Introduction to Ontario-Ontario PNP Program 

Ontario, province in Canada, is the most popular and has endless list of opportunity for those aspiring to migrate. Ontario Provincial Nominee Program is designed basically, for those candidates who are skilled and experienced and are contributive to the Canadian economy.

There are great options for the immigration, which are in accordance with the Federal Express Entry program or PNP. The candidates should meet the requisite qualification, which is in demands of the province.

What is Ontario Provincial Nomination Program?

The OINP (Ontario Immigration Nominee Program) is the best way to for immigration to Canada. The process is fast and easy. You can file the application online, and get your immigration nomination for Canada.

Under the various programs and categories, Ontario focuses on the skilled and experienced candidates. The OINP enables the employers to recruit the candidates directly for work demand. The candidates, who are selected, get the nomination certificate from the Ontario in view for the application of PR in Canada. The processing time is fast in comparison to the other PNP programs.

For the process of immigration, you can apply through one of the following OINP immigration category:

1.     Ontario Express Entry

·        Ontario Express entry : Human Capital Priorities Stream

·        Ontario Express Entry : French-Speaking Skilled worker Stream

2.     General Category (Employer Category)

·        Foreign Workers with a Job offer Stream 

3.     International Student Category

·        International students with a job offer stream

·        International students –Masters Graduate Stream

·        International students- PhD graduate Stream

4.     Business Category

·        Entrepreneur stream

·        Corporate stream

·        Investors category

Ontario PNP program Eligibility and Requirements

The following requirements are required in order to migrate to Canada as a Permanent Resident:

Ø Should have a permanent, full-time job offer in a skilled occupation (NOC levels 0,A, or B) from the employer that is submitting an application

Ø Should have minimum qualification certificate/diploma required to eligibility.

Ø Should have experience in their occupational field as per the requirement of the program.

Ø Should have a job offer letter from the employer, full-time or permanent.

Ø Should desire to live in Ontario

Ø Express Entry Score- All applicants must have a Canada Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System Score at least 400 or greater, and this score must remain throughout provincial and federal processing (only for those who are willing to apply under Ontario Express Entry system). 

IELTS Requirement for Ontario PNP

A required understanding for language while immigrating is must for adaption and work in another country. English and French are the languages in consideration. With eligibility for immigration to Canada, you should score at least 6/7 or higher in the IELTS language test.

You may clear the Canadian Language Benchmark (CBL) with a minimum score of 7 or more.

Either one of the language test has to be cleared.

Ontario PNP Express Entry 

This is based primarily with the intention of nominating potential candidates, who have the requisite

Skills, experience, and qualification, in relation to the work in-demand in Canada.  The program is in alliance with the federal government’s express entry system.  The program nominates the aspiring candidates basing on certain credential factors like, age education, language proficiency and adaptability.

Ontario Express Entry Streams does not mandatorily need a job offer while applying, but should be necessary to establish and integrate into the Ontario’s Labor Market and its communities.  Job offer can be an asset, but not necessary.

Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream

The seats in the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream are limited, although applications are being accepted for the same. Consider applying soon with us. This is for the skilled workers who want to live and work permanently in Ontario.

This stream enables the OINP to nominate individuals who have qualified for Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) express entry pool. At the same time have the required skill work experience, education, language proficiency, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into the job in demand and the community.

What are the Steps in the Application Process in the OHCPS?

The aspiring candidates must first register in the CIC’s express entry system, in which they will receive an express entry Profile number and a Job Seeker Validation Code. Both are required.

This program identifies the potential candidates, who have-

Ø A minimum score of 400 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in CIC’s Express Entry System, and

Ø The criteria of OHCPS.

What are the eligibility criteria of OHCPS (Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream)?

A candidate should have the following eligibility criteria:

Ø Must score at least 400 points on CRS. Higher score grants better chances of getting nominated.

Ø Should have sufficient work experience in the relevant job occupation.

Ø On 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.

Ø Should have a valid Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, PhD Degree or any equivalent certificate. Should have Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report which is prepared by experts who make decision about the education credential match with the Canadian Education system.  

Ø Should attain in CLB 7 in language proficiency in its all four category, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Ø Should meet the required criteria under either CEC or FSWP.

Ontario PNP points calculator

Your profile will be scored on a point calculator, where you will get scored according to your credentials. For each entry the candidates gets points allocated by the Ontario government. With the final submission of the credentials, there will be final output of scores, which you need to submit on your file for any Ontario Stream. 67 minimum points out of 100 is required. With this score, you will be able to score a minimum of 400 score and proceed with the rest of the process.

The score are based on the following factors:

1.     Education-  25 points maximum

2.     English and French Language ability- 28 points maximum

3.     Work experience- 15 points maximum

4.     Age -12 points maximum

5.     Arranged employment- 10 points maximum

6.     Adaptability- 10 points maximum

Apply for Ontario PNP with Job Offer

With a job offer from an Ontario Employee, is enough for the immigration process. This is the easiest and the most convenient way of applying for Ontario PNP.  Ontario gives priority for the candidates who have a valid job offer from Canadian employer. The job should be full-time or permanent and should fall under one of the three skill levels of the National Occupation Code 0, A, or B. The job needs the approval of the Immigration Ontario prior to the application.

After completing this process, the profile will be shortlisted for Nomination certificate:

Step 1: Submit the application to Ontario, along with all the relevant documents, including the job offer.

Step 2: With this done, the Ontario Government will make a decision on your profile to select or not. After this decision the nomination certificate is issued.

Step 3: When you have got the nomination certificate from the Ontario Government, you will be able to apply for the Permanent Residency status in Ontario.

Apply for Ontario PNP without Job offer

Even if you do not have a job offer from the Ontario government, there is nothing to worry. Immigration centre is here to help you.  In fact, without a job offer it is rather difficult. But there are several options to apply.

Without job offer, if you are interested in applying for Ontario PNP program, then you should meet the criteria set by the Ontario government for one of the two International Graduate Streams i.e. Maters Student Stream and PhD Student Stream.

When all the criteria is fulfilled, the you can submit your profile, which will enable you to get the provincial nomination form the Ontario government. With this you will be able to apply for PR in Canada to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Ontario PNP Processing Time

The application is accessed within 60-90 days by the Ontario authorities. The Ontario government review all the documents submitted and the processing time depends according to the different cases.

A complete and clear application will have faster processing duration, then that with error.

Listed below is the update processing time of Ontario Immigration Nominee Program. The different processing time of various streams:

Ø Ontario Express entry French Speaking skilled worker stream -60 to 90 days

Ø Ontario Express entry Human Capital Priorities Stream- 60 to 90 days.

Ø Ontario Express Entry Skilled trades strea-30 to 60 days.

Ø Masters Graduate stream- currently not available.

Ø PhD Graduate Stream- 60 to 90 days

Ø Employment Job offer, Foreign Worker, International Student and in Demand Skill Streams-60 to 90 days.

Ø Entrepreneur stream- depends upon the complexity of application received.

Ø Corporate stream- the processing time depends on the complexity of the application. 


The processing time depends from one application to another. Additional documents may be required for the processing.

How to apply for Ontario PNP Program?

Ontario has lot of opportunities waiting for you. Take your first step today. Make your career in the province of Canada.  If living in this developed Canada is your dream, why wait for another moment?

Get to know the rules fast, which get changes with the passage of time, and apply it right now. Single error with the application will lead to rejection.

Get in touch with us at Immigration Centre, where the experts have helped people to migrate to Canada for many years.

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