Opportunities Ontario: Questions & Answers

Are you looking for more information about Opportunities Ontario? Here are some common questions and answers.

 

About Opportunities Ontario

  1. What is Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program?

    Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (Opportunities Ontario) is an immigration program that supports Ontario employers by facilitating the immigration of managerial, professional and skilled foreign workers and international students needed to meet their human resource needs. This is helpful where employers are having difficulty finding the skilled workers they need.

    Opportunities Ontario is employer-driven and has two categories: a General Category that will allow employers to recruit foreign workers, and an International Student Category that will allow employers to recruit international students.

    The program enables the province of Ontario to nominate people for permanent resident status, and have their application fast-tracked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC will still perform important functions such as security checks on applicants. There is a different route and process for immigrants applying directly to the federal government.

  2. Why use Opportunities Ontario?

    Opportunities Ontario benefits employers and individuals in a number of important ways.

    For employers, the program:

    • Caters to their human resource needs.
    • Facilitates the immigration of needed employees.
    • Has a free and timely pre-screen application process (the Opportunities Ontario fee is only required with the nominee application package).

    Individuals recruited by pre-approved employers benefit from:

    • An employer-driven provincial nomination system based on a permanent, full-time job in Ontario at a prevailing wage (or entry level wages for international students), rather than on a point system.
    • A program that does not require international students to have one year of work experience, unlike the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class.
    • Priority processing at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
    • A faster route to permanent resident (PR) status, which provides a number of benefits, including: domestic tuition rates for dependants attending college or university; better access to certain banking services, including mortgages and loans; long-term security and stability in Ontario; and ultimately a faster route to Canadian citizenship (due to expedited PR processing).
  3. Why are International Students who attend Canadian colleges and universities part of the program?

    We want to retain the best and brightest Canadian-trained international students. They will give Ontario an advantage in the global competition for talent and they will easily integrate into Ontario’s labour force and society.

  4. What is Opportunities Ontario’s definition of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)?

    The GTA is the City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions.

  5. What is the government of Ontario doing to assist immigrants already in the province?

    The government of Ontario has made the settlement of newcomers into the Ontario labour force and integration into this province a priority. Ontario invests in services that help newcomers settle, find jobs and housing, learn English or French, and access community resources. Ontario government initiatives to support newcomers include:

    • Negotiating the first-ever Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement which increases federal spending on settlement and language training services to an additional $920 million over five years.
    • Passing Bill 124 – The Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006 to break down barriers and help newcomers get to work in their fields. This legislation, the first of its kind in Canada: requires Ontario regulators to have a quicker, fair and open registration process and creates the Office of the Fairness Commissioner. It also established Global Experience Ontario, a new one-stop access and resource centre for internationally trained individuals.
    • The Ministry’s bridge training programs help newcomers make a quicker transition into their occupation of choice. Bridging projects improve access to certification/registration and newcomers seeking employment in the filed for which they were trained and educated.
    • Launching an internship program to give newcomers a chance to gain work experience in Ontario. Newcomers with a minimum of three years international work experience may be eligible for a placement of six months within the Ontario Public Service.
    • Investing almost $60M annually on non-credit English and French as a Second Language classes for adults and occupational specific specialized language pilot projects. MCIIT also funds ESL/FS: programming for thousands of immigrant children.
    • MCIIT has increased annual funding by 29 per cent from $4.1M to $5.3M for the Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP) to support 81 community agencies that provide settlement services for newcomers.
    • Investing in the Ontario’s Community Builders (OCB) program to support community-based initiatives that celebrate and promote understanding of Ontario’s diverse communities.
    • The Ministry’s Language Interpreter Services (LIS) program, is investing $2.1M annually in interpretation services so that victims of domestic violence who do not speak English get the help in the language they know best.
    • The Ontario government also introduced Employment Ontario to help people find jobs, and help employers find the workers they need. The program has three main services: information and resource service, employment planning and preparation and job development and placement support.
  6. Where can I find information about Provincial Nominee Programs in general?

