Ontario will improve and expand its provincial immigrant nominee program – OINP
There are currently more than 300,000 jobs in Ontario going unfilled. Therefore, the Ontario government is committed to attracting more skilled newcomers to fill the generational labour shortage in the province. In order to do that, Ontario is investing an additional $15.1 million to improve and expand the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Improvements to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
The new investment, which builds on the recently-launched entrepreneurship pilot, will allow the program to:
- improve the nomination process for applicants to the OINP with an expression of interest system,
- grow and enhance security and fraud detection,
- perform other IT updates to ensure the system can handle increased capacity,
- keep helping businesses in small and rural communities attract and retain skilled workers.
According to the Minister of Labour, the province is lowering the barriers that newcomers face. Moreover, they continue to call on officials in the federal government to double the number of newcomers Ontario can select in 2022.
120,000 economic class immigrants to Canada arrived in 2021. Ontario only nominated 9,000 newcomers through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program that year.
It is important to mention that OINP’s allocation has increased from 6,500 in 2017 to 9,000 in 2021. However, this is not enough to fill labour market gaps across the province.
Recent changes to the OINP
This winter, Ontario announced a new entrepreneur pilot to attract 100 international entrepreneurs to start or grow businesses outside of the GTA. Each entrepreneur must invest a minimum of $200,000 into their business. They must also generate at least $20 million for Ontario’s economy. Applicants will be able to be nominated for permanent residence once their business has been operating in Ontario for 18-20 months. To read more about this announcement, please visit the following article:
In addition to this initiative, Ontario has been removing discriminatory barriers that prevent foreign-trained professionals from working in the sectors they were trained in.
About the Ontario Entrepreneur Stream
The Ontario Entrepreneur Stream (OINP) targets senior managers and business owners interested in starting a business in Ontario. The stream allows international entrepreneurs to be nominated for Canadian permanent residency once the company is established in the province.
Although this stream was initially established in 2015, only two nominations have been made to date. To improve this program, Ontario will better support entrepreneurs that apply and help connect them with business opportunities that best fit them. If you want to know the minimum requirements and good business models for this stream, please visit:
Please be aware that there are other options to immigrate to Canada if you are self-employed or have a business mind and enough expertise:
- Self-employed: This option is available to self-employed or world-class professionals in athletics or cultural activities. Of course, you must meet the strict criteria.
- Start-up visa: You may pick this option if you have an innovative idea. However, a designated organization must support your proposal. Also,
- IMP C11: lets entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals apply for a work permit that does not require LMIA.
If you intend to immigrate to Canada as a business person in 2022, consider contacting us. You may alternatively book a consultation session or fill out our assessment form. If you are filling out the following form, make sure to be as thorough as possible.
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