Employer Job Offer Category

The following three programs exist under the Employer Job Offer Category:

  • Foreign worker stream: for skilled workers;
  • International students: for recent graduates of Ontario post-secondary institutions;
  • In-demand skills stream: for intermediate skilled workers in certain sectors, such as agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support workers.
Application Fee
Processing Time
Foreign Worker Stream

In-Demand Skills Stream

CAD $1,500 if the job offer is outside the Greater Toronto Area.

CAD $2,000 if the job offer is within the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions)

60-90 days

International Student Stream

CAD $1,500

90-120 days

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a full-time, permanent job offer in an eligible occupation in Ontario;
  • Must have work experience, licence or other authorization that is required to perform the job;
  • Must intend to live in Ontario;
  • Employer must meet additional requirements (business, revenue, employment).
Is a job offer required?
Additional Requirements
Foreign Worker Stream


  • Must have two years of work experience if occupation does not require license or other authorization
  • Pay must be higher than the median wage level for that occupation in Ontario
In-Demand Skills Stream


  • Job must be in an in-demand occupation
  • Must have nine months of work experience
  • Language requirement: CLB 4 or higher (English or French)
  • Must have a high school diploma
  • Pay must be higher than the median wage level for that occupation in Ontario

Skilled Trades Stream


  • Pay must be higher than the low wage level for that occupation in Ontario
  • Must have a two-year degree or diploma from a Canadian institution.

How it works:

You are first required to create a profile on the OINP e-Filing Portal, and register your Expression of Interest (EOI).

Ontario regularly holds provincial draws to invite the highest-ranking candidates to the pool. If you are invited, you will receive a notification in the portal and you will have to submit your application within 14 calendar days. You can submit your application through your ONe-key account. 

Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot

The Regional Immigration Pilot works as part of the Employer Job Offer Category. The pilot helps Ontario attract and retain immigrants to rural and small communities in Ontario to fill labor shortages. It also supports the growth of the economy in these communities.

This pilot is for people who have a job offer from an employer in a pilot community. Ontario has 150 nomination spaces for 2021 available.

There are three pilot communities that are part of the Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot:

  • Chatham-Kent;
  • Cities of Belleville and Quinte West;
  • The City of Cornwall.

To be eligible to immigrate to Ontario through its Regional Immigration Pilot, you must:

  • Have a full-time, permanent job offer from an employer in one of the pilot communities;
  • Meet the criteria for one of the Employer Job Offer streams.

If you wish to apply for the pilot, you first must register an Expression of Interest (EOI). When you are doing so, you will be asked if you intend to apply under the Regional Immigration Pilot.