Ontario PNP: Entrepreneur Immigration

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract individuals who are looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in Ontario.

Successful applicants will obtain a temporary work permit support letter — based on a performance agreement — to establish the business in Ontario. If the investment and job creation agreements outlined in the performance agreement are adhered to, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to be nominated by the OINP for Canadian permanent resident status. The OINP Entrepreneur Stream operates on an 'Expression of Interest' model, whereby eligible participants must be invited to apply before they may submit a complete application.

In August, 2016, the OINP launched an online application process to make it easier to register an Expression of Interest (EOI), making it easier to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream if invited, and improving processing times for applicants.

Ineligible Businesses
Ontario will not process applications where there is a risk of little to no long-term economic benefit to the province. Consequently, the proposed business cannot be included in the following list of ineligible businesses.

Ineligible Businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
  • • Existing Franchises in Ontario (new foreign franchises expanding into Ontario are permitted)
    • Gas Stations
    • Tire Recycling
    • Scrap Metal Recycling
    • Pawnbrokers
    • Bed and Breakfasts
    • Holding Companies
    • Laundromats
    • Automated Car Wash Operations
    • Payday loan and related businesses
    • Businesses which have been previously owned/operated by current or former OINP business stream nominees
Ineligible Businesses outside the GTA
  • • Tire Recycling
    • Scrap Metal Recycling
    • Pawnbrokers
    • Holding Companies
    • Laundromats
    • Automated Car Wash Operations
    • Payday loan and related businesses
    • Businesses which have been previously owned/operated by current or former OINP business stream nominees