Immigration and Citizenship

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), prospective immigrants with skills and experience targeted by the province of Manitoba may receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which boosts their chances to become Canadian permanent residents.

The following are streams that are currently active and/or ones that are being restructured as part of the MPNP renewal process:

  • Skilled Worker Immigration Stream – including those in Manitoba and Overseas
    • The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream will consist of two pathways:
      • Manitoba Work Experience Pathway
      • Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway
    • The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream will consist of two pathways:
      • Manitoba Express Entry Pathway
      • Human Capital Pathway
  • Manitoba Business Investor Stream
    • Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway
    • Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway
  • Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative – through the MPNP
  • International Education Stream

The information in the following pages are presented from MPNP website. The expressions “we”, “us” or “our” refer to MPNP and not AfriCanada.com.

1. Skilled Workers Overseas

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. We select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.

The key to the success of the MPNP is the consistently strong and stable economy of our province. The diversity of Manitoba’s growing industries and economic sectors keeps our unemployment rate low. Good wages, safe working conditions, generous benefits and workers’ rights are some of the highlights of working in Manitoba. Plus, with Manitoba’s low cost of living, and high standard of government services such as health care and education, the province offers an affordable, high-quality lifestyle.

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.

All applicants must submit a Settlement Plan, to explain their plan for settling in Manitoba successfully and contributing economically. Upon nomination, we provide resources to help you put your plan into action toward achieving your goals. Our secure and easy-to-use web application, MPNP Online, guides you to enter all the information and documentation that you need to apply.

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

STEP 1: Submit and Expression of Interest

Who can submit an Expression of Interest?

Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) is your first step to immigration to Manitoba through the MPNP. If you are eligible under one of our application streams, you will be able to submit an Expression of Interest.

What do you submit?

Eligible candidates complete a series of questions online and are not required to upload supporting documentation before submitting their profile into the EOI pool.

Your profile will be placed in a pool with other eligible candidates and you will receive a score based on the answers you provide. We will then rank you using several factors and if you are among the highest-scoring candidates, you may be invited to submit an application to the MPNP.

There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an Expression of Interest and no deadline. The information you provide will help us determine if you are eligible to immigrate through the MPNP.


Before starting, please familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria of the MPNP as you may have to take a language test or fulfill other requirements prior to submitting an Expression of Interest.

You will be able to update the information in your Expression of Interest after submission by logging back into your account. Please ensure that all information in your profile remains up-to-date.

You can find more information in the Expressions of Interest frequently asked questions.

Important
An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the MPNP. All candidates must answer all EOI questions accurately and completely. If you provide false or misleading information in your EOI, it may be considered misrepresentation and you may be subject to a ban which would prevent you from submitting another EOI for a period of two years.

Note
The MPNP reserves the right to limit the intake of or exclude from draws Expressions of Interest in specific occupations with a high volume of existing submissions and/or application inventories, evidence of a limited employment outlook and other significant barriers to employment in Manitoba.

How the pool works

If you successfully create an Expression of Interest, you will be entered into a pool of all eligible candidates.

  • Your profile will be valid for one year from the day you submit it.
  • You will receive EOI Ranking Points based on the information you provided in your profile.
  • The MPNP will regularly draw the highest scoring candidates and invite them to submit a full application to the MPNP.
  • The MPNP uses an electronic system for both the submission of Expressions of Interest and nomination applications (Business applicants submit a paper based application) and we will communicate with you via email. Please ensure that you provide a valid email address to us.
  • If you are invited to submit an application, you can use the same log-in information you created for your Expression of Interest to complete your nomination application (Skilled Worker only).
  • You must make sure that the information you provide in your Expression of Interest stays true and accurate at all times. If your situation changes, you must update your profile.
  • If we find that you provided false information or left out important details, your application will be refused and you could be barred for two years from submitting another application.
Understanding the ranking system

By completing an Expression of Interest, you automatically receive a score based on a number of criteria. The highest-scoring candidates in the pool will be invited on a regular basis to provide a full application to the MPNP. The criteria for Skilled Workers differs from the criteria for Business Investors. Further information on EOI Ranking criteria can be found in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas, and Business Investors sections.

A points-based system is used to assess and score your profile, and to rank you in the pool of Expressions of Interest. You will be assessed based on factors including:

  • your language ability
  • your education
  • your work experience
  • your adaptability and other factors

These factors all play a role in your future economic success in Manitoba. A goal of the Expression of Interest system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Manitoba for those selected.


