Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

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Manitoba is one of the western Prairie provinces with rich agricultural production. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is one of the popular Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Under the MPNP, Manitoba invites immigrants to settle in the prairie province permanently. 

It was launched in 1998, and through the MPNP, more than 130,000 immigrants have arrived in Canada. Moreover, Manitoba is determined to increase that number in the coming years.

During recent years, the MPNP has been experiencing a slow transition, called the MPNP Renewal, whereas the growth has faced considerable delays and has yet to be complete. All streams will be changing, with several streams opening and new streams closing. Manitoba manages various immigration streams, which are divided into four major categories:

1. Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM)

2. Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO)

3. International Education Stream (IES)

4. Business Investor Stream (BIS)

1. Skilled Workers Overseas Stream (SWO)

Skilled Workers Overseas covers three immigration streams intended to focus on skilled workers. If you are a qualified professional and you can become a part of Manitoba’s labor force and quickly adapt to the lifestyle in the province, in that case, you need to apply to the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream. All streams under this category emphasize professionals who have experience in In-Demand Occupations of Manitoba. Streams under this category are:

Manitoba Express Entry Pathway

Manitoba Express Entry Pathway was first launched in January 2018. It provides a route for applicants in the Express Entry pool to be appointed for Canadian PR (permanent residence). All the successful candidates are granted 600 extra CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points and an invitation to apply(ITA) for permanent residence.

Human Capital Pathway  

Immigration to Manitoba under HCP is one of the future changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. HCP was initially planned to be implemented in 2019 but now postponed through 2020.

2. Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream (SWM)

It is for the workers who already have job experience or employment offers in Manitoba. At the time of the application, all the candidates need to live and work in Manitoba. In some instances, after experiencing a recruitment session with MPNP overseas, they may be invited to apply. SWM includes the following immigration streams. 

Manitoba Work Experience Pathway

It targets skilled temporary graduates and workers in Manitoba who want to settle in Manitoba permanently. 

Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway

The Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway provides a route for overseas skilled workers whose skill and knowledge is needed in Manitoba.

3. International Education Stream (IES)

The International Education Stream (IES) is for the graduates who recently completed their education from any of the specified post-secondary institutions in Manitoba. Applicants under this category must have some work experience or any business management experience from the province. There are three pathways within this stream:

Career Employment Pathway

It is the best option for the foreign graduates of the colleges and universities in Manitoba. It provides a route to Canadian PR (permanent residence).

Graduate Internship Pathway

It offers an election pathway for foreign graduates of a Master’s or Doctoral (Ph.D.) study program in Manitoba who want to complete an internship helping industry novelty.

Student Entrepreneur Pathway

It provides an opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship in Manitoba for those internationals who have graduated in Manitoba.

4. Business Investor Stream (BIS)

Manitoba’s Business Investor Stream (BIS) is for individuals with business management experience who want to establish a new business attempt in Manitoba. The earlier business immigration stream of the MPNP (Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program), known as MPNP-B, has been changed by the new Business Investor Stream, which is further divided into the two categories. 

Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway

It provides a pathway to the investors and entrepreneurs who want to start or purchase a business in Manitoba. All the successful applicants to the Entrepreneur Pathway will get a Canadian temporary work permit. To buy or start a business in the province, successful candidates also need to sign a business performance agreement. 

Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway

The Manitoba Farm Investor offers a pathway to Canadian PR (permanent residence) for entrepreneurs and investors who want to purchase or establish a farming business in Manitoba.

Note that: Several Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) streams work based on EOI (Expression of Interest); thus, potential candidates need to initially submit a form describing their interest before they are being invited to apply for Manitoba immigration.

Manitoba In-Demand Occupations

The List of MPNP In-Demand Occupations is an essential element of many of the pathways mentioned above. The list gives a continually revised listing of which occupations entitle as “In-Demand” in Manitoba. Various occupations on the In-Demand list are restricted to specifically skilled streams of the MPNP. Several prefer candidates who have work experience in any of the Manitoba In-Demand occupations. Although it is not an essential requirement for the MPNP skilled streams, in some cases, it will give an advantage to candidates for selection. 

Moreover, applicants need to fulfill the particular criteria and requirements for one of the specified pathways. Candidates working in an In-Demand occupation will be given priority during the draws of Expression of Interest. Sometimes, individuals get eligible for one of the pathways, even if they don’t have any experience in one of the In-Demand occupations. To be eligible for MPNP, French-speakers are free from experience in any In-Demand occupations.

