Located between the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, the province of Manitoba is in many ways the gateway to western Canada.

With an economy based largely on natural resources and agriculture, it is a major driver of Canada’s wealth. Manitoba’s population of approximately 1.2 million is located largely in and around the capital city of Winnipeg. Manitobans benefit from tight-knit communities, a stable labour market, and sweeping natural wilderness.

A man paddling a kayak on a lake in Manitoba, Canada

The MPNP is Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which speeds up the overall immigration process.

Manitoba has been given additional enhanced nominations for its Express Entry category, which is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Express Entry candidates nominated by Manitoba will receive an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System and receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC has committed to processing times of six months or less for applicants through Express Entry.

There are three ways in which the province and potential candidates may immigrate to Manitoba, both through Express Entry and outside Express Entry:

  • Skilled Worker applicants eligible for a federal economic immigration program can enter the Express Entry pool. Manitoba may select candidates from the this pool;
  • Skilled Worker applicants are also encouraged to apply directly to MPNP. MPNP may then select candidates and instruct them to enter the federal Express Entry pool, if they have not already done so; or
  • MPNP will continue to nominate applicants directly through the existing skilled worker and business categories. Provincial nominees will not need to apply through Express Entry, but will instead submit a separate and complete application for PR to CIC after they have been approved as a MPN. This is known as a 'base' nomination and is processed outside the Express Entry system.

 

Skilled Worker

The Skilled Worker categories operate through an 'Expression of Interest' system, whereby eligible candidates complete a series of questions online and are not required to upload supporting documentation before submitting their profile into the EOI pool. Profiles will be placed in the pool with other eligible candidates and you will receive a score based on the answers you provide. The MPNP will then rank you using several factors and if you are among the highest-scoring candidates, you may be invited to submit an application to the MPNP. There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an Expression of Interest and no deadline.

There are two pathways to Manitoba as a skilled worker, both of which operate under the MPNP Expression of Interest System.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

Under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category, applications are accepted from qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer. Unlike the other connections to Manitoba in the MPNP, Skilled Workers in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba draws that have taken place so far:

 Date when Letters of Advice To Apply Were IssuedNumber of Letters IssuedMinimum Points Required
First MPNP Expression of Interest Draw May 20, 2015 76 700
Second MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 5, 2015 126 675
Third MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 25, 2015 100 673
Fourth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw July 17, 2015 111 670
Fifth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw August 13, 2015 174 575
Sixth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 9, 2015 125 550
Seventh MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 25, 2015 100 545
Eighth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw October 13, 2015 100 506
Ninth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 3, 2015 100 449
Tenth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 27, 2015 125 698

Learn more about the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category.


Skilled Workers Overseas

The Manitoba Skilled Worker overseas cateogry uses a points-based system to assess candidates, who may be outside Canada. Points are awarded for factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.

Manitoba uses a unique point allocation system with a pass mark of 60, in contrast to the FSWP, which assigns points differently and has a pass mark of 67.

Applications are accepted from qualified skilled workers who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province through family or friends, past education or employment, or by invitation of the MPNP, and be assessed sufficient points for five eligibility factors: age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.

MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas draws that have taken place so far:

 Date when Letters of Advice To Apply Were IssuedNumber of Letters IssuedMinimum Points Required
First MPNP Expression of Interest Draw May 20, 2015 75 607
Second MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 5, 2015 202 588
Third MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 25, 2015 152 581
Fourth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw July 17, 2015 105 578
Fifth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw August 13, 2015 292 570
Sixth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 9, 2015 361 562
Seventh MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 25, 2015 242 560
Eighth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw October 13, 2015 272 558
Ninth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 3, 2015 356 556
Tenth MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 27, 2015 477 553
Click here to learn more about the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category.
 
 

Manitoba Invitation

Through this stream, individuals are targeted by MPNP officials and then invited to apply for permanent residence. Provincial officials make regular trips abroad to search for prospective immigrants under this stream.

Click here to learn more about the MPNP Manitoba Invitation category.

 

Manitoba Connection

This stream facilitates immigration for individuals who have a connection to Manitoba. This connection may be related to work or education experience in Manitoba, or a family member or close friend residing in the province.

Click here to learn more about the MPNP Manitoba Connection category.

 

Business Investor

Individuals who wish to invest in Manitoba can do so through this stream. This process operates on an 'Expression of Interest' system, whereby prospective applicants submit their intention to apply to the program, and the most qualified are invited to apply for immigration.

Click here to learn more about the MPNP Business Investor category.

 

Immigration to Morden, Manitoba

One particular initiative for immigration to Manitoba is the Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative. This rural town, situated 112 km southwest of Winnipeg, is actively looking for new immigrants in certain occupations. Immigration to Morden is conducted through the MPNP.

Click here to learn more about immigration to Morden, Manitoba through the MPNP.

 

To learn more about eligibility requirements for all immigration streams under the Manitoba Nominee Program, click here.

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Latest News

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    The Canadian province of Manitoba issued 150 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) between January 5, 2016 and April 20, 2016 under the Business Investor Stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), equivalent to 10 LAAs per week over the period in question. The majority of LAAs were issued to candidates from China.