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In-Demand Jobs in Manitoba in 2023

Updated: January 13th, 2023

Hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, and fishing are what Manitoba is all about. From the arctic tundra’s mining in the north to the industry of Hudson Bay in the east and the farmland prairie of the south, Manitoba is a province where a large variety of industries thrive and create jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. There are a number of internationally known frozen food suppliers who have food production facilities in the province which supply french fries to major fast food outlets all across North America. 

This sprawling province offers the best career opportunities in Canada. As you will see below, there are quite literally hundreds of in-demand jobs the Manitoba province is urgently looking to fill. Manitoba is said to have the strongest economy in Canada, coupled with the fact that it also has the lowest cost of living, and securing a job offer in this province will mean a fantastic quality of life.

How Does the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program (MPNP) Work?

Manitoba In-Demand Jobs in 2020

The Manitoba Provincial Nomination program seeks skilled workers and their families whose intention is to settle and permanently live in the province. The MPNP is driven by employers within the province to address labour needs that cannot be fulfilled by the local population. If you are a skilled worker in any of the fields below or a related field, there will most likely be numerous opportunities for you in Manitoba. Health care aides, cooks, store managers, and many more are just some occupations with vacancies throughout the province.   

Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) Stream

Submit your Expression of Interest on the government of Manitoba’s webpage to be eligible for an invitation to conduct an exploratory visit to the province. During this time you can meet potential employers, consult with occupational regulatory bodies, and consider housing options. There are a number of conditions you must meet to be invited for an exploratory visit:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 45
  • Prove you do not have a stronger connection to another province
  • Demonstrate your employability and adaptability
  • Have at least one year of post-secondary education training
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience in the last five years
  • Have a settlement plan
  • Provided language test results

In-Demand Jobs in Manitoba, Canada
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
0911 Manufacturing managers
0912 Utilities managers
9241 Power engineers and power systems operators

Rural In-Demand Occupations

The following are special rural in-demand occupations, eligible for jobs outside of the Manitoba Capital Region. Hanover, Springfield, Altona, and Rhineland are examples of rural municipalities in need of skilled workers. These small towns and small cities are growing rapidly, creating new jobs every month, and need a strong labour injection to support that growth.  

Rural In-Demand Occupations
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
3413Nurse (Nursing jobs in Canada)  aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers, and related workers


What are the language requirements for an in-demand job?

The language requirements vary depending on the job. However, the absolute minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score one needs to get an in-demand job is 5, and many streams ask for higher than that. This site can help you find what requirements your chosen job has. 

How does the MPNP choose what jobs are or aren't in demand?

The MPNP bases its rankings on the needs of the local labour market based on Manitoba Labour Market Information, Occupational Forecasts and consulting directly with prominent employers. Consequently, shifts in those factors and the different needs of the industries in Manitoba affect the list.

Does having an in-demand job affect your chance of getting a visa?

Yes. Application candidates who either have an in-demand job or have been offered an in-demand job are given priority in Expression of Interest draws. The more in-demand your job is, the better your chances.

If your occupation is in-demand (eligible) in Manitoba and you’d love to live and work in Canada through the MPNP, you’re on the right track.

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