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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

With an economy based largely on natural resources and agriculture, it is a major driver of Canada's wealth. Manitoba's population of approximately 1.2 million is located largely in and around the capital city of Winnipeg. Manitobans benefit from tight-knit communities, a stable labour market, and sweeping natural wilderness.

The MPNP is Manitoba's Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which speeds up the overall immigration process.

There are three streams through which the province and potential candidates may immigrate to Manitoba, both through Express Entry and outside Express Entry:

  • Skilled Worker Immigration Stream - Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Immigration Stream - Overseas
  • Business Investor Immigration Stream
  • Morden Community Driven Immigration- MPNP


Under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, applications are accepted from qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent, full-time job with their Manitoba employer. Unlike the other connections to Manitoba in the MPNP, Skilled Worker in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility.Under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, applications are accepted from 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. Unlike the other connections to Manitoba in the MPNP, Skilled Workers in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements listed below to be entered into the Expression of Interest pool where they will be ranked according to a number of factors.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category of the MPNP, candidates must:

  • Be either a qualified temporary foreign worker OR an international student graduate;
    • International student graduates must have attended an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba.
    • The academic/vocational program must have been full-time and at least one academic year in length.
    • The candidate must have successfully completed the program and have been awarded a diploma, degree, or certificate.
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from their current Manitoba employer;
  • Have worked for their current Manitoba employer continuously for at least six months;
  • Hold a valid work permit or post-grad work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
  • Have all qualifications for the position including training/education and any required licence or certification;
  • Have job-ready English; specifically, candidates must demonstrate the English or French proficiency to fulfill the duties of their job description;
  • Have a connection to Manitoba through employment that is stronger than ties they may have to another province;
  • Demonstrate in a Settlement Plan intention and ability to live, work and establish their work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident; and
  • Sufficient settlement funds.

NOTE: A candidate who has graduated from a post-secondary program in a Canadian province other than Manitoba and who wants to apply to the MPNP under this category because he or she has been offered a job in Manitoba must first have been working for that Manitoba employer for at least one year in order to be eligible.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

Additionally, employers making job offers must:

  • Be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province or the Parliament of Canada;
  • Be operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Manitoba;
  • Demonstrate to the satisfaction of the MPNP that they are an established business with an ability to offer the candidate full-time and long-term employment in Manitoba;
  • Provide a detailed offer of employment letter to the candidate that:

The Process

Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system involves a three-step process.

  • In step one, potential candidates make an expression of interest in immigrating to Manitoba by answering a series of questions and creating an online profile. The profiles of eligible candidates are assigned a score based on the answers provided and placed in the Manitoba EOI pool with other eligible candidates. Candidates are ranked according to the unique MPNP Ranking Points system and given a score out of a maximum of 1,000.
  • In step two, the highest scoring candidates may be invited to apply to the MPNP. When a candidate is drawn from the EOI pool, he or she receives a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). After receiving a LAA, candidates will have only 60 days to submit a complete and accurate application to the province of Manitoba.
  • In step three, after obtaining a nomination from the province of Manitoba, a candidate then submits his or her complete paperwork to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and applies for Canadian permanent residence.

When Not to Apply

Candidates will not be considered under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category if they are:

  • Self-employed individuals, business owners, owner-operators, or individuals providing services as independent contractors to the business supporting their application;
  • Exempt from requiring a work permit to work in Manitoba (e.g. Ministers of Religion);
  • Submitting an application based on an employment offer that is part of a work-study program.
  • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
  • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada;
  • Temporary Foreign Workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba;
  • Spouses of Canadian Citizens or permanent residents;
  • Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal; and
  • Individuals who have an active immigration application with any other provincial immigration program in Canada.

When Not to Apply

Skilled Worker in Manitoba draws that have taken place so far:

Expression of Interest Date of Issue Letters Issued Minimum Points
First MPNP Draw May 20, 2015 76 700
Second MPNP Draw June 5, 2015 126 675
Third MPNP Draw June 25, 2015 100 673
Fourth MPNP Draw July 17, 2015 111 670
Fifth MPNP Draw August 13, 2015 174 575
Sixth MPNP Draw September 9, 2015 125 550
Seventh MPNP Draw September 25, 2015 100 545
Eighth MPNP Draw October 13, 2015 100 506
Ninth MPNP Draw November 3, 2015 100 449
Tenth MPNP Draw November 27, 2015 125 698
Eleventh MPNP Draw December 17, 2015 126 694
Twelfth MPNP Draw January 13, 2016 150 692
Thirteenth MPNP Draw February 10, 2016 175 673
Fourteenth MPNP Draw March 9, 2016 175 657
Fifteenth MPNP Draw April 6, 2016 299 467
Sixteenth MPNP Draw May 16, 2016 150 722
Seventeenth MPNP Draw June 8, 2016 200 665
Eighteenth MPNP Draw June 29, 2016 173 593
Nineteenth MPNP Draw July 29, 2016 155 593
Twentieth MPNP Draw August 24, 2016 176 592


