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Posted on September 12 2022

Understanding the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

By  Editor
Updated March 26 2024

Highlights of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

  • Ontario PNP has nine streams to welcome immigrants.
  • In 2021, Ontario welcomed nearly 49% of new permanent residents in Canada.
  • Most newcomers pick Ontario as one option to settle due to its largest economy and fully developed support systems.

Ontario holds OINP draws at regular intervals through the Express Entry-linked Human Capital Priorities stream. The province has the largest PNP allocation and it also includes North America, Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo region as the tech hubs. There are nine different pathways to getting settled in Ontario using Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).


What is Provincial Nomination?

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is created to help provinces attract and welcome immigrants who can help and support local labor force needs. Suppose a candidate satisfies the set criteria by pathway and is nominated by the Province. In that case, they can add this nomination to their permanent residence application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


What is Ontario Provincial Nominee Program?

Due to its existing huge immigrant population, Ontario was one of the last provinces to introduce PNP in 2007. This created many opportunities for the newcomers to Canada to establish themselves within the Province. This PNP allowed Ontario to select candidates who fit well to fill in the gaps in the workforce. Except for Quebec and Nunavut, each Canadian Province and Territory operate their own PNPs.


What categories does Ontario offer?

Ontario province has four different streams of provincial nominations. Each stream is divided into sub-streams, making a total of 9 immigration pathways for Ontario.


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Human Capital Priority Streams

Human Capital priority streams operate in alliance with the Express Entry application System. The applicants eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are also eligible for a provincial nomination in Ontario, provided the applicants need to give the intention to settle in the Province.


OINP 2021 nominations through Human Capital Priorities Stream

The table below will reveal the streams and the number of nominations in each stream in 2021:


Stream Number of nominations
Employer Job Offer: International Student stream 1,240
Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream 540
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream 1,705
PhD Graduate stream 212
Masters Graduate stream 1,202
Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream 177
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream 3,513
Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream 410
Entrepreneur stream 1
Grand total 9,000


  Also Read… How to immigrate through Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program


Human Capital Priorities Tech Draws

There are six technology sector occupations for the tech draws which comes under the Human Capital Priorities Stream. Candidates who want to submit an application under this stream should have experience in any one of the following six occupations given in the table with NOC code:


NOC Code Occupation
NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
NOC 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
NOC 2147 Computer engineers
NOC 2175 Web designers and developers
NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers


List of tech jobs of 2021 OINP Nominations

The table below will show the OINP nominations for different job roles in the tech sector in 2021:


National Occupational Classification (NOC) Occupations Number of nominations
NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers 792
NOC 124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 482
NOC 1111 Financial auditors and accountants 382
NOC 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 374
NOC 6311 Food service supervisors 353
NOC 7511 Transport truckdrivers 325
NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators 319
NOC 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting 267
NOC 601 Corporate sales managers 258
NOC 213 Computer and information systems managers 252
NOC 1121 Human resources professionals 186
NOC 122 Banking, credit and other investment managers 183
NOC 2175 Web designers and developers 167
NOC 1112 Financial and investment analysts 164
NOC 1241 Administrative assistants 148
NOC 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 133
NOC 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations 122
NOC 6322 Cooks 118
NOC 114 Other administrative services managers 114
NOC 4163 Business development officers, marketing researchers, consultants 103
All other occupations   3,758
Grand total   9,000


General requirements for Ontario HCP

The general requirements for Ontario HCP can be found below:

  • Candidates have to apply through FSWP or CEC under federal Express Entry system.
  • Applicants should have at least one-year experience in the related field under the NOC occupation level 0, A, or B.
  • Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s degree or higher that they have earned in Canada.
  • The language proficiency level should be minimum CLB 7 level in English or French.
  • Candidates should have the intention to live, work, and settle in Ontario.
  • Proof of settlement funds
  • Minimum CRS score as per the Express Entry draws

French Speaking Skilled Worker Class

Ontario offers the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Class based on work experience, education, and proof of funds. Candidates with high skills and a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in French and 6 in English.


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Skilled Trades Stream

The applicants eligible for Express Entry by using the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are eligible for provincial nomination through the Skilled Trades stream. The candidates need to have one-year work experience within their trade, and this trade must be listed in National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73, or 82.


Employer Job Offer Category

If the candidate is not eligible for Express Entry, then they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Province through a nomination in other categories. The EOI applies when applicants apply directly to the provincial government for nomination.


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An Expression of Interest (EOI) notifies the government of Ontario that you need to be invited to apply. If you choose these pathways, you will have only the choice to apply for OINP if you get an invitation. To submit an EOI, one needs to complete an attestation form on the same day to the Province that you have met the criteria for the program you have chosen and rest everything that is listed in EOI is true. It would be best if you waited for the invite to apply from the Province for the nomination.


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Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream pathway

This pathway is advised for foreign workers who are abroad and have a job offer from an Ontario employer. The opportunity you get must be under NOC codes 0, A, or B, and one should provide a license or two years of work experience in the same occupation.

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Employer Job Offer: International Graduates

This stream is for the applicants who graduate from universities in any foreign country and who have received a job offer from an employer in Ontario. And the opportunity must be listed under NOCs 0, A, or B.


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Educational requirements:

If the candidate has studied at least a full-time two-year degree or diploma or Suppose the candidate has studied for at least a full-time degree or diploma. The applicant needs to submit this completed degree as an admission requirement.

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Employer Job Offer: In-demand occupations

Experienced skilled workers from Canada or abroad whose skill comes under NOC C or D can apply for nomination. If the applicant has the necessary experience in occupations with huge requirements for the occupation that needs more workers in Ontario. The The occupations listed slightly differ depending on if the offer of employment is inside or outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Occupations are applicable anywhere in Ontario, including the GTA:


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


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Occupations are only applicable to candidates with job offers outside of the GTA:


NOC codes Occupations outside GTA
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


Masters and Ph.D. Categories

The remaining two programs are specifically designed for masters and Ph.D. students who have graduated from Ontario colleges or universities and plan to settle in the Province. The Master’s Graduate stream needs at least a year of study at any authorized Ontario University and graduation program. Ph.D. needs to finish at least two years of study program in Ontario. For both streams, candidates should have lived in Ontario for a minimum of one year in the past two years.


Entrepreneur Category

Candidates applying for the entrepreneur category also need to submit an EOI; if they have received an invitation to apply need to attend a mandatory interview and also sign a performance agreement. If they succeed, they will be issued a temporary work permit to move to Canada. Later, they need to implement a business plan within 20 months of their arrival.



The current immigration retention rate for the immigrant is over 93%. This is due to PNPs and OINP’s successful establishment to welcome newcomers. Ontario has already issued approximately 9,000 invitations to apply through provincial nominations, and this record is expected to increase in 2022.

Want to know the procedure to migrate to Canada? Talk to World’s no.1 Y-Axis Canada overseas migration consultant. Found this article more interesting, you may also read…

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