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 recognizes 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).
Ontario Provincial Nominee Program Basic Visa Requirements
To qualify under the French –Speaking Skilled Worker program, applicants must qualify for the Skilled Worker Visa; have a high proficiency in French and moderate proficiency in English.
To qualify under the Human Capital Priorities Program, applicants must qualify for the Skilled Worker Visa, have moderate proficiency in English and French and meet the required points’ threshold
Ontario Provincial Nominee Program Basic Visa Entitlements
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.