The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Ontario just launched its own version of Express Entry.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is an immigration program operated on behalf of the Government of Ontario by the Ministry of Employment and Immigration in conjunction with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to speed up the processing of an application for permanent residence.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for immigration to Canada under the Immigrant Nominee Program, book a consultation with one of our qualified immigration consultants.
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|Population: 13.4 million (most populous in Canada) Land Mass: 1,076,395 km2 (4th largest)
Capital City: Toronto
Major Cities/Attractions: Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara Falls
Industries: Manufacturing, Service, Tourism, Farming
GDP Per Capita: $55,322 (7th out of 13)
Interesting Fact: Toronto is the 7th most populous metropolitan area in North America, depending upon how you draw the boundaries
General information about the province of Ontario
Ontario is located in central Canada. It is the most populous province in Canada with 40% of Canada’s population residing there. Toronto is the capital. Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is also located in the province. Toronto is the largest city in Ontario and Canada. Ontario is bordered by Quebec to the east, Manitoba to the west and the United States to the South. Ontario is home to the largest waterfall in Canada, Niagara Falls, which is located at the Ontario and US border. Ontario is the biggest destination in Canada for immigrants because of its economy and because of the highly multicultural Greater Toronto Area.
Industries in Ontario
Ontario is Canada’s leading manufacturing province, An abundance of natural resources, excellent transportation links to the American heartland and the inland Great Lakes making ocean access possible using container ships, have all contributed to making manufacturing the principal industry. The Ontario auto industry is the largest in Canada. Tourism contributes heavily to the economy of Central Ontario, peaking during the summer. Also, Ontario has a large agriculture industry. Cattle, Dairy and grains are the most common produce in the agriculture industry.
The climate of Ontario varies largely from season to season. The difference between Northern and Southern Ontario is drastic. The Northern Ontario climate is a sub artic climate, whereas Southern Ontario has a milder climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Most people (94% of the population) live in Southern Ontario, which makes up only 15% of the land area.
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About the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
The Program is designed to support Ontario’s economic growth by attracting foreign workers. Individuals nominated by the province, together with their spouse and dependent children, are eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa as a Provincial Nominee. Immigroup helps applicants wishing to live and work in the province under the following Immigrant Nominee Programs. Please note that, unless you have money, Ontario’s INP is the least accessible program for new immigrants. For other Provincial Nominee Programs, please see this page.
The OINP is divided into three main groups:
This category is for individuals who are currently working in Ontario or are overseas and have a job offer from a Ontario employer and are nominated by the province to become a permanent resident of Canada.
This category is for skilled workers and those who have studied in Ontario.
This category is for individuals who wish to invest, buy or establish a business in Ontario
Ontario Express Entry:
Masters & PhD Graduate Streams of the OINP
These streams are for those graduates from eligible educational institutions in Ontario that have graduated from either a masters or a PhD program and wish to live and work in Ontario and apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The changes have to do with the proof required to show OINP that you are a legitimate graduate of an Ontario-based masters or PhD program. The following table summarizes the changes:
|Masters & PhD Graduate Streams – Current Requirements||Masters & PhD Graduate Streams New Proposed Requirements|
|Masters Graduate Stream: have completed the requirements necessary to obtain a masters degree from an eligible Ontario institution, less than 2 years before date of application||Masters Graduate Stream: either proof that applicant has obtained masters degree OR
A letter from the educational institution indicating that the applicant has completed the necessary requirements to obtain a masters degree. Proof or letter in either case must be dated no more than 2 years before the date of application.
|PhD Graduate Stream: have completed the requirements necessary to obtain a PhD from an eligible Ontario institution, less than 2 years before the date of application||PhD Graduate Stream: either proof the applicant has obtained the PhD degree OR
A letter from the educational institution indicating that the applicant has completed the necessary requirements to obtain the PhD. Proof or letter in either case must be dated no more than 2 years before the date of application.
PNP Draw Points Cut-Offs
Some of the PNP streams for the provinces of Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba use the same scoring system as Express Entry. Here are the cut-offs for 2021:
Allard Keeley has been a published writer on immigration policy since 2013. Has written for publications like The Federalist. Fluent in Spanish and English. BA Honors Economics Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.