This is a self-assessment questionnaire to help you understand the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Entrepreneur Stream’s eligibility requirements and to provide you with an estimate of how you may score before you decide to formally register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the OINP.
Please note that this is not the online EOI registration: Register your EOI here.
For more information on the EOI process, please refer to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Entrepreneur Stream Guide.
The EOI to the Entrepreneur Stream is a self-declared points-based system. You may claim a score based on the information that you provide. Your total score will determine whether you will receive an Invitation to Apply under the OINP Entrepreneur Stream. If you are invited based on your EOI, you may submit a complete application to the Entrepreneur Stream.
There is no fee to submit an EOI.
The maximum score available is 160 points. There is no minimum score, as EOIs will be ranked against each other and only top candidates will be invited to apply.
If you have a Business Partner he / she must complete the “Entrepreneur Stream – Expression of Interest” Form and complete his / her own Entrepreneur Stream self-assessment and include both the form and the report in the same package as your Expression of Interest. Your EOIs must be received together. Your final score will be calculated using the lowest submitted score. For example, if your score is 154 and your Business Partner’s score is 152, the score that will be included in the selection pool is the EOI score of 152. Your final score will be used to rank your EOI against other EOI scores received.
For information on what happens after you submit an EOI, please refer to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Entrepreneur Stream Guide.
You must ensure that if you are invited to apply to the program, you will be able to provide supporting documentation as evidence that you meet all of the Entrepreneur Stream requirements and to substantiate the points you claimed in your EOI.
You do not need to provide supporting documents to substantiate the points you claim when you submit an EOI. However, you must provide supporting documents to substantiate the points you claimed in your EOI if you are invited to apply. If you are invited to apply and your application is not supported by supporting documentation to substantiate points claimed in the EOI, then your application may be denied and your application fee will not be returned.
In addition, if you claim any points for factors directly related to your proposed business in Ontario, such as your investment amount or the number of jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents you will create in your proposed business in Ontario, then you are committing to making that investment and creating those jobs. Your business plan must demonstrate how you intend to meet these commitments.
If your application is approved, your Performance Agreement will be based on the investment and job creation you outlined in your EOI and business plan. If you are invited to apply and your application is not supported by supporting documentation to substantiate points claimed in the EOI, or if your business plan does not match the points you claimed in your EOI, then your application will be denied and your application fee will not be returned. If, upon establishing your business, you do not meet the investment commitments indicated in your EOI and business plan, then you may not be eligible to be nominated for permanent residence (even if you meet the minimum investment criteria).
If you choose to submit an online EOI, you will be required to carefully read and understand the disclaimer below. If you do not agree with the disclaimer, or are not prepared to abide by the expectations as outlined, you should not register an EOI at this time.