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    Ontario is the most multicultural province in Canada, where half of all new immigrants make their home. Ontario is a land of opportunities. It is a prosperous, democratic society built by the hard work of generations of immigrants. Ontario has a strong, diversified economy, with many kinds of work and many different industries. Most immigrants come to Ontario because of the abundance of working opportunities.

    About Ontario

    Located in east-central Canada, Ontario is the most populous province in the country, accounting for nearly 40 % of all Canadians. The province’s capital is Ottawa and the most populous city is Toronto. The varied landscape includes the vast, rocky and mineral-rich Canadian Shield, which separates the fertile farmland of the south and the grassy lowlands of the north.Here are some key facts about Ontario:

    • Ontario’s more than 250,000 lakes contain about one-fifth of the world’s fresh water
    • In summer, temperatures can soar above 30°C (86°F), while in winter they drop below – 40°C (-40°F)
    • Ontario’s industries range from cultivating crops, to mining minerals, to manufacturing automobiles, to designing software and to leading-edge technology
    • Cultures from around the world thrive and are celebrated in Ontario, with festivals such as Caribbean Carnival, Oktoberfest and the Canadian Aboriginal Festival.


    Workforce in Ontario

    Ontario’s economy strives through its unique combination of resources, manufacturing experience, exports and a drive for innovation. Ontario is home to almost 50% of all Canada’s employees in high tech, financial services and other knowledge-intensive industries.


    Ontario is part of the North American manufacturing heartland. After California and Texas, Ontario has the most manufacturing employees of any jurisdiction in Canada and the US.


    Ontario has more than half of the highest quality (‘Class 1’) farm land in Canada. There are 51,950 farms in Ontario (as of 2011) and they make up almost one-quarter of all farm revenue in Canada.


    Ontario’s forests play a major role in the province’s economy. They contribute to a good standard of living by supporting more than 53,000 direct jobs in the forest industry (2011). In total, the forestry sector supports almost 200,000 direct and indirect jobs across 260 Ontario communities.


    The mining industry in Ontario is a global leader in productivity and has world leading environmental standards. Ontario is among the top 10 producers in the world for nickel and platinum group metals. South Ontario is also a source of province’s oil and gas industry.


    Services Sector

    Although Ontario is a manufacturing powerhouse, the services sector is the largest part of Ontario’s economy. It employs 79% (5.3 million people) of the province and makes up 76.9% of the province’s economy. Examples of Ontario’s major services include business and financial, professional and scientific technical services, and arts and culture.

    Immigration to Ontario

    Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Employer / Job Offer

    Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) helps employers meet their human resource needs for workers, by enabling them to recruit foreign workers and international students. This program is for the candidates from three main categories:

    • Employer
    • Foreign worker
    • International student with a job offer

    Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Entrepreneur Stream

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s (OINP) Entrepreneur Stream helps individuals from countries outside of Canada to implement a new business idea or buy an existing business in Ontario. It also offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to be nominated for a permanent resident status once their business has been successfully established in Ontario.

    To learn more about OINP pathways and find out if you’re eligible, contact us.

    Important announcement:

    Temporary Pause on Intake of Applications for Select, High-volume Streams: as a result of changes Ontario has made to more closely align the streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) with the needs of its labor market, the province has already received the sufficient number of OINP applications to meet its 2016 federal allocation, and has placed a temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams.

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