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Common Questions

  1. How To Apply
  2. Important Documents
  3. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Provincial Nominee Program
  4. Living in Ontario
  5. Learn English or French
  6. Working in Ontario
  7. Global Experience Ontario
  8. Studying in Ontario
  9. Doing Business in Ontario
 
 

How To Apply

  1. How do I apply to immigrate?
    The Government of Canada, through the department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), is responsible for processing immigration applications. You can find information on their website about requirements, the application process and the downloadable application forms and guides. The Government of Ontario does not process immigration applications. However, the government of Ontario has a Provincial Nominee Program, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, through which Ontario nominates individuals and their families for permanent resident status. Nominated individuals must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  2. Should I apply to the Government of Ontario as well as the Government of Canada in order to immigrate?
    No. You are only required to apply to the Government of Canada. You can learn about the immigration application process and download the relevant forms on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
  3. What forms do I need to fill out to apply for immigration? Where do I get the forms?
    You will find the required forms and guides on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
  4. How do I know if I qualify for immigration to Ontario?
    There are no specific requirements to immigrate to Ontario. Get information about immigrating to Canada.
  5. What are the costs for processing immigration applications?
    You can refer to the fee schedule for citizenship and immigration services. You can also calculate your total application fees using this tool.
  6. How long does it take to process my application?
  7. How can I follow up on the status of my application?
    You can check your application status online or by contacting Citizenship and Immigration Canada at 1-888-242-2100. You can also contact the Canadian visa office in your country.
  8. What do I have to do to sponsor a family member?
  9. How do I adopt a child from outside Canada?
    There are two processes to complete in order to adopt a child from another country: the adoption process and the immigration process. The Province of Ontario is responsible for the adoption process and the Government of Canada, through the department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is responsible for the immigration process. Find out about how to complete the adoption process and how to complete the immigration process for an adoptee.
 

Temporary Work Permits

  1. What is a temporary work permit? How can I get one?
    Temporary work permits are used to give you permission to work for a specific period of time with an employer in Ontario. You must obtain this permit before entering Canada. Your Canadian employer will be required to consult with Employment and Social Development Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada to process your work permit. You may also be interested in the Ontario Government's Multinational Employee Transfer. Find out more with the Foreign Workers - Intracompany Transfer Guide (PDF).
 

International Students

  1. How long does it take to process my application to study in Ontario?
  2. What are the costs for processing international student applications?
    Refer to the fee schedule for citizenship and immigration services. You can also calculate your total application fees using this tool.
 

Business Immigration

  1. How much does it cost to apply as a business immigrant?
    You can find the application fees on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada site and additional information on business immigration such as How much you need to invest in Ontario on Invest in Ontario.
  2. How long does it take to process my business immigration application?
    Application processing times can vary. You can check your application status online for process updates.
  3. What forms do I have to fill out to apply for immigration if I am investing or starting a business in Ontario?
    The application forms and guides are available on the Citizenship Immigration Canada site. You can also find information on applying for immigration as a business immigrant in Ontario.
 

Important Documents

  1. What is a Social Insurance Number?
    Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number required for temporary and permanent residents to work legally in Canada and to have access to government programs and benefits. You can apply for a SIN at a Service Canada office. Make sure you bring with you the required documents and a completed application form.
  2. What is a permanent resident card?
    If you are a permanent resident in Canada, you need to show your permanent resident card to re-enter the country.
  3. I am a landed immigrant who has left Canada without a permanent resident card. How do I re-enter the country?
    You must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a travel document proving that you are a landed immigrant in Canada.
  4. Where can I get a health card?
    If you are eligible, you can obtain a health card from a Service Ontario centre. You will need to fill out an application form and take it with you along with additional documents when you apply for a health card.

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Living in Ontario

Settlement: Moving to Ontario

  1. How should I prepare for moving to Ontario? Are there important documents I should have with me?
    The Welcome to Ontario and First Days in Ontario guides, available in many languages, can help you plan your arrival. Our Before You Arrive section also provides you with the information you need to prepare for your arrival, including the documents you must bring with you.
  2. Will there be anyone to assist me when I arrive?
    Make sure you prepare well before you arrive and that you have all of the documents you need. Try to arrange for a friend or a family member to meet you at the airport so that you get all of the help you need. If you land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, look for the Immigrant Reception and Information Services (IRIS) booth for information and referral. Know that you can always use the Services Near Me directory to locate services and programs available in your community.
  3. Where can I find information on recreational facilities and activities in my new community?
    Recreational facilities are the responsibility of municipal governments. You can contact your municipality for information on recreational activities in your area.
 

