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 has announced renewal to its Provincial Nominee Program on November 15, 2017. Some changes took effect on November 15, 2017 and some are set to come into effect in the new year. This page will be updated accordingly.
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
- Note: Manitoba will target skilled workers differently with various pathways to be introduced in 2018.
- Business Immigration Stream
- Note: This is now renamed the Business Investor Stream. Renewed criteria for this stream is set to come into effect starting January 2018. Two pathways will include the Entrepreneur Pathway and the Farm Investor Pathway.
- Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative
- Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative - through the MPNP
- International Education Stream (new stream set to open in the second quarter of 2018)
Canada's Multi-Year Immigration Plan
Canada will welcome an increased number of immigrants through economic programs and family sponsorship in the upcoming years.
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 announced on November 15, 2017, two new pathways to the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream: Manitoba Work Experience Pathway and Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway. The renewed criteria for the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category are set to come into effect in quarter three 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.
Business Stream (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 MPNP Business stream, click here.
Note: Manitoba has announced on November 15, 2017, that this stream is now replaced by the Business Investor Stream. Renewed criteria for Business Investor Stream are set to come into effect in the first quarter of 2018.
Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative
The Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI) rural economic initiative under the auspices of the MPNP for Business (MPNP-B). It allows foreign nationals with farm business experience and sufficient capital to immigrate to Manitoba and operate a farm.
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.