The Skilled Worker categories operate through an 'Expression of Interest' system, whereby eligible candidates complete a series of questions online and receive a score based on the answers they provide. 

The highest-scoring candidates 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 Worker in Manitoba Category

Under the Skilled Worker 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. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements listed below to be entered into the Expression of Interest pool where they will be ranked according to a number of factors. 

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category of the MPNP, candidates must:

  • Be either a qualified temporary foreign worker OR an international student graduate;
    • International student graduates must have attended an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language programs are specifically excluded.)
    • The academic/vocational program must have been full-time and at least one academic year in length.
    • The candidate must have successfully completed the program and have been awarded a diploma, degree, or certificate.
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from their current Manitoba employer;
  • Have worked for their current Manitoba employer continuously for at least six months;
    • Any periods of self-employment, unauthorized work, or periods of employment during which candidates were engaged in full-time study (e.g. work experience gained on a co-op permit) will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience in Manitoba.
  • Hold a valid Work Permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
  • Have all qualifications for the position including training/education and any required licence or certification;
  • Have job-ready English; specifically, candidates must demonstrate the English or French proficiency to fulfill the duties of their job description;
  • Have a connection to Manitoba through employment that is stronger than ties they may have to another province;
  • Demonstrate in a Settlement Plan intention and ability to live, work and establish their work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident; and
  • Demonstrate they have sufficient settlement funds — generally $10,000 CAD for the principal applicant, plus $2,000 CAD for each dependent included in the application.

NOTE: A candidate who has graduated from a post-secondary program in a Canadian province other than Manitoba and who wants to apply to the MPNP under this category because he or she has been offered a job in Manitoba must first have been working for that Manitoba employer for at least one year in order to be eligible.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

Additionally, employers making job offers must:

  • Be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province or the Parliament of Canada;
  • Be operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Manitoba;
  • Demonstrate to the satisfaction of the MPNP that they are an established business with an ability to offer the candidate full-time and long-term employment in Manitoba;
  • Provide an offer of employment letter to the candidate that:
    • is signed,
    • is on company letterhead,
    • specifies salary/wage and any other details of the position.

The Process

Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system involves a three-step process.

  • In step one, potential candidates make an expression of interest in immigrating to Manitoba by answering a series of questions and creating an online profile. The profiles of eligible candidates are assigned a score based on the answers provided and placed in the Manitoba EOI pool with other eligible candidates. Candidates are ranked according to the unique MPNP Ranking Points system and given a score out of a maximum of 1,000.
  • In step two, the highest scoring candidates may be invited to apply to the MPNP. When a candidate is drawn from the EOI pool, he or she receives a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). After receiving a LAA, candidates will have only 60 days to submit a complete and accurate application to the province of Manitoba.
  • In step three, after obtaining a nomination from the province of Manitoba, a candidate then submits his or her complete paperwork to IRCC and applies for Canadian permanent residence.

When Not to Apply

Candidates will not be considered under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category if they are:

  • Self-employed individuals, business owners, owner-operators, or individuals providing services as independent contractors to the business supporting their application;
  • Exempt from requiring a work permit to work in Manitoba (e.g. Ministers of Religion);
  • Submitting an application based on an employment offer that is part of a work-study program.
  • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
  • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada;
  • Temporary Foreign Workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba;
  • Spouses of Canadian Citizens or permanent residents;
  • Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal; and
  • Individuals who have an active immigration application with any other provincial immigration program in Canada.

Past Draws

  Date when Letters of Advice To Apply Were Issued Number of Letters Issued Minimum Points Required
33rd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw August 15, 2017 401 585
32nd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw July 11, 2017 458 612
31st MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 16, 2017 180 705
30th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw May 30, 2017 258 735
29th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw March 30, 2017 201 657
28th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw March 16, 2017 250 684
27th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw February 27, 2017 200 719
26th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw January 27, 2017 150 734
25th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw December 30, 2016 181 702
24th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw  December 21, 2016 N/A
23rd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 29, 2016 150 713
22nd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw October 28, 2016 150 654
21st MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 29, 2016 258 435
20th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw August 24, 2016 176 592
19th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw July 29, 2016 155 593
18th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 29, 2016 173 593
17th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 8, 2016 200 665
16th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw May 16, 2016 150 722
15th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw April 6, 2016 299 467
14th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw March 9, 2016 175 657
13th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw February 10, 2016 175 673
12th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw January 13, 2016 150 692
11th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw December 17, 2015 126 694
10th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 27, 2015 125 698
9th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 3, 2015 100 449
8th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw October 13, 2015 100 506
7th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 25, 2015 100 545
6th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 9, 2015 125 550
5th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw August 13, 2015 174 575
4th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw July 17, 2015 111 670
3rd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 25, 2015 100 673
2nd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 5, 2015 126 675
1st MPNP Expression of Interest Draw May 20, 2015 76 700

 

 

Skilled Worker Overseas Category

The Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas category is for qualified skilled workers who may be outside of Canada but who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province. This program uses a points-based system to assess candidates according to factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability. 

