The MPNP - Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program chooses candidates for immigration to Manitoba depending on the specific economic needs of the province. The program aims to be responsive to the labor market needs of the province and its wider economic priorities. The prospective candidates are regularly communicated regarding these priorities through the list of Occupations In-Demand that is updated regularly.
The four broad immigration pathways under MPNP are:
Manitoba PNP also approves of experimental visits from the candidates in the skilled worker immigration francophone pathway. It is aimed at assisting them to quickly integrate into the province upon arrival.
Each of the broader Manitoba immigration pathways is briefly outlined below.
Skilled Worker in Manitoba Pathway
The Pathway SWM - Skilled Worker in Manitoba is based on the precise needs of employers in the province. It chooses workers trained overseas with the required skills and offers them a nomination for Canada PR Visa. This immigration pathway offers priority to candidates with a strong affinity to the Manitoba province and is further divided into 2 sub-categories:
a) Pathway Manitoba Work Experience
This category is for applicants who are working currently in Manitoba on a Provisional Work Visa. It includes provisional workers and overseas graduates from Post-secondary institutions in Canada.
This stream is for overseas applicants who have job offers from authorized employers in Manitoba.
Skilled Worker Overseas Pathway
The SWO - Skilled Worker Overseas Immigration Pathway has a dedicated express Entry stream and a straight Provincial stream as well. It targets overseas skilled workers who are skilled and trained in highly demanded occupations in Manitoba. Applicants and spouses having close family connections are prioritized. The other priority factors include proficiency in language, training, and work experience for quickly finding jobs.
a) Pathway Express Entry Manitoba
This pathway is for overseas applicants who are eligible through another stream in MPNP, fulfill the criteria for Express Entry, and have a profile active in Express Entry. Candidates must have experience, training, and skills in one of the In-Demand Occupations in Manitoba and a close family link to the province.
b) Pathway Human Capital
This pathway is for overseas skilled workers who have experience, training, and skills in one of the In-Demand Occupations in Manitoba. They must also prove the potential to find a job immediately upon arrival to Manitoba.
International Education Pathway
This pathway is for overseas graduates from Universities and Colleges in Manitoba. Candidates applying for a nomination from MPNP are not required to work for 6 months in their field now. It is divided into 3 sub-categories:
a) Pathway Career Employment
The Pathway Career Employment under IES expedites nomination for overseas graduates in STEM subjects Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, and Science. Their internships must contribute to the innovation factor. Overseas graduate applicants who have a job offer in one of the In-Demand Occupations in Manitoba are not required to work for 6 months before the application.
b) Pathway Graduate Internship
The Pathway Graduate Internship is aimed at Doctorate and Post-graduate Degree holders. Their nomination is expedited through internships that contribute to innovation in industries in Manitoba. Graduates with completed Elevate or Mitacs Accelerate internships can submit applications upon graduation. Having a job offer is not obligatory.
c) Pathway Student Entrepreneur
The Pathway Student Entrepreneur is for overseas graduates from institutions in Manitoba who aim to launch a business in the province. The applicants are required to fulfill the Business Performance Agreement conditions before receiving a nomination for Canada PR Visa.
Business Investor Pathway
The Pathway Business Investor is for qualified overseas entrepreneurs and business investors. Initially, the candidates are offered a Provisional Work Visa and are required to have the ability and intention for launching or buying a business in Manitoba after arrival and within 2 years. It is divided into 2 sub-categories:
a) Pathway Entrepreneur
This pathway is for candidates who wish to start a business in the province and are initially offered a Provisional Work Visa. Nomination for Canada PR Visa is offered to them after the establishment of a business that fulfills the Business Performance Agreement conditions. Candidates who start a business outside of Winnipeg are offered priority.
b) Pathway Farm Investor
This pathway is for candidates who wish to start and manage a farm in rural regions of Manitoba. They are initially offered a Provisional Work Visa. Nomination for Canada PR Visa is offered to them after the establishment of a business that fulfills the Business Performance Agreement conditions.
Manitoba chooses and nominates qualified candidates for arriving in the province and residing permanently based on the points system. The candidates who secure the required minimum points in the Manitoba immigration Points Calculator can apply for Canada PR Visa after obtaining the Certificate of Provincial Nomination.
