If you are thinking of relocating to the Windsor-Essex Region, there are a number of organizations and resources out there dedicated towards making your transition as smooth as possible.
- Canadian Consulate General in Detroit's Visa and Immigration Department
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- Ontario and Government of Canada Immigration
- Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
- Windsor-Essex County Real Estate Board
Moving here from America? Canada prides itself as an open country which welcomes immigrants and visitors. Persons wishing to immigrate to Canada, visit Canada, study in Canada, or work temporarily in Canada can visit the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit's web site to learn more about Visas and Immigration.
The Entrepreneur stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) benefits entrepreneurs from outside of Canada who are interested in starting or buying a business in Ontario. Once their business has been established in Ontario, the entrepreneur (and up to one foreign national business partner) have the opportunity to be nominated for permanent residency by the OINP.
Workforce WindsorEssex in partnership with the County of Essex and members of the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership have launched www.welcometowindsoressex.ca. This website ensures that newcomers and potential newcomers to our region have the best possible understanding of what Windsor-Essex has available for them. This information is incredibly useful to newcomers as they determine whether their families should settle in Windsor-Essex. It provides a “one window” access to information and services available from newcomer serving agencies, private sector businesses, as well as from the municipal, Provincial and Federal levels of government.
The Ontario Immigration website outlines the terms for applying as a business immigrant, the conditions for maintaining your status once you arrive, and how to come to Ontario as a business immigrant. There is also information on an Ontario government program (Pilot Provincial Nominee Program), whereby Ontario employers and multinational corporations establishing operations in Ontario can nominate key individuals with critical skills and expertise for work permits and permanent residence in Canada.
The Government of Canada's Immigration and Citizenship website provides additional information.
Through the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration web site you can learn all about Living in Ontario, Working in Ontario, Volunteering in Ontario, and Honours and Awards. You can also obtain important information about Ontario Immigration, Internships, and how to obtain important pieces of government identification.
Buying a home can be complex. It's one of the biggest purchases of your life - emotionally and financially. There are many steps involved and you'll need help along the way. The Windsor-Essex County Real Estate Board website provides you with important information on Buying your home in Canada, in addition to other useful resources such as a Real Estate Terminology section, a school locator, a mortgage calculator, and much more.