Ontario being one of the largest province of Canada is home to 40% of all Canada’s population. Ontario has borders with US states to the south and located in east center of Canada. The province was named after Lake Ontario and includes about 25,000 fresh water lakes.
The land is characterized into forests, mineral rich terrains, rivers and uplands. Among the famous tourist spots is Niagra Falls that share its borders with US.
Economic Hub: Toronto
Temperature ranges from -26 c in January to 28 in July for the region, with Tornoto reaching to minimum of -7 c
Christian 61%, Muslims 4.6%, Hindu 2.9%, Sikh 1.4%
70% of the population speaks English being official language also and only 4% speaks French.
Major industries includes, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Minerals Resources, Ship Building, Power Generation, Agriculture and Vehicle / Car manufacturing.
Per Capita GDP is C$ 51,340
Notable universities are Algoma, Brock, Carleton, Lakehead, Laurentian, McMaster, Nipissing, OCAD, Queens, Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto and Waterloo that offers also international graudate programs.
Ontario offers Provincial Nomination through Express Entry route. Provincial Nomination can add up to 600 points in Express Entry score. Applicants having more than 400 score are selected by Ontario province for Provincial Nomination.
Government of Ontario invites immigrants through two different routes; Express Entry and Provincial Nomination. Base requirements for both of these programs and application procedure is detailed below.
A- Express Entry
In order to qualify for Express Entry nomination scheme applicants need to have
- Active Express Entry profile (refer Express Entry Canada Immigration to know more about EE)
- Registered with Job Bank
- Applied in EE either as Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Have score of 400 or more in EE
Ontario selects candidates from Express Entry pool under (1) Human Capital Priorities Stream and (2) French-speaking skilled workers stream.
1. Human Capital Priorities Stream
Once you are in EE pool with 400 or more score, have selected Ontario as your province of destination, and satisfy eligibility criteria for HCP stream, you will receive PT Notification of Interest through my CIC account.
See eligibility criteria in the table below;
Base line Eligibility Criteria for selection in Ontario Immigration Program is
- Valid and Active Express Entry (EE) profile
- Programs applied for in EE either CEC or FSWP
- Minimum 400 score in EE
- Minimum Language Score of CLB 7 each module for FSWP OR CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs and CLB 5 for NOC B jobs.
FSWP: Applicants should be able to secure atleast 67 score out of total 100 against 6 qualifying factors. Refer table below for scoring grid
CEC: Applicants applying for Ontario Provincial Nomination through CEC program of Express Entry must have at least 12 months of full time (or equal in part time) in NOC 0, A or B occupation within three years before application.
Refer OINP Scoring Grid below to know detailed scoring criteria for CEC and FSWP.
b. How to Apply
From the date of receipt of invitation from Ontario, you have 45 days to apply for Nomination and must provide all requested documents within that period.
c. Accept Nomination
If your application for Provincial Nomination is approved, you will be given 30 days to accept Nomination through My CIC account. Completing this step will update your EE profile to add 600 points for Provincial Nomination
d. Apply for Permanent Residency
After addition of 600 points in your original score, you will be invited to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) through My CIC. Complete your application within 60 days and provide supporting documents to get Permanent Resident Status of Canada.
2. French-speaking skilled workers stream
French-speaking skilled workers stream has eligibility criteria and program general requirements much similar to Human Capital Priorities stream with only exception for Language Ability.
Applicants must have CLB 7 in each module of the English Language Exam for French and CLB 6 for English Language competency. In other words, this program supports French speaking applicants with good English language competency level.
Refer OINP Eligibility Criteria below (Scoring Grid) to know detailed scoring criteria for CEC and FSWP.
B- Provincial Nomination
Those having permanent job offer can apply through provincial nomination through the same procedure mentioned above for FSWP and CEC programs of Express Entry through IRCC.
OINP Scoring Grid
The table below provide break up of scoring grid for OINP eligibility assessment.Express Entry CEC and FSW Programs has different scoring grid and eligibility criteria
Applicants for FSWP are assessed on six factors reflected in the table below. Minimum score required to pass eligibility test is 67 out of 100 points.
- Language Ability
First Official Language (either of English or French)
|CLB 9 or above||6|
|CLB 6 or below||Ineligible|
|University degree at doctoral or Ph.D. level||25|
|Master’s Degree||23||NOC 2011, Skills Level A must be licensed by professional regulatory body|
|Two or more post-secondary degree / diploma, one at least three years program||22|
|Post-secondary degree or diploma of three years||21|
|Post-secondary degree or diploma of two years||19|
|Post-secondary degree or diploma of one year||15|
|High school diploma||5|
|6 years or more||15|
|4 to 5 years||13|
|2 to 3 years||11|
|Under 18 years||0|
|18 to 35 years||12|
|47 years or older||0|
Arranged Employment in Canada
|Employment Type||Points||Additional Notes|
|Temporary work Permit||10||– Valid work permit or authorization to work in Canada when visa issued
– IRCC issued visa on LMIA assessment for same NOC
– Working for same employer who made permanent job offer
|Job exempt from LMIA under international agreement such as North America Free Trade Agreement||10||– Valid work permit or authorization to work in Canada when visa issued
– Working for same employer who made permanent job offer
|Currently do not have work permit or plan to work in Canada before PR visa
Currently working in Canada and different employer offered you job full time
Currently working in Canada and job is exempt from LMIA and not under international-federal agreement
|10||Employer made you permanent job offer
Employer has positive LMIA from ESDC
|Spouse or CLP has CLB 4 in English or French (all modules)||5||At least CLB 4 in all modules, (speaking, listening, writing, reading)|
|Past study in Canada||5||Two academic years or full time study (in a program of two years), at secondary or post-secondary school in Canada||Full time study means 15 hours of classes per week
Good academic standing
|Spouse of CLP past study in Canada||5||Two academic years or full time study (in a program of two years), at secondary or post-secondary school in Canada||Full time study means 15 hours of classes per week
Good academic standing
|Past work in Canada||10||One year full time work in skills type NOC 0, A or B in Canada||Must have valid work permit or authorization to work|
|Relatives in Canada||5||You, or spouse/ CLP has relative in Canada||Relative is Canadian citizen or resident, 18 years or above, either parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew|
B- CEC Criteria
Skilled Work Experience
Must have at least 12 months of full time (or equal time in part time) in NOC level 0, A or B occupation in three years before you apply.
Minimum CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs, or CLB 5 for NOC B jobs.
Settlement outside Quebec
Planning to live outside of Ontario can be deemed to contradict your statement of intent to reside in Ontario and therefore can result in denial of your application to OINP.
Admissibility to Canada
IRCC reserves the right to establish your admissibility to immigrate to Canada based on your health, security, criminality checks as per IRCC