Letters of Advice to Apply

On a regular basis, the highest-scoring EOIs in each of the MPNP’s application streams, Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and Business Investors are drawn from the pool according to the MPNP Ranking Points system for Skilled Workers or Program Eligibility for Business Investors and those selected receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). The number of LAAs issued in each draw is dependent on annual processing targets and capacities.

If you receive a LAA, you have 60 days to submit a complete application to the MPNP and you will have to provide documents to support the information you provided to us in your Expression of Interest. If you provide false or misleading information in your EOI, it may be considered misrepresentation. Your application could be refused and you may be subject to a ban which would prevent you from applying to the MPNP for a period of two years.

If you are invited to apply, your LAA will advise you on what you should do next. In the case of Skilled Worker by following these instructions you will be able to log in to the Government of Manitoba account you created for your Expression of Interest and will now have access to the full application.

Your Expression of Interest will remain active for one year from the date you originally submitted it. After it expires, you will have to submit a new Expression of Interest to still be considered.

Try to improve your score

Make sure your profile is fully up-to-date and accurate. While your Expression of Interest is active, you can continue to update your profile with new information. There are things you can do to improve your score and increase your chances of receiving a Letter of Advice to Apply.

For example, you could:

  • improve your language score by taking another test
  • gain more work experience

To create your Expression of Interest

Create Government of Manitoba account

Click the button on the bottom of this page and follow the instructions to create an account with the Government of Manitoba.

Sign in to create Expression of Interest

Select Create an Expression of Interest from the options provided

Complete an Expression of Interest and tell us about:

  • your identity
  • your contact information
  • your education, work experience and official language proficiency
  • your connection to Manitoba and Canada

Important
Before you submit your EOI, you should print a copy of the summary page showing all your answers and ranking points scores for your records.

Important
You can only have one active Expression of Interest at any time. You will only be able to submit a new profile once your current Expression of Interest expires.

Note
Successfully completing an Expression of Interest does not guarantee nomination or the ability to submit a nomination application to the MPNP.
Provide truthful information
If you provide false or misleading information in your EOI, it may be considered misrepresentation. A subsequent application would be refused and you may be subject to a ban which would prevent you from applying to the MPNP for a period of two years. Please also note that any questions related to connections or applications to other provinces in Canada need to be answered with Yes, if they apply to either you or your spouse.

Note
Previous immigration applications: You should only select yes as your answer if your destination on your previous federal or provincial immigration application was a province other than Manitoba.

Language skills in Canada’s second official language: Your second official language for the purposes of the MPNP is considered the official language of Canada, English or French, in which you are less proficient. You should only indicate that you have language ability at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 or higher in Canada’s second official language if you are in possession of a valid language test as proof.

For example, if you completed an English test for your first official language, in order to receive points for a second official language, you must provide proof of a valid French test (TEF) that meets CLB 5 or higher. If you completed a French test for your first official language, in order to receive points for a second official language, you must provide a valid English test (CELPIP or IELTS) that meets CLB 5 or higher.

STEP 2 Receive a Letter of Advice to Apply

If you receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), you will be able to log into your account and gain access to the full MPNP application.

You will have 60 days from the date of your LAA to submit a complete application.

Before you proceed

Understand that it is up to each applicant to demonstrate, by submitting credible and verifiable documents in MPNP Online, that you are eligible to submit an application. Review immigratemanitoba.com and our Policy and Procedures Manual to fully to understand program policy and process, and take note that:

  • The MPNP is not a sponsorship program. It is a permanent program of the Province of Manitoba to promote and facilitate economic immigration for independent skilled workers and entrepreneurs.
  • Notwithstanding your declared Connection to Manitoba, the MPNP will assess your connection based on all documents you submit.
  • The MPNP accepts applications from skilled workers in any occupation – unless otherwise specified – but the MPNP will consider your employability based on your past education, training, work experience, language skills and regulatory requirements during assessment of your application.
  • You do not need an immigration representative to apply. If you choose to hire one, they must adhere to strict guidelines.
  • The points worksheet and the Come to Manitoba, Canada Tool are strictly for you to self-assess your eligibility to apply. If there is a difference between your self-assessment and the assessment made by the MPNP based on the information and documents you provided, the MPNP assessment will be used.
  • Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis according to the criteria published on this website the date your application is received.
  • An applicant is only permitted to have one MPNP application in process at one time, and cannot apply through both the skilled worker and business categories of the program.
  • The MPNP reserves the right to require applicants who, in the view of the program, have the intention to immigrate to Canada for business purposes, to apply through the business category only.

