• The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the province’s economic immigration program. It works in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

    Foreign workers, international students and others with the right skills, experience and education apply to the OINP for a nomination.

    The OINP recognizes and nominates people for permanent residence that has the skills and experiences the Ontario economy needs, and the Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence.

    There are three ways you may qualify for a nomination:

    • Employer job offer category: for workers who already have a permanent job offer from an Ontario employer
    • Human capital category: for workers who have valuable work experience, education, language skills, and a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system; or for graduate students
    • Business category: for entrepreneurs looking to start a new or buy an existing business in Ontario

    Employer job offer category

    The employer job offer category has three streams. You must have a full-time and permanent job offer from an Ontario employer to qualify.

    • Foreign Worker stream: for workers in skilled positions
    • International Student stream: for recent graduates in Ontario
    • In-Demand Skills stream: for intermediate skilled workers in specific sectors, such as agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support workers

    Human capital category

    The human capital category has two sub-categories, the international graduate streams and Ontario’s Express Entry streams.

    International graduates

    To qualify under the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams, you must have a graduate degree from an eligible Ontario university and apply within two years of getting your degree.

    • Masters Graduate stream
    • PhD Graduate stream

    Ontario’s Express Entry

    To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry streams, you must have received a notification of interest from Ontario and have an up-to-date profile with your most current work experience, language tests and education in the federal government’s Express Entry system.

    • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream: for French-Speaking skilled workers with the required work experience, education and language proficiency in French and English
    • Human Capital Priorities stream: for skilled workers with the required work experience, education and language proficiency in French or English
    • Skilled Trades stream: for workers with work experience in Ontario in an eligible trade occupation

    Business category

    The business category has one stream. You must be an entrepreneur from outside of Canada who is looking to implement a new business idea or buy and grow an existing business in Ontario.

    • Entrepreneur stream

    Source:https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-immigrant-nominee-program-oinp



  • The PhD Graduate Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

    It gives international graduates with an Ontario PhD degree the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

    You must apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.



    You can apply to the PhD Graduate Stream if you meet all the criteria in the six categories below. You don’t need a job offer to apply.

    1. Education

    You must have completed the requirements necessary to obtain a PhD degree. The degree must be from an eligible university in Ontario

    At least two years of your PhD studies must have been completed while legally living and studying in Ontario.

    You don’t qualify if you have received a bursary, grant or scholarship that requires you return to your home country after you earn your PhD degree. You may only apply after you have fulfilled those commitments and can demonstrate an intention to live in Ontario.

    2. Residency in Ontario

    You must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years before you apply.

    Note that your one year of residency can be cumulative. This means that there can be gaps provided that all the periods of residency in Ontario add up to 12 months within the past two years before you apply.

    3. Settlement funds

    You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.

    Note that a family member includes your spouse, common law partner and children under the age of 22, including their children.

    You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

    • Funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
    • annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario, and/or
    • a job offer in Ontario

    Example:You have checked how much money you must have available and, based on your family size, you must have $29,000 (CAD). You have a job offer in Ontario with an annual wage of $25,000 and you have a balance of $5,000 in your savings account for a total of $30,000. By using a combination of your job offer and bank statement, you would meet the settlements fund requirement.

    Note: if you provide bank statements that include a one-time large deposit, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to support that your funds are free of debt or liability.

    4. Intention to live in Ontario

    You must intend to live and work in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. This will be determined by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include doing things like:

    • working or have worked in Ontario
    • getting job offers, or applying/interviewing for jobs
    • studying
    • volunteering
    • leasing or owning property
    • visiting
    • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties or social or personal
    • relationships

    5. Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

    If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

    You may apply if you are in ‘implied status’ at the time of your OINP application submission.

    ‘Implied status’ means that you submitted an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to renew/extend your temporary status document (a visitor record, work permit, study permit) before its expiry date. You can remain in Canada and continue to work or study under the same conditions as your existing permit until a decision is made on your pending IRCC application.

    6. Application period

    You must submit your application within two years of completing the requirements necessary to obtain your PhD degree.

    This means that the date on your degree must be within two years of your OINP application submission date. For example, if your degree is dated June 1, 2017, you must apply to this stream before June 1, 2019.

