Ontario recognizes that newcomers play a critical role in the province's economic success and represent a valuable source of skilled workers and professionals. The province also recognises that multinational firms establishing or expanding their businesses in Ontario may also want to bring key executives, managers or employees to work in their Ontario operations. The Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (Ontario PNP) is designed to contribute to job creation, job retention and economic development by seeking to attract and retain qualified employees for most jobs for which there are currently labour-market needs.
Individuals who meet all Ontario PNP requirements may be nominated by the province for permanent residence as provincial nominees and will also enjoy priority processing of their applications for permanent residence by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC).
To qualify under the General Category program, the employer offering the job must meet various criteria. Additionally, the job offer must be for a permanent and full-time position within a designated occupation and meet the current wage levels for that profession or skilled occupation. The Ontario PNP allows candidates with offers of permanent full-time employment in any managerial, professional or skilled trades occupation with a local employer to be nominated.
Approved positions include those which are abroad or in Canada. The position must be directly related to, and necessary for, the company's core operations, meet current wage levels for the occupation, and be offered to individuals who meet the criteria for the offered employment.
Successful applicants and holders of an Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program visa become permanent residents of Canada. Permanent residents are entitled to live, work and study in Canada on a permanent basis.
Additional benefits of Canadian permanent residence include access to government-subsidized education and state of the art healthcare (Medicare), as well as unrestricted access to Canada's labour market and its associated insurance and pension benefits. Permanent residents also have the ability to apply for Canadian citizenship and the opportunity to sponsor family members to join them in Canada.
To see a full listing of our fees and services, Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (Opportunities Ontario) Visa processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.