Masters Graduates

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.

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Candidates who are successfully nominated through the Ontario Masters Graduate Stream will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence.

Program Requirements

Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceStudy Experience
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyCLB 7
Level of EducationMaster’s Degree
Work ExperienceNo minimum
Investment RequirementNone

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.

Language Proficiency

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
Algoma University
Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
Brock University
Carleton University
Dominican University College
Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario
Lakehead University
Laurentian University
McMaster University
Nipissing University
Ontario College of Art & Design University
Queen’s University
Royal Military College of Canada
Ryerson University
Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
St. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
Trent University
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)
Western University
Wilfrid Laurier University
York University

Settlement Funds

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.

Application Procedure

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.

Ontario Masters Graduate Ranking System

FactorMaximum Points
Canadian Work Experience Length4
NOC skill level3
Earnings history3
EducationField of study10
Canadian education experience10
LanguageOfficial language ability (CLB level)10
Knowledge of official languages (English, French, or both)10
Regional Immigration Location of study10
Strategic ProritiesOntario may award additional points to address labour market needs as required10
Total Available Points70

Ontario Masters Graduate - Recent Draws & Invitation History

Below is information regarding recent Ontario Masters Graduate draws.

DateMinimum scoreNotes
August 30, 2023772November 22, 2022 – August 30, 202344 and aboveGeneral Draw
August 1, 2023755November 22, 2022 – August 1, 202348 and aboveGeneral Draw
June 6, 20231,175November 22, 2022 – June 6, 202346 and aboveGeneral Draw
April 4, 2023752November 22, 2022 – April 4, 202352 and aboveGeneral Draw
January 25, 2023692November 22, 2022 – January 25, 202344 and aboveGeneral Draw
December 21, 2022725November 22, 2022 – December 21, 202246 and aboveGeneral draw
October 25, 2022535October 25, 2021-October 25, 202235 and aboveGeneral draw
September 20, 2022823September 20, 2021 – September 20, 202233 and aboveGeneral draw
August 30, 2022680August 30, 2021 – August 30, 202237 and aboveGeneral draw
June 1, 2022491June 1, 2021 – June 1, 202238 and aboveGeneral draw
March 30, 2022398April 28, 2021 – March 30, 202239 and aboveGeneral draw
March 1, 2022238April 28, 2021 – March 1, 202241 and aboveGeneral draw

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