Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates
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February 23, 2017
Please note that the International Masters Graduate Stream has reached its registration intake limit at this time. No registrations can be accepted through this stream at this time.
The OINP will resume accepting applications for this stream within the next three months. Please check the OINP Updates webpage on May 1, 2017 for an update on when this stream will likely reopen.
To ensure processing efficiency and quality customer service, the OINP is monitoring the volume of applications to the International Masters Graduate, International PhD Graduate, and Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities streams throughout the year. These streams will be paused and reopened periodically until the province’s 2017 federal allocation is fulfilled. Stakeholders will be informed when streams are temporarily paused and reopened via the OINP Updates page.
If you have successfully created a registration for the International Masters Graduate Stream and received a confirmation number from the OINP e-Filing System, you may continue with your application. You have seven calendar days to complete your application after registering.
Other temporarily paused streams will reopen in the coming months.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information on the OINP.
Please monitor this OINP Updates page for news, announcements and program developments.
February 22, 2017
ONe-key Enrolment Number and PIN issue
Please note: Some users of the OINP eFiling system are being redirected to a ONe-key page asking for an “Enrollment Number and PIN”. This is a system error.
If you are redirected to the page asking for an “Enrollment Number and PIN”, please follow these steps:
1. Go to the Stream’s application webpage
- Masters Stream
- PhD Stream
- Human Capital Priorities Stream
- French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Entrepreneur Stream
2. Click on the link to submit an application online:
- “ Submit an application for the Masters Graduate Stream “
- “ Submit an application for the PhD Graduate Stream “
- “ Submit an application for the Human Capital Priorities Stream “
- “ Submit an application for the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream “
- “ Register an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the OINP Entrepreneur Stream“
3. Set up a NEW ONe-key registration by clicking: “Don't have a ONe-key ID? Sign up now!”
4. After registering a new ONe-key account, you should be directed automatically into the OINP eFiling system.
5. If these actions do not resolve the issue, please repeat these steps.
The ONe-key system is currently experiencing performance and stability issues. You may need to repeat these steps several times before it is possible to access the OINP eFiling system.
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration is working to resolve this issue as soon as possible and will provide updates through the OINP Updates webpage. We apologize for the inconvenience.
February 21, 2017
Re: International Masters and PhD Graduate Streams and Human Capital Priorities Stream now open
The OINP is also reopening the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. The OINP is now identifying qualified applicants from the federal government’s Express Entry pool and will issue Notifications of Interest to applicants that meet the criteria.
The OINP has also launched online application systems for these streams to improve customer service, help improve processing times and make it easier to apply
To ensure processing efficiency and quality customer service, the OINP will be monitoring the volume of applications to each of these streams. These streams will be paused and reopened periodically throughout the year until the province’s 2017 federal allocation is fulfilled. Stakeholders will be informed when streams are temporarily paused and reopened again via this OINP Updates page.
Please refer to the application guides for further details on applying to each of these streams: International Masters Graduate Stream; International PhD Graduate Stream; and Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.
New for the International Masters Graduate Stream
Changes have been made to the International Masters Graduate Stream. Applicants can now apply if they are residing in Ontario or abroad, and have the option of obtaining their language test through the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).
The OINP is committed to improving its client experience and online application systems. For example, the OINP is reviewing its employer-driven streams to better respond to employer needs, and help improve processing times. Online application systems are also being developed over the coming months for the employer-driven streams, and will be in place as these streams reopen.
Please monitor this OINP Updates page for news, announcements and program developments.
February 16, 2017
Re: International Masters and PhD Graduate Streams and Human Capital Priorities Stream to reopen next week with online application systems
Next week, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will be reopening and launching online applications for the:
1) International PhD Graduate Stream
2) International Masters Graduate Stream, and
3) Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.
For the international student streams, eligible applicants must have graduated from a publicly funded Ontario university.
For more efficient processing of applications, the International PhD Graduate, International Masters Graduate, and Human Capital Priorities streams will pause and reopen periodically.
New for International Masters Graduate Stream
When this stream reopens, eligible applicants will now be able to apply if they are residing outside Ontario. Applicants will also now have the option of using an alternate service provider to obtain their language test.
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
When this stream reopens, the OINP will begin searching the federal government’s Express Entry pool for qualified applicants and issue Notifications of Interest.
Please check this webpage for further updates on February 21, 2017.
January 23, 2017
RE: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has launched a new online application process to make it easier to apply to the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and to help improve processing times for applicants.
Our ministry is committed to improving its application and business systems with a focus on enhancing client service. Additional online application systems are being developed over the coming months.
