Ontario is home to over thirteen million people and the largest economy in Canada. It’s GDP is almost double that of Quebec, which has the second largest economy. Manufacturing and tourism are important components, but it is the services sector that accounts for the majority of Ontario’s economic activity.
Much of Ontario’s population is centred around Canada’s largest city, Toronto, with almost six and a half million living in the Greater Toronto Area. Ontario is also home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. Not only is the province central to the Canadian economy, it is also the hub of the country’s political activity.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, or OINP, allows prospective immigrants with in-demand skills and experience to receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate. The individual can then apply for Canadian permanent residence with processing times that are faster than for most federal immigration classes.
Immigration under OINP is divided into four broad categories, as follows:
In some cases, individuals who are in the federal Express Entry pool, and who have skills and experience that are needed by the province of Ontario, can be given the opportunity to apply for Ontario express entry.
The Ontario Express Entry program has the following streams:
Individuals who have a job offer from an Ontario employer for a position classified as skill type 0, A or B on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) may be eligible to apply for immigration under this class. Applicants do not have to be living in Canada at the time of application.
The recently launched Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream provides a path to immigration for workers in some agricultural and construction occupations.
International students who are have studied at a provincially recognized educational institution under a valid study permit may be able to apply for immigration in one of the following streams:
Job offers are not required for the international masters and PhD graduate streams.
The streams available under this category are as follows:
A third stream, the Investors Stream, is no longer accepting applications.