Located between the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, the province of Manitoba is in many ways the gateway to western Canada.
Note: The Government of Manitoba unveiled its restructured Provincial Nominee Program on November 15, 2017. See complete renewal schedule.
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.
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.
The streams through which the province and potential candidates may immigrate to Manitoba are currently being renewed by the province. The following are streams that are currently active and/or ones that are being restructured as part of the MPNP renewal process:
- Skilled Worker Immigration Stream - including those in Manitoba and Overseas
- Manitoba Business Investor Stream
- Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative - through the MPNP
- International Education Stream
Free Assessment Form
Find out if you qualify for a Provincial Nominee Program.
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 Worker in Manitoba
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, full-time job with their Manitoba employer. Unlike the other connections to Manitoba in the MPNP, Skilled Worker in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility.
To learn more about the Skilled Worker in Manitoba immigration category, click here.
Note: Manitoba has created two new pathways under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream: Manitoba Work Experience and Employer Direct Recruitment. The renewed criteria for the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category are set to come into effect in the third quarter of 2018.
Skilled Worker Overseas
The Manitoba Skilled Worker overseas category uses a points-based system to assess candidates, who may be outside of Canada. Applications are accepted from qualified skilled workers who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province through family or friends (Manitoba Support), past education or employment (Manitoba Experience), or by invitation of the MPNP (Manitoba Invitation), and who score a minimum of 60 points according to five eligibility factors: age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal schedule
|MPNP Introduced in-demand occupations list used to prioritize Expressions of Interest for inviting applications from the Skilled Worker Overseas stream||November 2017|
|Manitoba “PNP-B” business immigration stream replaced by new Business Investor Stream||November 2017|
|New Skilled Worker Overseas Stream – Manitoba Express Entry Pathway criteria in effect||January 2018|
|Skilled Worker Overseas Stream – Manitoba Express Entry Pathway EOI draw||January 2018|
|Renewed Business Investor Stream (BIS) criteria in effect||Quarter 1 2018|
|New International Education Stream (IES) criteria in effect||November 2018*|
|Technical changes to MPNP Online application system||November 2018*|
|Renewed Skilled Worker Overseas Stream criteria in effect||November 2018*|
|Renewed Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream criteria in effect||November 2018*|
|* Dates are subject to change based on updates to the MPNP Online application system|
Business Investor Stream (formerly MPNP-B)
Individuals who wish to do business 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.
To learn more about the Business Investor stream, click here.
Farm Investor Pathway (formerly Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative)
The Farm Investor Pathway is part of Manitoba’s Business Investor Stream and it allows individuals with farm business experience and sufficient capital to immigrate in order to establish and operate a farm in the province.
Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative
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.
To learn more about immigration to Morden, Manitoba through the MPNP, click here.
To learn more about eligibility requirements for all immigration streams under the Manitoba Nominee Program, click here.