Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: How to Apply

The Employer Pre-screen Application form is available for free download here.

  • Employer Pre-screen Application form (Required)
  • Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form (Optional)

Detailed instructions for completing the Employer Pre-Screen application form and the Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form can be found in the Employer Application Guide.
Employers who have applied to OINP and were approved in the previous 12 months may use the Employer Pre-screen Application for Previously Approved Employers available here. Information on completing this form can also be found in the Employer Application Guide.

Supporting Documents

The completed Employer Pre-screen Application form must be accompanied by a number of supporting documents which will help establish that the employer meets OINP eligibility criteria. Employers can use this checklist to ensure that they have all of the supporting documents required.

Important: Document Translation

If a supporting document is not in English or French, the applicant must provide a copy of the document and a complete, certified translation of the document.

If the applicant is applying from within Ontario, the translations must be completed by a certified translator accredited by the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO).  For more information on certified translators in Ontario, visit http://www.atio.on.ca

If the applicant is applying from outside Ontario, the translation can be completed by any translator. However, the translation must be notarized. OINP reserves the right to require applicants to submit translations completed by a certified translator accredited by ATIO if the notarized translation is deemed insufficient by officers assessing the application.

Applications with translations that are not complete, certified or notarized are considered incomplete and will not be processed.

Translations that are completed by the applicant, the applicant’s representative, or other individuals with personal ties to the applicant are not acceptable in any case even if these individuals are certified translators.

Supporting documents:
Criteria Supporting Documents

Minimum # of Employees

Inside GTA:
Five (5) permanent full-time employees

Outside GTA:
Three (3) permanent full-time employees

Copy of:

Revenue Canada T4 Summary for previous fiscal year. Employers may submit other evidence to support the number of employees with their company (i.e. Ceridian or ADP report) in lieu of a T4 Summary.

Companies with 10 full-time employees* or less (regardless of being inside or outside the GTA or the number of positions requiring approval) must provide a list of the current permanent full-time employee positions as per the template provided in the application form (See Section 3.1: Part A).

Note that only Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents can be considered part of the Employer's permanent, full-time staff.

Minimum gross annual revenue of $1,000,000 (inside of the GTA) and three years of continuous business operation in Canada.

Minimum gross annual revenue of $500,000 (outside of the GTA) and three years of continuous business operation in Canada.

Copy of:

Revenue Canada Schedules 125 (Income Statement Information) and 141 (Accounting Practitioner Information) for the past three years;


Company’s financial statements for the past three fiscal years, signed by a Certified Accountant (C.A.), Certified Management Accountant (C.M.A.) or Certified General Accountant (C.G.A.)

Proof of premises in Ontario

“Proof of premises” refers to the location where prospective nominee will actually work. The employer’s head office or other regional office is not considered “proof of premises” unless the prospective nominee will work at that location.

Copy of:

Deed to the property comprising the premise; showing the employer as owner, plus the latest tax document listing the company address;


A valid lease or offer of lease, or license, or valid notice of license registered on title; and landlord/licensor’s name, address and telephone number.

Not affect the settlement of any labour dispute or affect the employment of a person involved in such a dispute, or adversely affect employment or training opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Ontario.

Applies only to employers recruiting an individual who currently lives abroad, is visiting Ontario or is visiting/working in a province or territory other than Ontario.

Proof of recruitment efforts:

Suggested documents that can be included:

  • copy of all advertising efforts made to recruit a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident for the position,
  • a summary of recruitment efforts including the number of individuals that applied, the number interviewed and the specific reasons why they did not hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position if one applies.

OINP will assess the requirement that companies must be in compliance with all provincial labour laws using information shared by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. However, employers may be requested to provide additional supporting documents to demonstrate compliance.

Officers assessing the application may request other documents not listed above if they deem that these documents are necessary to assess the application. Failure to provide the requested documents in the timelines requested by officers will result in the refusal of the application.

Important: Privacy and Confidentiality

Although the employer may consider some information in the application form or the supporting documents submitted to OINP to be proprietary or confidential, any such material may be disclosed to a third party, in accordance with the employer’s consent, and where required by law or if required by a court or tribunal.

For a step-by-step guide to completing the Employer Pre-Screen application, please see the Employer Application Guide (link to Forms and Guides).

Submitting the Complete Application Package

Completed Pre-screen Application packages will include the following:

  • Pre-screen Application form (required)
  • Supporting Documents (use the checklist in the application form)
  • Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form (if applicable)

Submit this completed application package by mail, courier or personal delivery to:

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
400 University Avenue, Ground Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2R9

Incomplete Employer Pre-screen Applications will not be accepted by OINP and will be returned to the employer.

The application may be deemed incomplete if:

  • Application form is illegible or incomplete (all fields must be completed and questions that are not applicable should be marked “N/A”),
  • Required Supporting Documents are not provided, or
  • Documents requiring translation are not certified or notarized.

Employers submitting applications in person must note that reception staff are not authorized to provide application advice or review applications for completeness.  When submitting the application in person, applicants must place the complete application package in a dropbox in the reception area. Applicants will receive correspondence from OINP by mail.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) endeavours to send acknowledgement letters as soon as possible after receiving an application. Due to the large volume of applications received in 2016, it is taking longer for the OINP to acknowledge receipt. Please be advised that you will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your application when it is reviewed for completeness. We will notify once we begin assessment of your application and once a decision is made.

We kindly request that you wait until after you receive notification that your application is in assessment before contacting the OINP to inquire about the status of your application. This will allow OINP staff to focus on processing applications.
Please note that applications to the OINP are processed on a first come, first served basis. Processing is taking longer than usual due a large number of applications in the program’s inventory. The OINP appreciates your patience as we work diligently to process the high volume of applications received.

Case-specific status inquiries must be made in writing and addressed to OINP at ontarionominee@ontario.ca or sent by mail to the address above.
Enquiries made within 90 calendar days of the date the application was received by OINP will not be answered as this period is the usual processing period for applications and Program resources will be concentrated on completing application evaluations.


Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program gives applicants an opportunity to seek a review of the denial decision of their application. This process is called Reconsideration.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s reconsideration process is in place to provide applicants recourse to the denial of their case should they feel an error was made by the program. Written request for reconsideration must be made within 30 calendar days of the date on the denial letter and must identify what error(s) you believe was/were made in the assessment of your application. The error(s) you identify must be related to the stated reason(s) for the denial of your application.

Reconsideration requests are reviewed by an official who was not involved in the original decision and who occupies a higher position than the original decision-maker. The reconsideration decision is final.

Please note that a reconsideration request will consider eligibility at the time of the original application. A decision will not be reconsidered on the basis of a change in circumstances from the time of application submission and will not take into consideration new information or documentation that was not submitted to the program during initial application assessment. In these instances nominee applicants should submit a new application to the program. Nominee applicants submitting a new application are required to pay the application fee for the new application.