The Manitoba Skilled Worker overseas category uses a points-based system to assess candidates, who may be outside of Canada. Applications are accepted from qualified skilled workers who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province through family or friends (Manitoba Support), past education or employment (Manitoba Experience), or by invitation of the MPNP (Manitoba Invitation), and who score a minimum of 60 points according to five eligibility factors: age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.

Minimum Requirements

To be eligible under this category, candidates must:

  • Obtain a minimum score of 60 out of 100 points on the points assessment grid; and
  • Demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through the support of friends or family, previous work experience or education in the province, or an Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP,

Each form of connection to the province has specific requirements.

Manitoba Support

In order to be a Manitoba Supporter, an individual must be:

  • Able to provide documents proving that he or she has been living in Manitoba continuously for a minimum of one year;
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Able to demonstrate sufficiently close ties to the applicant and the province;For close relatives, both the applicant and the supporter must provide documents proving their familial relationship.
  • Able to demonstrate that any applications they previously supported resulted in successful, permanent economic establishment in Manitoba;
  • Able to support the applicant’s Settlement Plan.

Manitoba Experience

In order to apply with the connection of Manitoba Experience, candidates must have lived in the province in the past as either a temporary foreign worker or as an international student.

To be eligible, those with previous work experience in Manitoba must:

  • Have worked full-time for a Manitoba employer for a minimum of six consecutive months;
  • Submit a signed employer letter of reference on company letterhead; and
  • Submit a copy of their work permit proving they worked in the province.

Those with previous educational experience in Manitoba must:

  • Have attended and completed an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba; and
  • Submit their study permit(s), academic transcripts and certificate, diploma or degree they received upon completion of the program.

Manitoba Invitation

Invitations to apply for permanent residence are issued regularly by the MPNP to qualified candidates identified as part of one of its Strategic Recruitment initiatives. Invitations to Apply are issued at the discretion of the MPNP, therefore applicants may not choose to use this connection to Manitoba on their own.

Candidates are required to submit the Letter of Invitation they received from the MPNP following their interview during a recruitment mission or exploratory visit. The MPNP conducts overseas recruitment missions regularly, often in partnership with Manitoba employers, during which they search for prospective immigrants.

During set periods, the MPNP accepts requests to make an exploratory visit to Manitoba. This visit enables potential MPNP applicants to research communities and employment opportunities in order to decide whether they have the genuine intention and ability to settle in Manitoba as permanent residents. Exploratory visits must be approved by and arranged through the MPNP only by invitation. The MPNP provides instructions on what to do during the visit and what documents candidates are required to bring with them.

In order to be eligible for an exploratory visit candidates must:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 45;
  • Be able to demonstrate the employability and adaptability required of all MPNP applicants;
  • Have completed, at minimum, a one-year, post-secondary education or training program for which they received a diploma, degree or certificate;
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past five years;
  • Demonstrate their ability to find a job in Manitoba in the same occupation in which they have two years of experience;
  • Submit a Settlement Plan that demonstrates their genuine intention and ability to economically establish and settle in Manitoba as a permanent resident; and
  • Submit official results of an approved language test taken within the past two years showing they achieved scores equivalent to at least CLB 6 in each component as well as overall.

Points Assessment

In addition to the above requirement of demonstrating a connection to Manitoba, candidates must score at least 60 out of 100 points on the points assessment grid. Points are assessed based on five factors: language proficiency, age, work experience, education and adaptability.

Factor 1: Language Proficiency Points
First language (English or French)
CLB 8 or higher / native speaker 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12
CLB 3 or lower 0
Second language (English or French)
CLB 5 or higher 5
Factor 2: Age
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 (in the past five years)
Less than one year 0
One year 8
Two years 10
Three years 12
Four years or more 15
Factor 4: Education
Master's 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 certification 14
No post-secondary education 0
Factor 5: Adaptability
Close relative in Manitoba 20
Invitation to Apply received from MPNP as part of 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 year in Manitoba 10
Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba 10
Bonus: Intention to reside outside Winnipeg 5
Total 100

Past Draws

Skilled Worker Overseas draws that have taken place so far:

