Nearly 40 percent of the total Canadian population resides in Ontario, making it Canada’s most populous state. It also boasts of the capital city of Canada, Ottawa and, Canada’s largest city, Toronto as its part.

Ontario, no doubt, is the hub of economic, social and political activities of Canada. It is also one of the most popular choices as a province for the immigrants to settle in.

The OINP accepts applications under the following immigration categories

  • Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream – Applicants who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish in Ontario’s labour market are nominated by Ontario government under this category.
  • Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – The Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is for French-Speaking skilled workers who have strong English language abilities and who wish to live and work permanently in Ontario.
  • Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream – The Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades stream targets trades persons with ongoing or recent experience of working in Ontario

Out of these the Human Capital priorities stream is the most popular among immigration applicants.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

  • Applicants must have minimum one year of continuous, full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation in the five years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.
  • Applicants must have at least one year of aggregate, full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation in Canada in the three years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.
  • Applicants must have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report indicating that their foreign education credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD;
  • Applicant’s language proficiency must be as per or greater than Canadian government requirement.
  • Applicant must have obtained a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system.
  • French language proficiency must be proved by test results from TCF and TEF Canada.
  • Applicant must prove his intend to reside in Ontario, as demonstrated by a statement of intent and indication of ties to Ontario.
  • Applicant must possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario. This must be supported by bank statements.
  • Applicant must meet the additional criteria under either the FSWP or CEC.