In this category, a limited number of MPNP applicants may be nominated to have their application considered under the federal Express Entry system. In order to be eligible, applicants must: 

  • have an existing open application with a MPNP file number in the Skilled Worker Overseas stream in the MPNP inventory; and,
  • have the potential to meet the eligibility criteria of at least one of the three federal economic immigration programs included in Express Entry (the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Canadian Experience Class, and/or the Canada Federal Skilled Trades Class). An applicant's potential to meet the eligibility criteria will be assessed by an MPNP Immigration Officer based on the documents included with the application in the MPNP's inventory.

The MPNP states that consideration under this initiative does not guarantee approval by the MPNP or IRCC. Applicants nominated by Manitoba will have to provide evidence that they meet federal criteria when submitting their permanent residence application through Express Entry.

Minimum Requirements

To be eligible under this category, candidates must:

  • Obtain a minimum score of 60 out of 100 points on the points assessment grid; and
  • Demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through the support of friends or family, previous work experience or education in the province, or an Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP,

Each form of connection to the province has specific requirements.

Manitoba Support

In order to be a Manitoba Supporter, an individual must be:

  • Able to provide documents proving that he or she has been living in Manitoba continuously for a minimum of one year;
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident; 
  • Able to demonstrate sufficiently close ties to the applicant and the province;
    • For close relatives, both the applicant and the supporter must provide documents proving their familial relationship.
    • Close relatives are considered to be those related to the applicant (or the applicant’s spouse) in one of the following ways:
      • Sister or brother,
      • Niece or nephew,
      • Aunt or uncle,
      • First cousin,
      • Mother or father,
      • Grandmother or grandfather.
  • Able to demonstrate that any applications they previously supported resulted in successful, permanent economic establishment in Manitoba;
  • Able to support the applicant’s Settlement Plan.

Paid immigration representatives and Canadian elected officials and their staff cannot be Manitoba Supporters. Children living in Manitoba cannot support their parents; instead, it is recommended they refer to Parent and Grandparents Sponsorship.

Manitoba Experience

In order to apply with the connection of Manitoba Experience, candidates must have lived in the province in the past as either a temporary foreign worker or as an international student. 

To be eligible, those with previous work experience in Manitoba must:

  • Have worked full-time for a Manitoba employer for a minimum of six consecutive months;
  • Submit a signed employer letter of reference on company letterhead; and
  • Submit a copy of their work permit proving they worked in the province.

Those with previous educational experience in Manitoba must:

  • Have attended and completed an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba; and
  • Submit their study permit(s), academic transcripts and certificate, diploma or degree they received upon completion of the program.

Manitoba Invitation

Invitations to apply for permanent residence are issued regularly by the MPNP to qualified candidates identified as part of one of its Strategic Recruitment initiatives. Invitations to Apply are issued at the discretion of the MPNP, therefore applicants may not choose to use this connection to Manitoba on their own.

Candidates are required to submit the Letter of Invitation they received from the MPNP following their interview during a recruitment mission or exploratory visit. The MPNP conducts overseas recruitment missions regularly, often in partnership with Manitoba employers, during which they search for prospective immigrants.

During set periods, the MPNP accepts requests to make an exploratory visit to Manitoba. This visit enables potential MPNP applicants to research communities and employment opportunities in order to decide whether they have the genuine intention and ability to settle in Manitoba as permanent residents. Exploratory visits must be approved by and arranged through the MPNP only by invitation.The MPNP provides instructions on what to do during the visit and what documents candidates are required to bring with them.

In order to be eligible for an exploratory visit candidates must:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 45;
  • Be able to demonstrate the employability and adaptability required of all MPNP applicants;
  • Have completed, at minimum, a one-year, post-secondary education or training program for which they received a diploma, degree or certificate;
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past five years;
  • Demonstrate their ability to find a job in Manitoba in the same occupation in which they have two years of experience;
    • This includes plans to achieve the appropriate licence or certification required in the case of regulated occupations.
  • Submit a Settlement Plan that demonstrates their genuine intention and ability to economically establish and settle in Manitoba as a permanent resident; and
  • Submit official results of an approved language test taken within the past two years showing they achieved scores equivalent to at least CLB 6 in each component as well as overall.

Points Assessment

In addition to the above requirement of demonstrating a connection to Manitoba, candidates must score at least 60 out of 100 points on the points assessment grid. Points are assessed based on five factors: language proficiency, age, work experience, education and adaptability. 

