The province of Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), has invited a total of 313 candidates to apply to the program. The MPNP is a Canadian immigration program that allows the province of Manitoba to welcome new immigrants who have the ability to establish themselves and their families in Manitoba, based on criteria set by the province.
The latest MPNP draw was held on March 16, 2017, whereby, 250 candidates were issued with a letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) under the criteria for the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category. The remaining 63 LAAs were issued to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
These initiatives include:
Every candidate who has been issued with a LAA had previously submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP. Skilled workers interested in immigrating to through the MPNP must first submit an EOI, then get a LAA, before submitting an application for a provincial nomination certificate. With this certificate, the applicant may then apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The MPNP for Skilled Workers was established to help employers in Manitoba find foreign talent to complement their current workforce. The government of Manitoba selects experienced workers who have an Expression of Interest to immigrate to the province and who have the skills needed in the local labor market. These individuals are then nominated to receive a provincial nomination certificate from the MPNP. Once they receive their nomination certificate, the individual may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.
These immigration options may also be attractive for individuals who may not be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the Federal Express Entry immigration selection system because the immigration requirements are different.
In this sub-category of the MPNP, applications are accepted from qualified foreign workers and international graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job by their employer in Manitoba. However, skilled workers to Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility.
This MPNP sub-category is for qualified skilled workers who may be outside Canada but who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province and its labor market. This sub-category uses a point’s based system to assess candidates according to factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, education, and adaptability.