Opportunities Ontario is the name given to Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program, which facilitates the Canadian province to nominate overseas skilled people for permanent residence status. In other words, the program is designed to help Ontario employers to find and hire the required skills from the overseas market to work for them in Ontario. The program is like a boon to Ontario employers as it gives them the liberty to hire the skilled workers they require.
Ontario Provincial Nominee Program enables employers to file applications in order get the approval to employ overseas skilled workers in full-time Ontario job positions; and hire overseas skilled workers to fill those positions. The employers who get the approval can recruit foreign nationals through two different categories, viz.:
- Foreign workers through the General Category and
- Foreign students through the International Student Category
On the individuals or workers part, Opportunities Ontario is the way to immigrate and work, thereby obtaining permanent residency in the province. However, it is not that easy as it sounds. In order to be able to immigrate under the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program, overseas workers and students need to have a full-time job offer from an Ontario employer. Further, the offer must be from a participating employer in the program, as well as the job title of an individual must be approved by the Opportunities Ontario. However, foreign students are exempted from the requirement of a full-time job offer, given they have a PhD/Masters degree from any of the Ontario publicly funded universities.