Manitoba holds fifth expression of interest draw of 2019



Manitoba holds fifth expression of interest draw of 2019

Express Entry candidates among 403 people invited in March 1 draw

The province of Manitoba held its third Expression of Interest draw in less than three weeks on March 1, inviting 403 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The invitations brought the number issued so far this year by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) to 2,267.

Those invited had an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile registered with the MPNP under its Skilled Worker Overseas, Skilled Worker in Manitoba or International Education stream.

Submitting an EOI profile is the first required step for anyone who would like to be considered for a nomination from Manitoba through any of these streams. This includes individuals who already have a profile registered under the federal Express Entry system.

EOI profiles are awarded a score based on factors that include education, work experience, language proficiency and established connections to Manitoba and the highest-ranked candidates are issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) through regular invitation rounds.

Express Entry candidates were among a group of 216 Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received LAAs in the March 1 draw.

Express Entry candidates who received an LAA were required to have a valid Express Entry ID and job-seeker validation code and at least six months of recent work experience in a profession on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations List.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry ranking score, effectively assuring an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Another subset of Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received invitations on March 1 had the following credentials:

  • a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
  • at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and
  • a minimum language proficiency in English or French of CLB/NCLC 5 unless the work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation, in which case the requirement is a minimum of CLB/NCLC 7, or a compulsory trade, in which case the minimum is CLB/NCLC 6.

The lowest-ranked candidate among this group of Skilled Workers Overseas candidates had an EOI score of 565.

Another 41 Skilled Worker Overseas candidates were issued LAAs through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative in the March 1 draw. These initiatives can include overseas recruitment missions conducted by the MPNP.

The lowest-ranked candidate among this group had an EOI score of 621.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education Stream

The MPNP also issued 126 invitations to Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates with scores as low as 566 in the March 1 draw.

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream is for eligible qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer.

An additional 20 invitations went to International Education Stream candidates.

This stream provides faster pathways to permanent residence for international graduates of Manitoba post-secondary institutions who have skills required by employers in the province.

Manitoba In-Demand Occupations

The MPNP 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.

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).

In-Demand Occupations List

The MPNP In-demand Occupations list provides a regularly updated listing of which occupations qualify as ‘in-demand’ in Manitoba.

Many occupations on the in-demand list are limited to specific skilled streams of the MPNP and candidates must meet the specific criteria and requirements for one of the specific pathways listed under each stream. Candidates working in an in-demand occupation will be prioritized during Expression of Interest draws.

For the purpose of applying to the MPNP, a Francophone is someone who has French language proficiency that is equal to or greater than their English language proficiency. Your language proficiency must be supported by results from an MPNP-approved language test.

If you are a Francophone, you do not need to be working in an in-demand occupation to meet an MPNP pathway’s eligibility criteria.

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Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream reopened

Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream

Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream

Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream reopens briefly

Popular stream was to accept 1,000 registrations when it reopened March 5

The Masters Graduate Stream is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

It gives international graduates with an Ontario master’s degree the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream reopened briefly to new registrations on Tuesday, March 5, and closed again within two hours due to a “technical issue.”

Ontario had announced the previous day that the popular stream would open to 1,000 registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. It is unclear; however, if this quota was met before the technical problem occurred.

Registration periods typically end quickly for the Masters Graduate Stream, which is a popular permanent residence pathway among international students because it does not require a job offer in order to be eligible.

The stream is open to international graduates with a master’s degree obtained at an eligible university in Ontario and allows them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The stream met its quota and closed within an hour when it last opened in April 2018.

Registration is the first step for international graduates who would like to be considered for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the Masters Graduate Stream.

Those who register successfully then have 14 calendar days to submit a complete application for a provincial nomination.

In order to be eligible, graduates must be living in Ontario with legal status or living outside Canada, among other criteria.

Graduates living in a province or territory in Canada other than Ontario are not eligible to apply.

The Masters Graduate Stream is one of two immigration programs offered under the OINP’s International Student Category. The other stream is open to PhD graduates who have completed a degree from an eligible Ontario academic institution.

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Ontario is a land of opportunity. It is a prosperous, democratic society built by the hard work of generations of immigrants.