    If you don’t have your degree yet, use the date on the official letter from your university which states when your degree will be granted.

    Important: You must have completed your PhD degree before you submit your application.

    Eligible Ontario universities offering PhD programs

    To qualify for the PhD Graduate Stream, your PhD degree must be from one of the universities listed below:

    • Brock University
    • Carleton University
    • Dominican University College
    • Lakehead University
    • Laurentian University
    • McMaster University
    • Nipissing University
    • Queen’s University
    • Royal Military College of Canada
    • Ryerson University
    • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
    • St. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
    • Trent University
    • University of Guelph
    • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
    • University of Ottawa
    • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
    • University of Toronto
    • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
    • University of Waterloo
    • University of Windsor
    • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
    • Western University
    • Wilfrid Laurier University
    • York University

    Source:https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-phd-graduate-stream



  • Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

    It gives French-speaking skilled workers with strong English language abilities the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

    You must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.



    To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, you must meet all the criteria in the seven categories below. You do not need a job offer to apply.

    1. Work experience

    You must decide which of the following two federal programs you would like to be assessed against:

    • Federal Skilled Worker Program
    • Canadian Experience Class

    Federal Skilled Worker Program

    Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must have:

    • At least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part- time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

    Your work experience must have been:

    • obtained within the last five years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
    • in the same primary occupation as you identified in your Express Entry profile

    Your work experience may be from Canada or overseas.

    Continuous means:

    • no breaks in employment over a one year period

    Please note: Work experience may consist of back-to-back jobs with the same or different employer(s) (with no gap in between), but at least one year must be in the same NOC occupation as your primary NOC declared in your Express Entry profile

    If you are using periods of self-employment, you will have to provide employment documentation that is independently verifiable through third parties. This can include client reference letters indicating your duties and periods of work, as well as evidence of ongoing payments to you personally, for the services provided (for example, invoices). Please also note that your hours of self-employed work must be quantifiable to ensure that you accumulated at least 1,560 hours over one year of employment. Reference letters from you, your business partners and/or a family member are not accepted by the program.

    Canadian Experience Class

    Under the Canadian Experience Class, you must have:

    • at least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equival

    Your work experience must have been:

    • obtained within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
    • in one or more of the occupations that you identified in your Express Entry profile
    • in Canada while maintaining legal status in Canada

    Cumulative means:

    • work you’ve done must add up to one year – it does not have to be one year of continuous work

    Please note: Paid work experience gained while studying full-time at a post-secondary institution (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment are not eligible under the CEC.

    Under both programs:

    • your work experience must have been obtained over a period of at least one year – work experience totaling 1,560 hours obtained in less than a one year period does not qualify
    • full-time work experience means working in a job with at least 30 hours of paid work in a week, that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in one year
    • part-time equivalent work experience means:
      • working in one job for at least 15 hours per week, for two years that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that two year period, or
      • working in more than one job for at least 30 hours per week, for one year, that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that one year period
    • if your work experience was obtained in Ontario in an occupation that requires a license or other authorization, only work experience acquired after becoming qualified to practice that occupation in Ontario will qualify
    • volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count as valid work experience

    Vacation periods, regular sick leave and other standard paid leave entitlements as provided for in collective agreements, workplace legislation and/or individual employer policies are not considered interruptions to full-time employment. Extended leaves are considered interruptions to full-time employment and are not to be included in the calculation of work experience.

    2. Education

    You must have a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree or its equivalent in another country.

    If you completed your studies outside of Canada, you need to get an Educational Credential Assessment report that proves your education is equivalent to a Canadian degree.

    Completing a three-year program at a university, college, or other institute is not the same as having a bachelor’s degree. Your Educational Credential Assessment must state that you have the equivalent of at least a Canadian bachelor’s degree to qualify.

    The assessment must be done by one of the following organizations, designated by IRCC.

    • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
    • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
    • International Credential Evaluation Service
    • International Qualifications Assessment Service
    • Medical Council of Canada (professional body for Doctors)
    • Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (professional body for Pharmacists)
    • World Education Services

    You must give a copy of the ECA report when you submit your application. The report cannot be more than five years old at the time you submit your application.

    If required it should be possible to confirm your ECA results with the organization that completed it. This means you must authorize the organization to share the results with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (not IRCC).

