Expression of interest

An expression of interest (EOI) is not an application. You cannot apply for nomination for permanent residence in Canada under the Entrepreneur Stream unless you are invited. There is no fee to register an EOI.

The EOI is comprised of two components, for a maximum EOI score of 200 points:

  • self-declared score (maximum 126 points)
  • business concept score (maximum 74 points)

The EOI also contains an attestation that stream criteria are or will be satisfied.

OINP will assess and score your business concept.  Your business concept will need to score at least 37 of the available 74 points (50%) to be placed in the EOI selection pool.

Whether you are issued an invitation to apply (ITA) is based on your EOI rank in the selection pool. Only the top ranked candidates are invited to apply.

Please note:

  • if you are selected, you will be invited to submit an application and required to provide supporting documentation to validate the information in your EOI
  • if your stage 1 application is successful, the information you provide in your EOI will become part of your obligations under the performance agreement

If you are invited to apply and don’t demonstrate that you had the qualifications that you claimed and which formed the basis of the points you claimed in your EOI, your application will be refused, and your application fee will not be refunded. If, upon establishing your business, you do not meet the commitments set out in your Performance Agreement, then you will be ineligible to be nominated for permanent residence.

EOI scoring

Chart providing points available for job creation in Ontario This chart has two columns, the first listing the number of jobs to be created in Ontario by the proposed and the second listing the points available per section. For Experience Factors, 50 points are available. For investment factors, 90 points are available. For Human Capital Factors, 20 points are available. The maximum number of points available is 160 points.
Scoring sectionsPoints
Human capital factors80
Investment factors46
Business concept74
Total points available200

Human capital factors

The maximum number of points for human capital factors is 80 points.

Business experience

You may claim points based on your business experience. The number of points is based on your past business ownership experience or senior management experience in the last 60 months.

There is a minimum business experience requirement (equivalent of 24 months) to be eligible for the Entrepreneur Stream.

If you have a foreign national business partner, they must also have a minimum of 24 months of experience in the last 60 months.

If you have both business ownership and senior management experience in 24 of the past 60 months, you must use only one type of business experience in your EOI.

Business ownership experience

You must:

  • have owned at least one third of the business during the period you claim as the length of your experience
  • demonstrate that your role was an active role, meaning that you were personally involved in the day-to-day operations of the business and had direct involvement in decision-making

If you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream, you will be required to provide evidence of your reported business and past experience as a business owner. Examples of acceptable evidence include financial statements as well as reference letters from investors, financial institutions, vendors, suppliers or customers.

Senior manager (business management) experience

  • Your role must have included senior decision-making responsibilities in areas such as Operations, Sales, Finance, Marketing, Distribution, Human Resources, Research and Development, etc.
  • You must have managed the day-to-day operations of the business in whole or in part.

If you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream, you will be required to provide evidence of your past experience as a senior manager. If you claim points for this factor, you must include:

  • organizational charts detailing your position and reporting structure. Include the size of the organization and highlight your position. Employer documents are preferred
  • official employer reference letter(s) containing details about your position, reporting structure, role and length of employment

Scoring for business ownership or senior management experience

Scoring for business ownership experience
Total experiencePoints
Less than 24 months Ineligible
24 – 47 months13
48 – 59 months 19
60 months or more25
Total points available 25
Scoring for senior manager (business manager) experience
Total experiencePoints
Less than 24 monthsIneligible
24 – 47 months13
48 – 59 months19
60 months or more25
Total points available25

Past specific experience

You may claim additional points based on your past specific experience in a high growth business, in an export-trade business, and for transferable skills if this experience was gained within the last 60 months. The maximum number of points for this factor is 35 points.

  • High growth business experience: experience in a business that experienced a minimum of a 20 per cent increase in revenue in two consecutive years prior to the date of your EOI registration. Submission of supporting documentation (for example financial statements) is mandatory if you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream.
  • Export-trade business experience: experience in a business exporting at least 20 per cent of total goods/services to a foreign market each year within the last two years prior to the date of your EOI registration. Submission of supporting documentation (for example financial statements with export declarations, purchase orders, invoices) is mandatory if you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream.
  • Transferable skills: direct experience and/or experience in related industries within the last five years prior to the date of your EOI registration. Submission of supporting documentation (for example resume, reference letters) is mandatory if you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream.
Scoring for past specific experience.
Past specific experiencePoints
No0
Yes: One past specific experience15
Yes: Two past specific experiences25
Yes: Three past specific experiences35
Total points available35

Level of education

You may claim points based on your highest level of education completed. There is no mandatory minimum requirement to be considered for the Entrepreneur Stream. The maximum number of points for this factor is 10 points.