The Process

  1. What is the application process?

    Every individual who wishes to be nominated by Opportunities Ontario must have a permanent, full-time job offer in a managerial, professional or skilled trade occupation (NOC 0, A or B).

    Opportunities Ontario’s application process has two steps: first the Pre-screen Application (only for employers), and second the Nominee Application (only for individuals). Only employers pre-approved at the first step can bring forward nominee applicants for the second step.

    Step One: Employers start the application process by submitting a Pre-screen Application to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

    Step Two: Once Opportunities Ontario has notified employers of their approved position(s), employers can recruit foreign nationals to fill these position(s). Approved employers will receive an approval letter, Joint Verification form, and Pre-screen Position form from the Opportunities Ontario office to send to their nominee(s). Prospective nominees can then visit the Forms and Guides page of this website to complete and download the nominee application form.

    A Provincial Nomination Certificate will be issued for all successful nominees, who must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. Opportunities Ontario will support requests for temporary work permits for its nominees to get them working in Ontario quickly. Nominees must also meet all of the requirements outlined by CIC when requesting a work permit.

    Individuals nominated by Ontario, and accompanying family members, must still satisfy Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) requirements, including medical and background checks.

  2. What should I do if someone tries to charge me for Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program application forms?

    Do not pay for the forms, since they are made available to the public free of charge by the Ontario Government. Visit the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program web page and select Forms and Guides to download forms for free.

    To report any attempt to sell a form or guide, contact the program at opportunities.ontario@ontario.ca or by calling 1-866-214-6820 (within North America only).

  3. How long will it take Ontario to process my application?

    Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program is committed to timely processing of applications, greater transparency to clients and courteous, helpful customer service.

    We process applications on first-come-first-served basis and aim to finalize:

    • Complete* employer application packages within 64 business days or 90 calendar days
    • Complete* nominee application packages within 64 business days or 90 calendar days
    • Complete* reconsideration requests within 85 business days or 120 calendar days

    *An application is not deemed complete until all missing or required supplementary information is received by Opportunities Ontario. This date can be the date of application receipt, or the day when the last piece of information required from the client arrives to Opportunities Ontario. The processing clock will begin at this point. The processing clock stops when the final decision is made by the program.

    Please note that Opportunities Ontario does not process applications during the months of January and December and that time accumulated during this period is not included in the processing time calculation for applications.

    Opportunities Ontario aims to meet our service standards in at least 80% of all applications.

  4. How long will it take Citizenship and Immigration Canada to process Ontario Provincial Nominees for permanent resident status?

    Nominees can expect to receive permanent residence from the federal government within 12 months. However, there may be delays depending on the visa post overseas, and the time required for background and health checks. Citizenship and Immigration Canada fast tracks provincial nominees through the selection process. However, security, criminality and health checks, must all be completed. These checks account for the bulk of the processing time for permanent resident visas at the visa post overseas.

  5. Can my family immigrate with me?

    Accompanying eligible family members of nominees may immigrate to Ontario once medical and security checks are passed. Federal immigration law defines which family members can be included with a permanent resident application. These are:

    1. a spouse (of opposite or same sex, marriage recognized in Canada) or a common-law partner (an individual who is cohabiting with the nominee in a conjugal relationship for at least one year - includes same-sex couples)
    2. dependent children
      • are under the age of 19 and do not have a spouse or partner; or
      • 19 years old and over, and has depended largely on the parent’s financial support since before the age of 19 because of a physical or mental condition.
    3. dependent child of a dependent child (children of dependent children of the nominee) or their spouse or common-law partner.

    Please refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Federal Skilled Worker Guide for more details.

  6. If I am nominated, does that guarantee my immigration to Canada?

    No, the federal government can still deny provincial nominee applications for permanent resident status, based on a person’s inadmissibility (on health, security or criminal grounds) to Canada.

