The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is one of the most popular of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs as, through these programs, provinces such as Manitoba can nominate individuals and families to immigrate to Canada according to the criteria set by the province. 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.
Manitoba immigration was launched in 1998, more than 130,000 immigrants to Canada arrived through the MPNP within the first two decades of the program. Now, Manitoba immigration authorities are putting efforts to bring in more newcomers in the coming years.
The MPNP underwent into significant changes included the introduction of new immigration streams and pathways, including, for the first time, a dedicated pathway for Express Entry candidates wishing to make Manitoba their permanent home.
Other new features of the MPNP include a stream dedicated to providing faster pathways to the nomination for international students graduating in Manitoba, plus another new stream for business immigrants.
Many of the new pathways to the provincial nomination will be structured within the currently existing International Skilled Worker stream. The current MPNP criteria for this stream, which is divided into the Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba categories, remains in effect for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) and can put applications for permanent residence.
There are to be three streams under the diverse Manitoba Provincial Nominee The Program, which includes a range of what the province is now calling ‘pathways’ which are mentioned below.
Skilled Worker Overseas Stream:
The Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Stream uses a points-based system to assess candidates, who are interested in Canadian immigration. 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 could be eligible under this stream and points are assessed based on these factors:
|Factor 1: Language Proficiency
|First language (English or French)
|CLB 8 or higher / native speaker
|CLB 3 or lower
|Second language (English or French)
|CLB 5 or higher
|Factor 2: Age
|21 to 45
|50 or older
|Factor 3: Work Experience (in the past five years)
|Less than one year
|Four years or more
|Factor 4: Education
|Master’s or Doctorate
|Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each
|One post-secondary program of two years or longer
|One one year post-secondary program
|No post-secondary education
|Factor 5: Adaptability **
|Close relative in Manitoba
|Invitation to Apply received from MPNP as part of recruitment mission or exploratory visit
|Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months)
|Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba
|Completed post-secondary program of at least one year in Manitoba
|Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba
|Bonus: Intention to reside outside Winnipeg
Manitoba Express Entry
Manitoba Express Entry Pathway is a sub stream and currently working as the Skilled Worker Overseas. This pathway is open to Express Entry candidates who are eligible under another MPNP stream and who meet Express Entry requirements and have an active Express Entry profile. Candidates will be expected to show experience in an occupation listed in Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list and have a strong family connection to Manitoba.
Human Capital Pathway
Human Capital Pathway is a pathway which will be open to foreign skilled workers with experience in Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations, and who prove the ability to potentially establish themselves by building strong labour market connections to those occupations. Eligibility criteria is discussed below in detail:
First, we will talk about the work experience as the employment experience declared must be full-time and for a period of at least six months. There is no minimum, but zero points will be awarded for less than one year of work experience in total.
The work experience must be in an occupation on the In-Demand Occupations list.
Applicants must also submit a complete Career Plan.
Then Language proficiency The minimum official language proficiency depends on the applicant's declared occupation:
- Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for Regulated Occupation
- Minimum CLB 6 for Compulsory Trades
- Minimum CLB 5 for all other National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A, or B occupations
Points are also awarded for second official language proficiency of at least CLB 5.
If we talk about Education Applicants must have completed a minimum of one post-secondary program of at least one year. If the occupation required licensure or certification, applicants must apply to the regulatory body to have their qualifications and skills assessed or pass an examination.
Age: Minimum age of 18 at time of submission; no maximum age but no points are awarded over 45 years of age.
Adaptability: Applicants must demonstrate the ability and intent to become economically established and reside in Manitoba;
Confirmed support of a close relative who has resided in Manitoba for at least one year;
Previous post-secondary education completed in Manitoba within the past five years;
Previous work experience in Manitoba within the past five years;
A valid Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP.
The required settlement funds are $12,300 CAD for one person.
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 candidate will receive a score based on the provided answers. 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 currently two streams to Manitoba as a skilled worker, both ofwhich operates under the MPNP Expression of Interest System.
Skilled Worker in Manitoba:
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 Workers in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment. As part of the MPNP renewal, the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream will consist of two pathways: Manitoba Work Experience and Employer Direct Recruitment.
International Education Stream
The new International Education Stream (IES) which provides Manitoba graduates who meet the needs of industry with faster pathways to permanent residence. The stream has three pathways: Career Employment Pathway, Graduate Internship Pathway, and the Student Entrepreneur Pathway.
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. There are further two sub pathways one of them is Farm Investor Pathway and Entrepreneur Pathway.