Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario is the most popular, recognizable, populous, and rich province of modern Canada.  The size of Ontario is staggering. Its territory is larger than France and Spain together. The province extends for 1609 km from infertile soils on the coast of the Hudson Bay in the north to densely populated cities in the south. Most of Ontario lies in the area of ​​the Canadian Shield. The bulk of the population is concentrated in the southern part of the province. The shield extends almost to Ottawa. Once logging and timber transportation was striving in the province. Now Ottawa has become the capital of the country in the full sense of the word: there are many museums and other attractions.

Ontario - a region-country is unlike other regions in terms of its natural beauties. Stretched on the vast territory, it is the only province bordering with Great Lakes – central vessel, connecting not only Ontario, but the whole of Canada and the USA, and with all the North-American mainland. The nature of this province appeals to any person as well as its great history. Maybe this is why the great classic of American literature J.F. Cooper chose Lake Ontario as the starting point for the main characters of his famous about the American trapper and his Mohican friend, believing that the modern history of the North American continent originated in these places.

Economy and Employment

The province of Ontario is the economic center of Canada and, as a result, all types of industries are presented in the province, especially in Toronto and other cities. Strong modern service and information economy are developed in the province, including solid manufacturing foundation. Different businesses and non-commercial international organizations choose Ontario because there is the seat of government and most federal ministries.

The auto industry is the number one manufacturing sector with Canadian world-leading companies. Recent years are marked with major investments by main manufacturers in new plant and technologies.  

As for natural resources, the province has a long established mining sector, which includes nickel, and iron mines. Lumber, pulp, and paper industry are generated by vast forests. Tourism attracts more and more people who want to spend their recreational activities in the natural environment offered by Ontario. 

The unemployment rate doesn’t exceed the national average rate and constitutes 6.8%. Full range of professions is presented in the province due to its thriving economy, job opportunities starting from agriculture to information technology.


Education is the cornerstone of this province, without which everything else would not be possible. High-quality post-secondary education is the path to obtaining a residence permit in Canada because local authorities give preference to qualified and skilled specialists who have received. And it is an education in Canadian universities and colleges that allows students not only to get first-class professional also feel themselves real Canadians and join the Canadian way of life.

Trent University is one of the most research-focused universities in Canada and one of the main scientific luminaries in Ontario. If you are interested in ecology, biology, and chemistry, then here you can work with the latest equipment and communicate with the most prominent minds of these areas. If you are aiming for more practical professions or private business, Wilfrid Laurier University will be an excellent choice for you. According to the rating of the respected Canadian edition Maclean's Magazine, this university is one of the five best in Canada for bachelor programs.

Ontario is a special institution, which provides technological education. University of Ontario Institute of Technology is the ideal choice for students who want to find their vocation in programming, engineering, computer science, mathematics, and any other adjoining fields.

Brock University is one of the main universal universities in Ontario. If you can’t find a suitable program in other colleges and universities, among the hundreds of courses in the Brock University, you can easily choose the education that matches your interests. For example, Brock is the only university that offers a bachelor program in sports management.


More than 220,000 people in Ontario refer to themselves as First Nations.

There are over 100 of First Nation communities throughout Ontario and each of them is unique in their beliefs, language, and history. Less than half of these communities are small and remote, where you can feel a Canadians’ deep connection to their land. Meanwhile, nearly 65% of their First Nations people reside in large urban regions, where you can experience contemporary cultural habits of dining, arts, and events.

Nowadays, over 50,00 Inuit people continue to preserve their culture in their homeland Nunavut. They are attached to the Northern landscapes by keeping their language and beliefs, though some Inuit move to the southern part of Canada to find a better job or education. Many of them (around 3,000) live in the main urban regions of Ontario and have significant input to the urban landscape of arts and culture.

The territory, which surrounds the Great Lakes and covers the historic Northwest is home to a distinct Indigenous people - Metis, also with a unique history, culture and language. They are descendants of people born of relations between First Nations women and European men. An outgrowth of spur trade lead to Metis settlements and today it is part of the accumulated history, language, and identity.  

Ontario Main Cities


Toronto is called “New York run by the Swiss” for its cleanliness and safety of the city. Very often it is compared to New York as it is the economic capital of the country and home to the head offices of many of the largest Canadian companies. There are many events and cultural communities in Toronto.

Another name that Toronto gained is “global city”. Across the city, you can discover different neighborhoods, from Greektown to Little Italy, and from Chinatown to Little Portugal and Koreatown. Toronto’s advanced economy attracts a lot of immigrants each year, this is why there is the highest percentage of foreign-born residents in the world.

If you want to experience life on the edge, then you should definitely visit CN Tower or try – the world’s full -free walk on a 5ft wide ledge encircling the top of the tower. Learn about world culture and natural history in the Royal Ontario Museum or see the blue suede shoes worn by Elvis. Emerge yourself into the bustling nightlife in bars, bistros, and restaurants, and this is just a glimpse of what can be done in this vibrant city. 


Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Located in Eastern Ontario on the border with Quebec, it is connected to the Gatineau region on the other side of the provincial border. The city is often called Ottawa-Gatineau. As in Toronto, many national and international companies prefer to set their offices in Ottawa. The high-tech sector stands out from other industries.

Ottawa is a very safe and friendly place for living that makes it a desirable destination for immigrants. Around 20 percent of the city’s population is foreign-born.

A city of festivals, Ottawa hosts year-round special events. Tulip festival sprang up by a gift of 100,000 bulbs from the Dutch Royal Family. If you like blues music, then you should attend a blues festival or enjoy jazz sessions during the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

The province of Ontario is one of the most attractive for immigration in Canada due to the center of the province – Toronto, which the largest city in the country, the "economic engine" of Canada. It is easier to find a well-paid job in Toronto and make connections because there you can find diasporas from different countries. Also, the province borders with the North American states and it is on the border with the state of New York. The pride of both countries lies here - Niagara Falls. In case you don’t have enough points for immigration under the federal program, you can consider the immigration option for the provincial program of Ontario, which consists of the following programs:

Programs where you need a job offer:

  • Foreign Workers (for highly skilled workers)
  • International Students with a Job Offer. 

Programs, where you don't need a job offer:

Under the Human Capital Category  

International Students - Master's Graduate Stream 

International Students - Master's Graduate Stream 

Under Ontario's Express Entry 

The Human Capital Priorities Stream
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
French Skilled Trades Stream 

Under Business Category 

Corporate Stream (a program for international corporations) 
Entrepreneur Program for international businessmen