  • Post-secondary education refers to studies at a licensed post-secondary institution that leads to obtaining a credential that is the equivalent to a Canadian post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate.
  • Language training (such as English as a Second Language (ESL) courses) will not be considered towards meeting the post-secondary requirement.

Note: If you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur stream and are claiming to have completed two years or more of post-secondary education ( includes scheduled breaks such as winter and summer breaks and holidays), you must provide evidence of this education, including your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization along with your application.

The OINP will only accept an ECA report from one of following organizations designated by IRCC:

Note: When completing your application for an ECA, you must authorize the organization to share the results of your ECA with the OINP. Failure to grant the OINP access to your ECA results may delay the processing or result in the refusal of your application.

Scoring for levels of education.
Level of educationPoints
No post-secondary education0
Post-secondary degree or diploma - two-year program5
Post-secondary degree or diploma - three-year program or longer10
Total points available10

Official language ability

You may claim points based on your proficiency in English or French. While not a mandatory requirement to be considered for the Entrepreneur Stream at the time of registering your EOI, language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 is required at the time of nomination by the OINP. The maximum number of points for this factor is 10 points.

If you claim points for language ability in your EOI, you must demonstrate your language proficiency with an approved English or French language test that is dated prior to EOI submission. Language tests are valid for two years and must be valid both at the time of EOI submission, and if invited to apply, at the time of application submission.

For English tests, we accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) – we only accept the General Training test
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – we only accept the General test

For French tests, we accept:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada)
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

Note that even if you do not claim language proficiency in your EOI, you will be required to demonstrate that you have CLB 4 or equivalent at the time of nomination (after you meet your Performance Agreement). If you have a foreign national business partner, your partner must also meet the minimum CLB 4 or equivalent at the time of nomination.

Scoring for official language ability
Official language abilityPoints
None or minimal (CLB 3 or below)0
Basic understanding (CLB 4)5
Intermediate and advanced (CLB 5 or higher)10
Total Points Available10

Investment factors

The maximum number of points for the investment factors section is 46 points.

Net worth

You may claim points based on your total net worth. The maximum number of points for this factor is 15 points.

Your personal net worth must be lawfully obtained and verifiable. Your personal net worth includes all of your assets minus any liabilities including mortgages and personal debts, for example:

  • cash
  • assets in bank accounts
  • fixed (term) deposits
  • real property
  • investments in bonds, stocks and mutual funds
  • investments in one or more businesses
  • pensions and other assets

There is a minimum requirement for this factor to be eligible to the Entrepreneur Stream:

  • If your proposed business is located within the GTA, your net worth must be a minimum of $800,000
  • If your proposed business is located outside the GTA, your net worth must be a minimum of $400,000
  • If your proposed business is in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location), your net worth must be a minimum of $400,000

If you have a foreign national business partner, they must also meet the minimum personal net worth requirement.

If you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream, you will be required to provide evidence of your stated net worth as well as demonstrating that your net worth was lawfully obtained and is verifiable using a qualified vendor.

Scoring for personal net worth if your proposed business will be located within the GTA
Personal net worthPoints
Less than $800,000Ineligible
$800,000 to $2,499,9995
$2,500,000 or more10
Total Points Available10
Scoring for personal net worth if your proposed business will be located outside the GTA or if it will be in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location)
Personal net worthPoints
Less than $400,000Ineligible
$400,000 to $999,999910
$1,000,000 or more15
Total Points Available15

Investment amount

You may claim points based on the total personal investment amount that will be made into your proposed business. The minimum eligible personal investment must be derived from your personal net worth. The maximum number of points for this factor is 25 points.

There is a minimum requirement for this factor to be eligible for the Entrepreneur Stream:

  • If your proposed business is located within the GTA, your personal investment must be a minimum of $600,000.
  • If your proposed business is located outside the GTA, your personal investment must be a minimum of $200,000.
  • If your proposed business will be in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of whether it will be within or outside the GTA), the minimum investment will also be $200,000.