Expression of Interest Dates of Issue Letters Issued Points Required
First MPNP Draw May 20, 2015 75 607
Second MPNP Draw June 5, 2015 202 588
Third MPNP Draw June 25, 2015 152 581
Fourth MPNP Draw July 17, 2015 105 578
Fifth MPNP Draw August 13, 2015 292 570
Sixth MPNP Draw September 9, 2015 361 562
Seventh MPNP Draw September 25, 2015 242 560
Eighth MPNP Draw October 13, 2015 272 558
Ninth MPNP Draw November 3, 2015 356 556
Tenth MPNP Draw November 27, 2015 477 553
Eleventh MPNP Draw December 17, 2015 598 549
Twelfth MPNP Draw January 13, 2016 390 548
Thirteenth MPNP Draw February 10, 2016 449 547
Fourteenth MPNP Draw March 9, 2016 452 545
Fifteenth MPNP Draw April 6, 2016 472 543
Sixteenth MPNP Draw May 16, 2016 206 569
Seventeenth MPNP Draw June 8, 2016 411 550
Eighteenth MPNP Draw June 29, 2016 378 547
Nineteenth MPNP Draw July 29, 2016 454 545
Twentieth MPNP Draw August 24, 2016 538 543

Expression of Interest
By completing an Expression of Interest, eligible candidates are automatically ranked according to a score based on six criteria. The highest-scoring candidates in the pool will be invited on a regular basis to provide a full application to the MPNP. The criteria are as follows: language proficiency, age, work experience, education, adaptability, and risk assessment.

Factor 1: Language Proficiency Points
First language (English or French) Up to 125
CLB 8 or higher / native speaker 25 per band
CLB 7 22 per band
CLB 6 20 per band
CLB 5 17 per band
CLB 4 12 per band
CLB 3 or lower 0
Second language (English or French)
CLB 5 or higher 25 overall
Factor 2: Age Up to 75
18 20
19 30
20 40
21 to 45 75
46 40
47 30
48 20
49 10
50 or older 0
Factor 3: Work Experience (in the past five years) Up to 175
Less than one year 0
One year 40
Two years 50
Three years 60
Four years or more 75
Bonus: Fully recognized by provincial licensing body 100
Factor 4: Education Up to 125
Master's or Doctorate 125
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each 115
One post-secondary program of three years or more 110
One post-secondary program of two years or longer 100
One one year post-secondary program 70
Trade certification 70
No post-secondary education 0
Factor 5: Adaptability Up to 500
Close relative in Manitoba 200
Previous work experience in Manitoba (6 months or more) 100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (2 years or more) 100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (one year) 50
Close friend or distant relative in Manitoba 50
Ongoing employment in Manitoba for 6 months or more with long-term job offer from the same employer 500
Invitation to Apply under a Strategic Initiative 500
Immigration destination in Manitoba is outside Winnipeg 50
Factor 6: Risk Assessment Up to minus 100
Close relative in another province and no close relative in Manitoba Minus 100
Work experience in another Canadian province Minus 100
Studies in another province Minus 100
Previous immigration application to another province Minus 100

Candidates should take note that factor 6 (Risk Assessment) is applied negatively. Candidates may be deducted points for any one of the four reasons listed.


The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B) allows Manitoba to recruit qualified business people with the intent and ability to make a significant investment in a new or existing business and hold an active managerial role.

This stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system whereby prospective applicants submit their intention to apply to the program. The most qualified are invited to apply by receiving a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) from the MPNP-B. After receiving a LAA, candidates have 60 days to submit their application to the program.

Minimum Requirements

In order to be eligible for MPNP-B, applicants must:

  • Have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of $350,000 CAD;
  • Have a minimum three years of successful business ownership and management experience or executive-level experience as senior manager of a business within the past five years;
    • Business ownership experience: the applicant has been actively engaged in providing goods or services to customers and bears the risk of return for the capital investment in the business enterprise.
    • Senior management experience: the applicant has held a position in the highest level of management of a major business in which he or she has been responsible for strategic policy development and their level of income is comparable to the prevailing income level of senior managers of other major businesses in the same country.
  • Make an Eligible Business Investment in Manitoba;
  • Attend an interview with an MPNP-B officer;
  • Conduct an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba. Applicants will need to provide proof of research conducted during the visit in the form of a visit report and other documents;
  • Demonstrate sufficient language proficiency by providing results from a language competency test taken in the past two years at an approved testing agency;
  • Have the intention and ability to reside in Manitoba with all dependent family members; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix.

