Understanding the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program


In many ways, Ontario is the center of Canada’s economic, social, and political life. Ontario is by far the leading destination for newcomers to Canada. The province welcomes one third of all newcomers each year. People chose to land in Ontario because of its job opportunities, high income and diverse population. In fact, more than half of those living in Toronto were born outside of Canada.

Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a provincial nomination from Ontario, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

What is a provincial nomination?

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is designed to help provinces attract immigrants who can support local labour force needs. If a candidate meets pathway specific criteria and is nominated by a province, they can add this to their permanent residence application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).       

What is Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program?

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the province’s economic immigration program. The OINP allows skilled foreign workers, international students and others with the right skills, experience and education to apply to the OINP for a nomination. Ontario’s Express Entry is a stream under the OINP. To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry streams, the applicant must have received a notification of interest from Ontario.

Highlights of the Program:

  • In 2021, Ontario welcomed 198,000 new permanent residents, or nearly 49% of all new permanent residents in Canada.
  • Ontario PNP has nine streams to welcome immigrants.
  • Most newcomers pick Ontario as one option to settle due to its largest economy and fully developed support systems.
  • There are nine different pathways to getting settled in Ontario using Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Categories of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program:

Human Capital Priority Steams:

Human Capital Priority Streams operate in alignment with the Express Entry application system.

Those who are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), are also eligible for provincial nomination in Ontario through the same streams at a provincial level if they demonstrate an intention to settle within the province.

French Speaking Skilled Worker Class:

For those who are highly skilled in both official languages, Ontario offers the French Speaking Skilled Worker Class. This operates identically to FSWP in terms of work experience, education, and proof of funds but candidates must also have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in French and a 6 in English.

Skilled Trades Stream:

Candidates who are eligible for Express Entry under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are eligible for provincial nomination through the Skilled Trades stream. This means candidates must have a minimum of one year’s work experience within their trade, and it must fall into National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73 or 82.

Employer Job Offer Category:

If you are not eligible for Express Entry, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the province through nomination in other categories. An Expression of Interest is applicable only when applying directly to the provincial government for nomination.

An EOI tells the government of Ontario that you wish to be invited to apply. If choosing these pathways, you may only apply to OINP if you have received an invitation to do so.


  • The applicant must have the intention to live in Ontario.
  • The applicant must have an up-to-date Express Entry profile.
  • The applicant must have received a notification of interest from Ontario.
  • The applicant must have proof of current work experience.
  • The applicant must have language tests result.
  • Applicants must have education educational credentials.
  • The applicant must have settlement funds.

How to apply:

  • Create an Express Entry Profile: Create a profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system and indicate your intention to live in Ontario.
  • If you receive a notification of interest from Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), you will submit your application through the OINP e-Filing Portal.
  •  Applicants must contact AINP to indicate their interest in applying for the program after receiving the NOI letter. And must receive a request from the AINP to apply to this stream.
  • Candidates must determine they meet the assessment criteria before completing and submitting an application. To complete the application, the applicant needs to create an online account on the AINP portal.Fill out the application completely and accurately. Upload all supporting documents using the Alberta Express Entry Stream – Document Checklist.
  • Apply to the  Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Express Entry streams online and pay the application fee of $500.
  • If the candidate’s application under the AINP express entry stream is approved, the candidate will receive a nomination certificate through the federal Express Entry portal. The candidate must accept the nomination within 30 days after it is issued through the federal Express Entry portal to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence from IRCC. An application for permanent residence must be submitted within 60 days.




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