Ontario will welcome more economic immigrants to the province this year, with the Government of Canada increasing Ontario’s 2018 nomination allocation to 6,600. Ontario’s allocation is the largest in the country, in recognition of Ontario’s role as a key driver of the national economy and the success of the program.
Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers pathways to permanent residence for international students, internationally educated professionals, skilled and in-demand workers, entrepreneurs and Francophones. The program allows the province to nominate skilled immigrants whose professional and educational skills meet Ontario’s current labour market needs for permanent residence.
The OINP is now accepting applications to the following streams:
- Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
- Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
- Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
- Ontario’s Express Entry: Human Capital – Priorities Stream
- Ontario’s Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Ontario’s Express Entry: Skilled Trades Stream
- Corporate Stream
- Entrepreneur Stream
“Ontario’s economy encompasses a dynamic mix of sectors which require skilled workers,” said Laura Albanese, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “The increase in our 2018 provincial nominee allocation means that Ontario will be able to welcome more immigrants with the skills and education to meet our labour market needs and deliver sustained growth to the provincial economy.”
Ontario’s federal nomination allocation has increased 20% since 2016. It now welcomes more newcomers than any other province or territory in Canada.