The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) allows the government of Ontario to nominate individuals for immigration to Ontario. The OINP is one of the most varied and dynamic of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), with streams and categories designed to welcome skilled workers, graduates, and business immigrants.
Ontario immigration & the OINP
To many people, Ontario is the crown jewel in the Canadian landscape. This gigantic province, located in east-central Canada, is home the country’s largest city, Toronto, the national capital, Ottawa, and a host of other cities, towns, and communities that have welcomed newcomers from around the world for many decades.
But how do you move to Ontario? Apart from the federal programs, such as the programs managed under the Express Entry immigration system, Ontario immigration authorities also offer unique pathways to Canada.
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In some cases, applicants to the OINP may be in the federal Express Entry pool. Indeed, the OINP currently includes three Express Entry-aligned streams. In these cases, an OINP provincial nomination leads to the applicant receiving 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, with an invitation to apply (ITA) to follow soon after when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts a draw from the pool.
The OINP Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream has proven to be particularly popular since being introduced in 2015. There is also an OINP French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, for Express Entry candidates with ability in English and French, and an OINP Skilled Trades Stream, for Express Entry candidates with experience working in a trade in Ontario.
In other cases, applicants can arrive in Ontario via the OINP having never gone through the Express Entry system. International students and graduates benefit from OINP streams aimed at targeting newcomers with various levels of educational attainment.
Finally, there are OINP streams that focus on welcoming individuals and companies with business experience.