The Manitoba province, located to the west of Ontario, is home to more than 100,000 lakes. Being the fifth most populated province, Manitoba relies heavily on agriculture for its economy, and attracts many immigrants working either in farms, or in its capital city, Winnipeg. Winnipeg is perhaps the most friendly major city in the country, and the province is filled with pluralistic communities that are extremely open to new Canadians. People from around the world establish permanent residency in Manitoba, and so can you.
The MPNP (Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program) looks for immigration candidates willing to make Manitoba their permanent home and able to contribute economically to the province either through their skill sets or investment in a local business. Through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), prospective immigrants with skills and experience targeted by the province of Manitoba may receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which boosts their chances to become Canadian permanent residents.
If you are thinking about immigration to Winnipeg, Brandon or any other city in Manitoba, consider the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The following are streams that are currently active and/or ones that are being restructured as part of the MPNP renewal process:
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 currently two streams to Manitoba as a skilled worker, both of which operate under the MPNP Expression of Interest System. As part of the MPNP renewal, the Skilled Worker Immigration Streams will consist of four pathways as explained below.
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. As part of the MPNP renewal, the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream will consist of two pathways: Manitoba Work Experience and Employer Direct Recruitment. These pathways are set to come into effect in February 2019.
This pathway will be open to applicants currently working in Manitoba with temporary work permits, including temporary workers and international graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions.
This pathway will be open to applicants interviewed by Manitoba employers outside of Canada by the MPNP and an eligible employer and received an Invitation to Apply for provincial nomination from the MPNP.
The Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Stream 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 Express Entry Pathway (currently operating as the Skilled Worker Overseas – Express Entry Sub-Stream)
This pathway is open to Express Entry candidates who are also eligible under another MPNP stream and who meet Express Entry requirements and have an active Express Entry profile. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate experience in an occupation listed in Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list and have strong family connection to Manitoba.
This pathway will be open to foreign skilled workers with experience in Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations, and who demonstrate the ability to potentially establish themselves by building strong labour market connections to those occupations.
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.
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.
The Entrepreneur Pathway replaces the previous MPNP-B stream. It allows the province to recruit and nominate eligible foreign business owners who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba tp establish, purchase a business or co-own an existing business in the first two years of arriving in
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.
The new International Education Stream (IES) is designed to provide 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.