    For authorization to see your ECA results from:

    • Comparative Education Service, fill out a consent form (PDF)
    • Medical Council of Canada, order a copy of your report and indicate the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program as the recipient of the report
    • World Education Services, order a copy of your ECA report online and indicate the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program as the recipient of the report

    Note: For the other organizations, no additional steps are required.

    Please contact the Educational Credential Assessment organization directly if you have any specific questions about the process for getting an ECA or how to authorize and share your ECA results.

    You must authorize the organization to share the results of your assessment specifically with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Authorizing the organization to share the results of your assessment with IRCC is not sufficient for the purposes of your application to the OINP.

    If you do not provide a copy of your ECA report and/or if you do not authorize an organization listed above to share the results of your asse

    3. Language

    You must be able to understand, read, write and speak French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

    You must also be able to understand, read, write and speak English at CLB level 6 or higher.

    To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved French and English language test before you submit your application to this stream.

    The test must not have been taken more than two years from the time you submit your application.

    For French tests, we accept:

    • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
    • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

    For English tests, we accept:

    • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test

    4. Settlement funds

    You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.

    Note that a family member includes your spouse, common law partner and children under the age of 22, including their children.

    You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

    • Funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc
    • annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario
    • a job offer in Ontario

    Example: You have checked how much money you must have available and, based on your family size, you must have $29,000 (CAD). You have a job offer in Ontario with an annual wage of $25,000 and you have a balance of $5,000 in your savings account for a total of $30,000. By using a combination of your job offer and bank statement, you would meet the settlements fund requirement.

    Note: if you provide bank statements that include a one-time large deposit, we may ask you to provide additional documentation to support that your funds are free of debt or liability

    5. Intention to live in Ontario

    You must intend to live in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include things like:

    • working or have worked in Ontario
    • getting job offers or applying/interviewing for jobs
    • studying
    • volunteering
    • leasing or owning property
    • visiting
    • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships

    6. Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

    If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

    You may apply if you are in ‘implied status’ at the time of your OINP application submission.

    ‘Implied status’ means that you submitted an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to renew/extend your temporary status document (a visitor record, work permit, study permit) before its expiry date. You can remain in Canada and continue to work or study under the same conditions as your existing permit until a decision is made on your pending IRCC application.

    7. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

    If you choose to be assessed against the FSWP, you must score at least 67 points on the six selection factors (education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability).

    Source:https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-express-entry-french-speaking-skilled-worker-stream



  • Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

    It gives foreign workers with the required skilled work experience, language abilities and education the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

    You must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.



    To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, you must meet the all the criteria in the seven categories below. You do not need a job offer to apply.

    1. Work experience

    You must decide which of the following two federal programs you would like to be assessed against:

    • Federal Skilled Workers Program
    • Canadian Experience Class

    Federal Skilled Worker Program

    Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must have:

    • at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part- time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

    Your work experience must have been:

    • obtained within the last five years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
    • in the same primary occupation as you identified in your Express Entry profile

    You may have gained your work experience in Canada or overseas.

    Continuous means:

    • no breaks in employment over a one year period

    Please note: Work experience may consist of back-to-back jobs with the same or different employer(s) (with no gap in between), but at least one year must be in the same NOC occupation as your primary NOC declared in your Express Entry profile.

    If you are using periods of self-employment, you will need to provide employment documentation that is independently verifiable through third parties. This can include client reference letters indicating your duties and periods of work, as well as evidence of ongoing payments to you personally, for the services provided (for example, invoices). Please also note that your hours of self-employed work must be quantifiable to ensure that you accumulated at least 1,560 hours over one year of employment. Reference letters from you, your business partners and/or a family member are not accepted by the program.

    Canadian Experience Class

    Under the Canadian Experience Class, you must have:

    • at least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Canada in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC

    Your work experience must have been:

    • obtained within the last three years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
    • in one or more of the occupations that you identified in your Express Entry profile
    • in Canada while maintaining legal status in Canada

    Cumulative means:

    • the work you’ve done must add up to one year – it does not have to be one year of continuous work

    Please note:Paid work experience gained while studying full-time at a post-secondary institution (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment are not eligible under the CEC.