The candidates are first required to score 60 points out of 100 points to become eligible for applying under the MPNP category Skilled Worker. They are allotted points based on the below 5 factors:
|Points||Language Proficiency: Factor 1|
|First language (French or English)|
|20||Level 8 CLB or higher / innate speaker|
|18||Level 7 CLB|
|16||Level 6 CLB|
|14||Level 5 CLB|
|12||Level 4 CLB|
|0||Level 3 CLB or lesser|
|Second language (French or English)|
|5||Level 5 CLB or higher|
|Points||Age: Factor 2|
|10||21 to 45 years|
|0||50 years or older|
|Points||Work Experience (in the previous 5 years): Factor 3|
|0||Less than 1 year|
|15||4 or more years|
|Points||Education: Factor 4|
|25||Doctorate or Master's|
|23||2 post-secondary programs of each minimum 2 years|
|20||1 post-secondary program of 2 years duration or longer|
|14||1 post-secondary program of 1-year duration|
|14||Certification in Trade|
|0||Nil post-secondary education|
|Points||Adaptability: Factor 5|
|20||Close relation in Manitoba|
|20||ITA obtained from MPNP through exploratory visit or recruitment mission|
|12||Prior work experience in Manitoba (minimum 6 six months)|
|12||Finished 2-years or more duration Post-secondary program in Manitoba|
|10|| Completed post-secondary program of at least one year in Manitoba |
Finished minimum 1-year duration Post-secondary program in Manitoba
|10||Distant relative or Friend residing in Manitoba|
|5||Bonus: Intent to live outside of Winnipeg|
The candidates who secure at least 60 points out of 100 points become qualified for submitting applications through the MPNP Skilled Worker Pathway. They must then submit an EOI - Express of Interest and are again assessed for a ranking system with a total of 1000 points. The candidates who score the highest points amongst the pool of candidates are offered the Provincial Nomination Certificate. They can then apply to process their Canada PR Visa.
The 6 factors based on which the candidates are assessed are Proficiency in Language, Education, Work Experience, Age, Flexibility, and Risk Evaluation. The last factor included negative points which can affect your overall score.
|Ranking Points||Assessment Factor|
|Language Proficiency: Factor 1|
|First Official Language|
|25 for each band||Level 8 CLB or higher|
|22 for each band||Level 7 CLB|
|20 for each band||Level 6 CLB 6|
|17 for each band||Level 5 CLB|
|12 for each band||Level 4 CLB|
|0||Level 3 CLB or lower|
|Second Official Language|
|25||Level 5 CLB or greater (overall)|
|125||Factor 1 Maximum Points|
|Age: Factor 2|
|75||21 to 45 years|
|0||50 years or older|
|75||Factor 2 Maximum Points|
|Work Experience: Factor 3|
|0||Fewer than 1 year|
|75||Four or more years|
|100||Completely endorsed by the provincial authorizing body|
|175||Factor 3 Maximum Points|
|Education: Factor 4|
|125||or Doctorate or Masters degree|
|115||2 post-secondary programs of each minimum 2 years|
|110||1 post-secondary program of 3 years duration or longer|
|100||1 post-secondary program of 2 years duration|
|70||1 post-secondary program of 1-year duration|
|70||Certificate of Trade|
|0||Nil official post-secondary instruction|
|125||Factor 4 Maximum Points|
|Adaptability: Factor 5|
|200||Close relation in Manitoba|
|100||Earlier employment experience in Manitoba (6 or more months)|
|100||Finished a post-secondary program in Manitoba (Two or more years)|
|50||Finished a post-secondary program in Manitoba (1 year)|
|50||Distant relative or Close friend in Manitoba|
|500||Continuing work in Manitoba for 6 or more months with a long-standing job offer from the same employer|
|500||ITA through a Strategic Initiative|
|50||Immigration location in Manitoba is out of Winnipeg|
|500||Factor 5 Maximum Points|
|Risk Assessment: Factor 6|
|0||Close relation in the alternative province and nil close relation in MB|
|-100||Employment experience in the alternative province|
|-100||Education in the alternative province|
|0||Earlier immigration application to the alternative province|
|-200||Factor 6 Maximum Points|
|Maximum Overall Points: 1000|
The MPNP is based on the requirements of the employers in Manitoba and is locally driven. It chooses experienced and trained overseas workers who have the skills demanded by the labor market locally. The MPNP marks Occupation In-Demand for better identification of candidates in the MPNP pool who can cater to the needs of the employers in Manitoba. The MPNP In-demand Occupations list is regularly updated.
Several occupations listed under the in-demand list are restricted to exact MPNP skilled streams. Candidates are required to fulfill the precise requirements and criteria for one of the distinct sub-streams listed under each immigration pathway. During EOI - Expression of Interest draws, priority will be offered to candidates employed in an in-demand occupation.
The levels of CLB specified in the list of In-Demand Occupations are the threshold levels for all streams under Skilled Worker. Nevertheless, some pathways can specify higher requirements for eligibility.
For instance, individuals applying through the IES - International Education pathway need a minimum level of CLB 7 in all 4 skill areas (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) irrespective of their occupation.
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