Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

Being the most popular province of Canada, Ontario holds two major world-famous cities Ottawa and Toronto in its kitty, where Ottawa is the nation’s capital, and Toronto is the Province capital, which is highly known for their economic and socio-cultural values.

Ottawa and Toronto are the two densely populated cities holding 1,378,151 and 60,00,000 peoples in it. Toronto is the financial hub of Canada where the national stock exchange exists in it, and moreover, it is a highly multi-cultured city where more than 50% of the population belongs to different nations.

Ontario also holds the rich natural diversity of huge forests, five major lakes and the world-famous Niagara falls with it. Ontario is also known for its diversification in a climate where it gives sunny days of 30C in summer and (-)40C in winter. Being an end-to-end industrial hub, Ontario produces crops at one-end, and deal with edge computing technologies in the other end.

Eligibility Criteria for Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

  • The concerned applicant must have a minimum of two years experience in the last five years for the relevant field or he/she is applying for regulated jobs must have registered earlier by following proper procedure in the province.
  • The opportunity provided by the employer should be a full-time job, part-time or contractual basis are not encouraged. Moreover, the authentication of the concerned employer will also be verified by the Opportunity board of Ontario before signing the document.
  • The work experience of the applicant will be conducted only if it is a payable job, a non-payable or volunteer kind of jobs are not taken into consideration.
  • The candidate must submit the proof of residential status if they are living/staying in Canada during the process of applying, where refugee or asylum seekers are not eligible for “Ontario Provincial Nominee Program”.
  • The submission of “Joint-Verification” and Pre-Screening test” forms is mandatory to get the approval for Ontario PNP.

How to Apply for Ontario Provincial Nominee Program?


Pre-Screen Application : The employer initially submit a request of pre-screening form to the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigrations and the board will review the application on the basis whether there is a need for the job and the candidate possess best skills to fulfil the position.


Nominee Application : The employer will be receiving a letter of approval from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s combined with an approval certificate based on the verification of pre-screening form. The employer shares both the pre-screening certificate and nominee approval package with the selected employee later.


Provincial Nomination : This will be the final step to enter into Ontario as well as Canada, where the employee must submit both the pre-screening and nominee approval form to acquire provincial nominee certificate and get the permanent residency as well. Still, the candidate and their accompanying member (if any) must need to get qualified with certain criteria like medical examination and background verification to get the final approval.

High Demanded Jobs in Ontario 2023

  • NOC 0131- Telecommunication Managers
  • NOC 0213- Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • NOC 2133- Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • NOC 2147- Computer Engineers (Excluding Software Engineers and Designers)
  • NOC 2171- Information System Analysts and Consultants
  • NOC 2172 – Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • NOC 2173- Software Engineers and Designers
  • NOC 2174- Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
  • NOC 2175- Web Designers and Developers
  • NOC 2241- Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • NOC 2282- User Support Technicians
  • NOC 2283- System Testing Technicians
  • NOC 5224- Broadcast Technicians
  • NOC 2281- Computer Network Technicians

Factors influencing Ontario Entry Calculation

Influencing Factors Maximum Points
Language Skills (English/French) 28
Education 25
Work Experience 15
Age 15
Employment Nature 10
Adaptability 10
Total Points 100
Pass Mark 67
CLB Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB Level 9+ 6 6 6 6
CLB Level 8 5 5 5 5
CLB Level 7 4 4 4 4
CLB below 7 Not Eligible
Educational Qualification Points
PhD or Equivalent 25
Master’s Degree or Equivalent 23
Equivalent to 2+ Canadian Post Secondary Program 22
Equivalent to three years of Canadian Post Secondary Program 21
Equivalent to two years of Canadian Post Secondary Program 19
Equivalent to one year of Canadian Post Secondary Program 15
Equivalent to Canadian High School Diploma 5
Total Work Experience Points
Less than 1 year Not Eligible
1 year 9
2-3 years 11
4-5 years 13
6+ years 15
Age Points
Below 18 years 0
18-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 and above 0

What is Ontario Immigration?

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is an economic immigration program. This Ontario program works in collaboration with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This program is specially designed to select foreign nationals who are interested in immigrating to Ontario. Foreign nationals, international students, and other individuals who possess the required skills, experience, and education for Ontario Immigration can apply for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Categories for Ontario PNP Program

  • Employer Job Offer Category
    • Foreign Worker Stream
    • International Student Stream
    • In-demand Skills Stream
  • Human Capital Category
    • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
    • Ontario’s Express Entry
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • Skilled Trades Stream
  • Masters Graduate
  • Ph.D. Graduates
  • Business Category
    • Entrepreneur Stream

1. Ontario Employer Job Offer

Ontario Employer Job Offer is for individuals who have job offers from an Ontario Employer. The individual should meet certain requirements to be eligible for this category. This category has three streams:

A) Foreign Worker
B) International Student with a Job Offer
C) In-Demand Skills

A) Foreign Worker System

This stream is designed for highly skilled foreign workers who wish to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency. They should have prior work experience and a permanent full-time job offer from a Canadian employer. They should have skill level NOC (0, A, or B). They should score CLB 7 in English if their NOC level is 0 or A., they should score CLB 4 in English if their NOC level is B.  the foreign national should have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in the skill level NOC (0, A, or B).

