly regarding the application, if the program considers this necessary.
If you do choose to use a representative, you must use an authorized representative. Opportunities Ontario follows Canadian government regulations requiring all paid immigration representatives to meet the definition of “authorized representative”. This means that Opportunities Ontario will only conduct business with paid immigration representatives who are the following:
- Immigration consultants who are members in good standing, with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). (For program rules during the transition period, please visit the Program Updates page)
- Lawyers who are licensees in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society and students-at-law under their supervision, and
- Quebec notaries.