Manitoba is a Canadian prairie province. The province, with an area of 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi), has a largely continental climate, with thousands of lakes and many rivers. Agriculture, mostly concentrated in the fertile southern and western parts of the province, is vital to the province’s economy; other major industries are transportation, manufacturing, mining, forestry, energy, and tourism. The word “Manitoba” comes from the native word manitou, meaning spirit. Lake Manitoba was named earlier, north of Portage la Prairie.
Manitoba as a provincial nominee
The MPNP nominates people who we assess as having a strong connection to Manitoba and sufficient skills, education and training, work experience, English proficiency, and adaptability to make an immediate and ongoing contribution to the provincial community and labour market.
All applicants – whether you are overseas or are currently working in Manitoba – submit a Settlement Plan. This document is your opportunity to explain how you will achieve your short and long-term settlement and employment goals, such as becoming licensed to work in an occupation that is regulated in Manitoba.
Two paths to Manitoba
- Working in Manitoba: Applications are accepted from temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who have been working full-time for at least six months and whose employer has offered a full-time, long-term job.
Skilled Workers Overseas: Applications are accepted from skilled workers who can be assessed sufficient points for employability and adaptability based on five factors –
- English proficiency,
- Work experience,
- Connection to Manitoba.
All applicants except those currently working in Manitoba in high-skill occupations must submit results of an MPNP-approved language test.
Minimum Language for lower-skilled applicants
The Government of Canada requires that all provincial nominee applicants for semi and low-skilled occupations (NOC C and D) achieve in an approved language test a minimum standard of CLB 4 in English (or NCLC 4, French). NOC C and D jobs include lower-skilled workers in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, and certain clerical and assistant categories
You must demonstrate your adaptability and employability by submitting with your application a Settlement Plan that shows:
- Why you have chosen Manitoba as your immigration destination
- Your plan for settling in a specific destination community
- The type and strength of your connection to Manitoba
- That you are taking steps to ensure your immediate and long-term employability in Manitoba
- Only applicants whose connection to Manitoba is familial or social must have their Settlement Plan endorsed by their Manitoba Supporter (a relative or friend successfully established in Manitoba who has been living in Manitoba continuously for at least one year and who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident). Your supporter must review your plan
Provincial Nominee Program for Business
To qualify for the MPNP-B, interested applicants must:
- have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN$350,000;
- have a minimum three years of successful business ownership and management
- experience or a minimum three years of executive-level experience as senior manager
- of a business; and
- score a minimum of 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix.
- The applicant must also be prepared to:
- attend an interview with a MPNP-B officer;
- make an Eligible Business Investment in Manitoba; and
- reside in Manitoba along with his/her dependent family members.
- The applicant may have to:
- conduct an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba. The applicant must provide a visit report and
- other documents to demonstrate the research conducted during this visit; and
- provide the results of a language competency test to demonstrate language proficiency.
- Note: Meeting the basic eligibility requirements does not guarantee nomination.