  7. How can I update the information I have submitted to Opportunities Ontario?

    Complete this Change of Personal Information form (Word / PDF) and mail it to the Opportunities Ontario office at:

    Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program
    400 University Avenue, Ground Floor
    Toronto, Ontario
    M7A 2R9

Information for Previous Applicants

  1. Opportunities Ontario was launched on February 20, 2009. Can an employer, nominee or investor use old forms that were previously posted on the website?

    If you are an employer, nominee or investor you must meet all of the current program criteria and use the current forms. Current program criteria and forms can be found on this website. Please note that Opportunities Ontario will not accept any applications submitted on old forms. Applications submitted using old forms will be returned. No record will be kept of the submission.

  2. What is Opportunities Ontario’s simplified application process?

    If you are an employer who previously applied successfully to the program, Opportunities Ontario has made it easier for you to apply again, using the Pre-Screen Application for Previously Approved Employers.

    Previously approved employers are no longer required to submit supporting documents unless there are changes that may affect the employers’ eligibility for Opportunities Ontario. Please note that Opportunities Ontario reserves the right to request updated documentation.

About Fees

  1. What are the fees?

    Opportunities Ontario will charge a non-refundable processing fee, payable with each nominee application. The fee is $2,000 for General Category applicants who will be working for an employer located in the GTA and $1,500 for General Category applicants who will be working for an employer located outside the GTA. For employees of investors, the fee is $3,500. The fee for International Student Category applicants is $1,500. Please note that the fee is per application, not per person.

  2. Why is Opportunities Ontario charging fees?

    The fees are designed to reduce the costs of the program to the public while keeping costs affordable for applicants. All nominee applications must include the fee.

  3. Does the processing fee include federal fees to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)?

    No. The processing fee only covers processing by Opportunities Ontario. Once Opportunities Ontario nominates an individual, that nominee then applies to CIC for permanent resident status. Regular CIC application fees apply.

Information for Employers

  1. What if the place of work for the prospective nominee is at a location or locations outside of the business premises of the employer?

    In certain cases, such as the construction sector, the work that the nominee would carry out may not be located at the business premises of the employer. If the actual work is done at another location or as part of the employer’s normal business operations, Opportunities Ontario will deem that the work takes place at the business premises where the employer administers the business.

  2. What if the employer’s business premises are a home office?

    An employer may operate its business from a home office as long as the employer has a lease for the business premises. Please see the Employer Pre-Screen Application Form for all the documents required for the employer pre-screening process.

  3. Will Opportunities Ontario accept an accountant’s or bookkeeper’s address as the business premises requirement of employer applicants in certain sectors such as construction?

    Opportunities Ontario will accept applications from companies that list an accountant’s or bookkeeper’s address as their company’s business address to reflect the reality that some companies such as those in the construction sector do not operate out of traditional head offices. For example, a modern construction firm is able to have sufficient visibility through a company website or other listing on the internet, and is able to conduct its business over the phone and through onsite consultations. The formal business documentation and administration for these types of companies is sometimes hosted by the company’s accountant/bookkeeper.

    Opportunities Ontario will also continue to accept applications from home-based employers, provided that appropriate business documentation is received.

  4. I want to apply as an Employer – can you provide me with a list of nominees that are seeking employees?

    Employer applicants are responsible for their own recruitment. Opportunities Ontario does not perform a job matching function.

  5. I am an employer interested in participating in this program. Will I need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

    No. Employers are not required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment in order to use the services of Opportunities Ontario. Employers must meet the criteria of Opportunities Ontario and obtain approval for position(s) they intend to fill through the pre-screen application process. To learn more about the employer pre-screen application process, please visit the Employers section of our website.

  6. What is considered a permanent full-time job?

    A full-time job consists of 1,560 hours of paid employment in a 12-month period. The following is not considered full-time work, even if workers are employed for 1,560 hours in a 12-month period:

    • Seasonal, cyclical or part-time employees regardless of their working hours.
    • Subcontractors or agency workers.
    • Employees who do not work on the company’s premises, such as employees who work from home, or employees who work in a ‘virtual’ location and serve the employer by telecommuting.

