5 Things to Know About the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Have you been considering Canadian immigration to Manitoba? If you have, you may have a few questions that may have been left unanswered, like how you can join over 227,400 newcomers who have already made Manitoba your home. More than 10,000 immigrants have already moved to Manitoba in the last 12 months, and with the right skills and qualifications, you could be one of them!

Due to the growing gap in the labour market, provincial governments have created immigration pathways to assist immigrants in making their dreams of creating the future in Canada a reality. One of these pathways is the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), which is comprised of four main immigration streams.

What is the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)?

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is an immigration program designed to help the province bring foreign talent to the province in specific industries. The program is broken up into 4 main streams:

  1. Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream;
  2. Skilled Worker Overseas Stream;
  3. International Education Stream;
  4. Business Investor Stream.

It allows the province to extend an invitation to apply for permanent residency to favourable applicants, even those in the ever-popular Express Entry draw pool!

Interested in finding out a bit more about the MPNP? Take a look at five things you should know about the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program before making your move to Canada

5 Frequently Asked Questions About the MPNP

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1. How Do I Get a Provincial Nominee in Manitoba?

Manitoba has a great number of vacancies in various job sectors that simply cannot be filled with local workers. The province, therefore, had to create ways to make the Canadian immigration process simpler and more efficient for those hoping to find jobs in Manitoba. There are various ways, but perhaps the easiest is to get a provincial nomination (PN) from the province.

What is a provincial nomination?

A provincial nomination is an official letter stating that the provincial government would like to nominate prime candidates to apply for permanent residency from the federal government. Having a PN is extremely valuable as it is worth 600 PR points. For those applying through an Express Entry-linked program, having 600 PR or Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points will all but guarantee receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

To get a provincial nomination, you would first need to express interest in immigrating to Manitoba. This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Express interest in Manitoba when creating your Express Entry profile; or
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) directly to the provincial government of Manitoba.

Both options work on a point-based scoring system. Applicants will be asked a number of questions and ranked. Their profiles will then enter a draw pool and the highest-scoring candidates will then be chosen to submit an application, either to the federal government (if Express Entry Candidates) or to the MPNP (if applied directly to the provincial government.

2. How long does it take to get an MPNP nomination?

This depends on how strong your application is as well as how strong the other candidates in your draw pool are. Once you have created your profile and it has entered the draw pool it will be valid for up to a year. The higher your ranking, the higher your chances are of being selected and receiving a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) for permanent residency.

There are various ways to increase your chances of getting an ITA (Express Entry) or an LAA (MPNP) for PR in Canada, like improving your language test score or gaining more work experience, for example.

Once you receive your ITA or LAA, you will have 60 days to complete your application through the MPNP.

3. How do I apply for MPNP in 2022?

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In 2019, 18,910 permanent residents chose Manitoba as their immigration destination. That’s 5.5 percent of the total immigration to Canada. So how do you apply to join them? It’s simple.

Below is the breakdown of the new five-digit NOC code:

Step 1: Check your eligibility

As mentioned previously there are four main programs you could apply to.

If applying from overseas or your home country, then the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream has two options for you to choose from:

  • The Manitoba Express Entry Pathway; or
  • The Human Capital Pathway.

Both pathways have certain requirements:

Eligibility Requirements
Have full-time work experience for a minimum of six months;
Meet the minimum language requirements;
Have the required licensure, certification, and qualifications needed for the position;
Be at least 18 years old at the time of submission. There is no maximum age; however, no points are awarded if you are over 45 years old;
Have the required settlement funds, as determined by Manitoba, for a six-month period;
Have the intention and ability to stay in Manitoba; and
Have the support of a relative or close friend who has lived in Manitoba for a minimum of one year; or
Hold an Invitation to Apply from the Manitoba PNP.

4. Do I need to have a connection to the province to immigrate to Manitoba?

Yes. In order to successfully immigrate to Manitoba through the MPNP, you will need to show some type of connection to the province. This can be done if you have:

  1. Manitoba Experience;
  2. a Manitoba Supporter; or
  3. a Manitoba Invitation.

Manitoba Experience

Having Manitoba experience means that you have either lived in Manitoba in the past as a temporary foreign worker or as an international student.

