Candidates who are successfully nominated through the Ontario Masters Graduate Stream will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence.
|Express Entry Profile||No|
|Connection to Province||Study Experience|
|Language Proficiency||CLB 7|
|Level of Education||Master’s Degree|
|Work Experience||No minimum|
Connection to Ontario
In order to qualify for the Ontario Masters Graduate stream, candidates must demonstrate past residency in Ontario. Successful applicants must show that they have resided in Ontario for at least 12 out of the 24 months prior to the application.
The Masters Graduate stream requires a minimum language proficiency score, in either English or French, consistent with the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7.
Level of Education
Candidates must have completed a master’s degree from an eligible Ontario institution within the last two years. Eligible institutions of study for the Ontario Masters Graduate stream include the following:
|Eligible Ontario Universities offering Masters Programs|
|Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)|
|Dominican University College|
|Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)|
|King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario|
|Ontario College of Art & Design University|
|Royal Military College of Canada|
|Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)|
|St. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)|
|University of Guelph|
|University of Ontario Institute of Technology|
|University of Ottawa|
|University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)|
|University of Toronto|
|University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)|
|University of Waterloo|
|University of Windsor|
|Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)|
|Wilfrid Laurier University|
All candidates for the Ontario Masters Graduate stream must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances, or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.
Intention to Reside
Applications also require proof of intention to reside in Ontario permanently, possibly through an Ontario job offer or family connections.
The Ontario Masters Graduate stream opens to accept new applications during limited intake periods. Only a limited number of applications are accepted at each intake period. Intake periods are not always announced in advance, and usually reach their quota and close very quickly. When the program does open, interested candidates must register by creating a ONe-Key account with the e-Filing Portal. After registering, applicants have 14 calendar days to submit their complete application. The OINP application fee is $1,500 CAD.
If the province approves the application, Ontario will notify the applicant they have been selected for provincial nomination. This notification will be sent to the applicant’s ONe-Key account within the e-Filing Portal.
After receiving a provincial nomination an applicant has six months to submit a federal application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants in this program must complete and submit a paper-based application for permanent residence and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months.
The following are the recent dates of intake periods for the OINP Masters Graduate stream. Please note that the province does not release information regarding the number of registrations accepted during each intake period.
|Date Open||Date Closed|
|30 April 2019||30 April 2019|
|5 March 2019||5 March 2019|
|5 April 2018||5 April 2018|
|29 January 2018||29 January 2018|
|12 October 2017||12 October 2017|
|1 May 2017||1 May 2017|
|21 February 2017||23 February 2017|
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