What is Ontario Express Entry?

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) uses the Express Entry system to find candidates who can contribute to Ontario’s economy and communities.

Express Entry is Immigration and Refugee Citizenship Canada's (IRCC's), online immigration application system. It allows people to submit a profile, be considered as a skilled immigrant and apply to become permanent residents (PRs), if they choose.

There are five streams within Ontario Express Entry:

Applying through Express Entry

To apply for these programs you must:

Ontario will select applicants who have high rankings and meet the requirements of the Ontario Express Entry streams. If you receive a notification of interest from Ontario in your MyCIC account, you must:

  • Apply to one of the streams within 45 days by filling out a Nominee Application Form.
  • If your application is approved by Ontario, you will receive a letter through your MyCIC account notifying you of your nomination. This nomination will give you an additional 600 points in the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System and you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency.
  • Once you receive an invitation to apply from IRCC, you have 60 days to apply to IRCC for permanent residency.

If you are an employer, you can apply to recruit foreign nationals through OINP.

For More Information

  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Information about Ontario's Provincial Nominee Program. From the Ontario Immigration website.
  • Provincial Nominees - Information about the Provincial Nominee Program across Canada. Eligibility requirements for this program can differ in each province. From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • National Occupation Classification (NOC) - The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted guide to occupations in Canada.
  • IRCC Help Centre - A tool that helps answer frequently asked questions on immigration matters. It offers several ways of searching through the information available, including search by keyword. From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Last updated: May 15, 2024 4006054