Ontario is the most multicultural province in Canada, where half of all new immigrants make their home. Ontario is a land of opportunity. It is a prosperous, democratic society built by the hard work of generations of immigrants.

On the map, Ontario is in the middle of Canada. It is also the hub of the Canadian economy. It is a magnet for manufacturing, finance, tourism and other industries. It’s also a leader in science and the arts. Ontario’s population of 12 million includes people from 200 countries who speak as many as 130 languages. Ontario cities are vibrant and the scenery is spectacular.

Ontario has a strong, diversified economy, with many kinds of work and many different industries. Most immigrants come to Ontario because of the opportunities offered here. Ontario people are the greatest asset and welcome the talent and energy that newcomers bring to the province.


Ontario recognizes that employers play a critical role in Ontario’s economic success. For many employers, newcomers to Ontario are a valuable source of skilled labour. If you are an Ontario employer having difficulty finding the workers you need, Opportunities Ontario may be the program for you.

Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program is an immigration program through which Ontario nominates individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on a pre-approved job offer in the province. The Government of Ontario established Opportunities Ontario to help employers succeed in the global talent competition.

Learn more: Employer’s Nomination

International Student Category:

The International Student Category has three streams:

With Job Offer, Stream allows Ontario employers to recruit international students graduating from a publicly funded Canadian college or university in a skilled position, and,

Ph.D. Graduate Stream allows Ph.D. graduates from Ontario publicly funded universities to apply to live permanently in Ontario.

Pilot Masters Graduate Stream allows Masters graduates from Ontario publicly funded universities to apply to live permanently in Ontario.

Learn more: International Student Category


Opportunities Ontario allows Ontario to select economic immigrants whose skills match those needed by businesses in the province. The investment component of the program helps companies investing in Ontario to recruit or relocate key employees to ensure the long-term success of the investment. Opportunities Ontario targeted 1,000 nominations in 2011.

The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) is the first point of contact and referral for companies or individual investors making an investment in Ontario who want to facilitate the permanent resident status of needed employees.

Learn more: Investor Category

× How can I help you?