Factor 1: Language Proficiency Points
First language (English or French)  
CLB 8 or higher / native speaker 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 *   12
CLB 3 or lower 0
Second language (English or French)  
CLB 5 or higher 5
Factor 2: Age  
18 4
19 6
20 8
21 to 45 10
46 8
47 6
48 4
49 2
50 or older 0
Factor 3: Work Experience (in the past five years)  
Less than one year 0
One year 8
Two years 10
Three years 12
Four years or more 15
Factor 4: Education  
Master's or Doctorate 25
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each 23
One post-secondary program of two years or longer 20
One one year post-secondary program 14
Trade certification 14
No post-secondary education 0
Factor 5: Adaptability **  
Close relative in Manitoba 20
Invitation to Apply received from MPNP as part of recruitment mission or exploratory visit 20
Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months) 12
Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba 12
Completed post-secondary program of at least one year in Manitoba 10
Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba 10
Bonus: Intention to reside outside Winnipeg 5
Total 100

* Candidates with a job offer of National Occupation Classification (NOC) C or D are required to demonstrate a language level of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in English, or niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4 in French, in order to be eligible to apply.

** A connection to Manitoba is required of all applicants, regardless of their points score in other factors. Points may only be awarded for one type of connection.

Past Draws

  Date when Letters of Advice To Apply Were Issued Number of Letters Issued Minimum Points Required
33rd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw August 15, 2017 42 719
32nd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw July 11, 2017 36 712
31st MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 16, 2017 24 689
30th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw May 30, 2017 143 706
29th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw March 30, 2017 24 698
28th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw March 16, 2017 63 703
27th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw February 27, 2017 124 575
26th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw January 27, 2017 39 707
25th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw December 30, 2016 20 787
24th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw December 21, 2016 115 605
23rd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 29, 2016 29 716
22nd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw October 28, 2016 27 712
21st MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 29, 2016 40 620
20th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw August 24, 2016 538 543
19th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw July 29, 2016 454 545
18th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 29, 2016 378 547
17th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 8, 2016 411 550
16th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw May 16, 2016 206 569
15th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw April 6, 2016 472 543
14th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw March 9, 2016 452 545
13th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw February 10, 2016 449 547
12th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw January 13, 2016 390 548
11th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw December 17, 2015 598 549
10th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 27, 2015 477 553
9th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw November 3, 2015 356 556
8th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw October 13, 2015 272 558
7th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 25, 2015 242 560
6th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw September 9, 2015 361 562
5th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw August 13, 2015 292 570
4th MPNP Expression of Interest Draw July 17, 2015 105 578
3rd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 25, 2015 152 581
2nd MPNP Expression of Interest Draw June 5, 2015 202 588
1st MPNP Expression of Interest Draw May 20, 2015 75 607

 

Expression of Interest

By completing an Expression of Interest, eligible candidates are automatically ranked according to a score based on six criteria. The highest-scoring candidates in the pool will be invited on a regular basis to provide a full application to the MPNP. The criteria are as follows: language proficiency, age, work experience, education, adaptability, and risk assessment. 

Factor 1: Language Proficiency Points
First language (English or French) Up to 125
CLB 8 or higher / native speaker 25 per band
CLB 7 22 per band
CLB 6 20 per band
CLB 5 17 per band
CLB 4 12 per band
CLB 3 or lower 0
Second language (English or French)  
CLB 5 or higher 25 overall
Factor 2: Age Up to 75
18 20
19 30
20 40
21 to 45 75
46 40
47 30
48 20
49 10
50 or older 0
Factor 3: Work Experience (in the past five years) Up to 175
Less than one year 0
One year 40
Two years 50
Three years 60
Four years or more 75
Bonus: Fully recognized by provincial licensing body 100
Factor 4: Education Up to 125
Master's or Doctorate 125
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each 115
One post-secondary program of three years or more 110
One post-secondary program of two years or longer 100
One one year post-secondary program 70
Trade certification 70
No post-secondary education 0
Factor 5: Adaptability Up to 500
Close relative in Manitoba 200
Previous work experience in Manitoba (6 months or more) 100

Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (2 years or more)

100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (one year) 50
Close friend or distant relative in Manitoba 50

Ongoing employment in Manitoba for 6 months or more with long-term job offer from the same employer

500
Invitation to Apply under a Strategic Initiative 500
Immigration destination in Manitoba is outside Winnipeg 50
Factor 6: Risk Assessment Up to minus 200
Close relative in another province and no close relative in Manitoba 0
Work experience in another Canadian province Minus 100
Studies in another province Minus 100
Previous immigration application to another province 0

Candidates should take note that factor 6 (Risk Assessment) is applied negatively. Candidates may be deducted points for any one of the four reasons listed.

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