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About Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario recognizes that employers play a critical role in our economic success. For many employers, newcomers to Ontario are a valuable source of skilled labour. If you are an Ontario employer having difficulty finding the workers you need, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program may be the program for you.

What is it?

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an immigration program through which Ontario nominates individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on a pre-approved job offer in the province. The Government of Ontario established Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to help employers succeed in the global competition for talent. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has a target of 5,200 nominations in 2015, this includes nominations for both the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and Ontario Express Entry.

How do employers participate?

This program allows employers to:

  • Apply for the approval of permanent, full-time positions to be filled by foreign nationals
  • Recruit foreign nationals to fill those positions.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is designed in part to assist employers who are having difficulty recruiting qualified, skilled workers in Ontario.

Approved employers can recruit foreign workers through the General Category and the International with a Job Offer.

Individuals applying through the International Masters Graduates and the International PhD Graduates streams can apply directly to OINP

How do investors participate?

The program allows investors to have key employees obtain permanent resident status.

Endorsed investors can recruit foreign workers through the General Category.

How do individuals participate?

Once they are recruited by an employer, individuals who meet all of the OINP requirements may be nominated by the province for permanent residence as Provincial Nominees. Individuals applying in the International Students: Masters Graduate or PhD graduates stream can apply directly to OINP.

Nominated individuals must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC then performs important admissibility checks for health and security in order to grant permanent residence to applicants. Nominees can also apply to CIC for a temporary work permit while their permanent residence application is being processed.

Applying for immigration can seem complicated when both the Provincial and Federal Governments play a role in the process. To learn more about the Province of Ontario’s role and the Government of Canada’s role in processing permanent residence applications for Provincial Nominees, visit theNominees: What’s Next section of our website.


This website provides details on Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The Government of Ontario reserves the right to change any aspect of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, including any time limits, nomination categories, eligibility criteria, distribution of nominations by category and supporting documentation requirements, at any time and without notice.