Visit our French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information.
Please refer to the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Application Guide for further details on this stream
Please monitor the OINP updates webpage for news, announcements and new developments in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
Ontario is dedicated to celebrating and furthering the 400 years of Francophone culture in our province, and we are working towards meeting the Ontario Immigration Strategy’s goal of five per cent Francophone immigration.
In November 2016, members of the Group of Experts on Francophone Immigration submitted a report to help guide our efforts and resources to increase Francophone immigration to Ontario.
We have already started to implement some of the recommendations, with an early focus on international promotion and attraction.
Note: If you received a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario before January 23, 2017, you may submit a paper application to the OINP by mail. For instructions on how to submit a paper application and to access the application form and corresponding Application Guide, please click here . If you received a NOI after January 23, 2017, you must submit your application online.
January 12, 2017
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has fulfilled its 2016 federal nomination allocation.
The OINP will continue to process applications already received. Any additional nominations will go towards Ontario’s 2017 allocation.
Please note that the temporary pause on the intake of applications for the following streams is still in effect: Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry), Employer Pre-screen, International Student (Masters Graduate) and International Student (PhD Graduate).
The OINP will continue to introduce online application systems in 2017 to make it easier for clients to apply and improve processing times.
Please monitor this OINP update webpage for news, announcements and new developments in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
For more information on the OINP, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
November 28, 2016
On November 14, 2016, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to the Express Entry System. These changes take effect on November 19, 2016. The changes include:
- Awarding Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points to those who have completed high school-level or higher education in Canada,
- Lowering CRS points awarded for those with job offers, and
- Lengthening the time candidates have to submit an application for permanent residence after they receive an invitation to apply.
Please visit the IRCC website for details about the changes to Express Entry.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has two streams that are used in conjunction with the Express Entry system: the Human Capital Priorities Stream and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. To qualify for these streams you must have successfully submitted a profile for the Express Entry system, and maintained your eligibility for Express Entry throughout the processing of your OINP application.
Those who have applied to the Human Capital Priorities Stream must also maintain a CRS score of 400 or above during the processing stage(s) of their OINP application, and during the subsequent federal Express Entry processing stages.
Please note that the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has placed a temporary pause on the intake of applications for the Human Capital Priorities Stream. However, all applications received before the pause will be processed to completion.
August 23, 2016
Re: Entrepreneur Stream
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has launched an online application process to make it easier to register an Expression of Interest (EOI), make it easier to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream if invited, and improve processing times for applicants.
EOIs that were received before 11:59 p.m. EDT, August 28, 2016, will be part of the first draw. Results of the first draw will be announced in the coming days.
Draws occur periodically throughout the year with results from each draw posted online. EOIs are valid for a period of one year (12 months) from the date of receipt. Entrepreneurs are welcome to submit another EOI if they are not invited to apply before their EOI expires. Please refer to the Entrepreneur Stream Guide for more information.
Our ministry is committed to improving its application and business systems. Additional online application systems are being developed over the coming months.
Please monitor the OINP update webpage for news, announcements and new developments in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
For more information on the Entrepreneur Stream, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
August 2, 2016
Update to the Three Years of Active Business Requirement for Employer Applications
Employers must demonstrate that they have been in active business (corporations, limited partnerships and sole proprietorships) for at least 3 years before submitting an application to the OINP. This includes recently amalgamated corporations who are able to demonstrate that:
- the business (including one of the predecessor businesses) has been in continuous operation for three years;
- that the job-offers to potential nominees are still valid; and
- that the restructuring does not affect the employment opportunities of Ontarians.
In order to demonstrate that they meet the above criteria, employers who have been amalgamated in the past three years are required to provide the following documents.
- A written statement explaining the need for foreign workers if layoffs occurred as a result of the amalgamation.
If the amalgamation took place prior to the submission of, or approval of, the employer application, the employer must provide:
- Revenue Canada Schedules 125 (Income Statement Information) and 141 (Accounting Practitioner Information) OR the company’s financial statements signed by a certified accountant for the pre-amalgamated and post-amalgamated corporations covering the three years prior to the application being submitted.
- Revenue Canada T4 Summary for the pre-merger and post-merger corporations covering the three years prior to the application being submitted
If an amalgamation took place after an employer application is approved, the employer must also provide an updated job offer letter for each position. The new offer must match the key information that was approved by the program during the employer pre-screen application process. Specifically the position must:
- be permanent and full time;
- be the same National Occupational Classification (NOC) code as the previous offer;
- offer the same wage or a higher wage as the previous offer; and
- be for the same number of hours as the previous offer.
