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Ontario to Welcome More Economic Immigrants in 2018

Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration - Laura Albanese

Ontario’s Allocation for Provincial Nominee Program Increased by the Federal Government, Becoming Largest in Canada

Ontario will welcome more economic immigrants to the province this year, with the Government of Canada increasing Ontario’s 2018 nomination allocation to 6,600. Ontario’s allocation is the largest in the country, in recognition of Ontario’s role as a key driver of the national economy and the success of the program.

Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers pathways to permanent residence for international students, internationally educated professionals, skilled and in-demand workers, entrepreneurs and Francophones. The program allows the province to nominate skilled immigrants whose professional and educational skills meet Ontario’s current labour market needs for permanent residence.

The OINP is now accepting applications to the following streams:

Helping newcomers thrive and succeed is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s provincial nominee program is now the largest in Canada.
  • Ontario’s federal nomination allocation has increased 20% since 2016.
  • Ontario welcomes more newcomers than any other province or territory in Canada.

Additional Resources

  • Apply for the OINP


“Ontario’s economy encompasses a dynamic mix of sectors which require skilled workers. The increase in our 2018 provincial nominee allocation means that Ontario will be able to welcome more immigrants with the skills and education to meet our labour market needs and deliver sustained growth to the provincial economy.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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