Please read the application information guide carefully before you launch the application.

HOW THE OSPN MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS WORKS

Stage 1:  Application

The OIO requires any business (i.e. sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation) looking to become an OSPN member (“Applicant”) to complete and submit the OSPN Membership Application Form. Individuals applying on behalf of the Applicant must be authorized officials of the business.

Stage 2:  OIO Assessment

The OIO will review each application received individually to determine the Applicant’s suitability for OSPN membership. Clarity and completeness of information received from the Applicant will help support the OIO’s review process.

The OIO may consider information submitted by the Applicant and information available from third-party published sources (e.g. Better Business Bureau) to determine if the Applicant is a good fit for OSPN membership.

Each application received will be reviewed using a binary (Yes or No) approach in relation to how the Applicant demonstrated that they met the assessment criteria. No rating system or weighted criteria will be used for reviewing applications.

As part of its review, the OIO will consider the following:

I)     Applicant Profile

  • Operational status in Ontario
  • Years of operation
  • Business operations reviews (e.g. Better Business Bureau Rating, Consumer Beware List, and References) Note:  this will include client and OPS references provided by the Applicant in Section 2 and 4 respectively of the application form.
  • Licensing and other representations

Note:  Applicant Profile information will be important to determine the Applicant’s fit as an OSPN member.

II)    Applicant Experience (with)

  • clients from Ontario’s targeted sectors, specifically, automotive manufacturing and technology, clean-tech and advanced manufacturing, business and financial services, digital technology and life sciences
  • Ontario, Canadian and/or foreign companies
  • clients in relation to technology start-ups, scale-ups, new out-of province or foreign direct investments, domestic business expansions or ongoing business operations activities
  • clients in relation to size of business or investment project (based on estimated employees or revenue)

III)   Applicant Service Capacity

  • locations across Ontario
  • customer service practices
  • out-of-province Canadian or foreign company support

Note:  Applicant Experience and Applicant Service Capacity information will be important for potential OIO referrals to OIO-supported companies, if the applicant is selected as an OSPN member. Applicants who choose not to provide information on their experience and service capacity will still be considered for OSPN membership and publication on the public-facing online OSPN directory based on their profile information received, however, they will not be considered for potential OIO referrals.

Stage 3:  OIO Notification

Following application review, the OIO will advise Applicants in writing of the results of their application. Applicants that are selected to be an OSPN member will be asked to acknowledge the OSPN terms of reference following selection.   Applicants that were not selected for OSPN membership will be provided a courtesy debriefing, upon request, to support a future re-application.

Stage 4:  Applicant Acknowledgement

Upon notification, the successful applicant will acknowledge the OSPN terms of reference within ten (10) business days.  Applicants who choose not to acknowledge the OSPN terms of reference will not become members of the OSPN.

UNDERSTANDING THE OSPN MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

OSPN membership is intended for businesses (i.e. sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation) not individuals.  This form must be completed by authorized officials of the Applicant.
The application form has four (4) sections.  Information provided in each section will be reviewed by the OIO as part of Stage 2 of the OSPN Membership Process. Applicants are asked to provide all information requested to enable a thorough OIO assessment.

Section 1 – Applicant Profile

  • This section provides us with an overview of your organization, the services you offer, and areas of specialization.
  • If your firm is selected to be an OSPN member, the information provided in this section will be used to develop a listing for your business on the OIO’s OSPN directory.
  • The Executive and Back-Up Executive contact will be your company’s liaison with the OIO’s executive team and Business Concierge Services.  Contact information for these individuals will not be used for the public-facing online OSPN directory.
  • The Key Representative contact information is needed for your business listing on the public-facing online OSPN directory.  This information can be for a staff-level contact working for your business.
  • Please provide specialized areas of practice or expertise within your field of service. E.g. Law firms may specialize in taxation or business law or immigration.  There are no limits on the number of areas of specialized practice or expertise that an applicant may wish to note on their application.

Section 2 – Applicant Experience

  • This section will help us understand your business’s experience serving clients based on industry sector, country of origin, and projects and/or operations.
  • If your firm is selected to be an OSPN member, the information provided in this section could help us match your business with any requests from OIO-supported companies for referrals or preliminary consultations.
  • The information provided in this section is intended for internal OIO assessment purposes and is not intended to form part of any business listing on the public-facing online OSPN directory.

Section 3 – Applicant Service Capacity

  • This section will help us understand your business’ service coverage capacity across different regions of Ontario.
  • If your firm is selected to be an OSPN member, the information provided in this section could help us match your business with any requests from OIO-supported companies for referrals or preliminary consultations.
  • The information provided in this section is intended for internal OIO assessment purposes and is not intended to form part of any business listing on the public-facing online OSPN directory.

Section 4 – OPS Collaboration

  • This section will help us understand your business’ previous collaborations with the Ontario government. This information will be considered as part of assessing the Applicant Profile.

The information provided in this section is intended for internal OIO assessment purposes and is not intended to form part of any business listing on the public-facing online OSPN directory.

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