Manitoba Minimum Wage Increases

The province of Manitoba is increasing its minimum wage by $11. 65 per hour from $11. 35 per hour. This is expected to happen from 1 October 2019 while other provinces/territories have already increased theirs or are also expected to later this year. This marks a more significant increase than in 2018 where the minimum wage only increased by 20c. This is in an effort to attract new investment opportunities from outside the province and more participation in the workforce from the local community.

This increase is positive for Manitoba immigration too, meaning foreign nationals can also benefit from working in certain occupations, especially those that are in demand. The reason for this is that these occupations generally pay far above minimum wage, meaning that when this increases, so do the other salaries offered across the province. Following plans by the federal government to welcome over a million immigrants within the next three years, there are plenty of opportunities arising for foreign workers.

Economic Trends

The minimum wage increased by 30c in Manitoba, Canada.

Manitoba has a very low unemployment rate compared to global standards but also in terms of other provinces/territories at 5.0 with the lowest being 4.1 in Yukon. A big priority in Canada as a whole that drives initiatives such as increases in the minimum wage is the closing of the gender pay gap. Although Canada’s Human Rights Act protects pay equality, women in Canada still get paid 88.5c for every dollar a man earns. However, this gap is slowly closing, whereas, in other countries such as the United States, women earn 80c or less.

Other trends show that Manitoba is the sixth highest paying province (out of the 13 provinces and territories in Canada) while Alberta is the first with a minimum wage of $15 per hour. In terms of world rankings when it comes to minimum wage, Canada ties for 8th place out of 52 countries with the best wages compared to the cost of basic goods and services.

Provincial Nominee Program

The minimum wage increased by 30c in Manitoba, Canada.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was designed to target specific skills that in-demand in a certain province/territory. This is due to growing labour market shortages that are happening in different sectors across Canada. Find the right stream for you under Manitoba Immigration and begin on your pathway to immigrate to Manitoba in an in-demand occupation or through the Express Entry-linked streams.

Manitoba PNP
ProgramStreams
Skilled Worker Manitoba
  • Manitoba Work Experience Pathway
  • Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway
Skilled Worker Overseas
  • Manitoba Express Entry Pathway
  • Human Capital Pathway
Business Investor Stream (formerly MPNP-B)
  • Farm Investor Pathway
  • Entrepreneur Pathway
Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative
International Education Stream

Manitoba Immigration has its own list of in-demand occupations that it bases its selection of candidates on. These sectors differ from province to province, meaning that if you do not match an occupation on their list, it does not mean that you will not find your field listed elsewhere on another province/territory list.

Examples of in-demand sectors in Manitoba:

  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Social Work
  • Construction

Other Ways to Immigrate

There are plenty of ways to move to Canada through immigration streams including Family Sponsorship and starting with studying at a recognized university. However, the fastest routes towards immigrating to Canada that is offered are the federal programs. Theses were umbrellaed under the Express Entry system in 2015 in order to fast-track the immigration of skilled workers to combat shortages in specific crucial sectors of the economy.

The federal programs are namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. In order to apply for these, you will need to create an online profile which will then be scored according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which is detailed below. If eligible, the profile is then entered into the Express Entry pool where the highest-scoring candidates are selected and issued with an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

CRS Criteria Awards Points For:

  • Age
  • CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
  • Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
  • Arranged employment
  • Provincial Nomination achieved
  • Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
  • Your spouse’s profile (if married)

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