Ontario Residency Requirements

Full-Time Students

  • have always lived in Ontario or 
  • Ontario is the last province you have lived in for 12 months in a row without being a full-time post-secondary student or
  • you live in Ontario now AND have lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

If you are married/common-law, you can be considered an Ontario resident if:

  • your spouse has always lived in Ontario or
  • your spouse has lived in Ontario for the last 12 months in a row without being a full-time post-secondary student or
  • All of these statements are true:
    • you now reside in Ontario
    • you’ve lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
    • your spouse has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

If you qualify as a dependent student, you’re considered an Ontario resident if:

  • Ontario is the last province in which your parent(s) have lived in for at least 12 months in a row or
  • All of these statements are true:
    • you now reside in Ontario
    • you’ve lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
    • your parent(s) have lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

Part-Time Students

You need to be living in Ontario during your part-time studies.

Source: “Who’s considered an Ontario resident for OSAP purposes?”, from ontario.ca

Permanent Resident

A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries.

A person in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.

Source: “Understand permanent resident status”, from Government of Canada

Protected Person

Protected persons can include convention refugees, humanitarian-protected persons abroad, and persons in need of protection.

A protected person is defined in subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).

Source: OSAP definitions, from ontario.ca