Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba ranks as the fifth most populous territory in Canada. It has an estimated population of over 1.3 million people. The key industries in Manitoba include agriculture, energy and environment, financial services and insurance, mining and more. It is a land with rich cultural heritage and brimming with opportunities for immigrants.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program is the quickest and easiest to way to move into and settle in Canada. About 15,000 immigrants come to Manitoba year and jostle for permanent residency in Canada. This program is created with an intent to find foreign graduates, entrepreneurs and skilled workers that will make a positive impact on the Manitoba economy.

The MPNP program ensures that the immigration processing outcomes for experienced workers are positive.

Who Can Apply?

You can apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program if you want to be immigrated to Manitoba to contribute to the enhancement of its economy, culture, and values. Individuals who have been refused the MPNP program are not eligible to apply.

Types of Programs & Minimum Requirements

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has four streams which include:

  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
  • International Education Stream
  • Business Investor Stream

Skilled Worker Stream

The skilled worker stream nominates foreign workers that have required skills and experience for in-demand jobs in Manitoba to gain Canada permanent residence. It operates through the experience pathway and employer direct recruitment.

The experience pathway is for immigrants currently working in Manitoba on temporary work permits. Applicants do not need to be working in targeted jobs.

The employer direct recruitment is strictly for foreigners who have received a job offer from a Manitoba employer.

Skilled Worker Overseas Stream

This stream is aimed at nominating immigrants that possess skills that will fit into in-demand occupations in Manitoba province. Applicants are required to have English or French language proficiency. It functions under the express entry pathway and the human capital pathway.

Applicants of the express entry pathway should have an active Express entry profile and have the in-demand skills and experience in one of the targeted occupations in Manitoba.

For applicants to the human capital pathway, they must sure demonstrable potential of getting employed immediately after their arrival in Manitoba.

International Education Stream

This is designed for international graduates from Manitoba accredited universities and colleges to settle in Manitoba and enhance their careers. The IES has one pathway which is the career employment pathway.

The career employment pathway nominates foreign graduates in the field of engineering, technology, science, mathematics and STEM in order to contribute to innovation at Manitoba. Applicants are required to have job offers in an in-demand job.

Business Investor Stream

The business investor enables foreign entrepreneurs that wish to set up a business, acquire a business or partner with a business enterprise in Manitoba province to gain easy and quick access into Canada. There are pathways for farm investors and entrepreneurs.

The entrepreneur pathway is for foreigners that intend to open a business in Manitoba while the farm investor pathway is for international investors that want to set up and run a farm in the Manitoba. They are nominated after meeting the conditions of the Business Performance Agreement.

Processing Time of the Manitoba Nominee Program

Processing of the applications submitted by the Manitoba nominee program applicants takes up to 4 months. Processing has to be done at the state and government level which can take an average processing time of 21 to 15 months.

Points Assessment

In addition to demonstrating a strong connection to Manitoba, every candidate who wants to be considered under the Skilled Worker Overseas stream must score at least 60 points based on five factors in order to be eligible. If you do not have a connection to Manitoba, you are not eligible under this stream, regardless of your points total. The MPNP points system illustrated below is for your self-assessment and information only. The MPNP will complete a full assessment of any application it receives and scores each candidate based on the information supporting documentation you provide at that time, and according to the current criteria and information on eligibility, policy and procedure published on this website.

Factor 1: Language Proficiency

Language Points are calculated according to documented proof of training and ability in one or both of Canada’s official languages, English and French. If you are proficient in both, choose as your first language the one you are most comfortable using. You must submit valid official results of a recent MPNP-approved language test as proof of your language proficiency. 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. CLB refers to Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens (NCLC). For information on approved tests and how test scores relate to CLB levels, please use the tools provided in the Language Proficiency section of this website.

Applicants whose occupation is classified at National Occupational Classification C or D must, in order to be eligible to apply, have at least CLB 4 in English (or NCLC 4 in French).

CLB 8 or higher 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12
CLB 3 or lower
CLB 5 or higher 5

Factor 2: Age

Age points are calculated according to the date your application is received by the MPNP.

18 4
19 6
20 8
21 to 45 10
46 8
47 6
48 4
49 2
50 or older 0

Factor 3: Work Experience

Work experience points are based on documented proof of full-time employment in the past five years. Only full-time jobs of six months (continuous) or longer are considered.

less than one year 0
one year 8
two years 10
three years 12
four years or more 15

Factor 4: Education

Education Points are based on documented proof of completed education and /or training programs at recognized education institutions. A completed program is one for which you have met all requirements and received a certificate, diploma or degree. The MPNP reserves the right to require a third-party assessment to demonstrate trades education and training are comparable to Canadian standards.

Master’s degree or Doctorate 25
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each 23
One post-secondary program of two years or longer 20
One one-year post-secondary program 14
Trade certificate 14
No formal post-secondary education 0

Factor 5: Adaptability

Adaptability points are calculated according to documented proof of a strong connection to Manitoba and employability in your assessed occupation, demonstrating that you have the genuine intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as a permanent resident. A connection to Manitoba is required of all applicants. You can only receive points for one type of connection, even if multiple apply to you. In addition to Adaptability points, you may also score points for Regional Immigration for having a connection to, and planning to settle in, a region of Manitoba outside the city of Winnipeg.  Regional points are supplemental only and cannot be a substitute for another connection to the province.

Close relative in Manitoba 20
Invitation to Apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit 20
Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months) 12
Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba 12
Completed post-secondary program of at least one academic year in Manitoba 10
Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba 10
Regional Immigration 5

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