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In central Canada, Ontario is the most popular destination for new immigrants. It hosts Toronto, the country's economic heartland, as well as the nation's capital city, Ottawa. In Business Insider's ranking of the top 10 liveable cities worldwide, Toronto (Ontario's capital) is ranked among the best provinces to live in in Canada.
Besides higher employment and earning potential, Ontario is known for its vibrant cultural scene, beautiful national parks, hiking trails, as well as picturesque landscapes with Niagara Falls being the most famous.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), offers foreign nationals a path to permanent residency in Canada by enabling them to apply for nomination. The province's immigration program targets areas where immigrants can benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in fields with labour shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province maintains several immigration streams based on three major categories:
- Ontario Human Capital
- Ontario Employer Job Offer
- Ontario Business
Ontario Human Capital
This program targets immigrants with skills, abilities, or experience that suggest they can easily join Ontario's labour force. Immigration streams for Ontario's Human Capital emphasize a foreign national's ability to easily enter the labour force.
Applicants who have work or educational experience in Ontario, have fluency in both English and French, or have a competitive Express Entry profile may be successful in pursuing one of these streams.
- Human Capital Priorities – Express Entry
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker – Express Entry
- Skilled Trades – Express Entry
- Masters Graduate
- PhD Graduate
Ontario Employer Job Offer
In Ontario, there are various options available for those with valid job offers from Ontario employers. The job offer and the employer must meet certain requirements in order to qualify. Depending on the application stream, applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements. The following streams are available to the applicant who wish to seek this as an option:
- Foreign Worker
- International Student with a Job Offer
- In-Demand Skills
The Ontario Business Immigration program is one of the stream aimed at business people and corporations who are interested in investing substantial funds into business development in Ontario. Through this program, successful entrepreneurs and corporations can develop new business projects in Ontario, and if those projects are successful, the applicants will receive a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
The only one available under this category is the Entrepreneur stream which is currently active.