    Under both programs:

    • your work experience must have been obtained over a period of at least one year – work experience totaling 1,560 hours obtained in less than one year period does not qualify
    • full-time work experience means working in a job with at least 30 hours of paid work in a week that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in one year
    • part-time equivalent work experience means:
      • working in one job for at least 15 hours per week, for two years that amounts to at least 1,560 hours in that two-year period, or
      • working in more than one job for at least 30 hours per week, for one year, that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that one year period
    • if your work experience was obtained in Ontario in an occupation that requires a license or other authorization, only work experience acquired after becoming qualified to practice that occupation in Ontario will qualify
    • volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count as work experience

    Vacation periods, regular sick leave and other standard paid leave entitlements as provided for in collective agreements, workplace legislation and/or individual employer policies are not considered interruptions to full-time employment. Extended leaves are considered interruptions to full-time employment and are not to be included in the calculation of work experience.

    2. Education

    You must have a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree or its equivalent in another country.

    If you completed your studies outside of Canada, you need to get an Educational Credential Assessment report that proves your education is equivalent to a Canadian degree.

    Completing a three-year program at a university, college, or other institute is not the same as having a bachelor’s degree. Your Educational Credential Assessment must state that you have the equivalent of at least a Canadian bachelor’s degree to qualify.

    The assessment must be done by one of the following organizations, designated by IRCC.

    • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
    • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
    • International Credential Evaluation Service
    • International Qualifications Assessment Service
    • Medical Council of Canada (professional body for doctors)
    • Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (professional body for pharmacists)
    • World Education Services

    You must give a copy of the ECA report when you submit your application. The report cannot be more than five years old at the time you submit your application.

    It should be possible to confirm your ECA results with the organization that completed it. This means you must authorize the organization to share the results with us (the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program).

    To authorize to see your ECA results from:

    • Comparative Education Service, fill out a consent form (PDF)
    • Medical Council of Canada, order a copy of your report and indicate the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program as the recipient of the report
    • World Education Services, order a copy of your Educational Credential Assessment report online and indicate the “Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program” as the recipient of the report

    Note: For the other organizations, no additional steps are required.

    Please contact the ECA organization directly if you have any specific questions about the process for getting an Educational Credential Assessment or how to authorize and share your ECA results with us.

    You must authorize the organization to share the results of your assessment specifically with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Authorizing the organization to share the results of your assessment with IRCC is not sufficient for the purposes of your application to the OINP.

    If you do not provide a copy of your ECA report and/or if you do not authorize an organization listed above to share the results of your assessment with the OINP, your application will be returned and your application fee refunded.

    3. Language

    You must be able to understand, read, write and speak either English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

    To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved English or French language test before you submit your application to this stream.

    The test must not have been taken more than two years from the date you submit your application.

    For English tests, we accept:

    • International English Language Testing (IELTS) — we only accept the General Training test
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) — we only accept the General test

    For French tests, we accept:

    • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
    • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

    4. Settlement funds

    You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.

    Note that a family member includes your spouse, common law partner and children under the age of 22, including their children.

    You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

    • Funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
    • annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario
    • a job offer in Ontario

    Example: You have checked how much money you must have available and, based on your family size, you must have $29,000 (CAD). You have a job offer in Ontario with an annual wage of $25,000 and you have a balance of $5,000 in your savings account for a total of $30,000. By using a combination of your job offer and bank statement, you would meet the settlements fund requirement.

    Note: If you provide bank statements that include a one-time large deposit, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to support that your funds are free of debt or liability.

    5. Intention to live in Ontario

    You must intend to live in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. This would be determined by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include things like:

    • working or have worked in Ontario
    • getting job offers or applying/ interviewing for jobs
    • studying
    • volunteering
    • leasing or owning property
    • visiting
    • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships

    6. Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

    If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

    You may apply if you are in ‘implied status’ at the time of your OINP application submission.

    ‘Implied status’ means that you submitted an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to renew/extend your temporary status document (a visitor record, work permit, study permit) before its expiry date. You can remain in Canada and continue to work or study under the same conditions as your existing permit until a decision is made on your pending IRCC application.

    7. Federal Skilled Worker Program

    If you choose to be assessed against the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), you must score at least 67 points on the six selection factors (education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability).

