Interested in immigrating to Manitoba? Learn about the changes in the MPNP

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What is the MPNP?

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is the province’s highly successful immigration program. Over the past 10 years, it has brought in almost 130,000 newcomers to Manitoba (Manitoba, growing through immigration) who have successfully integrated and made the province their home.

It is an economic program that is labour market-driven. The MPNP selects skilled workers, business people and their families who have the potential to contribute to Manitoba’s labour market, establish themselves in the province and make positive contributions. MPNP nominates these applicants to help them receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.

It has two general classifications: MPNP for Skilled Workers and MPNP for Business. MPNP for Skilled Workers has two streams -Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas. Meanwhile, under MPNP for Business are the Business Investors Stream and Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Who are eligible to apply?

Skilled Workers in Manitoba:
Individuals who could demonstrate a strong connection to Manitoba through ongoing employment in Manitoba may apply. They should also be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient skills, language proficiency, education, and work experience.

Skilled Workers Overseas:
Eligible are individuals who can demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through the support of family members or friends, previous education or work experience in the province, or through an Invitation to Apply from MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment initiative.They should also be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient skills, language proficiency, education, work experience, sufficient settlement funds, and intent to settle in Manitoba.

Business Investors:
This stream recruits and nominates qualified business people from around the world. Applicants must have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business. The province extends support by issuing a Nomination Certificate to allow faster processing of immigration application by the Government of Canada. More information on the eligibility and application process can be found here: MPNP for Business.

Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI):
FSRI is a special rural economic initiative. It is for those with farm business experience who have the capital to invest, and intend to establish and operate a farm business in rural Manitoba. More information on the eligibility and application process can be found here: Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Who may not apply?

  • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in federal appeal or removal process
  • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Manitoba
  • Temporary foreign workers currently working and residing in the 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
  • Individuals who have an active immigration application with any other provincial immigration program in Canada

What is the MPNP process?

Through the years, the program has implemented improvements on the process with the goal of ensuring that Manitoba’s needs and market labour demands continue to be served by the program. Recently, it introduced the submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) for the MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas. This procedural improvement was included to achieve faster and more efficient processing of applications and a better ability to respond to labour market needs.

The MPNP has three general steps for the MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas:

  1. Submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI)
    This is the preliminary step before the application process. Eligible applicants signify their intent to be considered to apply to the MPNP by answering questions online. You will answer details about your identity, contact details, education, work experience, language proficiency, and connection to Manitoba. Your profile then is added to a pool of other candidates.
  2. Getting the Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA)
    After submitting an EOI, applicants will be scored and ranked based on EOI Ranking points. The MPNP, being a labour-market driven economic program, chooses applicants who:

    • are employable and adaptable skilled workers
    • have job-ready English
    • have sufficient settlement funds
    • have a genuine intention and ability to establish themselves as residents of the province

    The highest-ranking candidates drawn from the pool receive a Letter of Advice to Apply, which allows them to submit a full application to the MPNP.

  3. Application to the MPNP
    The applicant submits the required documents for consideration to receive an approval as a Manitoba Provincial Nominee. This letter of approval, in turn, allows the nominee to apply for a permanent resident visa from the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

    Applications to IRCC can be paper-based or online via the Express Entry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Immigration programs are reviewed and changed from time to time. Always get the latest information from Manitoba Immigration and from IRCC.

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Community Resources

There are other immigration options for those interested in moving to Manitoba. Learn about them from this page: Other Immigration Options. Also check out: Morden Immigration.

Stay up to date with developments in the MPNP and other Manitoba news: Government of Manitoba News Releases.

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