Health Care

  1. Does the Ontario Government offer health insurance to immigrants?
    Permanent residents, temporary workers, convention refugees and other specific groups may receive coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) three months after arriving in Ontario. Apply for public health insurance as soon as you arrive in order to ensure you are covered after your first three months. Find more information on OHIP eligibility and regarding health care in Canada.
  2. Are all health services covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?
    No. Although emergency health services and most medical services are covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), there are services that are not covered. Find out about other facts about OHIP.
  3. Am I eligible to receive medical services when I arrive in Ontario as an immigrant? How do I arrange for private health insurance during my first three months in Ontario?
    The You are eligible to receive medical services after you arrive in Ontario but are not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) during your first three months. Make sure you have arranged for private health coverage prior to your arrival. If you choose not to acquire private health coverage, you will have to pay a fee for medical services. To get health insurance for your first three months in Ontario, you must purchase coverage during your first five days after arriving.
  4. Where can I get a health card?
    If you are eligible, you can obtain a health card from a Service Ontario centre. You will need to fill out an application form and take it with you along with additional documents when you apply for a health card.
  5. Where can I find a hospital?
    You can find a listing of hospitals in Ontario on the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  6. How can I find a doctor?
    You can find a doctor by searching the directory of doctors in Ontario. You may also use you local telephone directory to find a doctor in your community.
 

Ontario’s Education System

  1. Where can I learn about Ontario's education system?
  2. If I am an adult, what programs are available if I want to upgrade or improve my education?
    Adults who want to earn a high school diploma in Ontario may do so by attending classes through local school boards. Adults may also earn a high school diploma by studying at home through the Ontario Government's Independent Learning Centre. Universities and community colleges accept mature post-secondary students and will often offer continuing education programs.
 

Becoming a Canadian Citizen

  1. How do I become a Canadian citizen?
    The requirements and applications are available from the Government of Canada.
 

Francophone Immigration

  1. I come from a Francophone country. How can I find out about Ontario's Francophone community and provincial government services in French?
    You will find information about the different programs and services available to Francophone immigrants in Ontario in our Living in French section and on Etablissement.org (en français).

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Learn English or French

Language Training

  1. Where can I go to improve my English?
    Basic English language assessment and instruction for adults is available in Ontario. School boards also deliver English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for children and non-credit programs for adults. Use our language class wizard to find an English language training program near you. Also, community colleges offer advanced level English as a Second Language (ESL). Contact them directly for more information.
  2. Where can I go to improve my French?
    French as a Second Language training is available in Ontario through offices of l'Alliance française in Canada, postsecondary institutions and school boards. Use our language class wizard to find a French language training program near you.

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Working in Ontario

Temporary Work Permits

  1. What should I do if an employer wants to hire me to work in Ontario?
    You must either be a permanent resident or have a work permit in order to work in Ontario. You are also required to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN). It may also be necessary to have your international academic credentials assessed and recognized.
 

Getting a Job

  1. How do I find a job in Ontario?
    To access job offers, wage information, job demand and skills requirements, visit Job Bank. You may also benefit from labour market information that will provide you with current market trends. There are numerous websites that provide you information on how write a résumé, a cover letter and on other aspects of the job application process. Employment Ontario funds a variety of services to help you in your job search. Jobs are also advertised in newspapers, on websites and through local employment agencies.
  2. What jobs and professions are in demand in Ontario?
    Visit Job Bank for wage information, job demand and skills requirements in Canada. You can also find labour market information for Ontario including current market trends.
  3. Where can I get job-specific training?
    The Ontario government supports Bridge Training programs to help newcomers get their license or certificate in their profession or trade, so that they can work in Ontario. Find out more about these job-specific training.
  4. How can I find a job teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)?
    If you want to teach ESL to newcomers, try contacting some front-line organizations who provide these services. You will find many resources on our site including information about the LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) programs.
  5. What do I do if I want to work as a live-in caregiver in Ontario?
    You will find information about working as a Live-in Caregiver on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
 