    A permanent job offer is continuous employment in a position designated as permanent and which has no specified end date. Opportunities Ontario will consider one year renewable contracts for international students on a case-by-case basis.

Information for Foreign Workers

  1. Can I apply if I am already in Canada?

    Persons are eligible to apply to Opportunities Ontario if they are in Canada with legal status, and have received a job offer from an employer pre-screened and approved by Opportunities Ontario.

  2. If I am in Canada what should my status be to qualify for the program?

    Prospective nominees are eligible to apply to the Opportunities Ontario program from within Canada if they have a:

    • Valid work permit;
    • Valid study permit;
    • Visitor record, or
    • Valid passport from a visa exempt country showing their date of entry to Canada.
  3. Are refugee claimants eligible to apply to Opportunities Ontario as nominees?

    Refugee claimants who have a failed refugee claim or have withdrawn their claim are able to apply to Opportunities Ontario only after they have left Canada. Refugee claimants with pending applications to remain in Canada are not eligible to apply to Opportunities Ontario.

  4. Are there language requirements that prospective nominees need to meet to qualify for Opportunities Ontario?

    English or French proficiency is not a prerequisite of Opportunities Ontario. As an employer-driven program, we rely on employers to put forward applicants who possess sufficient language skills to be able to work in the approved position. However, to qualify in regulated occupations, applicants must also have licensure from the appropriate Ontario regulating body and licensure often includes verification of language skills.

  5. How do I know if my occupation is a NOC 0, A or B occupation?

    The National Occupation Classification (NOC) is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada. It is used to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. The NOC is updated in partnership with Statistics Canada according to 5 year Census cycles. It is based on extensive occupational research and consultation conducted across the country, reflecting the evolution of the Canadian labour market.

    Opportunities Ontario will only accept occupations in NOC skill type 0, A or B.

  6. To qualify for Opportunities Ontario, do I need to obtain proper registration or trade certification if my occupation or skilled trade is regulated or requires certification in Ontario?

    Yes. In order to qualify for Opportunities Ontario, you must obtain the proper registration or trade certification if your intended occupation is regulated or requires certification in Ontario. There are many regulated professions and trades in Ontario. For information on these occupations, please visit our Useful Web Links section.

    Please note that for some skilled trades, certification may either be voluntary or mandatory. Opportunities Ontario will only require you to obtain certification if your skilled trade requires mandatory certification. To determine if your skilled trade requires mandatory or voluntary certification, please visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website.

  7. What is considered a permanent full-time job?

    A full-time job consists of 1,560 hours of paid employment in a 12-month period. The following is not considered full-time work, even if workers are employed for 1,560 hours in a 12-month period:

    • Seasonal, cyclical or part-time employees regardless of their working hours.
    • Subcontractors or agency workers.
    • Employees who do not work on the company’s premises, such as employees who work from home, or employees who work in a ‘virtual’ location and serve the employer by telecommuting.

    A permanent job offer is continuous employment in a position designated as permanent and which has no specified end date. Opportunities Ontario will consider one year renewable contracts for international students on a case-by-case basis.

  8. What type of work qualifies for the two years of work experience I need as a foreign worker?

    For work experience obtained in Canada, Opportunities Ontario will accept full-time work experience that is verifiable, relevant, paid and obtained with proper work authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (e.g., work permit) within the most recent five years. Unpaid, unauthorized or volunteer experience will not be accepted. (Updated on Aug. 4, 2010)

  9. What should be included in the job offer letter?

    The job offer letter must indicate the title of your position, the salary being offered, your job duties and location of employment. It must also state that it is a full time permanent job.

  10. Can I apply if I don’t yet have an employer or a job offer?

    No. Individuals cannot apply directly to Opportunities Ontario. Ontario employers must have position(s) approved before candidates will be considered for the position(s).

