Employer requirements for OINP International Student Stream

==>> This article focuses on the OINP International Student Stream. However, it could also apply to other OINP Employer Job Offer options, such as the Foreign Worker Stream. <<===

International students who graduate from an acceptable program in Ontario could qualify for an OINP immigration option. OINP stands for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Unless applying under the Ph.D. or Masters Graduates Streams, international graduates need a job offer from a verified Ontarian employer. This article introduces the employer requirements for the OINP International Student Stream.

Of course, the requirements could change over time. Therefore, make sure to consult with the official sources as well. Moreover, the focus of this article is only on describing the employers. I have published a separate article about job offers.

The legal source for employer requirements

Section 4 of Ontario Regulation 422/17 defines the employer’s requirements. However, I’ll simplify the criteria here.

Depicting the Greater Toronto Area for OINP International Student Stream

The Greater Toronto Area or GTA refers to the largest urban area in Ontario and Canada. The population of the GTA is slightly more than 6,700,000. However, you may identify the following regions in the GTA:

  1. City of Toronto
  2. Halton includes the municipalities of Burlington, Milton, Oakville, and Halton Hills. However, each municipality could consist of multiple population areas.
  3. Peel includes Caledon, Brampton, and Mississauga. Nonetheless, Mississauga alone is the seventh-largest city in Canada, with more than 700,000 residents.
  4. York includes King, Vaughan, Georgina, East Gwillimbury, Whitchurch Stouffville, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, and Markham. Moreover, this region has seen significant population growth in recent years.
  5. Durham includes Brock, Uxbridge, Scugog, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and Clarington. Of course, these municipalities cover the east side of the GTA.
Greater toronto area mapSource: Wikipedia

What is the job location?

If the OINP International Student Stream candidate works in one location, the job location will be the same. However, if the person works in more than one location, the job location refers to any of the following:

  • where the immediate manager or supervisor of the employee works, or
  • the location of the office that assigns tasks to the employee

Of course, if you have questions about the job location, you may contact OINP directly. Alternatively, you may consult with a professional.

Basic requirements for OINP International Student Stream

For the OINP International Student Stream, every employer who offers a job must meet the following benchmarks:

If the employer does not meet these basic requirements, they may not offer you a job in Canada. Of course, they must also meet the following criteria.

Number of employees and revenue conditions

Depending on the location of the job, the conditions differ. Of course, our focus here is only on OINP International Student Stream. Other OINP options may require different needs.

GTA job locations

  • Revenue in the most recent fiscal year must be $1,000,00o (CAD) or more.
  • At least five full-time employees who are:
    • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
    • Their job location is the same as the candidate

Outside GTA job locations

  • Revenue in the most recent fiscal year must be $500,00o (CAD) or more.
  • At least three full-time employees who are:
    • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
    • Their job location is the same as the candidate

Of course, the fiscal year-end refers to a date used for tax purposes. For example, the fiscal year-end for a business could be June 15th instead of December 31st.  Moreover, a full-time employee works at least 30 hours per week for the employer.

The steps an employer must take under OINP International Student Stream

Suppose an employer is willing to offer you a job. Please make sure they meet the measures. Then ask them to fill out the Employer Form. Also, ask them to check out and follow the Employer Checklist. Of course, for this stream, there is no need for an LMIA.

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