Please note: on May 9, 2016 the OINP temporarily paused intake of new pre-screen applications (see program update for May 9, 2016). The guidance above applies only to applications received by the Program prior to May 9, 2016.
May 30, 2016
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: Fraudulent Calls
Some members of the public have received fraudulent calls from an OINP phone number (416-327-0374) requesting payment of funds, and threatening deportation. These calls are not being made by OINP staff. This may be a case of Call ID spoofing which is used by individuals to disguise their phone number to appear as someone else.
OINP never contacts clients by phone to collect funds.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, social insurance number (SIN), mother's maiden name, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls.
OINP recommends that if you have concerns about the legitimacy of a call, you should ask for the name of the agent calling, and then email the OINP at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm whether the call was genuine.
Anyone receiving a telephone call from an OINP phone number demanding payment should hang up immediately and contact their local police and notify OINP. You may also report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by telephone at 1-888-495-8501 or through their website: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
May 9, 2016
As a result of changes Ontario has made to more closely align the streams of the program with the needs of its labour market, the province has already received the sufficient number of OINP applications to meet its 2016 federal allocation. This is further proof that Ontario remains a very sought after destination for highly-skilled workers.
Following the lead of other jurisdictions, Ontario has made the responsible decision to place a temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams. Other provinces have also done this in the past after fully maximizing their allotments. It’s important to note that lower-volume streams of the OINP and other options continue to be available.
- Ontario stopped sending Notifications of Interest (NOIs) for the OINP Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry) stream effective February 16, 2016.
- Ontario temporarily paused the intake of new applications for the following select, high-volume OINP streams effective 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016:
- Employer Pre-screen
- International Student – Masters Graduate stream
- International Student – PhD Graduate stream
- All applications for the Employer Pre-screen and International Students (Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate) streams sent after 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016 will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant along with the unprocessed payment.
- The OINP will continue to accept applications from Foreign Worker and International Student with a Job Offer applicants as Employer Pre-screen applications are assessed. Only those Foreign Worker and International Student with a Job Offer applicants whose job offer has been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process may apply to the OINP. These applicants will have 60 days from the date of the Employer Pre-screen approval letter to apply to either of these streams.
- The OINP continues to accept and process applications for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream and the Corporate stream. The OINP also continues to accept Expressions of Interest for the Entrepreneur stream.
- Ontario remains a top destination for workers and their families from all over the world.
- Ontario anticipates that it will receive its 2017 nomination allocation from the federal government before the end of November 2016, and the province expects to be in a position to accept applications for some streams in six months.
- Given the positive effect of the program on Ontario’s economy, the province continues to engage the federal government on nominee numbers.
There are many ways to immigrate to Ontario:
- The federal government determines the maximum number of nominations Ontario can award annually. Each year, there are about 300,000 immigrants that come to Canada. Of these, Ontario is allowed to select 5,500 through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) in 2016. This program, which represents only 1.8 per cent of total immigration to Canada, is targeted towards filling labour market gaps with skilled workers. It is just one option for immigrating to Ontario.
- Please visit the specific webpages for those streams that are still accepting applications or expressions of interest: French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, Corporate stream and Entrepreneur stream.
- In addition, other options are available from the federal government.
Please monitor the OINP update webpage for news, announcements and new developments with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
We’re improving our system:
Ontario is committed to providing an efficient and streamlined application processing system. Improvements to the OINP application process will be implemented in the coming months – including a move to an online application processing system. Our goal is to make it easier to apply, and to improve processing times.
April 8, 2016
Update to the Settlement Fund Requirement for Ontario Express Entry and Masters Graduates
All applicants to the Masters Graduate Stream and the Ontario Express Entry Streams (Human Capital Priorities and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker) must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds and/or income to cover settlement costs in Ontario for themselves and their dependant family members. For more information, please review the “Settlement Funds” section of the applicable guide.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) determines settlement fund requirements based on the Low Income Cut-Offs (LICO) for different family sizes. These amounts are updated every year by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You can find the new LICO requirements here.
For applicants who have applied on or after May 6, 2016: please ensure that your application package contains supporting information which demonstrates you meet the new settlement funds requirement.
For applicants who have submitted an application prior to May 6, 2016: your application will be evaluated against the settlement funds requirement that was in place at the time of application. That is, you will need to meet the LICO requirement of 2015. Please note that applicants of the Ontario Express Entry Streams may be refused by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) when they apply for permanent resident status if they do not meet the new 2016 LICO.