    Source:https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-express-entry-human-capital-priorities-stream



  • Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

    It gives foreign nationals with Ontario work experience in eligible skilled trades the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

    You must have a valid profile in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence



    1. Work experience

    You must have:

    • at least one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Ontario in a skilled trade that is listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73 or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

    Your work experience must have been:

    • obtained within the last two years from the date of submitting your application to the OINP
    • in one or more of the occupations that you identified in your Express Entry profile
    • in Ontario while maintaining legal status in Canada

    Cumulative means:

    • the work you’ve done must add up to one year, but it does not have to be one year of continuous work

    Full-time work experience means:

    • working in a job with at least 30 hours of paid work in a week that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in one year

    Part-time equivalent work experience means:

    • working in one job for at least 15 hours per week for two years that amounts to at least 1,560 hours in that two-year period,or
    • working in more than one job for at least 30 hours per week for one year that amounts to at least 1,560 hours of paid work in that one-year period

    Please note:

    • your work experience must have been obtained over a period of at least one year
    • work experience totaling 1,560 hours obtained in less than one year period does not qualify
    • if you worked in a compulsory trade, only work experience acquired after becoming qualified to practice that occupation in Ontario will qualify
    • paid work experience gained while studying full time at a post-secondary institution (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment are not eligible
    • volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count as work experience

    Vacation periods, regular sick leave and other standard paid leave entitlements as provided for in collective agreements, workplace legislation and/or individual employer policies are not considered interruptions to full-time employment. Extended leaves are considered interruptions to full-time employment and are not to be included in the calculation of work experience.

    2. Valid certificate or license (if applicable)

    If you are claiming work experience in a compulsory trade, even if you are no longer working in the trade, you must have a valid certificate or license in Ontario at the time you apply and you must have held a valid certificate or license that covers the period of work experience that is being used to meet the minimum one year of work experience in an eligible skilled trades occupation.

    3. Current residence in Ontario and legal status in Canada

    You must be living in Ontario and hold a valid work permit at the time you apply.

    If your work permit expired, you may still apply to the OINP if you have submitted an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to renew/extend your work permit before its expiry date. In these cases, you are considered to be in implied status. You can remain in Canada and continue to work under the same conditions as your existing work permit until a decision is made on the pending application.

    You are not required to have a job at the time you apply

    4. Language

    You must be able to understand, read, write and speak either English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or higher.

    To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved English or French language test before you submit your application to this stream.

    The test must not have been taken more than two years from the time you submit your application.

    For English tests:

    • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test

    For French tests:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)
  • 5. Settlement funds

    You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.

    Note that a family member includes your spouse, common law partner and children under the age of 22, including their children.

    You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

    • funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etcetera
    • annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario
    • a job offer in Ontario

    Example: You have checked how much money you must have available and, based on your family size, you must have $29,000 (CAD). You have a job offer in Ontario with an annual wage of $25,000 and you have a balance of $5,000 in your savings account for a total of $30,000. By using a combination of your job offer and bank statement, you would meet the settlements fund requirement.

    Note: if you provide bank statements that include a one-time large deposit, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to support that your funds are free of debt or liability

    6. Intention to live in Ontario

    You must intend to live in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include things like:

    • working or have worked in Ontario
    • getting job offers or applying/ interviewing for jobs
    • studying
    • volunteering
    • leasing or owning property
    • visiting
    • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships

    Source:https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-express-entry-skilled-trades-stream



  • The Entrepreneur Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

    This stream is for entrepreneurs from outside of Canada interested in starting a new business or buying an existing business in Ontario.

    It gives an entrepreneur (and up to one foreign national business partner) the opportunity to be nominated for permanent residence once their business has been established in Ontario.

    The Entrepreneur Stream application is a two-stage process.

    Stage 1

    • Register an expression of interest by email
    • If invited, submit an online application
    • You and your business partner (if applicable) attend a mandatory in-person interview at the OINP office in Toronto
    • If your stage 1 application is successful, you must sign a performance agreement

    Stage 2

    • Issue of a temporary work permit support letter so that you can apply to IRCC for a temporary work permit
    • Establish your business - you have 20 months to implement your business plan and submit a final report
    • If your business meets all requirements, we ask you for documentation to make sure you are eligible for nomination for permanent residence.


