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How to immigrate to Canadian Province of Manitoba

You can become a Canadian permanent resident if nominated to immigrate to Manitoba. Manitoba’s unemployment rate is currently the lowest in Canada. This makes the province a great place for foreigners to seek permanent residence through Canada’s economic immigration programs.

Manitoba uses the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) to nominate prospective immigrants to become Canadian permanent residents. In the first nine months of 2021, Manitoba welcomed 10,725 new permanent residents via MPNP. This is up almost 24.3 per cent over 2020’s total of 8,630.

Despite that growth, Manitoba’s immigration levels are still below the province’s targets. This is a great opportunity for immigrants who want to settle in the province.

The Manitoba economy will see a total of 141,700 job openings between 2021 and 2025. However, only 112,100 new workers join the employed labour force during that time, leaving many job openings going begging.

The fastest-growing Manitoba industries between 2021 and 2025 will be transportation and warehousing; forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas; and healthcare and social assistance.

How to apply for nomination to immigrate to Manitoba

Manitoba selects candidates for immigration based on its economic needs through the following streams of the MPNP.

1. Skilled Worker Stream

In this stream, Manitoba targets graduates, skilled workers, businesspeople and their families ho express strong attachment to the province.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. There are two streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers Overseas nominates applicants who demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through:

  • the support of family members or friends;
  • through previous education or work experience in the province;
  • or through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

In addition, to qualify for nomination to immigrate to Manitoba a candidate must score at least 60 points based on the following five factors (see Eligibility)

  • Age
  • Language Proficiency
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Adaptability

If you do not have a connection to Manitoba, you are not eligible under this stream, regardless of your points total. Determine your eligibility.

2. International Education Stream

MPNP’s International Education Stream (IES) aims to provide Manitoba’s international students with faster pathways to PR nomination.

There are three pathways:

The Career Employment Pathway provides faster nomination for international students who graduate and find long-term employment in Manitoba.

The Graduate Internship Pathway provides faster nomination to immigrate to Manitoba for international student master and doctoral graduates through internships in Manitoba. Graduates who complete an Accelerate or Elevate internship with Mitacs in Manitoba can apply to the MPNP immediately after graduation, whether or not they have a job offer.

The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot provides international students who graduated in Manitoba the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship rather than employment in order to immigrate to Manitoba.

Apply for MPNP nomination in 3 Steps

Immigration through the MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba is a three-step process:




MPNP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system

Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate your for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.

A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).

How does MPNP nomination help your Canada PR application?

The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw.

For example, Johanna has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in food sciences for five years. Johanna has never worked or studied in Canada. She has an advanced English language proficiency.

Johanna entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 370. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination through MPNP. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.

Consequently, Johanna’s total CRS score jumps to 970 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score required for Johanna to get an ITA in any draw.

IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.