Certainly, Ontario is home to Canada’s most number of newcomers. Nine streams come under the province’s PNP. Last year, the province welcomed 198,000 permanent residents, which contributes to almost 49% of the new permanent residents in Canada. This is not a surprise anymore that Ontario claims Canada’s largest population. Immigrants who chose to settle in Ontario for its strong economy, well-developed support systems, and immigrant communities.
Provincial Nomination Program
The PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) is exclusively designed to assist provinces to attract immigrants who can support labour needs. In case the candidate meets the pathway criteria and is nominated by the province, they can add this to their permanent residence application to IRCC.
Need for a Provincial Nominee Program for Ontario
With the large immigrant population, Ontario was the last province to adapt to PNP. The system helped the province to create more opportunities for newcomers to settle economically within the province. This also helped Ontario to shortlist people, who can be a good fit and bridge the labour gap in the province.
Ontario offers nine provincial immigration pathways and here’s a quick glimpse into each.
Human Capital Priority Streams
This stream works in alignment with the Express Entry Application System. People who stand eligible for the FSWP or CEC, also qualify for a provincial nomination in Ontario if they demonstrate an intention to settle in the province.
French Speaking Skilled Worker Class
People who have proficiency in both official Canadian languages can apply through French Speaking Skilled Worker Class. This stream functions similarly to FSWP in terms of work experience, education, and proof of funds however a candidate must also score a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in French and 6 in English.
Skilled Trades Stream
Applicants who qualify for Express Entry under FSTP qualify for provincial nomination through Skilled Trades Stream. This requires a candidate to have at least one year of work experience within their trade and fall under NOC code minor group 633 or Major groups 72, 73, or 82.
Employer Job Offer Category
In case you do not qualify for the Express Entry, then you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Ontario. The Expression of Interest is applicable only when applying directly to the provincial government for nomination.
An EOI helps the government of Ontario to understand that you wish to settle in the province. To submit an EOI, one must submit the complete attestation form the same day that states you meet the criteria for the selected program. After this, one must wait for Ontario to invite you to apply for nomination.
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
This pathway is designed for international workers who are abroad and are being offered a job from an Ontario employer.
The job must fall under NOC codes 0, A, or B and one must be able to exhibit an appropriate license (where needed) or two years’ work experience in the same field.
Employer Job Offer: International Graduates
This pathway is designed for the applicants is for who graduated from colleges or universities in foreign countries and received job offers from Ontario.
The offered job must fall under NOCs 0, A, or B.
Employer Job Offer: In-demand occupations
The Skilled workers with experience that falls under NOC C or D can apply for nomination if they possess enough experience in occupations to fulfill the labour shortages in Ontario.
Master and Ph.D. Categories
These programs are exclusively designed s for master’s and PhD students who graduate from Ontario universities and plan to stay in the province. The Masters Graduate Stream requires a minimum 1-year of study at an eligible Ontario university and graduation from the program. On the other hand, PhD students must have a minimum of two years of their PhD in Ontario. For both streams, candidates are required to live in the province for at least one year over the past two years.
This category works differently. Applicants for this stream must submit an EOI, but if they are invited to apply, they will be required to appear for an interview and sign a performance agreement. In case, the candidate is successful, they will be issued a temporary work permit and then 20 months upon arrival to start a business and submit a final review. in this, if a candidate successfully meets all the requirements, then they will have to submit documentation to exhibit their eligibility for permanent residence.