# of Family Members*
Funds Required (minimum)
|7 or more||$32,191|
*Note that the number of family members includes both accompanying and non-accompanying dependents.
March 4, 2016
Clarification: Wage Requirements
The OINP expects that the employee will receive pay for hours worked according to the information provided by the employer. The OINP requires that an employer’s wage offer to a prospective nominee be described on the basis of the individual’s hourly wage expressed as either a) hourly pay and hours per year, or b) weekly pay and weeks per year. This allows the program to verify that prospective nominees will be appropriately remunerated.
Please note: The program does not consider remuneration by piece work, bonuses, commissions, vacation pay or non-financial compensation as comprising part of a prospective nominee’s offered wage. An employer may offer a prospective nominee 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. Additionally, the hourly or weekly base pay offered to the prospective nominee must meet or exceed the prevailing wage (for the Foreign Worker Stream) or entry-level wage (for the International Student with a Job Offer Stream) established by occupation and region on the federal government’s Job Bank website.
February 29, 2016
The OINP collects credit card information to verify an applicant’s residency history and/or assess an applicant’s intention to settle in Ontario.
This update provides guidelines on the submission of credit card information to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Please note that documents containing sensitive credit card information must be redacted to be accepted by the OINP. To sufficiently redact the sensitive information from your credit card statement, please do the following:
- Using a black marker, block out the entire cardholder account number on all pages of your credit card statements or other documents containing this information, if applicable.
- Photocopy the document(s) after you have blocked out all appearances of the cardholder account number and security code, if applicable.
- Submit the photocopied document(s) only, not the originals.
Applicants should not submit credit card statements unless they are specified to do so in the application guide/form or are otherwise requested to do so by program staff to support an application.
Where the program requests supplemental financial information to support an application, applicants are asked to remove any credit card information prior to forwarding to OINP.
Please be advised that the OINP cannot accept redacted documents containing credit card information via email or fax. Redacted documents containing credit card information must be forwarded via mail/courier or dropped off in person at the OINP offices.
Effective March 30th, 2016, application submissions that contain documents with credit card information that lack sufficient redaction will be returned to applicants as incomplete submissions because these documents cannot be accepted by OINP.
January 20, 2016
Entrepreneur Stream Criteria Clarification – Updated Guide
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Entrepreneur Stream Guide has been updated to clarify the minimum business experience requirement.
Entrepreneurs and their business partner (if applicable) are required to have a minimum of 36 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months. Entrepreneurs and their business partner are not required to have spent the last 12 months in either active general business administration or in an area of expertise related to the proposed business opportunity provided they meet the minimum requirement of 36 months in the last 60 months of full-time business experience.
This clarification has no impact on the Expression of Interest (EOI) submission process. EOIs already submitted will not be impacted. Please note that meeting the minimum business experience requirement, or other minimum requirements, does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream.
The updated OINP Entrepreneur Stream Guide can be found here and is effective immediately.
Please keep checking this website for further program updates.
January 11, 2016Individuals submitting an application to either of Ontario‘s Express Entry streams – the Human Capital Priorities Stream or the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for education obtained outside of Canada. An ECA report is used to verify that education obtained abroad meets the education requirements of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s (OINP) Express Entry streams.
All applicants to the OINP must provide an original ECA report or a copy of the report as part of their application package. Further, the process for individuals to authorize an ECA granting organization to share information with the OINP differs by organization. Please review the information below to learn more about the process for the organization with which you have an ECA or to which you will be applying for an ECA.
If you have any specific questions about the process for getting an ECA, or about how to provide authorization to share your ECA results with the OINP, please contact the ECA granting organization with which you are working.
Please also note that the information in this program update supersedes information found in the OINP application guides and forms for the Human Capital Priorities Stream and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
Comparative Education Service (CES)
Applicants to the OINP must submit a copy of their CES ECA report and must authorize CES to share the results of their ECA with the OINP by filling out the following consent form: http://learn.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Release-Information-Designate-OR-Withdraw-Representation.pdf.
If you have not yet applied for an ECA you should include the consent form as part of your ECA application package. If you have already submitted an application package for an ECA, you should fill out the form and send it to the CES by email. Please include your CES file number in the email.
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
Applicants to the OINP must submit a copy of their ICAS ECA report. The ECA report must be included as part of your OINP application package. If it is not included, your application will be considered incomplete and will be returned to you.
Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
Applicants to the OINP must submit a copy of their MCC ECA report and must grant the MCC authority to share their information with the OINP. To do this, you must go to your physiciansapply.ca account and send an email to the MCC service desk which gives consent for the MCC to share your ECA report with the OINP. Please be sure to enter “Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program” in the subject line of the email.
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)
Applicants to the OINP must include the original ECA report issued by PEBC as part of the application package to the OINP. If it is not included, your application will be considered incomplete and will be returned to you.
World Education Services (WES)
All applications to the OINP must include a copy of the applicant’s WES ECA report.
You must also authorize WES to share the results of your ECA report with the OINP:
- If you already have an ECA
If you have an existing WES ECA report, you must order a duplicate of the report at: https://www.wes.org/ca/apply/xcopycic.asp. The “Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, MCI” must be indicated as the recipient of the report.
- If you do not have an ECA
If you are applying for the first time for an ECA report, you must select the “Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, MCI” as a recipient of the report.
December 18, 2015
Full eligibility criteria and application guidelines for the new Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Business Category – Corporate and Entrepreneur Streams are now available.
OINP is now accepting applications under the Corporate Stream. For more information, please visit the Corporate Stream section.
Interested entrepreneurs can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in the Entrepreneur Stream. For more information, please visit the Entrepreneur Stream section.
November 24, 2015
Express Entry is an Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) application management system to manage permanent resident applications for skilled migration to Canada.
Ontario uses Express Entry (EE) to select potential nominees for permanent residence under two Ontario Express Entry Streams.
It has come to our attention that technical issues may have resulted in candidates not receiving Notification of Interest (NOI) though they believe they meet the criteria for Ontario’s Express Entry streams. If you believe you fall into this category and have not received an NOI within one month of submitting your EE profile, we encourage you to create a new profile in the EE system. If you create a new EE profile, you must delete your old profile.
If you have any questions about your EE profile please contact Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada.
November 16, 2015
Program Update: Temporary pause on OINP “base” stream applications
Annual provincial nomination targets are determined by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) received a base stream allocation of 2,500 nominations for 2015.
OINP has exhausted its base stream allocation for 2015, and the program is unable to issue further nominations under its base streams until January 4, 2016. If you have already submitted an application to the OINP but have not yet received a decision, your application will be finalized in 2016.
If your employer pre-screen application has been approved, the OINP will continue to accept the corresponding nominee application(s) under the Foreign Worker and International Student with a Job Offer streams.
Between November 16th, 2015 and January 3, 2016, the program will not accept any new Employer pre-screen applications or applications under the Master’s and PhD streams. Any applications received during this time period will be returned to the applicant. The program welcomes new applications under these streams starting on January 4, 2016.
Thank you for your interest in the OINP.
October 29, 2015
Closure of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Investor Component
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration is redesigning its OINP business streams to better address the changing needs of Ontario’s economy.
Effective immediately, new applications under the OINP Investor Component will no longer be accepted.
Applications for the redesigned business streams will be available in fall 2015.
All Investor Component applications received on or before October 29, 2015 will not be affected and will be processed under the Investor Component criteria as it applied at the date of application.
This closure to new applications only applies to the OINP Investor Component. It does not affect other OINP categories. Applications will continue to be accepted for:
- Employer/Job Offer;
- Human Capital including Masters Graduates, PhD Graduates; and
- Ontario Express Entry - Human Capital Priorities and Ontario French Speaking Skilled Workers Stream.
Introducing Redesigned Business Streams for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Corporate and Entrepreneur Streams
The OINP is improving its programs to
- meet the needs of foreign businesses and entrepreneurs;
- to reflect Ontario’s evolving economic and labour market needs; and
- to improve the processes and administration of the program.
The OINP is introducing its Corporate and Entrepreneur streams. More information, including full eligibility criteria, application guides and forms, will be available on this website in fall 2015.
Please visit this page for program updates and direct any questions to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 24, 2015
PNP Is Now the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Effective July 24, Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program will be called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
The name change reflects the province’s increased role in selecting immigrants to Ontario, and a more robust program design.
There are no changes to the program eligibility criteria or to the application process. Applications submitted under the old name will not be affected by the change.
June 20, 2015
Due to Federal level changes to the issuance of temporary work permits, as of June 20th, 2015, OINP no longer has the authority to issue support letters for open work permits. This only applies to nominees in streams under the Human Capital Category and includes all streams that do not require a job offer.To learn about your options for retaining legal status in Canada, see CIC’s website for information about Bridging Open Work Permit eligibility requirements.