  11. I want to apply – can you provide me with a list of employers that are seeking employees?

    Nominee applicants are responsible for finding their own offers of employment. Opportunities Ontario does not perform a job matching function.

Information for Investors

  1. What is an immigration-linked investment scheme?

    An immigration-linked investment scheme is a strategy or plan defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations:

    1. Where one of the objectives is to facilitate immigration to Canada of a foreign national and where promoters of the strategy/plan are seeking to raise capital; or
    2. Where the agreement or arrangement was entered into primarily for the purpose of acquiring a nomination.

Information for International Students

  1. Why are International Students who attend Canadian colleges and universities part of the program?

    We want to retain the best and brightest Canadian-trained international students. They will give Ontario an advantage in the global competition for talent and they will easily integrate into Ontario’s labour force and society.

  2. If I am enrolled in a high school equivalency course at a college, would I qualify for Opportunities Ontario?

    No. Individuals who are enrolled in high school equivalency or university preparation courses will not qualify for Opportunities Ontario. You must be enrolled in a publicly assisted postsecondary institution in a diploma or degree program. All publicly assisted colleges and universities in Canada qualify.

  3. What diploma, degree or certificate programs are eligible for international students?

    International students who have graduated from an eligible Canadian college or university with a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program, obtained while studying on a full-time basis, can apply to Opportunities Ontario if they have a full-time permanent job offer. One-year post-graduate degree programs and certificate programs, which require a previous degree or diploma (which may have been obtained abroad), are also eligible. Note that part-time studies do not qualify. Preliminary or preparatory college certificate programs will not qualify. Skilled trade certificate programs and continuing education programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  4. How do I prove that I am or was authorized to study in Canada?

    All students who apply to Opportunities Ontario must have a valid study permit, or if applying within two years of the time of graduation, proof of a previous study permit and/or current post-graduation work permit.

  5. Does my field of study have to be related to the job offer?

    No. International students were previously required to have a job offer related to their field of studies as part of the previous eligibility criteria. As of February 20, 2009, international students who wish to apply to Opportunities Ontario do not need to have the job offer relate to their field of study in Canada.

  6. How do I know if my occupation is a NOC 0, A or B occupation?

    The National Occupation Classification (NOC) is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada. It is used to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. The NOC is updated in partnership with Statistics Canada according to 5 year Census cycles. It is based on extensive occupational research and consultation conducted across the country, reflecting the evolution of the Canadian labour market. Opportunities Ontario will only accept occupations in NOC skill type 0, A or B.

  7. To qualify for Opportunities Ontario, do I need to obtain proper registration or trade certification if my occupation or skilled trade is regulated or requires certification in Ontario?

    Yes. In order to qualify for Opportunities Ontario, you must obtain the proper registration or trade certification if your intended occupation is regulated or requires certification in Ontario. There are many regulated professions and trades in Ontario. For information on these occupations, please visit our Useful Web Links section.

    Please note that for some skilled trades, certification may either be voluntary or mandatory. Opportunities Ontario will only require you to obtain certification if your skilled trade requires mandatory certification. To determine if your skilled trade requires mandatory or voluntary certification, please visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website.

  8. Do I need a permanent full-time job if I am an international student?

    In order to qualify for Opportunities Ontario, job offers must be permanent and full-time. Getting a first job after graduation is not an easy task and many students will not receive permanent full-time job offers right out of school. Given this reality for students, Opportunities Ontario will also consider one-year renewable contracts on a case-by-case basis.

  9. What is considered a permanent full-time job?

    A full-time job consists of 1,560 hours of paid employment in a 12-month period. The following is not considered full-time work, even if workers are employed for 1,560 hours in a 12-month period:

    • Seasonal, cyclical or part-time employees regardless of their working hours.
    • Subcontractors or agency workers.
    • Employees who do not work on the company’s premises, such as employees who work from home, or employees who work in a ‘virtual’ location and serve the employer by telecommuting.