B) International Student with a Job Offer

The international students who have completed their education in Canada and if they have a job offer from an Ontario employer; are eligible to apply for this stream. They should study at least a 2-year program in a Canadian institution. The student a need to have a permanent job offer with National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A, or B.

C) In-Demand Skills

This stream is mainly for foreign semi-skilled workers who have one of Ontario’s in-demand occupations. If they have a valid job offer from the Ontario employer, then they are eligible for this stream. They should have NOC level C or D. They should score CLB 4 in English.

2. Human Capital Category

Human Capital Category is for workers who possess valuable work experience, educational qualification, language proficiency, and a profile in Canada’s express entry system.

A) French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Foreign nationals with required work experience, education, language proficiency either in English or French are eligible for this stream. This is an invite for the French-speaking people through the Express Entry pool. The individual has to demonstrate their proficiency in French and in English to get qualified for this stream. The foreign national should score CLB 7 in French and CLB 6 in English if he is applying for this stream.

B) Ontario’s Express Entry

Ontario Express Entry stream operates in collaboration with the federal government’s Express Entry system. The individual should have a notification of interest from Ontario and their updated profile with their current work experience, language tests, and education in the federal government.

C) Human Capital Priorities Stream

This stream is for skilled workers who have the required work experience, education, and language proficiency either in English or in French. It is one of the streams in the Human Capital category. This stream is operated by the province of Ontario. This stream has a merit-based system to nominated highly qualified skilled workers through the federal express entry pool.

D) Skilled Trades Stream

This stream is one of the Human Capital streams of the Ontario PNP Program. It is operated by the province of Ontario. This stream is especially for workers who have work experience in Ontario in eligible trade occupations. The foreign national should have scored CLB 5 either in English or French. This stream proffers provincial nominations to skilled tradespeople who have active express entry profiles and presently living in Ontario.

E) Masters Graduate

Masters Graduate is one of the streams in the Human Capital category of Ontario immigration. This stream is mainly for recent graduates with master’s degree, that is obtained from an eligible Ontario institution. This is mainly for graduates who have the intention to live and work in Ontario.

F) Ph.D. Graduates

Ph.D. graduates are one of the streams in the Human Capital Category of Ontario Immigration. This stream is mainly for the graduates with a Ph.D. degree, that is obtained from an Ontario institution. If a Ph.D. graduate has the intention of living and working in Ontario, then they can apply for this stream.

3. Business Category

If a foreign national is wish to start or buy a business in Ontario, he can through this stream. Through the Entrepreneur stream in the business category, the individual can bring in new business ideas, either buy a new business or can grow a new business in Ontario. Furthermore, Ontario has a plethora of opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners.

A) Entrepreneur Stream

This stream is designed for business owners or entrepreneurs who want to run a start business and settle in Ontario. Through this stream, the entrepreneur can establish a new business in Ontario. If he wishes to manage a business that already exists through this stream, he can do that too. To get them nominated for this stream, they should have managed an actual running business at least for 2 years.


1. What are the language tests that are accepted for the Ontario Immigration?

There are three languages proficiency tests for Ontario Immigration:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
  • TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Francais).

2. What is the processing time for Ontario Immigration?

The processing time varies depending on the stream. The standard processing time for the Ontario Immigration will take up to 4-7 months.

3. What is Ontario Entrepreneur Stream?

Ontario Entrepreneur Stream is mainly for entrepreneurs or business owners who wish to create a business or purchase a business in Ontario. If their business plan is approved by the province, they will get a temporary visa to actively perform their business activity. Once it is established permanently, they can apply for permanent residence in Ontario.

4. How can International students apply for permanent residence in Ontario?

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has three specialised categories for international students. The categories of the ONIP are:

  • Pilot International Master’s Graduate Category
  • International Ph.D. Students Category
  • Job Offer Stream for International Students

5. Which are the categories that does not require job offer for international students on OINP?

Among the three categories in Ontario immigrant nominee program, Pilot International Master’s Graduate Category and International Ph.D. The student category does not require any job offer. Whereas, Job Offer Stream for international students does need a job offer.

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