OINP is now accepting Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions to the Entrepreneur Stream.
Are you eligible?
You may be eligible for this program if you have a viable business activity that will bring significant economic benefit to the province.
If we approve your proposal, you and one additional business partner (if applicable) may apply for a temporary work permit in order to establish your business. Once your business has been successfully established, you and your business partner (if applicable) may be eligible for nomination by OINP.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s Entrepreneur Stream is designed to support individuals from countries outside Canada who are looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in the province.
The program offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to be nominated for permanent resident status once their new business has been successfully established in Ontario. You must meet all eligibility criteria in order to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream. If you are applying with a business partner, your business partner must also meet the eligibility criteria.
The eligibility criteria include the following:
To qualify under this program, you must:
- You and your business partner (if applicable) must each make a minimum investment of $500,000 depending on the location and sector of your proposed business
- You and your business partner (if applicable) must each create at least two full-time permanent jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- You and your business partner (if applicable) must both meet a minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 or equivalent in order to be nominated after your business has been established in Ontario