Making it easier for businesses and their employees to come to Ontario

The Ontario Investment Office provides business immigration assistance to international companies that currently operate, or will be establishing operations, in Ontario.

Who can we provide assistance to?

  • Companies looking to transfer key personnel or employees with specialized knowledge to the province for a temporary period in order to continue the growth of their business.
  • Companies looking to recruit highly skilled employees from abroad to temporarily and/or permanently fill positions requiring skills that are in short supply in Canada.

What are the business immigration services that we offer?

  • Referral services under the Global Skills Strategy for the Dedicated Service Channel and Global Talent Stream.
  • The latest business immigration information on both permanent and temporary immigration options such as Express Entry, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), and the Intra Company Transfer process.
  • Customized assistance with navigating the different immigration options to meet the specific needs of a company.

Online Resources:

Business Immigration Guide: Pathways to transfer and recruit temporary foreign talent

This guide provides answers to the most common questions we hear from businesses looking to temporarily recruit or transfer foreign talent to Ontario.

The guide provides material on topics such as:

  • Visa/work permits in Ontario
  • Information for business visitors
  • NAFTA and skilled employees
  • Options for hiring temporary foreign workers

Learn more about business immigration options for bringing foreign talent to Ontario.

Guide to Business Immigration in Ontario, Canada

Download the Guide to Business Immigration in Ontario, Canada

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Referral partner role under the Global Skills Strategy

The Government of Canada launched the Global Skills Strategy (GSS) on June 12, 2017 to facilitate faster access to top global talent for companies that are committed to bringing new skills to Canada. Whether bringing in professionals to train Canadian workers or hiring global talent with highly specialized, in-demand skills, the GSS is intended to help innovative firms in Canada thrive, creating economic growth and good middle-class jobs.

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), together with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI), are Ontario’s referral partners for GSS.

For more information about the GSS please visit the Employment and Social Development Canada website

Temporary Immigration

International companies looking to temporarily transfer key personnel with specialized knowledge or recruit talent from abroad can use the following federal temporary immigration programs:

  • The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill temporary labour market and skill shortage occupations when qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not available.
  • The International Mobility Program (IMP) allows Canadian employers to bring in foreign workers without requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

For more information please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website

Permanent Immigration

Ontario has its own permanent immigration program through the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Ontario can nominate foreign workers for permanent residency through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). These immigrants must have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to Ontario’s economy and must want to live in Ontario.

For more information please visit the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website

Express Entry is the federal permanent immigration option for skilled employees of companies. The program was launched in 2015 and is meant to help the federal government prioritize high quality applicants and select the ones that are most likely to succeed in Canada.

For more information please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website

Connect with a representative from the Ontario Investment Office

If your company requires help with business immigration and/or you believe could benefit from a referral to the Global Skills Strategy’s Dedicated Service Channel or Global Talent Stream, please connect with an Ontario Investment Office representative.

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