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How To Apply for Permanent Residence in Ontario

Steps you can take to become a permanent resident via the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

It is an undisputed fact that Ontario is one of the most popular provinces for international students, workers, and families looking to immigrate to Canada. Ontario is Canada’s second-largest province and a ‘hub’ for multiculturalism. The province ranks highly in popularity among immigrants based on its cultural diversity, low unemployment rate, earning power, and employment opportunities in Tech, Financial, and Industrial areas of occupation.

Here are some interesting facts about Ontario:

  1. Ontario cities consistently rank among the best places to live and work in the world.

  2. Ontario has 3 of the Top 100 QS World University Rankings including University of Toronto and University of Waterloo

  3. Ontario welcomed the most new immigrants in 2021 compared to any other province, with over 100,000 new immigrants to the province.

This blog will dive into aspects of the immigration process in Ontario and guide you on the steps you can take to become a permanent resident via the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

A popular misconception is that immigrating to Ontario can be difficult due to employment competition in the workplace and the requirements you need to immigrate. With Ontario boasting 14.7 million in population, there’s no negating that competition is definitely an element present. However, with the correct knowledge and guidance on the different immigration programs, the process could be much easier than you think.

How to Get Started

First things first, you need to understand OINP and the different categories you may be eligible to apply under to become a permanent resident. The OINP is Ontario's economic immigration program which allows the province to assess and nominate persons to become permanent residents based on their skills, experience, and what the Ontario economy needs.

Once you have received a nomination from the province, you will be required to apply for permanent residency and the Government of Canada will make the final decision to approve the application.

The OINP is broken down into nine (9) following categories:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream

  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream

  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream

  • Masters Graduate stream

  • Ph.D. Graduate stream

  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream

  • Human Capital Priorities stream

  • Skilled Trades stream

  • Entrepreneur stream

The Application Process

To apply to the OINP as a candidate you will need to either submit an expression of interest profile​​ or have an active Express Entry profile.

In April 2021, the OINP started employing the Expression of Interest system. The Expression of Interest (EOI) system is a point-based system that allows candidates to be ranked in a pool based on their education, age and work experience, among other factors. Candidates with the highest score in the respective draws will receive an invitation to apply. Draws are held based on a periodic basis in keeping with the province’s quota. The last EOI draw was held on December 07, 2021, and invitations were given to persons who qualified for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker, International Student and In-Demand Skills streams.

The OINP also conducted a targeted draw for candidates under the Employer Job Offer; In-Demand Skills who had work experience in the national occupational codes (NOC) below:

Health and agricultural occupations:

  • NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates

  • NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers

  • NOC 8431 – general farmworkers

  • NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers

  • NOC 8611 – harvesting labourers

  • NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

The Employer Job Offer; Foreign Worker stream and the Employer Job Offer; International Student stream are the OINP's most popular categories for candidates to apply. Both streams allow eligible international Ontario graduates/skilled workers who have a supported job offer from their employer to submit an expression of interest profile on the province’s website.


At Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. we can assist with the entire immigration process. We specialize in business immigration and work with employers to assist them with applying for immigration programs for their foreign employees. If you are interested in navigating the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and you need guided immigration support to make your transition seamless, reach out to us today!



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We can assist with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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