All Ontario nominees with a job offer may still qualify for a temporary work permit, and Ontario will continue to support temporary work permit applications of nominees. Please note that a provincial nomination does not guarantee approval of a temporary work permit application, as CIC is responsible for the issuance of temporary work permits.
June 10, 2015
Effective June 25, 2015, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will update its application guides and forms. These updated guides and forms reflect previously announced changes to the application process and to required supporting documents, as well as additional changes outlined below. OINP has not made changes to program eligibility criteria. Click here to learn more about upcoming changes.
March 17, 2015
Effective April 17, 2015, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will not be accepting applications from international students in their final semester of studies. All international student applicants, with or without a job offer, must have met all the degree requirements at the time of application.
Also note that official transcripts for applications submitted on or after April 17, 2015 must be submitted by the applicant as part of a complete application package in the original sealed envelope from the academic institution that will be granting the degree.
For more information, please visit the International Students sections of this website.
Please note that the application guides will be updated shortly to reflect these changes.
February 12, 2015
Effective March 16, 2015, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will no longer accept incomplete Employer and Nominee applications, and will return them to applicants.
An application may be deemed incomplete if, for example:
- the application form is illegible or incomplete (all fields must be completed, and questions that are not applicable should be marked "N/A"),
- the required supporting documents are not provided, or
- the translations are not complete, certified or notarized.
In cases where Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program returns incomplete applications to applicants, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will also return the enclosed processing fees.
Please note that Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program reception staff are not authorized to review the completeness of applications in person. Accordingly, they will not provide in-person advice on whether applications are complete.
February 4, 2015
Every year, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program's nomination target is capped by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Ontario’s allocation for 2015 has been set at 5,200. This includes nominations for both PNP and Express Entry.
Ontario is currently developing its approach to Express Entry. Information will be posted on our website as soon as it becomes available.
December 29, 2014
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has updated its minimum language requirements for International Students: Masters Graduate Stream for the 2015 nomination year.
Previously, applicants under the International Students: Masters Graduate Stream were required to demonstrate language proficiency in English with a minimum overall score of 7 or higher in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Test, or in French with a minimum overall score of 5 or higher in the Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF).
Effective February 1st, 2015 for the 2015 nomination year, International Masters Graduates will be required to demonstrate official language proficiency equivalent to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for each language competency (i.e. listening, reading, writing and speaking).
Applicants will be required to have the following minimum scores in each of the language competency:
- Listening: IELTS 6 or TEF 249-279
- Reading: IELTS 6 or TEF 207-232
- Writing: IELTS 6 or TEF 310-348
- Speaking: IELTS 6 or TEF 310-348
This new scoring methodology offers a fairer and more transparent process for applicants.
Note that IELTS or TEF tests will still need to be taken within 12 months of application submission.
Frequently Asked Question
What if I already submitted my application?
Applications received by Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program prior to February 1st, 2015 will be assessed using the previous minimum language requirements. Applications received after this date will be assessed using the new requirements. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application is received by January 30th, 2015 if they are applying under the previous minimum language requirements.
Updated Application Guides and Forms to come.
Please continue to check this website for updates.
October 31, 2014
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has met its 2014 target of 2,500 nominations. Applicants can still submit their applications under all streams. However, because the nomination target has been reached, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is unable to issue nominations for the remainder of 2014.
Nominee applications that have been received but have not been finalized in 2014 will automatically be placed in priority for finalization in 2015. Any application received after October 31, 2014 will be assessed as part of the 2015 nomination target.
Annual provincial nomination targets are determined by the Federal Government, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Please continue to check this website for updates.
Effective August 1, 2014
Effective August 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is changing the definition of a dependent child for immigration programs (including the Provincial Nominee Program class). Children will be considered a dependent if they are under the age of 19. No exceptions will be made for children who are full-time students.
In all cases, a child with a mental or physical condition will continue to be considered a dependant, regardless of age, if they depend on their parents for financial support.
All permanent resident applications received by CIC and all PNP applications received by the province before August 1, 2014 will continue to benefit from the pre-amendment definition of dependent child. Please note that a complete application has to be received before August 1, 2014. Applications postmarked on July 31, 2014 or earlier, but not received until August 1, 2014 or later will be subject to the new definition.
In addition, as of August 1, 2014, a child’s age will be recorded as when the application is first submitted to the province. If they are eligible at this time, they will remain eligible throughout the application process.
Step 1: An applicant with a child aged 18 applies to The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Step 2: The applicant is assessed and nominated by the province for permanent residence (PR).
Step 3: The applicant consequently gathers required documents and submits his/her PR application to CIC, but their child is now over 19 years old. CIC would accept the age of the child on the date of the PNP application (locked in date).