Additionally, you must control at least one-third of the equity in the business. If you have a foreign national business partner, they are also required to control at least one-third of the equity in the business. Your spouse may hold part ownership of the business, however, you must continue to control at least one-third of the equity in the business in your name.

Third parties are permitted to provide external financing (i.e. loans and/or own shares of your business) beyond the minimum investment amount. However, the third party must be a Schedule I or Schedule II bank or an institutional investor. Third-party financing by individuals is not permitted. If you do require external financing, you will be required to provide details on how you will obtain the financing and how the money will be used for your business.

You cannot claim points for investments that will be made by a third-party (for example, if you are making a personal investment of $2.5 million and a third party will make an additional investment of $1 million, you may only claim points for your personal investment of $2.5 million).

As a condition of nomination for permanent residence, you will be required to provide evidence, including supporting documentation (for example invoices, bank and financial statements) to prove that the entire investment amount was allocated, and to provide information as to how it was allocated.

Eligible investments

Eligible investments must be reasonable investments towards expenditures that are essential to the establishment and operation of a new business or to purchase, operate and improve an existing business, excluding cash, cash equivalents, working capital, or wages paid to you or a family member.

Examples of eligible investment expenditures include:

  • purchase of existing business assets (including inventory) or equity.
  • new equipment purchases.
  • start-up or new inventory related to an improvement/expansion plan;
  • leasehold improvements.
  • new marketing costs.

In order to be considered an eligible investment, the expenditure must be essential to the establishment and operation of a new business or to purchase, improve and operate an existing business.

In addition, if you are purchasing an existing business:

  • you must allocate at least 10% of your investment towards the improvement/expansion of the business
  • improvement/expansion does not include regular operating expenses such as recurring inventory, wages, rent, utilities, or maintaining the same levels of marketing or advertising expenses, legal or professional fees, business licenses, etc.

If you have a foreign national business partner, they must also meet all requirements, including meeting the minimum investment funds requirement on their own. For example, if your proposed business will be in the GTA, you must each invest a minimum of $600,000 for a minimum total of $1,200,000.

Scoring for your investment amount if your proposed business will be located within the GTA 
Investment amountPoints
Less than $600,000Ineligible
$600,000 to $1,499,99910
$1,500,000 to $2,999,99915
$3,000,000 or more20
Total Points Available20
Scoring for your investment amount if your proposed business will be located outside the GTA or if it will be in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location)
Investment amountPoints
Less than $200,000Ineligible
$200,000 to $499,99915
$500,000 to $799,99920
$800,000 or more25
Total Points Available25

Ineligible investments

The following are not eligible investments: 

  • cash
  • cash equivalents
  • working capital
  • wage payments made to yourself oryour family members

Investments made prior to application to the OINP

While the OINP does not encourage applicants to make any investment prior to signing a Performance Agreement with the OINP and obtaining a valid temporary work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), we will accept investments made up to one year prior to the application date (if you are invited to apply).

However, you must provide proof that the investment meets all relevant stream criteria, including that the amount was paid from your personal net worth. Signing an agreement or letter of intent to purchase a business and/or making a deposit prior to the approval of your application is solely at your own risk. The OINP does not guarantee that you will be issued an invitation to apply if you have already made investments in the province.

Business-related visits

You may claim points based on any business-related visits to Ontario within the last year from the date that you register your EOI. If you have purchased or are purchasing an existing business, you must make a business-related visit to be considered for the Entrepreneur Stream. The maximum number of points for this factor is 6 points.

Scoring for business-related visits to Ontario
Business-related visits to OntarioPoints
No0
Yes6
Total Points Available6

Business concept factors

The business concept section is similar to an executive summary that provides high-level information about your proposed business plan. The maximum number of points for the business concept factors section is 74 points.

Note: You will need to meet the minimum threshold of 50% (37 points out of 74 points) in this category to be eligible to receive an Invitation to Apply to the Entrepreneur Stream.

If you are invited to apply, you will be required to submit a comprehensive business plan as part of your application. The business plan must reflect the commitments made in your EOI.

General information

You must answer questions and provide details of your business concept. Your proposed business concept will be scored by the OINP.

