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.