Ontario is in the middle of Canada. It is also the hub of the Canadian economy. It is a magnet for manufacturing, finance, tourism and other industries. It’s also a leader in science and the arts.

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Alberta immigration proposal could bring 40000 newcomers



Alberta immigration proposal could bring 40,000 newcomers to rural communities by 2024

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney lays out immigration platform for coming spring election

Rural communities around Alberta could get a boost of around 40,000 newcomers over the next four years under policies being proposed by the province’s United Conservative Party.

Albertans will vote for a new provincial government this spring and a number of polls have shown the United Conservative Party (UCP) and its leader, Jason Kenney, leading with decided voters.

Kenney, who served as Canada’s immigration minister from 2008 to 2013, said this week that Alberta needs to “use the power” of immigration to revitalize the province’s smaller, rural communities and the UCP would seek to do so through an immigration strategy centred around two key components: the Rural Renewal Program and the Rural Entrepreneurial Stream.

Combined, both pathways could channel as many as 10,000 new permanent residents to the province’s rural communities each year, or 40,000 over the UCP’s first term if it manages to defeat Alberta’s ruling New Democratic Party, Kenney said.

“The goal will be to end large backlogs, speed up processing times, proactively attract talented newcomers from overseas, welcome job-creating entrepreneurs and encourage settlement in rural Alberta, which needs population the most,” Kenney told reporters.

The Rural Renewal Program would operate through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program and prioritize economic immigration candidates who express an interest in settling in Alberta’s smaller rural communities.

Kenney said the program could bring in an estimated 32,000 new permanent residence over four years, which includes principal applicants and their accompanying spouses and dependent children.

“Participating communities would be able to recruit, screen and nominate their own candidates,” he said, noting they could either already be living in the community on a temporary work permit or be applicants living overseas.

Kenney inferred a link between the Rural Renewal Program and Canada’s federal Express Entry system, saying candidates who received a nomination through the program would benefit from “extra points” under Express Entry.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their ranking score, which effectively guarantees an invitation from the Government of Canada to apply for permanent residence.

Kenney pointed to the province of Manitoba’s success in attracting and retaining immigrants to its rural communities as something he hopes to follow if elected.

“Nationally, only about six per cent of immigrants locate in rural communities. In Manitoba, 20 per cent settle in smaller communities and this has really helped to revitalize parts of rural Manitoba,” he said.

Manitoba’s community-driven immigration initiative in Morden is a case in point, Kenney said.

“The town of Morden has nearly doubled its population in the past decade, from 5,000 to 9,000, as a result of their version of the Rural Renewal Program,” he said.

Kenney also said the AINP could “interface” with the federal government, which recently announced its own community-driven Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot project.

Rural Entrepreneurial Stream

Attracting immigrant entrepreneurs to small communities around Alberta is the other pillar of the UCP’s proposed immigration strategy.

Encouraging a new generation of immigrant entrepreneurs to set up shop in smaller, rural communities around Alberta and create new job opportunities for locals is essential given the population challenges many such communities now face, Kenney said.

“When the owner of the local hardware store decides to retire and no one buys it, the hardware store is not coming back, and those services are vital to the future of our rural communities,” he said.

Kenney said the UCP would introduce a Rural Entrepreneurial Stream with the goal of welcoming 500 experienced immigrant entrepreneurs a year.

Among the stream’s potential criteria, prospective entrepreneurs would have to meet minimum investment and net worth thresholds and commit to actively managing and operating a business in which they have at least 51 per cent ownership.

“If they meet those and other criteria, we would invite them to come to Alberta, nominate them for a two-year work permit through the federal government and then, if they have shown good-faith effort to start a small business, we would grant them permanent residence, which is the next step toward citizenship,” he said.

Kenney estimated that the four-year intake of 2,000 entrepreneurs would translate to around 8,000 newcomers to rural communities over a four-year period when spouses and dependent children are factored in.

On top of this, Kenney said these businesses would create at least 4,000 jobs, which he described as “a very modest estimate.”

“This province was built in large part with the hard work and risk-taking entrepreneurship of generations of newcomers and that story continues today,” Kenney said.

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