Your business concept will be scored on the following factors:

Business concept factorsPoints
Business model:
  • Description of proposed business
  • Market research
  • Key sector and economic benefit
  • Investment allocation
50
Business location:
  • Regional business establishment
10
Job creation:
  • Local job creation/retention
  • High value jobs (NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3)
14
Total points available74

Business model

You must describe how your proposed business will generate revenue and profit, and how the business will be viable and have the potential for sustained commercial success under your active management.

Description of business

  • Describe the business model and strategy for the business to become viable in Ontario.
  • Describe the product or services being offered by the proposed business.
  • How does the proposed business plan to generate a profit/revenue?
  • What will be your role in helping the business become successful, what will your day-to-day management duties be, and how does your background and previous business ownership or management experience help you to establish and operate the proposed business?
  • If you are proposing to partner with a local or a foreign national business partner, you must provide a rationale for the business partnership and describe your business relationship with each partner. You must identify the partner(s), their proposed ownership percentage, whether the local partner(s) will make any investment into the business, and what role the partner(s) will have in the business.
  • If purchasing an existing business: Provide a description and rationale of why you have chosen this business and how you plan to grow or expand the business.

You will receive points for your business model based on the following table:

Business modelPoints
Unsatisfactory/Unclear0
Fair7
Good15
Total points15

The business model is assessed based on the following criteria:

An unsatisfactory/unclear business model (0 points) will be determined if any of the following are identified:

  • The business model does not clearly identify and/or describe the business operation.
  • The business model does not clearly identify the products and/or services being offered.
  • The business model does not provide details of applicant’s role.
  • If purchasing an existing business: a description of the existing business and proposed expansion is not provided or is vague and unclear.

A fair business model (7 points) will be determined if all of the following are met:

  • The business model is clearly identified and describes the business operation from start to finish.
  • The business model clearly identifies the products and/or services being offered.
  • The business model clearly identifies the applicant’s role.
  • If purchasing an existing business: A description of the existing business and proposed expansion is clear.

A good business model (15 points) will be determined if all of the following are met:

  • An applicant’s proposed duties with the business are consistent with applicant’s experience.
  • The business model identifies a clear strategy to become viable in Ontario.
  • The proposed scale of business is consistent with industry/regional norms.
  • If purchasing an existing business: a description of the existing business and proposed expansion is clear.

Market research

You must provide an effective market entry strategy to demonstrate that your proposed business will be successful in Ontario. If you are planning to purchase an existing business, you must be able to demonstrate how the business will grow and expand under your management.

  • Describe any research activities you have conducted in Ontario that have led you to pursue the establishment of a new business or the purchase of an existing business.
  • Briefly summarize any critical market factors and data (relevant to regulations, competition, pricing, marketing/advertising etc.) that you have obtained as part of your research. How do you plan to address the most critical market factors affecting your proposed business?
  • Describe your research and understanding of the target market for your product/service.
    • Who is your target market?
    • What trends (industry, socioeconomic, public policy, demographic shifts, etc.) are influencing the target market for your product/service?

You will receive points for your market and products/services based on the following table:

Market researchPoints
Unsatisfactory/Unclear0
Fair7
Good15
Total points15

The market research is assessed based on the following criteria:

An unsatisfactory/unclear market research analysis (0 points) will be determined if any of the following are identified:

  • An applicant has not conducted any research activities.
  • Does not provide a description of how market factors impacting the proposed business would be addressed.
  • Does not provide an understanding of the target market and does not clearly support ideas with research sources.

A fair market research analysis (7 points) will be determined if all of the following are met:

  • Marginal research activities are conducted, but may not be linked to the proposed business or are unclear.
  • A marginal explanation of the target market provided, with minimal support for ideas from credible research sources.
  • A marginal description of critical market factors and how they will be addressed.

A good market research analysis (15 points) will be determined if all of the following are met:

  • It provides a clear and reasonable explanation of research activities and can link the market research to the proposed business.
  • It demonstrates a clear understanding of the target market and can support ideas with credible research sources.
  • It provides a clear summary of critical market factors and how they will be addressed.

