Ontario Masters Graduate is one of the Human Capital streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Ontario. The Masters Graduate stream targets recent graduates with master’s degrees obtained at an eligible Ontario institution who have the intention of living and working in Ontario.
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.
This stream operates under the OINP Expression of Interest system.
Eligible applicants can submit an EOI through OINP’s e-Filing Portal throughout the year for the chance to be invited to apply for nomination. Profiles are ranked on an OINP points-based system. The highest-ranking candidates will be issued an invitation to apply in one of the OINP draws.
Once an invitation is received, the applicant has 14 calendar days to apply for nomination.
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 must 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.
|Canadian Work Experience||Length||4|
|NOC skill level||3|
|Education||Field of study||10|
|Canadian education experience||10|
|Language||Official language ability (CLB level)||10|
|Knowledge of official languages (English, French, or both)||10|
|Regional Immigration||Location of study||10|
|Strategic Prorities||Ontario may award additional points to address labour market needs as required||10|
|Total Available Points||70|
Below is information regarding recent Ontario Masters Graduate draws.
|April 4, 2023||52||General draw|
|January 25, 2023||44||General draw|
|October 25, 2022||35||General draw|
|June 1, 2022||38||General draw|
|March 30, 2022||39||General draw|
|March 1, 2022||41||General draw|
|October 20, 2021||35||General draw|
|September 14, 2021||35||General draw|
|August 25, 2021||37||General draw|
|August 18, 2021||39||General draw|
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