    A permanent job offer is continuous employment in a position designated as permanent and which has no specified end date. Opportunities Ontario will consider one year renewable contracts for international students on a case-by-case basis.

  10. What should be included in the job offer letter?

    The job offer letter must indicate the title of your position, the salary being offered, your job duties and location of employment. It must also state that it is a full time permanent job.

  11. Which documents can I provide to demonstrate that I have graduated or will be graduating at the end of the semester?

    If you have already graduated, you can provide original transcripts and certified true copies of degree(s) and/or diploma(s) earned from the Canadian institution of your study.

    If you are applying in the final semester of your studies, you can provide official transcripts sent directly from the Canadian institution(s) of your study which indicate that you will be graduating at the end of the semester.

  12. Can I apply if I don’t yet have an employer or a job offer?

    No. Individuals cannot apply directly to Opportunities Ontario. Ontario employers must have position(s) approved before candidates will be considered for the position(s).

  13. I want to apply – can you provide me with a list of employers that are seeking employees?

    Nominee applicants are responsible for finding their own offers of employment. Opportunities Ontario does not perform a job matching function.

Information for Ontario International PhD Student Graduates

  1. I am a foreign exchange student completing my PhD in Ontario. Can I qualify for nomination under the international student category for PhD graduates?

    Yes, you may qualify for the program if you can demonstrate that you completed at least 2 years of study at a publicly assisted Ontario university and the degree must also be granted by that university. If you have a return of service obligation then you will not be able to qualify.

  2. I am an international student - through which stream should I apply?

    If you are a PhD graduate from a publicly assisted Ontario university, then you may qualify for the International PhD Graduate Stream. You do not require a job offer to be eligible to apply under this stream. If you are not a PhD graduate or if you are studying in another province or territory, and you have a full-time permanent job offer, you may qualify for the program under the International Student With Job Offer Stream.

Information for Ontario International Masters Student Graduates

  1. I have recently graduated from a Master’s program and I plan to continue with my full-time studies (for example: PhD, additional Master’s degree). Do I qualify for the Pilot International Masters Graduate Stream?

    No. The Master’s Graduate Stream is for individuals who have graduated or are in the last semester of a Master’s program at an eligible publicly assisted university in Ontario. In order to apply to Opportunities Ontario as an international student graduate from an eligible Master’s program students must “intend to live and work” in Ontario and be ready to enter the labour market on a full time basis. It is not intended for international students who are continuing their studies.

    An exemption to this rule is made for Master’s Graduates who are continuing to study:

    • But are working on full time basis in Ontario;
    • Towards meeting licensure requirements in a regulated occupation in Ontario.
  2. What will happen to my application when the program reaches its quota?

    At this time, Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program is accepting applications under all categories and for all types of applicants. If this changes, the program will notify the public through its web page, Program Updates: What’s New.

    The program does have a nomination target of 2,500 for 2014 and all applications are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Eligible applicants should submit their application packages to the program as soon as they can.

    If the program reaches its nomination target for 2014, submitted nominee applications will be assessed in the next calendar year. The processing fee for the nominee application is non-refundable and it guarantees the processing of the nominee application, irrespective of the calendar year.

  3. I am in my last semester of Masters studies. Can I be still nominated?

    As an international Masters student at a publicly assisted Ontario university, you can apply to Opportunities Ontario during your last semester of studies. However, you will need to complete all degree requirements before Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program can nominate you for permanent residence.

  4. What kind of ties to Ontario do I need to demonstrate?

    You should include with your application any other information you consider to be relevant in demonstrating your ties to the province and your intention to settle in Ontario. This information can be submitted in a letter (it does not need to follow a particular format/template) and can include information such as, properties you may have purchased in Ontario, family and social relationships you may have in the province, etc. The program will consider this information when assessing your intention to settle in the province.

  5. I have dependent children who are Canadian citizens / permanent residents. Do I need to include them when calculating my available funds?