Significant economic benefit and key sector

Explain how your business will generate significant economic benefit to Ontario as a whole or to the local Ontario economy where the business will be located. Examples of significant economic benefit include:

  • The proposed business aligns with provincial and regional economic development priorities, as defined below.
    • Adopts new technology: the new technology must not already be in regular use in similar businesses.
    • Develops new products and services.
    • Transfers or establishes intellectual property or a proprietary technology/business process in Ontario.
    • Develops innovative approaches to traditional businesses: innovative approaches are considered high-value and not already in regular use by similar businesses. 
    • Increases exports: primary businesses that will/may increase exports. This does not include businesses that facilitate exports/trade such as trading companies or agencies.
    • Increases research and development, and technology commercialization.
    • Provides products or services to an under-served local or regional market.
    • Transfers technology and specialized knowledge -facilitates and/or supports the high technology industry, and/or provides opportunities to develop technology products/services.

You may also claim points depending on whether your business is in a targeted key sector determined by the Ontario government. This is not a mandatory eligibility requirement to be considered for the Entrepreneur Stream.

These key sectors have been defined as economic priorities for Ontario:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical and biochemical
  • Cleantech
  • Cybersecurity
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturing
  • Forestry
  • Industrial Automation and Robotics
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mining
  • Tourism

If your business falls within a key sector for Ontario, please identify the sector and explain how. Learn more about key sectors for Ontario (look for your sector under the Industries heading).

If you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur stream and have indicated your proposed business is in a targeted key sector, you will be required to provide evidence that your business is in that respective sector (for example licenses, permits, association membership, etc.).

You will receive points for significant economic benefit and key sector based on the following table:

Significant economic benefit and key sectorPoints
Unsatisfactory/Unclear0
Fair5
Good10
Total points10

The significant economic benefit and key sector is assessed based on the following criteria:
An unsatisfactory/unclear significant economic benefit and key sector analysis (0 points) will be determined if the following is identified:

  • The business concept does not identify or substantiate any key sectors or any significant economic benefits.

A fair significant economic benefit and key sector analysis (5 points) will be determined if the following is met:

  • At least one key sector or at least one economic benefit is substantiated.

A good economic benefit and key sector analysis (10 points) will be determined if the following is met:

  • At least one key sector and at least one economic benefit are substantiated.

Investment allocation

Provide a breakdown of how you intend to allocate your capital investment to grow and expand the proposed business.

You will receive points for the investment allocation based on the following table:

Investment allocationPoints
Unsatisfactory/Unclear0
Fair5
Good10
Total points10

The investment allocation is assessed based on the following criteria:

An unsatisfactory/unclear investment allocation analysis (0 points) will be determined if any of the following are identified:

  • No breakdown provided.
  • Little to no information on how to grow the business.
  • Ineligible expenses listed in breakdown.

A fair investment allocation analysis (5 points) will be determined if all of the following are met:

  • Breakdown provided, but lacking clarity.
  • Information on plan to grow/expand the proposed business, but limited.

A good investment allocation analysis (10 points) will be determined if all of the following are met:

  • A full investment breakdown is provided.
  • A thorough explanation of the plan to grow/expand the proposed business.

Business location

You may claim points based on your proposed business location.

You will receive points for the business location based on the following table:

Business locationPoints
CMA with a population of 175,000 or more0
CMA or CA with a population greater than 100,000 but less than 175,0005
Other location with a population of 100,000 or below10
Total points available10

The OINP uses Statistics Canada’s Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) and Census Agglomeration (CA) data to divide business locations into three categories based on population size:

  • Category A: Census Metropolitan Areas with a population of 175,000 or more.
  • Category B: Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomeration areas with a population greater than 100,000 but less than 175,000.
  • Category C: All other locations that do not fall within Category A or B that have a population of 100,000 or below.

CMAs and CAs are areas consisting of one or more neighbouring municipalities situated around a population centre (known as a core). A CMA is defined as having a total population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more live in the core. A CA is defined as having a core population of at least 10,000. Please note that some locations may be part of larger categories. Therefore, you may find your business location is in a CMA or CA.

For more information on finding your business location category and a list of Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomeration areas, see Appendix 2.

Note: While Statistics Canada categorizes Ottawa-Gatineau CMA as a single Census Metropolitan Area, businesses located in the Gatineau region outside of Ontario are ineligible under the OINP.

