Ontario OINP Updates: ‘Invitations to Apply’ Opportunity for International Workers

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points

  • On May 11, 2021, the Ontario government introduced updates to the Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program (OINP). The updates impact the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream. 
  • OINP released Invitations to Apply to international workers in the Expression of Interest pool. Individuals are only eligible to apply if they received an invitation from OINP.
  • Individuals who received invitations do not need to contact OINP.


The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream offers permanent residence pathways to high-skilled international workers who meet certain requirements. The OINP sent invitations to international workers in these in-demand occupations, and those whose employment and skillset scored a 31 or above.

Health Care:

  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • General practitioners and family physicians
  • Optometrists
  • Chiropractors
  • Allied primary health practitioners
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Practitioners of natural healing
  • Massage therapists

Skilled Trades:

  • Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • Carpenters
  • Roofers and shinglers
  • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • Machine fitters
  • Elevator constructors and mechanics

With this update, OINP hopes to better assess high-demand international workers’ professional experience and merit.

What are the Changes?

Prior models of the Expression of Interest system left international workers and applicants in a space of uncertainty. Using the updated invitational system will offer applicants more transparency in their processing.

Looking Ahead

The OINP, and the Canadian government as a whole, are developing several streams to support a more efficient immigration environment. Employers with Canada-bound talent should check if any of their employees received OINP invitations.

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