    To qualify under the Entrepreneur Stream, you must have a viable business that is likely to provide material economic benefit to the economy of Ontario as a whole or to the local Ontario economy where the business will be located. You and one business partner (if applicable) must both meet the eligibility requirements.

    1. Business experience

    You must have at least 24 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months.

    Your experience must be as a business owner or as a senior manager (business management). As a business owner you must have had an active role in the business and owned at least onethird of the business. As a senior manager you must have had senior decision-making responsibilities in the business.

    2. Net worth

    If your proposed business will be located:

    • Within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto and Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions) you must have a minimum net worth of 800,000 CDN.
    • Outside of the Greater Toronto Area you must have a minimum net worth of $400,000 CDN.

    If your proposed business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications sector then regardless of location, you must have a minimum net worth of $400,000 CDN.

    3. Personal investment funds and minimum equity

    If your proposed business will be located:

    • within the Greater Toronto Area, you must make a minimum personal investment of $600,000 CDN and control at least one-third of the equity in the business
    • outside of the Greater Toronto Area, you must make a minimum personal investment of $200,000 CDN and control at least one-third of the equity in the business

    If your proposed business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications sector then regardless of location, you must make a minimum personal investment of $200,000 CDN and control at least of one-third of the equity in the business.

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) welcomes foreign national entrepreneurs willing to invest in Ontario. Candidates who are invited to apply for permanent residency nomination under the Entrepreneur Stream would be considered, but not guaranteed for approval, and applications are assessed against the criteria.

    Under the Entrepreneur Stream., the criteria include an applicant demonstrating that they meet minimum personal net worth and investment criteria. While passive investments, including mutual and/or pooled fund securities, are permissible for the purpose of satisfying the personal net worth criterion, they are not eligible for inclusion in an applicant’s minimum business investment amount.

    4. Active involvement

    You must be actively involved, on an ongoing basis, in the management of the business.

    5. Capital investment purpose

    The primary purpose of investing capital in the business must be to make a profit. It must not be to derive interest, dividends or capital gains.

    6. Job creation

    If the business will be located inside the Greater Toronto Area, you must create at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

    If the business will be located outside the Greater Toronto Area or in the information and communications technology or digital communications sector, regardless of location, you must create at least one permanent full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

    Jobs must be created within the first 20 months of establishing or acquiring the business, must be filled continuously for at least 10 months and must be paid at the median wage level for the position.

    7. Additional requirements if purchasing an existing business

    If you plan to purchase an existing business:

    • you must make at least one business-related visit to Ontario within 12 months from the date of registering an Expression of Interest
    • the business being purchased must have been in continuous operation by the same owner(s) for the previous 60 months
    • ownership of the business must be completely transferred to the applicant or any business partner
    • you must use at least 10% of your personal investment towards improving or expanding the business in Ontario
    • you must keep all permanent full-time employees that worked in the business prior to the transfer of ownership

    General business requirements

    In addition to meeting the minimum requirements listed above, you must also meet the general business requirements listed below.

    1. Business purpose

    The business purpose must be to make a profit from active income through the sale of goods and/or services.

    2. Canadian and Ontario legal requirements

    Your business must comply with all relevant federal, provincial or municipal legal, regulatory and licensing requirements. This includes compliance with Ontario’s labour and employment standards laws.

    ,3. Permanent business

    Your business must be permanent. Project-based and seasonal businesses are not eligible.

    4. Business in Ontario

    You must maintain a place of business in Ontario at all times.

    Ineligible types of businesses

    Before you start the process of applying you need to ensure that your proposed business is not one of the ineligible types listed below.

    • automated car wash business
    • holding companies
    • laundromats
    • pawnbrokers
    • pay day loan and related businesses
    • scrap metal recycling
    • tire recycling
    • a business involved in producing, distributing or selling pornography or sexually explicit products or services, or providing sexually oriented services
    • businesses which have been previously owned/operated by current or former OINP business stream nominees

    If your proposed business will be located in the Greater Toronto Area, the following types are also ineligible.

    • existing franchises in Ontario (new foreign franchises expanding into Ontario are permitted)
    • gas stations
    • bed and breakfasts

    Source:https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-entrepreneur-stream