Document Requirements

The MPNP assesses your eligibility based on the documents you submit with your MPNP Online application. You must substantiate all claims you made in your Expression of Interest (EOI) and all information provided in your application with credible supporting documentation.

Therefore, before you log in to apply, be sure that you know what documents you will need and gather all these documents so that you are prepared to scan and upload them with your MPNP Online application.

This page explains the documents that all applicants are required to submit. (The documents you need to demonstrate your Connection to Manitoba are listed on the page for each connection category)

Personal information

To support the information you provide regarding your identity, residency and other personal details of yourself and your dependants, you must submit official (government-issued) documents proving the information you state in your application:

  • ID: birth certificate
  • Residence/travel: passport (including photo and detail pages, plus visas if country of residence differs from country of citizenship)
  • Marital status: marriage/divorce/death certificates; separation agreement; documents proving your common-law partnership of at least one year
  • Dependants: birth certificates must show names of both parents; adoption papers; custody agreements for children of divorce/separation, as well as travel documents
Education

Provide documents substantiating the claims you made in your EOI and application regarding secondary and post-secondary education and/or training, including details such as name of institution and program, dates of attendance and language of instruction, for yourself and your spouse.

  • certificate, degree or diploma and transcripts for each program completed by applicant and spouse

For example, if you say that you completed high school and university, you must upload transcripts and a certificate for high school and transcripts and a certificate for university.

Certified translation into English or French is required for each document issued in another language.

Note:

Applicants who provide an Express Entry profile and verification code must also provide an educational credential assessment for your education obtained outside of Canada.

Employment

Submit documents showing work history for the past five years and do not include jobs that were six months or less:

  • Signed letter of reference from each employer of the applicant and spouse
  • Employer letters must be on company letterhead and signed by a company representative (include contact information)
  • Your employer must include mention of: start and end dates for employment; a detailed description of position and duties, and the salary (wage) you were paid

Upload certified translation into English or French of each document issued in another language.

Self-employed: submit copies of business registration, business tax records for each year, and copies of work contracts, if applicable.

Immigration history and status

You must submit documents substantiating all information you enter in your application regarding previous immigration applications to Canada and previous (or current) visits to and stays in Canada by yourself, your spouse and any adult dependants.

For example, provincial nominee or federal immigration/refugee application result letter, visas for temporary work, study or visit – upload copy of official document

Note:

Applicants who provide an Express Entry profile and verification code must also provide a copy of your Application/profile details from IRCC.

Language ability

You must submit documents to prove the statements you make in your application regarding your English and/or French language proficiency.

  • Valid test results from approved language test are required by all applicants except those currently working in Manitoba in high-skill occupations (NOC 0, A or B)
  • To be considered valid, your test must have been taken no more than two years prior to the date you submit your MPNP Online application
  • Only applicants who are not required to submit test results may submit other documents to show their English proficiency
  • Applicants are assessed language points for their “CLB” (Canadian language Benchmark) score, which we determine from your test results according to our CLB Grid
Settlement Funds

All applicants should have CAD $10,000 plus CAD $2,000 for spouse and each accompanying dependant.

This is not a program fee; settlement funds are the recommended amount of money for you to have available to support yourself and your family as you arrive and adjust to life in Manitoba.

Submit copies of three months of bank statements and certificates of deposit demonstrating a clear financial history of sufficient and transferable settlement funds (liquid assets) in your name and/or the name of your spouse or common-law partner, and, if applicable:

  • copies of securities and other investments
  • proof of ownership of real estate including a current market price evaluation, or other assets (not including personal items such as jewelry, furniture or vehicles) owned by the applicant or spouse, with objective fair market value evaluation

If there are currency controls in your country of residence, the MPNP may require proof of transferability.

Note:

Applicants who provide an Express Entry profile and verification code must also provide a copy of your financial documents demonstrating that you have sufficient funds to meet LICO requirements.

Adaptability – Settlement Plan

The Settlement Plan is part of MPNP Online, where all applicants explain why they chose Manitoba as their immigration destination and how they plan to settle in the community, and find a job or, for those currently working in Manitoba, advance their career.

Settlement Plan Part 2 (SPP2e) is an interactive PDF form that MPNP Online sends to the designated Manitoba Supporter of skilled workers applying to the MPNP on the strength of a social connection to an established resident of the Province of Manitoba. Supporters use their form to explain how they’ll help applicants achieve short and long-term settlement goals (ex: assisting applicants in achieving their goal of becoming licensed to work in an occupation that is regulated in Manitoba).

Log in to MPNP Online

MPNP Online is a secure and simple interactive web tool that guides MPNP applicants through the process of submitting a complete immigration application.

