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Posted on July 11 2022

All you need to know about Canada’s Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

By  Editor
Updated November 01 2023

Key Aspects of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program :

  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is introduced to help lure immigrants who can promote the needs of the local labor force
  • Ontario invited 1,98,000 new permanent residents
  • It is known for its well-developed support systems, established immigrant communities, and a strong economy
  • Ontario's Immigrant Nomine Program has nine pathways through which individuals can settle
  • The most in-demand occupations who are required to meet Ontario’s needs are mentioned below


Ontario, also known as upper Canada, is the home to the most significant number of immigrants. Nine streams are made available under the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for individuals seeking to increase their chance of migration to Canada. *Check your eligibility to Canada with the help of Y-Axis Canada Immigration Points Calculator for free.

Importance of Provincial Nominee Program in Ontario

Ontario invited 1,98,000 new permanent residents, which is 49% of all the new permanent residents in Canada. As Ontario is the largest city with the largest population, it isn't surprising to know the number of invitations issued. Most newcomers settle in Ontario because of its well-developed support systems, established immigrant communities, and a strong economy. Ontario's Immigrant Nominee Program has nine crucial pathways through which individuals can settle. Ontario's Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is introduced to help immigrants who can promote the needs of the local job market. Also read... Ottawa steps up International Tech start-ups by investing $3M in Ontario Suppose a candidate meets the pathway-specific criteria and is nominated by the province. In that case, they can add this to their permanent residence application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Every province and territory operates its PNPs except for Quebec and Nunavut. In 2007, Ontario was the last province to introduce PNP due to its large immigrant population. The system introduction created immense opportunities for the newcomers in Canada to establish themselves economically within the province and permitted to select individuals who would meet the workforce's needs.

Ontario offers multiple streams

Upper Canada offers multiple provincial nomination streams with sub-streams and a total of nine Ontario provincial immigration pathways under it.

French Speaking Skilled Worker Class

Ontario offers the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Class to individuals with high skills in official languages. It operates similarly to the FSWP regarding education, proof of funds, and work experience. The candidates must have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 6 in English and 7 in French.

Human Capital Priority Steams

The Human Capital Priority Streams functions with the Express Entry application system. The eligible candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) are qualified for Ontario's provincial nomination through a similar provincial stream if they are interested in settling in the province. Read more... IRCC to resume FSWP and CEC invitations in July and offer open work permit to PGWP holders IRCC aims to resume FSWP and CEC invitations

Skilled Trades Stream

The Express Entry immigration candidates under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are qualified for the provincial nomination through the  Skilled trades stream. They must own a minimum of one year of work experience in their trade and categorize into National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes Major Groups 72, 73, 82, or Minor Group 633. Read on... Ontario Issues 1,034 Canada Immigration NOIs In Biggest Skilled Trades Draw of 2022

Employer Job Offer Category

An immigration candidate can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the province through the nomination under other categories in case they are not eligible for Express Entry. An EOI is applicable while applying to the provincial government for nomination directly. To submit an Expression of Interest, an individual must finish the statement to apply and only apply to OINP in case of receiving an invitation from the chosen pathway.

Foreign Worker Stream

The Foreign Worker Stream pathway is primarily designed for foreign workers with a job offer from an Ontario employer. The job must be categorized under the NOC codes 0, A, or B and show evidence of an appropriate license or two years' work experience in the same occupation.

International Graduates

The International Graduates stream applies to immigration candidates graduating from universities or colleges in foreign countries with job offers from an employer in Ontario. The job needs to be categorized under NOCs 0, A, or B with the educational requirements mentioned below:

  • Degree, certificate, or diploma that needs one year to complete if studied on a full-time basis and requires a completed degree as an admission requirement
  • Degree or diploma that needs two years to complete if studied on a full-time basis

Read more... Do I need a job offer to immigrate to Canada?

In-demand occupations

The skilled workers in Canada or any other foreign country with experience under the NOC C or D will be able to apply for nomination with qualifying experience in professions immediately required in Ontario. Few specific occupations slightly differ based on the employment offer within or outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Occupations that are applicable in Ontario including the GTA:

National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes Employer Job Offer Category  
NOC 4412 Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers  
NOC 7511 Transport truck drivers  
NOC 7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers  
NOC 7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers  
NOC 8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers  
NOC 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates  
NOC 8431 General farm workers  
NOC 9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers  
NOC 8611 Harvesting labourers  
NOC 7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)  

Occupations for the immigration candidates with job offers residing outside Greater Toronto Area:

National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes Employer Job Offer Category
NOC 9411 Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
NOC 9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators
NOC 9417 Machining tool operators
 NOC 9418 Other metal products machine operators
NOC 9421 Chemical plant machine operators
NOC 9422 Plastics processing machine operators
 NOC 9437 Woodworking machine operators
NOC 9446 Industrial sewing machine operators
NOC 9461 Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
NOC 9523  Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
 NOC 9526  Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
 NOC 9536  Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
 NOC 9537  Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

  Read on... 16 new occupations added to Canada Express Entry NOC list

Entrepreneur Category

The immigration candidates under the Entrepreneur Category must also submit an Expression of Interest as this category functions differently. The candidates must attend an interview and sign a performance agreement if they are invited to apply where a temporary work permit will be provided to the candidates to migrate to Canada. Still, the business plan into effect, and submit the final review. If the candidate meets the business requirements, they must provide the documents that prove they are eligible for permanent residence. Read more... LMIA-exempt work permit holders for top jobs in Canada in 2021 The step-by-step process to apply for a temporary Canada visa Ontario Moving Forward With Pilot To Welcome 100 New Entrepreneurs

Master and Ph.D. Categories

Master and Ph.D. Categories are the two programs specifically designed for Master's and Ph.D. students graduating from any university in Ontario and residing in the province. To get qualified for this stream they have to:

  • Study for at least a year in Ontario at a qualified university
  • Get a graduation in MS

It is a must to study for at least a year at a qualified university and graduate from the Master's Graduate Stream. The Ph.D. students must have at least two years of Ph.D. in Ontario. The immigration candidates must have resided in Ontario for at least one year in the last two years for both streams. To get more updates, follow the Y-Axis blog page...


The immigrant retention rate of Ontario is more than 93% as the PNPs like OINP are effective in advancing the newcomers' economic concerns and meeting the province's needs. Ontario, in 2022, issued 9,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for the provincial nomination and made good progress toward extending or meeting that number by the end of the year. Do you want to Migrate to Ontario? Get guidance from Y-Axis, the leading Overseas Consultant in Australia. If you found this article engaging, continue to read… Canada restarts first All-Program Express Entry Draw issuing 1,500 ITAs


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