Past employment in Manitoba

  • In the past, you worked full-time for a Manitoba employer at least six consecutive months; and
  • Submit signed employer letter of reference on company letterhead and copy of work permit proving you worked in Manitoba.

Past education in Manitoba

  • As an international student, you attended and completed an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language studies are not authorized.); and
  • To prove you studied in Manitoba, you must submit your study permit(s), your academic transcripts, and the certificate, diploma, or degree you received for completing the program.

Manitoba Supporter

A Manitoba Supporter or a relative or even a good friend that is already established in the province. To be considered eligible as a Manitoba Supporter you will need to be:

  • able to provide documents proving they reside and are established in Manitoba and have been living in the province continuously for at least one year (ex: copy of Manitoba Health Card)
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (ex: copy of Permanent Resident Card)
  • able to demonstrate sufficiently close ties to the applicant and to Manitoba
  • able to demonstrate that any applications they previously supported resulted in the successful permanent economic establishment in Manitoba,
  • able to support the applicant’s Settlement Plan

Manitoba Invitation

Manitoba invitations are part of a Strategic Recruitment initiative created by the Manitoban government to assist applicants in their application to move to the province. To help applicants find out if Manitoba is the province for them, the province invites those who have expressed interest in Manitoba to make exploratory visits to Manitoba.

Exploratory visits

Exploratory visits are pre-arranged trips that potential MPNP applicants can make to research communities and job opportunities in Manitoba. This usually includes an MPNP interview and although not a must can be beneficial in your application process.

“Although it's not mandatory, it could increase your chances of approval, because it will show real intention to reside in Manitoba.” - David Allon

To be considered eligible to make an exploratory visit, applicants will need to ensure that they:

  • are between the ages of 21 to 45
  • can satisfy the MPNP that you do not have a stronger connection to another province
  • can demonstrate the employability and adaptability required of all MPNP applicants
  • have completed at least a one-year, post-secondary education or training program for which you received a diploma, degree, or certificate
  • have worked at least two years full-time in the past five years and can demonstrate your ability to find a job in Manitoba in that occupation (including plans to achieve license/certification in the case of regulated occupations)
  • have the genuine intention and ability to economically establish and settle in the Canadian province of Manitoba as a permanent resident demonstrated, in part, with a Settlement Plan
  • provide to the MPNP, at the time you apply to participate in the initiative, official results of an approved language test taken within the past two years showing you achieved scores equivalent to at least CLB 5 in each test category and overall.

What if I don’t have a connection to Manitoba?

If you don’t have a connection to the province, don't worry. You can apply to the Business Investor stream without a previous connection or through a regional immigration initiative, like:

5. How Much Does it Cost to immigrate to Manitoba through the MPNP?

The application processing fee for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is $500.

You will also need to prove that you are able to support yourself and your family once you arrive in Canada. The amount required will be based on whether you are travelling alone or on how many people will be joining you.

Fund Requirements in CAD
Number of Family Members6-month Low Income Requirement12-month Low Income Requirement
Each additional family member3,4926,984

Thereafter, if successful you will need to pay for your permanent residency application fees, which are as follows:

  • Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)
  • Include your spouse or partner ($1,325)
  • Dependent Child $225 per child

What are my chances of getting invited through the MPNP?

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If you ensure that you meet all the basic requirements of your chosen MPNP stream, the chances of being successful in the application process are extremely high. As a matter of fact, of the 5,837 MPNP applications, only 13 applications were refused from January to September 2021, nine of which were Skilled Worker applicants and four Business Investor applicants!

Below is a breakdown of the invitations issued so far in 2021:

MPNP 2021 Invitations
Total Nominations and Approvals3,968
Express Entry nominations602

Ready to move to Manitoba? There are not only plenty of in-demand jobs in Manitoba, in various industries but there are also various Canadian immigration pathways that you could take. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is a great way to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Thousands of immigrants have already made their way to making a home in Manitoba. Find out how you could join them with help of experienced professionals at your side.