More information on the impact of the change to the definition of dependent child is available on CIC's website as of August 1, 2014.
July 23, 2013
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program recently updated some of its applications forms. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is moving towards having all of its application forms in a PDF format. This move will eliminate confusion by having one single format for all program forms and ease client experience, as the PDF forms are now in a saveable format. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will no longer accept application forms in a Microsoft Word format.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is taking a phased approach to updating its forms. As part of first phase, the following forms have been updated to a saveable PDF format:
- Employer Pre-Screen Application
- Pre-Screen Application for Previously Approved Employers
- Nominee Application for International Graduates (PhD and Masters)
- Nominee Application with Job Offer
Please note that there are no changes to program criteria or documentation. However, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program updated employer forms to:
- Clarify requirements around local recruitment efforts, and
- Ask employers to identify their sector of activity using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
To view and download the updated forms, please visit the forms and guides page of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will continue to accept old forms until the end of August 2013. Beginning September 1, 2013 applicants are required to submit the new forms, otherwise forms may be returned to the sender.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
June 20, 2013
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has successfully met its 2012 target of 1,100 nominations.
The nominations target for 2013 is 1,300 for all streams of the program. Please visit our website for any updates.
Annual provincial nomination targets are determined by the federal government, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
November 23, 2012
As of November 5, 2012, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is able to issue support letters for open work permits for skilled workers nominated by the program under the Federal Skilled Workers Backlog Reduction Pilot (FSW Pilot).
The support letters for open work permits will be issued to all nominees nominated under the FSW Pilot. The letters will allow FSW Pilot nominees to apply for an Ontario specific open work permit with a validity of up to two years. The open work permit will allow FSW Pilot nominees to come to Ontario faster and start working in the province before they receive their Permanent Resident status.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will make this letter of support available to all FSW Pilot nominees and will be mailing packages in the next two months.
For more information about the open work permit, please visit the Nominees – What’s Next section.
To view Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Operational Bulletin, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2012/ob470.asp.
July 23, 2012
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is now able to issue support letters for open work permits for international students nominated by the program under the PhD or Masters graduates without job offer streams.
The support letters for open work permits will be issued to provide assistance to certain graduates who require a means of maintaining or establishing status in Canada while they transition to Permanent Residence (PR) in Ontario. An open work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) would provide a bridge from student to worker for those nominees whose temporary authorization to remain in Canada following graduation would expire between the province’s nomination and the anticipated finalization of the student’s PR application. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will use its R204(c) authority under the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement and its Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Annex to facilitate the issuance of open work permits.
International students are expected to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) to obtain temporary authorization to remain in Ontario. Only when PGWP avenue does not provide sufficient authorization to bridge an international student nominee to PR will Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program issue an open work permit.
For more information about the eligibility for the open work permit, please visit the Nominees – What’s Next section.
To view Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Operational Bulletin on Ontario’s new authority please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2012/ob406.asp.
May 3, 2012
Please note that Ontario extended the deadline to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Backlog Reduction Pilot (FSW Pilot) from May 4, 2012 to May 31, 2012.
For more information about the application criteria and process, please visit the FSW Pilot application page.
March 29, 2012
To get more skilled workers into Ontario faster, the province is working with the federal government to help reduce the backlog under the Federal Skilled Workers Program through the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot (FSW Pilot).
Ontario is assisting with this backlog by nominating up to 600 additional foreign workers this year (2012). This is a separate component to the existing Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program). Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s nominations cap of 1,000 for 2012 will remain for the other parts of the program.
CIC has issued letters to all potential applicants, inviting them to apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot. Please note that only individuals who received this letter may apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot. Applicants will have until May 4, 2012, to submit an application to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
For more information about the application criteria and process, please visit the FSW Pilot application page.
December 1, 2011
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has changed how it processes permanent residence applications submitted by provincial nominees.
Effective December 1, 2011, all provincial nominees must submit their permanent residence applications to CIC's Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
To allow for a transition period, CIC will continue to accept applications at visa offices until March 31, 2012. After March 31, 2012 Ontario nominees must submit their permanent residence applications to CIO in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has updated the approval package we send to provincial nominees, as of December 1st, to reflect the changes to CIC's processes.
For more details on this new federal government process Ontario’s provincial nominees can visit CIC’s website or contact our office. Provincial Nominees should always consult the federal government’s website for the latest updates with regards to permanent residence application process.
