Ontario is to start publishing the names of candidates, employers and representatives penalised for providing inaccurate, incorrect or misleading information to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (ONIP).
From May 3, the names of anyone in the above three groups will be published, where they have had an administrative monetary penalty or banning order imposed against them for contravening the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015, according to an OINP statement.
The Act requires candidates, employers and representatives to provide accurate, correct and ‘not misleading’ information in immigration applications.
“Publishing contraventions of the Act is an important measure to protect the public and further strengthen the integrity of the program,” the OINP statement said.
Those found to have contravened the Act face penalties including denial of application, cancellation of approval, prosecution and administrative order.
Administrative orders can include a ban on the candidate, employer or representative from participating in the OINP for up to five years.
An administrative order can also include an Administrative Money Penalty (AMP). AMPs cannot exceed $150,000 for each contravention. They must be paid within 60 days of the order being served.
AMPs are calculated using the following formula:
($2,000 × A × B) + C
A = total number of administrative penalties imposed against the person or body in the previous 10 years (or the number 1 otherwise).
B = number of candidates involved if the contravention involves applications of multiple candidates or bodies (or the number 1 otherwise).
C = monetary amount the candidate or body has received at any time in connection with the contravention.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) supports employers by facilitating the immigration of managerial, professional and skilled foreign workers and international students required to meet their human resources needs.
The province of Ontario operates the OINP in partnership with the federal immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Interested candidates must follow a two-stage process: apply for nomination to the provincial government, and then, if nominated, apply for permanent residence to the federal government.
The OINP manages three immigration categories: Human Capital, Employer Job Offer and Business Immigration. Each category is further divided into several streams.
HUMAN CAPITAL CATEGORY
This category enables OINP to nominate candidates who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to Ontario’s economy and labour market. It is comprised of three Express Entry streams and two international student streams:
- Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
- Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
- Masters Graduate Stream
- PhD Graduate Stream
EMPLOYER JOB OFFER CATEGORY
Interested individuals may apply under this category only if they have the support of an Ontario employer who has extended to them a full-time indeterminate job offer.
- Foreign Worker Stream
- International Student Stream
- In-Demand Skills Stream
- Regional Immigration Pilot
The Ontario Business Immigration program has one immigration stream directed to applicants with a successful business background.