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Permanent residence in Ontario

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has nine streams for which you may qualify.

Toronto - Ontario
Toronto - Ontario

What makes Ontario, unique?

Ontario is the wealthiest province in Canada, and job opportunities are everywhere, especially in cities such as Toronto and Ottawa.

To find out which Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) stream may be the most suitable for you, be aware that you will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Education;

  • Language ability;

  • Residency;

  • Work experience;

  • Ontario job offer.

For some immigration streams, you do not need to hold a job offer.

How do you immigrate to Ontario?

The OINP offers three alternatives:

If you work in Ontario.

If you study in Ontario.

Last but not least, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, uses the federal government’s Express Entry System, to select candidates for the following streams:

French-speaking skilled worker.

Human- Capital Priorities.

Skilled Trade stream

Ontario’s diverse industries, offer opportunities for individuals
Ontario’s diverse industries, offer opportunities for individuals

Who may be eligible?

Skilled workers.

International Students graduated inside and/or outside of Canada.

International students graduated with a master's or PhD from an Ontario university.

Foreign workers with an in-demand occupation in Ontario.

Foreign workers with Ontario work experience in an eligible skilled trade.

French-speaking skilled worker with strong English language abilities.

35 New Occupations added to the In-Demand Skills List

This immigration avenue is for foreign workers with a specific, in-demand occupation, such as agriculture, construction, or other select occupations.

This stream is open to foreign workers in and outside of Canada.

You must have at least nine months of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in part-time work) in Ontario, in the same in-demand occupation (same NOC code) as your job offer.

You must meet the rest of the requirements to be eligible for this immigration stream.

The OINP has added 35 new occupations to the list of eligible In-Demand occupations for permanent residency.

Only 22 occupations were eligible for this stream before. With these new additions, the list now includes 56 eligible occupations.

This stream is one of the most suitable choices for individuals working on occupations ineligible for the federal Express Entry system for permanent residency.

Eligible Occupations

To be eligible, you can work in any location in Ontario (inside and outside the Greater Toronto Area) and must be in one of the following occupations:

  • Meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale

  • Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations

  • Construction trades helpers and labourers

  • Other trades helpers and labourers

  • Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators

  • Livestock labourers

  • Harvesting labourers

  • Nursery and greenhouse labourers

  • Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Livestock are the domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting in order to provide labour and produce diversified products for consumption such as meat, eggs, milk, fur, leather, and wool.
Livestock are domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to provide labour and produce diversified products for consumption, such as meat, eggs, milk, fur, leather, and wool.

Occupations eligible must be performed outside the Greater Toronto Area  (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions):

  • Shippers and Receiver

  • Production logistics workers

  • Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations

  • Railway yard and track maintenance workers

  • Automotive and heavy truck and equipment parts installers and servicers

  • Utility maintenance workers

  • Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers

  • Material handlers

  • Railway and motor transport labourers

  • Public works and maintenance labourers

  • Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers

  • Machine operators, mineral and metal processing

  • Foundry workers

  • Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters

  • Concrete, clay and stone-forming operators

  • Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing

  • Metalworking and forging machine operators

  • Machining tool operators

  • Machine operators of other metal products

  • Chemical plant machine operators

  • Plastics processing machine operators

  • Rubber processing machine operators and related workers

  • Sawmill machine operators

  • Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators

  • Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders

  • Woodworking machine operators

  • Industrial sewing machine operators

  • Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing

  • Fish and seafood plant workers

  • Testers and graders, food and beverage processing

  • Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers

  • Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers

  • Assemblers and inspectors, electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing

  • Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers

  • Mechanical assemblers and inspectors

  • Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing

  • Assemblers and inspectors of other wood products

  • Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

  • Industrial painters, coaters and metal-finishing process operators

  • Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

  • Labourers in mineral and metal processing

  • Labourers in metal fabrication

  • Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities

  • Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing

  • Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing

  • Labourers in food and beverage processing

  • Labourers in fish and seafood processing

The information contained in this article is educational and intended for informational purposes only.

It does not constitute legal advice or substitute for legal advice.

We hope this article has been helpful.

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