As Canada's most populous province, Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians call Ontario home. Ontario is also home to Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto. In many ways, Ontario is the center of Canada's economic, social, and political life, making it Canada's most popular landing destination for immigrants from around the world.
Ontario's Provincial Nominee Program is called Opportunities Ontario. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow foreign national to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
Opportunities Ontario accepts applications under a number of immigration categories:
Each these categories may have one or more sub-categories. Below we provide you with additional information about each of these categories to help you determine if the Opportunities Ontario Program is right for you.
This stream enables the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP) to nominate individuals who are eligibile to enter the federal Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario's labour market and communities.
The Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is for French-Speaking skilled workers who have strong English language abilities and who want to live and work permanently in Ontario. This stream enables OOPNP to nominate individuals in the Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario's labour market and communities.
Through this category, Ontario employers are able to recruit employees from abroad for approved skilled positions (classified by the Government of Canada as "NOC 0, A or B level"). These employees may be living abroad or in Canada at the time of application.
This category is for students from abroad. The International Students category accepts applications under the following sub-categories:
International Student with a Job Offer Stream — This sub-category was created to help employers recruit international students. It is open to Ontario employers and students with job offers in the province.
International PhD Graduate Stream — This sub-category targets individuals who have graduated from a PhD program at one of Ontario's publicly funded universities. A job offer is not required.
Pilot International Masters Graduate Stream — This sub-category, which is currently operating as a temporary pilot program, targets individuals who have graduated with a Master's degree from one of Ontario's publicly funded universities. A job offer is not required.
Note that Opportunities Ontario is no longer accepting applications from international students in their final semester of studies.
This category allows companies that are making an investment in Ontario to recruit or retain important employees by allowing those employees to immigrate to Canada, thus ensuring the success of the company's investment. Applicant employees should be integral to the functioning of the company.