    Yes. To help us determine your settlement funds requirement you need to include your immediate family members including your dependent children who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

  6. Why are you asking Masters students to demonstrate funds?

    The program is designed to select immigrants to Ontario who are likely to establish themselves successfully in the province. Because no job offer is required, it is important to ensure a guarantee that these students will have the funds they need to establish themselves and their family in Ontario. That is why we are asking for Master’s students to show us a certain level of funds to ensure that they can afford to live in Ontario while they find a job.

  7. What do you mean by funds?

    By funds we mean the savings that you have and the revenues that you can count on in the 12 months following your nomination. Twelve months is the time period estimated for you to find a job. This means money you have in your bank account(s) – in Canada or overseas – and steady income that you already have and expect to continue having, like a part-time job or money from your family.

  8. What if I don't have the required amount of settlement funds in my bank account?

    If you do not have sufficient money in your bank account (s), you need to submit:

    • A Personal Funds Explanatory Letter addressed to Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (signed and dated) that explains the level of funds you have. It must explain how you meet the minimum level of savings/revenues required for your family size.
    • AND
    • Supporting documents demonstrating your revenue sources and savings.

    Please see the Application Guide for International Graduates (PhD and Masters) for detailed information.

  9. Can I provide my credit card as a proof of funds?

    No. Opportunities Ontario does not accept any available credit limits as proof of funds.

  10. Will you consider my debt when calculating the funds I have?

    No. Opportunities Ontario does not factor in outstanding debt when calculating funds applicants have.

  11. Why are you requiring language testing of Masters graduates?

    A high level of language proficiency is one of the most important determinants of an immigrant's ability to find gainful employment and successfully integrate in the province. By nominating students with a high level of language proficiency, we are helping to ensure that our nominees can find gainful employment and contribute to the economy.

  12. Why are you asking Masters Students to test their language proficiency again?

    It is true that many international students need to write an English proficiency test, like TOEFL, to qualify for a Master’s program in Ontario. However, students are tested for their language proficiency in an academic setting. This level of language proficiency does not necessarily reflect on the student’s overall language proficiency and ability to find employment in the province. Language proficiency is also fluid. It changes over time and it is important for us to measure the language proficiency of Master’s students at the time of their application. That is why we ask students to write a general language proficiency test and require it to be less than one year old of application submission date.

  13. Do you accept IELTS Academic or TOEFL test results as proof of English proficiency?

    No. Opportunities Ontario accepts only IELTS General as proof of English proficiency.

  14. I obtained my IELTS results more than 12 months ago but they are still valid. Can I submit these?

    No. Your IELTS results must have been obtained within the last 12 months.

  15. Why are you asking Masters graduates to have 1 year of residence and reside in Ontario when applying?

    The purpose of the program is to select economic immigrants who intend to make Ontario their permanent home.

    Masters programs are relatively short. We need to ensure that students we nominate for permanent residence have a strong connection to the province. That is why we ask that Master’s graduates have lived in Ontario for at least 1 year of the last 2 years. The residence requirement demonstrates a connection to the province.

  16. What proof of residency do I need to submit?

    To prove your intention to settle in Ontario, you need to demonstrate:

    • 1 year of physical residence in the last 2 years in Ontario; and,
    • Your presence in the province at the time of your application to Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program.

    Documentation you need to provide should include credit card statements, leasing documents or bills with your name and your Ontario address. For more information on supporting documents, please consult with the Application Guide for International Graduates (PhD and Masters).

Reconsideration Requests

  1. What can I do if my application is denied?

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

    Opportunities Ontario’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 15 business days of receiving the denial letter if applicants are in Canada. For applicants outside of Canada, the written request must be received within 30 business days of receiving the denial letter. Full details on filing a reconsideration request will be provided in the notification of denial.

    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 application. A decision will not be reconsidered on the basis of a change in circumstances from the time of application submission. 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.

Nominees: What to do after you are nominated

  1. I have received my Provincial Nomination Certificate copy. Does this mean I have legal status in Canada until my permanent resident application is finalized? Does it mean I can work in Ontario?

