Who Can Apply?

To be eligible, an employer must also meet the employer criteria and position offered to the applicant must meet the position criteria. The employer will attest to the employer and position criteria using the Employer Form. For the In-Demand Skills Stream, the employer is required to submit supporting documentation to confirm the information provided in the Employer Form.

Employer Criteria

  • Employers must have been in active business (corporations, limited partnerships and sole proprietorships) for at least 3 years.
  • Employers must have business premises in Ontario where the prospective nominee will work.
  • Employers must be in compliance with the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Employers inside of the Greater Toronto Area must have:
    • A minimum of $1,000,000 in gross annual revenue for the most recent fiscal year,
    • Five full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the location where the applicant will work.
  • Employers outside of the Greater Toronto Area must have:
    • A minimum of $500,000 in gross annual revenue for the most recent fiscal year,
    • Three full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the location where the applicant will work.

Position Criteria

To be considered for as an eligible position, the position must:

  • Be full-time position and of an indeterminate duration
    • Must consist of a minimum of 30 hours per week and at least 1,560 hours in a one year period.
  • Be in a eligible occupation:
  • Meet the median or low wage level for that occupation and region of Ontario.
  • For the Foreign Worker and In-Demand Skills Streams, the position must meet the median wage level for the occupation in the specific employment region of Ontario where the applicant will be working.
  • For the International Student Stream, the position must meet the low wage level for the occupation in the specific employment region of Ontario where the applicant will be working.
  • If the applicant is already working for the employer in the position, the wage of the job offer must also be equal to or greater than the wage level that the employer currently pays the applicant in that position.
  • Not affect the settlement of any labour dispute or affect the employment of a person involved in such a dispute.
  • Be necessary to the employer's business. This means that the job duties must be consistent with the business activities of the business.
  • The anticipated employment activities related to the position must occur primarily in Ontario.

Note: Employers may have to demonstrate sufficient proof of recruitment efforts if the applicant is an individual who currently lives abroad, is visiting Canada, or is working in a province or territory other than Ontario.


Important: Job Offers that are Not Eligible

Please note the job offer must not be for a position that:

  • is seasonal, or part-time regardless of hours worked; or
  • is a subcontractor, independent contractor and an agency position.

Important: Wage Requirements

The program does not consider remuneration by piece work, bonuses, commissions, vacation pay or non-financial compensation as part of a prospective nominee’s offered wage.  An employer may offer piece work, bonuses, commissions, or non-financial compensation in addition to base pay. However, these will not be considered part of the prospective nominee’s hourly or weekly base pay.

For more information about the eligibility criteria, please refer to the Employer’s Instructional Guide for Foreign Worker and International Student Streams or the Employer’s Instructional Guide for the In-Demand Skills Stream.   

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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