June 30, 2011
As a result of changes made by the federal government, as of June 30, 2011, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the regulator of immigration consultants. Immigration consultants in good standing with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) on June 30, 2011, can begin to register with the ICCRC. As a transitional measure, CSIC members have a 120 days’ grace period ending on October 28, 2011 within which to register with the new governing body. (Source: Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council)
To reflect the federal government’s transitional measures, between June 30, 2011 and October 28, 2011 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will be accepting applications from persons represented by CSIC members in good standing or, transitional or full members of ICCRC. (Please note that Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will accept CSIC members in transition, who are not in good standing with CSIC due to non-payment of fees.)
After October 28, 2011, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will only accept applications from persons represented by members in good standing of the ICCRC.
May 27, 2011
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has updated application forms, which gather additional information that is most commonly requested during processing of the application and will therefore improve processing.
- Form 149 - Employer Pre-Screen Application Form
- Form 152 - Joint Verification Form
- Form 178 - Pre-Screen Application Form for Previously Approved Employers
- Form 179 - Nominee Application Form Foreign Workers and International Students with a Job Offer
- Form 196 - Nominee Application for International Graduates (PhD and Masters)
Please read the guide or information sheet carefully as it contains important information on how to complete the new forms.
Effective June 2, 2011, only the new version of the application forms will be accepted by Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Submissions received after this date, using the old forms, will be returned with a request to re-submit with the new forms. To ensure you have the most recent application forms, visit the Forms & Guides page.
September 14, 2010
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is expanding to allow international students graduating from Masters programs in Ontario to apply for permanent residence without a job offer.
As part of the Open Ontario Plan to create new opportunities for jobs and growth, the province is increasing the number of international students by 50 per cent while maintaining spaces for Ontario students.
August 4, 2010
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has provided additional information on what is acceptable Canadian work experience.
June 14, 2010
International students who have graduated from a publicly funded Ontario university with a Masters degree can now apply to the program without a job offer as part of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s new pilot.
International students who have graduated from a publicly funded Ontario university with a Masters degree may now qualify without a job offer from an Ontario employer under the Pilot International Masters Graduate Stream. Interested graduates need to submit a Nominee Application Form for International Graduates (PhD and Masters) directly to the program. For more information, please visit the International Students section of the website.
April 21, 2010
International PhD graduates who have graduated from a publicly funded Ontario university can now apply to the program without a job offer.
International PhD graduates who have graduated from a publicly funded Ontario university may now qualify without a job offer from an Ontario employer under the International PhD Graduates Stream. Interested PhD graduates need to submit a Nominee Application Form for International PhD Graduates directly to the program. For more information, please visit the International Students section of the website.
Are you an international student? Interested in updates on the program? Want to connect with others interested in Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program? You can now learn more about the program on our Facebook page.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has launched its own Facebook page designed specifically for international students who are interested in learning more about how to qualify for the program. Students can visit often to learn about the latest updates and also post questions they may have.
July 20, 2009
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has made it easier for prospective nominees to apply to the program. Prospective nominees can now complete the Nominee Application Form electronically before printing and submitting the completed form to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Please consult the Nominee Application Guide for detailed instructions on how to complete the Nominee Application Form.
Only individuals who have been issued a valid pre-screen file number are eligible to use this form. Nominee Application Forms from individuals without pre-approved Ontario employers will be returned. No record will be kept of the submission. Individuals found using this form fraudulently may be disqualified from future participation in any immigration program with the Government of Ontario.
For prospective nominees without Internet access or experiencing technical problems, please contact us for assistance or to request a Nominee Application Form to be sent by mail. Prospective nominees can contact Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program at 1-866-214-6820 (toll free in North America) or by e-mail at Opportunities.Ontario@ontario.ca.
July 8, 2009
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program brochures for employers, foreign workers, international students and investors as well as a general brochure explaining the program are now available on this website.
June 17, 2009
The Investment Referral Form is now available on this website.
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) is the first point of contact and referral for investors interested in using the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). By completing this Investment Referral Form, prospective investors will assist MCI to determine the most appropriate ministry to assess the investment proposal. After completing this Referral Form, prospective investors may send it to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program electronically at Opportunities.Ontario@ontario.ca.
February 20, 2009
The Ontario Pilot Provincial Nominee Program became Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) on February 20, 2009.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program can nominate up to a maximum of 1,000 newcomers in 2009, many of whom are expected to be accompanied by their immediate family members. All prospective nominees must have full-time permanent job offers from pre-approved employers in a NOC 0, A or B occupation in order to be eligible.
Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis subject to the program criteria. Employers should apply early, as the number of potential nominations is limited.