Worker Rights

  1. What are my rights in the Ontario workplace (Employment Standards Act)?
    The Employment Standards Act, 2000, known as the ESA, is a law that sets minimum standards in employment for fair workplace practices in Ontario. You can find Employment Standards information in many languages. You may find the frequently asked questions and the Guide to the Employment Standards Act published on the Ministry of Labour's site very useful.
  2. Who is protected by the Employment Standards Act?
    If you work as an employee in Ontario, you are probably protected by the Employment Standards Act (ESA). However, the ESA does not cover federal employees and a few employees in other special categories. There are exceptions and special rules for some employees under the law. Contact the Ministry of Labour to find out how you are protected by the ESA.
  3. What basic rights are protected by the Employment Standards Act?
    Some of the basic rights covered by the Employment Standards Act include hours of work and payment, overtime pay, minimum wages, vacation time and leave, public holidays and termination notice. You can learn more on the Ministry of Labour's website about: The Ministry of Labour has multilingual brochures in 23 different languages about employment standards. To view these brochures, please visit multilingual publications.
  4. Can employees be punished for claiming their rights?
    No. Employers cannot intimidate, fire, suspend, or otherwise punish an employee, or threaten any of these actions, because the employee asks for or asks about their ESA rights. If this happens, contact the Ministry of Labour.
  5. How can I contact the Ministry of Labour?
    To contact the Ministry of Labour for more information about the Employment Standards Act, please call the Employment Standards Information Centre at 416-326-7160, toll-free at 1-800-531-5551, or TTY at 1-866-567-8893. Information and ESA publications are also available from the Employment Standards section of the Ministry of Labour’s website. You may also visit your local ServiceOntario Centre. For the location nearest you, please call 1-800-267-8097.

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Global Experience Ontario

Professions and Trades

  1. Where can I get information on professional associations and regulatory bodies?
    In Ontario, each regulated profession has its own regulatory body. You will find informaton on regulated professions and their regulatory bodies on our site by choosing your profession in the left navigation bar.
 

Credential Assessment Services

  1. How can I get my education, professional credentials and skills assessed?
    You can find information on education and credential assessment on our site and learn about Ontario's professional licensing bodies. You may also want to know about apprenticeship program to work in the trades and about bridge training programs to enter the Canadian market.

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Studying in Ontario

General Information

  1. What should I do if I want to study in Ontario?
    Get some information on coming to Canada to study and about studying in Ontario. Please note that universities and community colleges have their own admission requirements for international students. Contact the university or the college that interest you to get more information.
  2. If I am an international student, what are my employment options?
    There are employment opportunities for international students while studying in Canada. Certain students are eligible to work in their field of study for up to two years after graduating. Eligible students must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a work permit. Please note that you need a social insurance number to work in Canada.
 

Ontario’s Universities and Community Colleges

  1. Where can I get information about Ontario's universities and community colleges?
    The Ministy of Training, Colleges and Universities gives you information about about Ontario's universities, community colleges, student financial assistance plans and post-secondary education in Ontario.
 

Financial Assistance

  1. Are international students eligible for loans and bursaries?
    International students are not eligible to receive financial support from the Ontario Student Assistance Program. However, each post-secondary institution has its own financial assistance plan for international students. Contact the financial aid office of Ontario's universities and community colleges.
  2. Are refugees eligible for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)?
    You could qualify for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) if you meet the eligibility conditions.

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Doing Business in Ontario

General Information

  1. I am interested in starting a business, investing or becoming an entrepreneur in Ontario. What do I need to do?
    You can first get some information on becoming a business immigrant. The Invest in Ontario is an excellent resource for immigrants looking to start a business in Ontario.
  2. Where can I get information on tax laws?
    You can find information on tax rates, and interest rates and revenues as well as on credits, benefits and incentives in Ontario on the Ministry of Finance site.
  3. Where can I get information about the Ontario economy?
    You can find information about the Ontario's economy and get economic updates on the Ontario Ministry of Finance's website and find out about the Canadian economy from Industry Canada.
  4. Should I visit Ontario before I immigrate to learn more about starting a business or investing?
    Yes. Use your trip to network, learn about the business climate and experience Ontario's high quality of life. You might need to acquire a visa before visiting.
 

Services for Business Immigrants

  1. What government support is available if I want to start a business or invest in Ontario?
    The Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada provide support to new businesses through Small Business Enterprise Centres. You can also find out about programs and services available and take advantage of resources for entrepreneur such as business plans templates and samples.

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