Located in central Canada, the province of Ontario is the most popular destination for new immigrants to Canada. The province hosts the city of Toronto, Canada’s economic hub, as well as the nation’s capital city, Ottawa.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling foreign nationals to become Canadian permanent residents. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:
Ontario Human Capital encompasses a range of immigration streams targeting candidates for Ontario’s labour force. The Human Capital streams emphasize skills, abilities, or experience which suggest a foreign national can easily join the Ontario labour force. Those who have work or educational experience in Ontario, those who are proficient in both English and French, and those with competitive Express Entry profiles may find success through one of these streams.
Ontario Employer Job Offer streams provide immigration options for applicants who have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer. Both the employer and the job itself must meet certain conditions in order to be considered valid. As well, the applicant must meet certain eligibility requirements depending on which stream they wish to apply through.
Ontario’s Entrepreneur Stream is designed to target wealthy entrepreneurs who are interested in making significant investments in business development in Ontario. Through this program, entrepreneurs with proven track records of success can launch new business projects in Ontario. If these projects are successful, the applicants involved will be nominated for Canadian permanent residence.