Opportunities Ontario: What happens after you apply

Applications to Opportunities Ontario are processed in the order in which they are received. Space is limited, and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.

If additional information is required to process your file, you will be contacted. Documents submitted to Opportunities Ontario during this process will not be returned.

It is important to remember that a number of factors may result in delay or denial of your application:

  • Illegible forms or applications
  • Incomplete forms or applications
  • Incomplete (or uncertified) translations

If your application is not successful, you will be notified by Opportunities Ontario. If your application is successful, you will receive a package of materials.

Approval of Opportunities Ontario applications

Employers are pre-screened by Opportunities Ontario.

What to do if you are approved

If your Pre-screen application is approved, you will receive an approval letter. You will also receive a Joint Verification form and Pre-screen Position form for each approved position. Prospective nominees can then visit the Forms and Guides page of this website to complete and download the nominee application form.

Important: Nominee applications must be received within 60 days

Your prospective nominees will have 60 days after the date of issue of the Pre-screen Position form to submit completed applications to Opportunities Ontario. The date of issue is located on the Employer Pre-Screen Approved Position form. If a nominee application is not received in connection with a position after 60 days, Opportunities Ontario may reassign the nominee position to a different employer.

If a prospective nominee cannot submit a completed application within 60 days, either the prospective nominee or the approved employer may, in writing to Opportunities Ontario, request an extension of 30 days, providing reasons for the extension request. Approval of an extension is discretionary and no further extension will be granted.

Checking on the status of your application

Opportunities Ontario will make every effort to process applications promptly, and has two processing targets:

  • Complete employer application packages will be processed within 90 days, on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Complete nominee application packages will be processed within 90 days, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Opportunities Ontario reserves the right to not respond to requests about the status of applications so that our time can be focused on the processing and finalization of applications under assessment. Please do not contact our office to inquire about the status of your application as this may result in delays in our ability to process applications.

For questions on the application process call Opportunities Ontario at
416-327-0374 or toll-free at 1-866-214-6820 (within North America only).

Helping your new employees settle in Ontario

In order to meet your need for skilled workers, you have recruited and hired new staff. But you also want to retain them. A key part of retaining foreign workers is helping them integrate into the workplace and the wider community.

Settling in a new country is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Ontario offers a world of opportunities to newcomers. This section provides employers with important information about settlement and integration.

Newcomers might need to find a place to live, enrol their children in school, arrange health insurance and maybe sign up for language classes. You can help them during these early stages by providing them with guidance and support.

Once your new employee has been nominated as a provincial nominee, encourage them to contact us at 416-327-0374 or toll-free at 1-866-214-6820 (within North America only) to receive important information about settling in Ontario. You may also wish to refer them to the useful information and guides found on the After You Arrive section of this website.

The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Welcome to Ontario guide also provides valuable information on living, learning and working in Ontario. This guide is available in English, French and 14 other languages.

When you are developing a plan to help your new employee get oriented and settled, consider some of the following questions:

  1. Where will your new employee live?
  2. How will your new employee commute to work?
  3. What questions will your new employee have about health care?
  4. Will he or she need to open a bank account?
  5. How will you communicate workplace safety and employment standards?
  6. Are there community agencies with services for newcomers nearby?
  7. Are language classes needed for your new employee or his or her family?
  8. How will the family enrol children in school?
  9. How will you prepare other employees for the arrival of your new employee?
  10. What information will you need to provide during the first days at work?

Additional information about hiring, integrating and retaining foreign workers and best practices can be found at Hire Immigrants.