Employer Job offer: OINP In-Demand Skills Stream

Employer Job offer OINP In-Demand Skills Stream

This article on OINP Employer Job Offer in-demand Skills stream includes:

What is the OINP in-demand Skills stream?

The OINP in-demand skills stream invites applicants with a job-offer in an in-demand occupation in the province of Ontario. These occupations are in specific sectors of construction, trucking, agriculture, or personal support services. 

The application fee for the OINP in-demand skills stream is $1500 if the location of your job is outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and $2000 if your job location is within the GTA.

The processing time of your application through this program is 90-120 days or 3 to 4 months.

OINP or Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program offers immigration options through the streams listed below:

  • Employer Job Offer stream: This stream is exclusively for foreign workers or students who have a valid job offer from an employer in Ontario. This stream includes three sub-streams:
  • OINP for students with Ontario education: This includes Master Graduate stream and PhD graduate stream. These pathways are for eligible graduates who have a masters or a doctorate degree from a university in Ontario.
  • OINP Express Entry streams: This stream operates through the Express Entry system It has three sub-streams:
    • Human Capital Priorities stream
    • Skilled Trades stream
    • French-Speaking Skilled worker stream
  • OINP Entrepreneur stream

Eligibility requirements for the applicants

To be eligible for the OINP in-demand skills stream, you must meet the following conditions.

  • You must have registered an OINP Expression of Interest and must have received Invitation to Apply in the OINP draws.
  • You must have acquired a valid job-offer from an eligible employer in Ontario
  • Possess at least 9 months of paid and full-time work experience in the same NOC code in which you receive your job-offer. This work experience must have been acquired within three years of applying to the OINP In-demand skills stream. 
  • Have experience in half-time work, it should be 15 hours of paid work per week, or 1200 hours of work in 18 months.
  • If mandatory, you must have a license or authorization certification when you apply for the OINP in-demand skills stream.
  • Must have at least CLB 4 in all the four areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading. OINP accepts CELPIP-G and IELTS tests for English proficiency, and TCF and TEF for French proficiency.
  • Must have a Canadian high-school diploma or its equivalent. In case you completed your secondary school education from outside Canada, you must provide an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) report. The ECA report must not be older than 5 years. The ECA must be done by the following organizations:
  • You must settle in Ontario. The sole purpose of OINP is to attract and facilitate skilled immigrants to settle in the province and add to its economy. Thus you must be able to demonstrate that you will ultimately settle in Ontario. This can be assessed by:
    • Having proof of studying in Ontario
    • Working in Ontario 
    • Leasing or owning a property in Ontario
    • Having a social circle in the province
  • If you are applying for the OINP In-demand skills stream from Canada, you must have a valid work permit or study permit while applying for the stream.
  • You or your family members must not own any equity in your employer’s business. The only exception to this requirement is if you own the equity as a part of job remuneration. The equity thus earned must be less than 10%.

Job-offer requirements

Your job-offer will be acceptable in the OINP in-demand skills stream only if it meets the following requirements:

  • The employment must be permanent. A permanent job means there is no end date for the employment contract. Contractual jobs are ineligible for OINP. 
  • Your job must be full-time. A full-time employment means 30 hours of paid work within a week. This implies 1560 hours of paid work in a year.
  • Your employment must not impact the job of anyone involved in a labour dispute.
  • The employment must pay you equal to or higher than the median salary of your occupation. For instance, if your occupation belongs to NOC code 44101, your job offer must pay you $19.00 or higher.  The median wage for any region in Ontario can be accessed from the Job Bank
  • The location of your job-offer must be in Ontario
  • The employment offer must be urgently required by the employer inorder to keep the business running smoothly.

List of In-demand occupations

Below is the list of occupations along with their NOC codes and TEER levels that are eligible for OINP in-demand skills stream throughout the province of Ontario.

BOC 4 Jobs in education, law, and social community and government services.
NOC codesTEER levelsJob titles
441014Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
BOC 6 Jobs in Sales and services 
652025Meat cutters and fishmongers in retail and wholesale
BOC 7  Trades, transport and equipment operators
751105Construction trades helpers and laborers
BOC 8 Natural resources and agriculture
841204Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
851005Livestock laborers
851015Harvesting laborers
851035Nursery and greenhouse workers
BOC 9 Jobs in Manufacturing and utilities
941414Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Below is the list of occupations that are eligible for OINP in-demand skills stream only if the job location is outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This includes the city of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel areas.

BOC 9 Jobs in Manufacturing and utilities
NOC codesTEER levelJob titles
941004Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
941054Metalworking and forging machine operators
941064Machining tool operators
941074Machine operators of other metal products
941104Chemical plant machine operators
941114Plastics processing machine operators
941244Woodworking machine operators
941324Industrial sewing machine operators
941404Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
942014Electronics assemblers and inspectors
942044Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
942044Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
942134Other product assemblers, finishers and inspectors
951025Laborers in chemical products processing and utilities

Eligibility requirements for the employer

To be eligible for the OINP in-demand skills stream, your employer must meet the criteria listed below.

  • Your employer must either have a positive LMIA or must be able to demonstrate that he/she made reasonable efforts to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents before offering the employment to a foreign worker. 
  • The business of your employer must be active for at least three years.
  • They must have no outstanding issues under Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 or Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • If your job-offer is in the GTA, the annual gross revenue of your employer must be $100000. On the other hand, if your job-offer is outside the Greater Toronto Area, the gross revenue must be $500000
  • Your employer must have hired at least three Canadian citizens if your job location is outside the GTA. If you will report to work in the Greater Toronto Area, your employer must have hired at least 5 Canadian citizens or permanent residents in order to be eligible for the OINP in-demand Skills stream.
  • They must provide an Employer form to you. You will be required to submit this form while uploading the documents for the OINP in-demand Skills stream.

Scoring factors

Once you provide information while registering your Expression of Interest, you will be scored on the following factors:

  • NOC code of your job-offer
  • Wages 
  • Availability of work permit
  • Existing work permit with the employer 

The scoring grid for the OINP in-demand skills stream is tabulated below.

Location of job 
Northern Ontario10 points
Areas outside the GTA08 points
Inside the GTA (excluding Toronto)03 points
Broad Occupational Category of your Job Offer
BOC 404 points
BOC 603 points
BOC 707 points
BOC 804 points
BOC 905 points
Salary per hour
$40 or more10 points
$35-$39.9908 points
$30-$34.9907 points
$25-$29.0006 points
$20-$24.9905 points
Less than $200 points
Work Permit availability 
If you have a valid work permit10 points
No work permit0 points
Job tenure with the employer
Worked with the same employer and job position for more than 6 months03 points
Worked with the same employer and job for less than 6 months, or have no prior experience0 points
Canadian Experience
If you earned $40k annually03 points
If you earned less than $40 annually00 points
Total points available 43 points

How to get Canada PR through OINP in-demand skills stream

Getting your Canada PR through the OINP Employer Job Offer In-demand Skills stream includes the following steps.

  • Create and sign-in to your ONe-Key account
  • Register an Expression of Interest
  • Get a score out of 43, and receive an ITA in the OINP draws
  • Apply for the OINP in-demand skills stream and upload all the mandatory documents. You must apply within 14 days of getting the ITA.
  • Pay the program fee
  • Get the nomination certificate, nomination approval letter and work permit support letter once your OINP application is approved
  • Apply to the IRCC for Canada PR through the PNP program within 6 months of receiving the provincial nomination.
  • Get the COPR once IRCC approves your PR application.
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