You simply have to log into your account you created for submitting your Expression of Interest and will now have access to the full MPNP application. MPNP Online is free and easy to use from anywhere in the world. If you’re qualified to apply, all you need to get started is an email address to create a Manitoba government account.

You don’t need to complete your application in one sitting; you can log on and off MPNP Online; at the end of each session, the information you entered, and the digital documents you uploaded, are saved – safe and secure.

If you need assistance while applying, click the “information” icons on the pages of MPNP Online, the Help link that explains each page of the application and, for technical and other assistance, the Contact email links.

Before you log in, be sure to review all information on our website about documents required to demonstrate you’re eligible to apply to the MPNP.

MPNP Online will instruct you to upload documents as evidence of all statements you make in your application about your personal and family status, your English language ability, and your education and employment experience.

Note
Document format: You will have to scan paper documents into PDF files and each file must be less than 2 MB. Please also note that:

  • Documents should not be scanned using a mobile phone.
  • Documents should be scanned in colour.
  • Scanner resolution should be a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch).
  • No enhancement or editing should be done to a scanned document.

If the file size is over 2MB, try scanning and saving one page at a time rather than reducing resolution or compressing colours.

After you submit your application

You cannot change the information or documents you uploaded and submitted. However, you can – and must – log back in to MPNP Online to provide new information about changed circumstances, ex: you get married or have a baby, you have a new job; you have a new address. (The MPNP does not accept updates to your information or documents by e-mail or in person; you must use MPNP Online.)

Status of your application

The MPNP does not accept inquiries about the status of your application after you have submitted it. However, you can check your application status by logging in to MPNP Online and selecting that option.

STEP 3 Apply to IRCC (CIC) for Permanent Residency

After you are nominated by the MPNP, follow the instructions on this page to correctly apply for your Canadian permanent resident visa.

MPNP applicants are nominated only upon receiving an approval letter in their name from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

The MPNP approval letter is an official government document. Make copies, for your personal records and for you to submit the letter as a (required) document with your visa application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Visa Application steps are detailed and the PDF application package can be downloaded at IRCC: Apply for Permanent Residence: Provincial Nominees.

By applying to IRCC for permanent resident status as a Manitoba nominee you are obliged to live, work and settle in Manitoba; Manitoba reserves the right to withdraw your nomination at any time before you become a permanent resident of Canada.

IRCC application tutorial shows you how to complete your application forms correctly and avoid common errors that cause delays.

Specific steps for Manitoba Provincial Nominees

  • You must include a copy of your MPNP approval letter in your PR visa application.
  • Follow all directions in your approval letter, paying particular attention to the date: your nomination is valid for six months.
  • You must submit to IRCC your visa application, complete with IRCC fees, before your nomination expires; if you do not, IRCC will not accept your application.
  • During the visa process you must notify both IRCC and the MPNP of address or family changes.
  • Nominees currently working in Manitoba: do not let your work permit expire; follow instructions below.
  • Once you receive from IRCC your permanent resident status you must notify the MPNP.

What to expect after applying to IRCC’s Centralized Intake Office (CIO)

If the CIO accepts your application as complete they will send you a file number and tell you your next steps, including which Canadian visa office will process your application.

Status updates: Use your file number to check online your application status. (Do not contact the MPNP: authority for, and information about visa applications rests solely with IRCC.)

The visa office processing your application will advise you when you and your dependants must get a medical exam and obtain a police certificate (Wait for IRCC instructions because, for example, your doctor cannot provide this service).

What to do while waiting for visa processing

Be sure to re-visit the MPNP website to take advantage of resources to help you settle in your community or, if you’re overseas, to prepare yourself to move and successfully find a job and adjust to life upon arrival in Manitoba.

  1. Currently Working in Manitoba: Don’t let your work permit expire. Be prepared to apply for another permit or for an extension while your PR application is being processed. (The same applies to nominees living here on visitor, student and other permits.) Report any employment changes to the MPNP, ex: layoff or changing employers.
  2. Skilled Workers Overseas: Don’t arrange to move (or quit your job, etc.) until after IRCC officially informs you of receiving Canadian permanent resident status.

Note:
You are advised to keep a copy of your MPNP application. You will be required to submit the same information provided in your MPNP application to IRCC when completing your Permanent Residence Visa application. However, in cases in which the information has changed substantially from the time of the Nomination Application and Application for Permanent Residence, you must provide a copy of the relevant changes to the MPNP. If you fail to advise the MPNP of the changes to your information, the MPNP reserves the right to withdraw the nomination.

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