Through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province of Ontario may receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate (OPNC). The OPNC will allow the candidate to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
The information on the following pages are presented directly from the OINP website. The expression “we” in any of the information refers to OINP and NOT AfriCanada.com
The province of Ontario operates the OINP in partnership with the federal immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Interested candidates must follow a two-stage process: apply for nomination to the provincial government, and then, if nominated, apply for permanent residence to the federal government.
The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) allows foreign workers, international students and others with the right skills, experience and education to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in Ontario.
The program is:
operated by the Ontario government in partnership with the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
designed to help Ontario meet its labour market and economic development needs
What you need to know
The OINP is made up of three main categories and each category is divided into several streams:
Employer job offer
1. Employer job offer category
The employer job offer category has three streams. You must have a full-time and permanent job offer from an Ontario employer to qualify.
Employer Job Offer consists of three streams:
Foreign Worker Stream
International Student Stream
In-Demand Skills Stream
The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
It gives foreign workers with a job offer in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.
This stream is open to foreign workers in and outside of Canada.
You must apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.
it takes about three hours to complete the application
you do not have to complete the application in one session, you can save your work and return to it later
you must submit your application within 14 calendar days after you register or your registration will expire (if it does, you can re-register provided we are still accepting new registrations under this stream)
you can complete the application yourself or have a representative complete it on your behalf
you have to pay to apply and the cost varies depending on where you will be working
you have to pay by credit card, we only accept Visa and MasterCard
3. Have your supporting documents ready
You also need to make sure you have all your supporting documents, in English or French, scanned and ready to upload when you apply. If you do not, your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will be refunded.
Job offer requirements
To qualify under the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream, you must have a job offer in Ontario from an employer that meets the following requirements.
The pay of the job offered must meet or be higher than the median wage level, for that occupation, in the specific region of Ontario where you will be working. Refer to the Employer’s Guide for steps on how to find the median wage level.
If you are already working in the position, the wage of the job offer must be equal to or greater than the wage level that the employer currently pays you in that position.
These wage requirements do not apply if you have a collective agreement (a written contract between the employer and a union), in your workplace, that determines your wages.
4. Position is necessary to employer’s business
The position offered must be necessary to your employer’s business. This means that the job offer must align with your employer’s existing business activities and the position must be needed to maintain or grow ongoing business activity.
5. Work based in Ontario
The work you do while in the position of the job offer must occur primarily in Ontario.
You or any member of your family may only hold or have held equity in your employer’s business if the equity is/was less than 10 per cent and only if it was obtained as part of the remuneration package as an employee. The combined total amount of equity held by you, or any of your family members, cannot exceed or have exceeded 10 per cent.
Before you apply, you must meet the criteria in four categories below.
To qualify under the Foreign Worker Stream, your employer must:
have been in active business for at least three years prior to submitting your application
have business premises in Ontario where you will work
have no outstanding orders made against them under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 or the Occupational Health and Safety Act
demonstrate that enough effort was made to recruit a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident for the position being offered to you (this only applies if you are currently living outside Canada or working outside of Ontario)
2. Revenue and employee requirements
Your employer’s business must also meet the following requirements for the most recently completed fiscal year (the year used for tax or accounting purposes):
Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions)
If you will work or report to work at location in the Greater Toronto Area:
a minimum of $1,000,000 in total gross annual revenue
at least five full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who worked at the location where you will work, or will report to work, for the duration of the most recently completed fiscal year
Outside the Greater Toronto Area
If you will work or report to work at location outside the Greater Toronto Area:
a minimum of $500,000 in total gross annual revenue
at least three full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who worked at the location where you will work, or will report to work, for the duration of the most recently completed fiscal year
Meaning of report to work
In cases where the applicant will work at more than one location, the location where the applicant will report to work means:
the location where the applicant’s immediate supervisor or manager works, or
the location of the administrative office where the applicant will receive work assignments
3. Employer Form
Your employer must make an application for approval of an employment position by filling out and signing an Employer Form.
Your employer then must give you the form so you can scan and upload it with your application.
Important: When we assess your application, we may need additional supporting documents from your employer to validate information included in the Employer Form. Please read the Employer’s Guide for a list of possible documents that may be requested.
You must provide supporting documents to validate the information in your application and to prove you meet the eligibility criteria.
All supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded in your online application.
Refer to the document checklists for the list of mandatory documents.
If a supporting document is not in English or French, you must provide a copy of the document and a translation of the document. Please read, Document translation and notarization for more information.
Remember, if you do not upload all the required documents, your application will be incomplete and will be returned.
Cost to apply
The application fee covers the cost of processing your application and is:
$1,500 if the job offer is outside of the Greater Toronto Area
$2,000 if the job offer is within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions)
You must pay online by credit card. We only accept VISA or MasterCard.
We will only refund the fee if we find that your application is incomplete or you withdraw your application before we start processing it.
We will not refund the fee if your application is unsuccessful.
You can check the status of your application through your account in the OINP e-Filing Portal.
Use a representative to apply
You may choose to appoint an authorized representative, such as an immigration consultant or lawyer, to provide advice or help with the application process and to act on your behalf with the OINP.
If you wish to appoint a representative, they must create an account in the OINP e-Filing Portal and then submit your application through the portal on your behalf.
To withdraw your application, click on the “Withdraw” button next to your file number on your main page of the OINP e-Filing Portal.
We will only refund the application fee if you withdraw your application before we start processing it.
Changes in personal information
You must notify us if there are any changes to the information provided in your application, including (but not limited to) changes in:
immigration status (expiration or change in work permit)
family composition due to:
marriage or common-law relationship
birth of a child
change of custody of a child
You can make changes to your telephone number, email address and country of residence by logging into the OINP e-Filing Portal and clicking on “My Profile” on your main page. After the change has been made, click “Save”.
For all other changes, or to correct a data entry error (e.g., you misspelled your name):