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Migrate to Canada through the Ontario PNP

The Ontario PNP program is a great opportunity for foreign nationals to immigrate and settle in Canada. But, it's really hard to get an invitation from the province!

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Ontario is one of the most populated provinces of Canada. The increasing job opportunities and the abundance of natural resources attract thousands of immigrants every year. The most appealing facet of Ontario is the multicultural society and the numerous languages are spoken here. 

To get a nomination from this province, you need to have a decent CRS score or your profile needs to be in the demand list of Ontario.If you are interested in applying for this immigration program, keep reading our post and we will give you all sorts of information about this economic immigration program.

What is the Ontario PNP?

The Ontario PNP is a provincial nominee program, also known as the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

It is an economic immigration program in the province that allows Ontario to hire foreign nationals.

  • The selection is made based on the economic and labour market needs.
  • The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) makes the final decision.
  • Immigrants can get permanent residency through this immigration program.

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What are the Eligibility Criteria for Ontario PNP?

The eligibility for Ontario PNP depends on the specific immigration program. You must understand the criteria before you apply.

There are three ways you may qualify for a nomination:

  • Employer job offer category: for workers who already have a permanent job offer from an Ontario employer
  • Human capital category: for workers who have valuable work experience, education, language skills, and a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system; or for graduate students
  • Business category: for entrepreneurs looking to start a new or buy an existing business in Ontario

The requirements for Ontario PNP differ. It is dependent on the immigration program you apply for.

But, there are some basic requirements. These are:

  • Educational qualification (a bachelor’s degree at least)
  • Language proficiency
  • CRS score (400 or more)
  • Relevant work experience
  • Sufficient funds
  • Legal status
  • Adequate investment

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Documents Needed for the Ontario PNP Visa

The documents needed for applying to the Ontario PNP vary. It may change depending on the immigration program you apply.

But, some basic documents are essential. These are:

  • Identity proof
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of funds
  • Settlement plan
  • Investment funds (if needed)
  • Job offer (if needed)
  • Language skill results
  • Medical examination reports
  • Police Clearance certificate
  • ECA (Educational Credential Assessment)
  • Proof of previous work experience (if needed)
  • Dependent Children Information Certificate (in case your dependent child is immigrating too)
  • Marriage certificate (in case your spouse is accompanying you)

How to Apply for the Ontario PNP?

To apply for the Ontario PNP, you can opt for any of the ways.

There are 2 pathways. These are:

  • Step 1: Check out the eligibility criteria of the various immigration programs
  • Step 2: Select the most suitable immigration stream.
  • Step 3: Send an EOI (Expression of Interest) to the OINP


  • Step 4: You can apply directly to the program

If you submit the EOI, then:

  • Step 1: Your application enters into a pool
  • Step 2: Ontario PNP will assess your profile
  • Step 3: The highest-ranking scores are sent the ITA via email
  • Step 4: You have 90 days to send the completed online application
  • Step 5: Submit the required documents.
  • Step 6: The candidates must attend an in-person interview with the OINP
  • Step 7: After this, the immigrants have to sign the Performance Agreement
  • Step 8: Then the province of Ontario will issue a Letter of Confirmation
  • Step 9: After this letter is sent to the IRCC, you will get a temporary work permit
  • Step 10: If you meet the terms outlined, you can apply for a provincial nomination
  • Step 11: Wait for the provincial nomination.
  • Step 12: If your application is successful, you will get the OINP Certificate of Nomination
  • Step 13: You must apply for permanent residence.

Note: It must be sent to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) within 6 months.

If you apply directly, then:

  • Step 1: You will get an email confirmation
  • Step 2: If you meet the criteria, you will get:
    • A provincial nomination certificate
      • Work permit support letter
      • Nomination approval letter
  • Step 3: You must apply for permanent residence within 6 months
  • Step 1: Check out the eligibility criteria of the Express Entry
  • Step 2: Create a profile in the MyCIC account on Express Entry
  • Step 3: Note the job seeker validation code and the Express Entry profile number
  • Step 4: To apply for OINP express entry immigration programs, you must qualify for:
  • Step 5: Your application enters the Express Entry pool
  • Step 6: The province searches for potential candidates
  • Step 7: If you are suitable, you will get the NOI (Notification of Interest)
  • Step 8: Submit your application to the OINP within 45 days
  • Step 9: After submission, you will get an email confirmation
  • Step 10: If you are selected, you will get:
    • A nomination certificate
    • Work permit support letter
    • Nomination approval letter
  • Step 11: Ontario PNP will put the provincial nomination details into the Express Entry
  • Step 12: You must accept the provincial nomination within 30 days
  • Step 13: If you accept, your CRS score will increase by 600 points
  • Step 14: You will then get the ITA (Invitation to Apply)in the Express Entry draw
  • Step 15: You must submit the permanent residency application within 60 days.

Cost of Applying to the Ontario PNP

The Ontario PNP cost depends on the immigration program. The detailed fee structure is given in the table below:

Immigration Program

Immigration Sub-Programs

Application Fees

Ontario’s Express Entry



Skilled Trades Stream

  • $ 1500

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

  • $ 1500

Human Capital Priorities Stream

  • $ 1500

International Graduates


PhD Graduate Stream

  • $ 1500

Masters Graduate Stream

  • $ 1500

Business Category

Entrepreneur Stream

  • $ 3500
  • $ 3500 (business partner)

Employer Job Offer Category



International Student Stream

  • $ 1500

Foreign Worker Stream

  • $ 2000 (If the employment offer is within the Greater Toronto Area)

  • $ 1500 (If the employment offer is outside the Greater Toronto Area

In-Demand Skills Stream

  • $ 2000 (If the employment offer is within the Greater Toronto Area)

  • $ 1500 (If the employment offer is outside the Greater Toronto Area


What is the Processing Time for the Ontario PNP?

The application processing time for the Ontario PNP differs. It varies depending on the immigration streams.

The detailed processing time is given in this table:

Immigration Program

Processing Time (Approximately)

Skilled Trades Stream

  • 30- 60 days

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

  • 30- 60 days

Human Capital Priorities Stream

  • 60 – 90 days

PhD Graduate stream

  • 30- 60 days

Masters Graduate stream

  • 30- 60 days

Entrepreneur stream

  • Assessment of EOI: Within 30 days
  • Application: Varies

International Student stream

  • 90 – 120 days

Foreign Worker stream

  • 90 – 120 days

In-Demand Skills stream

  • 60 – 90 days

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