    No, a provincial nomination and the corresponding Nomination Certificate issued to you do not confer legal status in Canada. Foreign nationals on a Work Permit, Study Permit or Temporary Resident Visa need to ensure that they remain in proper status in Canada until they receive the permanent resident status. It is the responsibility of these individuals to renew, extend or apply for proper temporary resident status in Canada (such as a work permit) throughout their stay in the country even after they are nominated.

  2. Where can I obtain Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) application forms and guides for Provincial Nominees?

    CIC application forms for permanent residence, including an application guide for Provincial Nominees are available on the CIC website.

  3. Where should I send my permanent residence application?

    If you are nominated by the Province of Ontario, the approval letter in your Nomination Package will indicate the visa office where you should send your application for permanent residence. For a list of all CIC visa offices, please visit the CIC website.

  4. How long will it take CIC to process my permanent residence application as a Provincial Nominee?

    Application processing times vary across visa offices. Current processing times for each visa office are available on the CIC website.

  5. How can I obtain a work permit through Opportunities Ontario?

    If you are nominated by the Province of Ontario, you will receive a Work Permit Letter of Support in your Nomination Package. You will be required to attach this Work Permit Letter of Support to your Work Permit application to CIC. For further information on how to obtain a work permit, please visit the CIC website.

  6. Will I have to pay fees to CIC?

    Yes. When applying to CIC for a work permit and/or permanent residence, you must pay all fees that are required by CIC. For the CIC Fee Schedule, please visit the CIC website.

  7. I have applied for permanent residence. When will I have to get my medical examination?

    Once you submit your application for permanent residence, CIC will send you instructions on how and when you should complete your medical examination. It is important to note that your dependents must also pass a medical examination, even if they are not accompanying you to Canada. For further information on medical examination requirements for permanent residents, please visit the CIC website.

  8. Do I need a medical examination if I am entering Canada on a Temporary Work Permit?

    You may be required to undergo a medical examination if entering Canada on a Temporary Work Permit. A medical examination is required if an applicant will be working in an occupation where the protection of public health is essential. If an applicant has lived for six or more consecutive months in the one year immediately preceding the date of seeking entry to Canada in a designated country/territory, a medical examination will also be required. For Temporary Work Permits that are issued for six months or longer, a medical examination may be required. For further information on medical examination requirements for temporary foreign workers, please visit the CIC website.

  9. I am applying for permanent residence. Will I need a criminal and security check?

    When you are applying for permanent residence, you must have a criminal and security check. In general, you and everyone in your family who is 18 years of age or over (16 years of age in certain jurisdictions) need to obtain a police certificate. You must obtain a police certificate from each country or territory where you have lived for six consecutive months or longer since reaching the age of 18. The certificate must have been issued no more than three months before you submit your application. If the original certificate is neither in English nor in French, submit both the certificate and the original copy of a translation prepared by an accredited translator with your application. For further information on criminal and security checks, please visit the CIC website.

  10. Will I need a criminal and security check if I am entering Canada on a Temporary Work Permit?

    You may need a criminal and security check if you are coming to Canada as a temporary worker. For further information on criminal and security checks, please visit the CIC website.

Settling in Ontario

  1. Once I am nominated by Opportunities Ontario, where can I find information on settling in Ontario?

    Once you have received your Provincial Nomination Certificate, you may contact Opportunities Ontario at 416-327-0374 or toll-free at 1-866-214-6820 (within North America only) to obtain your welcome package. This package contains important information about housing, employment, schools, transit, health services and other settlement information. The welcome package can not be used to gain entry to Canada and is an information package only.

    The welcome package is only one source of information about settling in Ontario. Additional information can be found in the After You Arrive section of this website, and in these publications:

    For information on your first days in Ontario, please click here.

    For information on finding housing and finding a place to live in Ontario, please click here.

    For information on studying in Ontario, please click here.

    For information on general health care and health care services offered by the Government of Ontario, please click here.

 
 
 
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