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Ontario International Education Stream

Updated: May 10th, 2022

Get the chance to live and work permanently in Ontario with the Ontario International Education Stream. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is part of the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This stream provides the opportunity to apply for permanent residency in Ontario. The program is ideal for international students with a job offer in a skilled occupation. International students may apply via the OINP Employer job offer: International Student Stream. This stream gives international students in and outside of Canada with a job offer in Ontario the chance to apply. Thereafter, students will be nominated and receive permanent residency from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

This is a fantastic opportunity for students as Ontario is one of Canada’s most diverse, vibrant and booming provinces. It’s a perfect place to start and build their future careers. While OINP has extensive criteria that need to be met, successful applicants will have a wonderful opportunity to get permanent residency via the Ontario PNP.

That said, the OINP Employer job offer application process has certain requirements to be met:

  1. Meet the requirements of the job offer itself
  2. Meet the program requirements
  3. Meet employer requirements

How well those are fulfilled determines how you score based on the applicant pool. Find out what criteria need to be fulfilled, how to go about applying and what to do once you’ve applied.

Job Offer Requirements


The first criterion to take into consideration is the job offer itself. The job offer has to be seen as valid by the Canadian government. To achieve this, it must pass a specific set of standards:

Full-time and permanent

  • the offer must be for a job that requires 30 hours of paid work per week (1,560 hours per year)
  • The offer must have no contracted end date. Seasonal or contracted work is not eligible for the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream.

Eligible occupation

  • According to Canada’s National Occupation Classification(NOC), the job offer must be at Skill Levels A or B or Skill Type 0.
OINP Point breakdown: Job offer
NOC skill level Points NOC type Points Wage Points
A 10 0,1,2,3,9 10 $40+ per hour 10
B 8 4,5,6,7,8 5 $20-$39.99 per hour 5

Low wage level

  • According to the Canadian Job bank, the remuneration must be higher than Ontario’s Low Wage Level for the specific occupation within the particular area of Ontario.

The position is essential to the employer.

  • The offered role must be essential to the continuation of the business’s activities.

Work-based in Ontario

  • The work you’re doing has to be done within the territory of Ontario.

If the offer fulfills these requirements, the applicant needs to be sure that they, too, meet the requirements of the OINP.

Applicant requirements

Even though you’ve receive your Invitation to Apply (ITA), there are still requirements to meet. The primary focus is on the legitimacy of your documentation and intentions when moving to Canada. The most important part of this process is to receive your ITA. You cannot progress in the application process without it.

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) and ITA. The first thing you need to send in is an EOI showing your interest in becoming a resident of Canada.
  • You must prove your qualifications are legitimate and beneficial.


You’ll need a degree or diploma from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). The qualification must have taken at least two years of full-time study (15 hours of instruction per week) to complete or one year for those with a prior qualification.

Your education counts towards your OINP score as follows

Canadian education experience (minimum 2 years undergraduate or 1 year postgraduate)

Number of credentials  Points
>1 10
1 5

Highest level of education (Canadian credential or Educational Credential Assessment required)

Level of Education Points
Ph. D. 10
Masters 8
Bachelors or equivalent 6
College diploma or trade certificate 5

Field of study (Canadian credential required)

Level of Education Points
Engineering 10
Health care 10
Math and Computer Science 9
Business and Administration 7
Trades 7
Social, Legal, Education and Science 6
Arts and Humanities 5

Valid license or other authorization (if applicable)

If your job requires a license, you must already have that license before you apply.

Intention to live in Ontario

The Ontario International Education Stream is only for those planning on living in Ontario once permanent residency has been granted. This is determined by studying your existing commitment to Ontario through activities like

  • Working
  • Actively seeking employment in Ontario
  • Studying
  • Volunteering
  • Owning property
  • Visiting
  • Having and maintaining family ties
  • Personal relationships

Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

If you’re already in Canada, you need to enclose your legal status such as:

  • Study permit
  • Work permit
  • Visitor record

Language requirements

Your knowledge and ability in Canada’s official languages has a large impact on your OINP score

Canada Language Benchmark Level Points Number of official languages known Points
9+ 10 2 10
8 6 1 5
7 4

Application period

You must apply at least two years before completing your qualification.

Employer requirements

General requirements

For your employer to qualify under the OINP Employer Job Offer, they must be in active business in Ontario for at least three years before you apply.

Revenue requirements

  • $1,000,000 in total gross annual revenue if it’s in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • $500,000 in total yearly gross income if it’s outside the GTA.

Full-time employee requirements

  • 5 full-time Canadian citizens or permanent residents if the job is in the GTA
  • 3 if it’s outside the GTA.

Employer Form

The employer must fill out and sign an Employer form which you must upload with your application.



How is the Ontario International Education Stream different from the Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) stream?

While they both fall under the Ontario PNP, the Ontario International Education Stream is designed primarily for students with job offers to work in Ontario. On the other hand, the SWO is more general, focusing mainly on anyone with a standing position or job offer looking to work in Canada.

Are there other streams that fall under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program?

Yes. Ontario has many streams designed explicitly for the different skills that potential immigrants possess. They fall under the three major categories of Employee Job Offer, Entrepreneur and Masters & Ph. D. Streams, respectively. For more information, the Ontario Municipality has released a flyer with all necessary streams.

Is there a way to apply for the OINP without sending in an EOI?

Yes. However, you will not be able to apply for the Employee Job Offer stream. Instead, you can apply for the Express Entry Candidate Pool. In addition, you can get a Notification of Interest from the OINP. This article gives a full breakdown of the criteria for eligibility and the application process.

The Ontario International Education Stream presents opportunities for students to build their careers in Canada’s capital province. If they can meet the criteria, the Ontario PNP will grant them the permanent residency they need to start their life in Canada. If you think you’re eligible for this stream, click the button below.


At this point, if you’re able to fulfill all of the criteria above, you can begin your application process. To check your eligibility, click the button below!

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