Job creation

You may claim points based on the total number of permanent full-time jobs that you will create for Canadian citizens or permanent residents within the first 20 months of establishing your business.
There is a minimum requirement for this factor to be eligible for the Entrepreneur Stream. You must demonstrate that you will create either:

  • at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada if your proposed business is located within the GTA
  • at least one permanent full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada if your proposed business is located outside of the GTA

Important: wage requirements

The OINP requires that all employees will receive pay for the hours worked and accord with the information provided by the employer in the proposed business plan. The OINP requires that a wage offer made to an employee be described on the basis of the individual’s hourly wage expressed as either hourly pay and hours per year, or weekly pay and weeks per year. This allows the program to verify that employees will be appropriately remunerated.

Note: The program does not consider remuneration by piece work, bonuses, commissions, vacation pay or non-financial compensation as comprising part of an employee’s offered wage. An employer may offer an employee piece work, bonuses, commissions, or non-financial compensation in addition to base pay. However, these will not be considered part of the employee’s hourly or weekly base pay.

The hourly or weekly base pay offered to the employee must meet or exceed the median wage established by occupation and region on the federal government’s Job Bank website .

A permanent full-time job means a position that consists of a minimum of 30 hours per week and at least 1,560 hours in a one-year period.

A permanent job offer is continuous employment in a position designated as permanent and which has no specified end date (for example, of an indeterminate duration). Additionally, the jobs must be continuously filled for at least 10 months prior to the submission of your Final Report, and they must continue to exist at the time of submission of the final report and at the time of issuing the certificate of nomination.

If you have a foreign national business partner, your partner must also create at minimum of one-two jobs, for a total of two-four jobs for your proposed business.

You will receive points for job creation based on the following table:

Job creationPoints
1 for outside GTA or ICT/Digital Communications sector
2 for inside GTA
3
3-4 jobs5
5 or more jobs7
Total points available7

Please note that if you are purchasing an existing business, you must maintain at a minimum the current wage levels and employment terms of existing staff in addition to creating at least one-two new jobs depending on the location of the business. There are no additional points for maintaining existing staff.

You may also claim additional points based on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, NOC A or NOC B jobs your proposed business will create for Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Please include a NOC designation for each new job created. There is no mandatory requirement for this factor to be considered for the Entrepreneur Stream.

Creation of NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 JobsPoints
0 NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 jobs0
1 NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 job5
2 or more NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 jobs7
Total points available7

The job creation is assessed based on the following criteria:

An unsatisfactory/unclear job creation analysis (0 points) will be determined if the following is identified:

  • The business concept does not propose or substantiate hiring any highly-skilled positions (NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3).

A fair job creation analysis (5 points) will be determined if the following is met:

  • The business concept substantiates the creation/maintenance of one highly-skilled position (NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3).).

A good job creation analysis (7 points) will be determined if the following is met:

  • The business concept substantiates the creation/maintenance of two or more highly-skilled positions (NOC TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3).).

EOI registration instructions

  • create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • read the applicant requirements for the Entrepreneur stream and ensure that you are eligible
  • register an expression of interest

The information you provide in your expression of interest must be accurate at the time you register or update your expression of interest.

If you are invited to apply, a PDF copy of the Attestation Form must be printed, signed personally in ink by the applicant, and uploaded to the “Other” tab under Supporting Documents.

The Attestation Form should be signed on the same date that you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) to the OINP.

You can only register one expression of interest per OINP stream at any given time.

Fees

There is no fee to register an expression of interest. If you are invited to apply to the Entrepreneur stream, you will be required to pay an application fee at that time.

Updating your information

You can update your expression of interest in the OINP e-filing portal with new information at any time up until the time the business concept section is scored by the OINP.

Business concept

The OINP will assess and score your business concept. If you do not meet the minimum stream criteria, your business concept will not be reviewed. We do not accept any separate attachments; the business concept must be populated in the space provided in the OINP e-Filing Portal as part of your expression of interest. There is a 4000 character limit for each answer.

You will receive an email once the business concept is scored and the score breakdown will appear in the E-filing Portal. You will need a score of at least 37 out of 74 points in the business concept section to be placed in the EOI selection pool.

Validity period

Your expression of interest registration will remain valid for up to 12 months, until you receive an invitation to apply or until you withdraw your registration. After 12 months, your expression of interest will automatically be deleted from OINPs systems. If you are still interested in applying to the program, you must register a new expression of interest.

Technical problems

If you are experiencing technical issues with applying online, send us an email at business.immigration@ontario.ca and include as much detail as possible about the issue. OINP staff will review your email and respond to you as soon as possible.