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Ontario: The best place in Canada to live and work


Ontario is one of the most attractive destinations for immigrants to settle down in Canada. It is home to two of the most bustling cities in the country, which are Toronto and Ottawa-the capital of Canada. A metropolitan and multicultural atmosphere, numerous job opportunities and a growing economy are the major factors that attract immigrants to Ontario.


Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) allows the province to nominate candidates with the skills and qualifications that are in demand in the labour market of the province for permanent residence in Canada. The OINP has three major immigration categories under it, which are Human Capital, Employer Job Offer and Business. Each of these categories also has various streams that target specific groups of immigrants.

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Under this category, Ontario nominates those candidates who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute towards the economy and labour market of the province. The category has three Express Entry streams and two International Student streams under it, which are:


The first of three of these five streams are passive, which means, candidates cannot apply directly under these streams. Rather, they need to wait for an invitation from Ontario to apply. The candidates must also be qualified under either the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). At the same time, in order to qualify under the two International Student streams, the candidates must have studied in Ontario under eligible programs.



Those who have a full-time, indeterminate job offer and support of the employer to settle in the province may apply under this category. The streams under this category are:

  • Foreign Worker Stream
  • International Student Stream
  • In-demand Skills Stream

Ontario also operates the Regional Immigration Pilot program under the Employer Job Offer category.



The Business immigration category of Ontario targets candidates who have a successful business background. The Ontario Entrepreneur Stream under the Business Immigration category targets those individuals from outside Canada who want to start a business or buy an existing business in the province.


OINP draws

OINP periodically conducts draws and issues Notifications of Interest (NoI) to candidates in the Express Entry pool and invites them to apply for provincial nomination under its Express Entry streams. Those who successfully apply for and obtain provincial nomination will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points added to their total CRS score and that guarantees them an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent federal Express Entry draw.


Application processing

Usually it takes 60 to 90 days to complete the processing in most of the immigration streams under OINP. At the federal level, the processing of provincial non-Express Entry applications takes 15 to 19 months. But for Express Entry streams, it takes only six months on an average.

Do you wish to know more about settling down in Ontario? Do you want to know your eligibility for Canada migration? Talk to CanApprove’s Canada immigration consultants now!


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