Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal Improves Manitoba’s Competitiveness for Global Skills
The Canada and Manitoba governments have reached agreement on the renewal of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The MPNP renewal builds on our 10-point Economic Plan by improving Manitoba’s economic competitiveness, attracting new investment, fostering a skilled workforce, and encouraging new immigration.
The MPNP will be reorganized around four new or revised application streams:
- International Education Stream (IES)
- Business Investor Stream (BIS)
- Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM)
- Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO)
Each stream will include more flexible pathways to ensure that all provincial nominees are able to meet clearly defined labour market and economic needs in Manitoba. These priorities will be clearly communicated to potential MPNP applicants through a regularly updated In-Demand Occupations list.
The MPNP will continue to support Manitoba’s francophone immigration strategy by providing priority for francophone applicants who meet the required criteria in one or more of the four streams.
Existing Candidates and Applicants
Candidates with valid Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles will be assessed under the criteria in effect on the draw date. Applicants will have their MPNP application assessed under the criteria valid on the date their EOI profile was drawn.
Candidates will receive information on how technical changes to the MPNP Online application system will affect their EOI profiles before changes are made.
Information sessions for potential applicants, representatives, and the family members of potential applicants were held on December 6, 2017.
Information sessions for international students will be held in January 2018.
Information on the MPNP Renewal, including the renewal timeline, will be updated regularly.
In-Demand Occupations list
To better identify MPNP candidates who meet the needs of Manitoba employers, the MPNP identifies In-demand Occupations based on Manitoba Labour Market Information and Occupational Forecasts, as well as through direct employer consultations. The occupations listed reference Edition 2016 of the National Occupation Classification (NOC).
The MPNP In-demand Occupations list allows the MPNP to provide clear communication about our current labour market and business investment priorities for potential applicants submitting Expressions of Interest to apply to the program.
These priorities reflect the needs of Manitoba employers ready to hire new immigrants and international students, the in-demand occupations of the Manitoba labour market based on current information and projections, and the occupation-specific skills and language requirements necessary to be hired in those jobs.
The In-demand Occupations list is intended as a guide to help inform candidates in the Expression of Interest pool which applications will be prioritized to receive invitations to apply to the MPNP. The list will be updated regularly.
International Education Stream
The new International Education Stream (IES) is dedicated to providing international students graduating in Manitoba and meeting the needs of industry faster pathways to the nomination. Applicants will no longer be required to work for 6 months before applying to the MPNP.
There is one pathway:
- Career Employment Pathway
IES will provide the faster nomination for international student graduates in STEM programs through internships contributing to industry innovation in Manitoba. In addition, post-secondary graduates who find long-term employment in an In-demand Occupation consistent with their training will no longer be required to work for 6 months before applying to the MPNP.
Business Investor Stream
The Business Investor Stream (BIS) will replace the current PNP-B business immigration category. BIS allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who have the intent and ability to start or purchase businesses in Manitoba within the first 24 months of arrival in Canada. Applicants will no longer be required to submit a deposit of $100,000 to the Manitoba government.
There will be two pathways:
- The Entrepreneur Pathway for applicants seeking to open a business in Manitoba; and
- The Farm Investor Pathway for those intending to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.
Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream
The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM) is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. The MPNP selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominates them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. Candidates with strong labour market attachments to Manitoba employers remain a priority.
There will be two pathways:
- Manitoba Work Experience Pathway
- Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway
The Manitoba Work Experience Pathway is for applicants currently working in Manitoba with temporary work permits (Temporary Foreign Workers, international student graduates from other provinces or Manitoba graduates) not working in jobs published on the In-demand Occupations list.
The Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway is for international applicants with hard job offers from pre-approved Manitoba employers.
Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO) is for international skilled worker applicants with in-demand skills and training and a high potential to establish strong labour market attachments to related occupations soon after arrival in Manitoba.
The stream will offer a new pathway to nominate qualified applicants for the federal Express Entry program. Priority will be given to candidates with close family connections in Manitoba and spouses who have the language proficiency, training and experience to quickly find jobs in-demand occupations.
There will be two pathways:
- Manitoba Express Entry Pathway
- Human Capital Pathway
The Manitoba Express Entry Pathway is for candidates demonstrating high human capital with skills, training, and experience related to Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list and a strong family connection to Manitoba. This Pathway is open to candidates who are also eligible under another MPNP stream and who meet Express Entry criteria and have an active Express Entry profile.
The Human Capital Pathway is for international skilled worker applicants with skills and training aligned with Manitoba’s published In-demand Occupations list, and who demonstrate a high potential to establish strong labour market attachments to those occupations sooner after arrival in Manitoba.