1. Occupations in Business, finance and administration

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0111Financial managers07
0112Human resources managers07
0114Other administrative services managers (not eligible for SWO)07
0121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers07
0122Banking, credit and other investment managers07
0124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers07
1111Financial auditors and accountantsA7
1112Financial and investment analystsA5
1114Other financial officersA5
1121Human resources professionalsA5
1122Professional occupations in business management consultingA5
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relationsA5
1212Supervisors, finance and insurance office workersB5
1215Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupationsB5
1221Administrative officers (not eligible for SWO)B5
1223Human resources and recruitment officersB5
1224Property administratorsB5
1241Administrative assistants (not eligible for SWO)B5
1242Legal administrative assistantsB5
1251Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupationsB5
1311Accounting technicians and bookkeepersB5

2. Applied and Natural sciences and related occupations

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0211Engineering managers07
0212Architecture* and science managers07
0213Computer and information systems managers07
2121Biologists and related scientistsA5
2123Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialistsA5
2131Civil engineersA7
2132Mechanical engineersA7
2133Electrical and electronics engineersA7
2141Industrial and manufacturing engineersA7
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)A7
2151ArchitectsA7
2154Land surveyors*A7
2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuariesA5
2171Information systems analysts and consultantsA5
2172Database analysts and data administratorsA5
2173Software engineers and designersA7
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developersA5
2175Web designers and developersA5
2211Chemical technologists and techniciansB5
2212Geological and mineral technologists and techniciansB7
2221Biological technologists and techniciansB7
2222Agricultural and fish products inspectorsB5
2231Civil engineering technologists and techniciansB7
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and techniciansB7
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and techniciansB7
2234Construction estimatorsB5
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and techniciansB7
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)B7
2244Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectorsB7
2253Drafting technologists and techniciansB7
2271Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructorsB5
2281Computer network techniciansB5
2282User support techniciansB5

3. Health occupations

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0311Managers in Health Care (not eligible for SWO)A7
3131Pharmacists*A7
3132Dietitians* and nutritionistsA7
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists *A7
3142Physiotherapists*A7
3143Occupational therapists*A7
3211Medical laboratory technologists*B7
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistantsB5
3213Animal health technologists and veterinary techniciansB5
3214Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists *B7
3215Medical radiation technologists*B5
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)B5
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists*B7
3236Massage therapistsB5

4. Occupations related to social science, government service, education, and religion

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0423Managers in social, community and correctional services05
4112Lawyers and Quebec notaries*A7
4151Psychologists*A7
4152Social workersA7
4153Family, marriage and other related counsellorsA5
4161Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultantsA5
4164Social policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4166Education policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4167Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4168Program officers unique to governmentA5
4211Paralegal and related occupationsB5
4212Social and community service workersB5
4214Early childhood educators and assistantsB7
4215Instructors of persons with disabilitiesB5

5. Occupations in culture, art, sport and recreation

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0513Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors05
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupationsA5
5225Audio and video recording techniciansB5
5241Graphic designers and illustratorsB5
5242Interior designers and interior decoratorsB5
5243Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designersB5
5254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitnessB5

6. Occupations in Sales and Service

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0601Corporate sales managers (not eligible for SWO)07
0621Retail and wholesale trade managers (not eligible for SWO)05
0651Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c. (not eligible for SWO)05
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale tradeB5
6222Retail and wholesale buyersB5
6232Real estate agents and salespersonsB5
6235Financial sales representativesB5
6311Food service supervisorsB5
6322CooksB5
6332BakersB5

7. Occupations related to Trades, transport and equipment operators

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0711Construction managers07
0712Home building and renovation managers07
0714Facility operation and maintenance managers07
0731Managers in transportation05
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectorsB5
7232Tool and die makersB5
7233Sheet metal workersB5
7237Welders and related machine operatorsB5
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system) **B6
7242Industrial electricians **B6
7244Electrical power line and cable workersB5
7245Telecommunications line and cable workersB7
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workersB7
7251PlumbersB5
7271CarpentersB5
7282Concrete finishersB5
7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathersB5
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)B5
7295Floor covering installersB5
7311Construction millwrights and industrial mechanicsB5
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanicsB5
7313Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics **B6
7315Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectorsB5
7316Machine fittersB5
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairersB5
7322Motor vehicle body repairersB5
7361Railway and yard locomotive engineersB5
7362Railway conductors and brakemen/womenB5
7371Crane operators **B6

8. Occupations related to primary industry

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0821Managers in agriculture05

9. Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0911Manufacturing managers05
0912Utilities managers05
9241Power engineers and power systems operatorsB5

* Regulated Occupation

** Compulsory Trade

The language requirements for applicants depending on their occupation, with varied CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) thresholds set.

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