Eligibility Requirements for Ontario’s OINP Skilled Trades
Who Can Apply?
- Candidates with a minimum of one year experience.
- A candidate must be a resident of Ontario with a valid work permit.
- A candidate must be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
- Legal status in Canada.
You must fulfil all eligibility criteria to qualify under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program – Skilled Trades. You must review all stream requirements, prepare documents, and submit your application to the OINP.
You must have a minimum of one year of full-time, permanent work experience in a skilled list trade occupation listed in Major Groups 72 (excluding occupations under transportation officers), 73, 82, 83, 93 (excluding aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors) or Minor Group 6320 (excluding cooks) of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Note that job experience of 1560 hours accumulated in less than a year does not qualify. Also, paid work experience while completing full-time post-secondary education and self-employment do not qualify. Suppose you are not presently working in the intended trade occupation but have work experience. In that case, you must demonstrate a valid certificate or license that confirms your claim of one year of work experience. You must be a resident of Ontario with a valid work permit.
You must take language tests in either English or French to meet Canadian Language Benchmark Level 5. OINP accepts International English Language Testing (IELTS) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) for English tests. For French tests, OINP accepts Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF) and Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).
You must have sufficient settlement funds to support your life and dependents. This can be demonstrated through your savings account statements, non-locked-in investments, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds, annual earning statements, or a job offer with sufficient annual salary.
Intent to Stay in Ontario
You must establish a solid intention to settle permanently in the province by showcasing your job offer, long-term volunteer work, leasing or owning a property, professional network, family ties, networking, and personal relationships with people living in Ontario.
Application Process for OINP Skilled Trades Stream
The OINP functions under the OINP Expression of Interest system:
- Submit EOI: You must submit your EOI through OINP’s e-filling portal with all relevant and accurate information.
- ITA: Profiles are ranked according to a point-based system, so the highest-ranking candidates will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the draw.
- Apply for Nomination: If you receive ITA, you will get 14 days to apply for nomination.
- Evaluation: OINP will evaluate your application, and if approved, they will send you a provincial nomination certificate.
- Federal Application: After receiving your provincial nomination, you must submit a federal application for Canadian permanent residence.