Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)


What is it?

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the province’s economic immigration program which allows foreign workers, international students and others with the skills, experience and education targeted by the province to receive a nomination from the province. After this, candidates may apply for permanent residence with the Government of Canada

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) operates under three categories:

Human Capital Category
Employer Job Offer Category
Business Category

The Human Capital Category has two sub-categoris:

  •  International Graduates Stream
  • Ontario’s Express Entry.

International Graduates stream

This stream includes two other streams which are called Master’s Graduate Stream and PhD Graduate Stream. Candidates must have a degree from an eligible university of Ontario and apply within two years of getting the degree to qualify for these two streams.

For more information please visit International Graduates Stream.

Ontario’s Express Entry

To be eligible for Ontario’s Express Entry streams, a candidate must have an active Express Entry profile and mush have received a notification of interest from Ontario.

Ontario’s Express Entry stream includes 3 sub-streams:

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Human Capital Priorities Stream

Skilled Trades Stream

For more information please visit Ontario’s Express Entry stream.

Business Category

The Business Category is designed for the candidates who must be an entrepreneur from outside of Canada and looking to establish a new business idea or purchase and expand an existing business in Ontario.

The Business Category has one stream – Entrepreneur Stream.

For more information please visit Entrepreneur Stream.

Employer Job Offer Category

The Employer job offer category has three streams. International Students and Foreign workers must have a full-time and permanent job offer from an Ontario employer to qualify and apply in this category.

For more information about each stream in Employer job offer category please visit:

Foreign Worker stream

International Student stream

In-Demand Skills stream.