Adaptability Assessment Matrix
The Adaptability Assessment Matrix is used to evaluate applicants' potential to successfully settle in Manitoba and become economically established. Applicants must score 60 points or more in order to be nominated.

Age (Maximum 15 points)

Age Points
Under 21 0
21 to 24 5
25 to 29 10
30 to 44 15
45 to 49 5
50 to 54 5
Over 54 0

Business Knowledge (Maximum 15 points)

Business Knowledge Points
Business Owner and manager (more than 50% ownership) 15
Business Owner and manager (20% to 50% ownership) 12
Senior Manager 10
  • If the applicant owns multiple businesses, only the percentage of ownership of the main/principal business will be considered for the purpose of this criterion.
  • If the applicant's spouse owns shares in the same business, the combined ownership will be counted together for the purpose of this criterion.
  • If the applicant owns less than 20% share in a business, then he or she must be a senior manager to qualify for the MPNP-B.

Business Experience (Maximum 15 points)

Length of Experience Points
10 years or more 15
Above 6 to 10 years 10
Above 3 to 6 years 5
  • Length of experience is counted only for senior management or business ownership experience as defined by the MPNP-B. No points will be awarded for other experience.

Net Worth (Maximum 15 points)

Total Net Worth Points
Over $2.5 Million 15
Above $2 Million to $2.5 Million 14
Above $1.5 Million to $2 Million 13
Above $1 Million to $1.5 Million 12
Above $500,000 to $1 Million 10
$350,000 to $500,000 8

English and/or French Fluency (Maximum 20 points)

Description CLB or equivalent test scores Points
Higher language proficiency or you communicate very well and are fluent in English/French Above 6 20
Moderate language proficiency or you have some English/French skills and can communicate well in most everyday situations 4 to 6 15
No/little English/French language proficiency (e.g., you have no or minimal English/French language skills) Less than 4 0
  • To be scored for this criterion, an applicant must submit test results from an approved language-testing organization (IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF) as proof of language proficiency.
  • The test must be taken no more than two years before the date that the Expression of Interest (EOI) is submitted to the MPNP-B, and the official results must be submitted as a required document with the MPNP-B application.

Enhanced Settlement Factors (Maximum 20 points)

Settlement Factors Points
The applicant has visited Manitoba for at least five working days and conducted relevant business and lifestyle-related research 15
The applicant's spouse has a high language proficiency (CLB score of 5 or above) 10
The applicant has a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year 5
The applicant's child is enrolled in an accredited Manitoba educational institution at least six months prior to the date of submission of Nomination Application and is actively pursuing academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis. 5
The applicant or accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed a program of full-time study of at least one year at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. This must have been done after turning 17 years old and with a valid study permit.
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The applicant or accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed at least six months of continuous full time employment in Manitoba. The applicant must provide a letter of reference from his/her employer and a copy of his/her work permit.
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  • The Exploratory Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to submission of an EOI.
  • Applicants must provide documents supporting the enrolment of their children in an accredited Manitoba educational institution.
  • A close relative must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and residing in Manitoba for more than one year. A close relative is defined as a sister/brother, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, grandparent or first cousin. Proof of relationship must be provided. Proof that he or she is well-established in Manitoba is required as well (proof of employment, proof of residence, Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment, etc.).

Refundable Deposit
Once an applicant receives a nomination from the MPNP-B, he or she will be required to submit a good-faith deposit of CDN $100,000. When the applicant has met the terms and conditions of the Deposit Agreement, it will be refunded in whole, without interest. If an applicant should choose to withdraw his or her application prior to landing in Canada as a permanent resident, he or she will have the deposit refunded as well.


One particular initiative for immigration to Manitoba is the Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative. This rural town, situated 112 km southwest of Winnipeg, is actively looking for new immigrants in certain occupations. Immigration to Morden is conducted through the MPNP.

Minimum Requirements
In order to be eligible to apply for the Morden immigration initiative, candidates must:

  • Be between 21 and 45 years of age;
  • Have no other connection to other parts of Canada (i.e. through friends, relatives, or previous employment or education);
  • Have completed a post-secondary education or training program of at least one-year duration, for which they received a diploma, certificate, or degree;
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past five years;
  • Have passed a General IELTS test with a minimum score of five in each band;
  • Have the genuine intention and ability to economically establish themselves and settle in Morden; and
  • Have settlement funds as required by MPNP ($10,000 for the Principal Applicant and $2,000 for each dependent). This is in addition to any funds needed for exploratory visit expenses.

The Morden immigration initiative works with local employers to identify these targeted occupations and satisfy local labour market needs. Candidates must fall within one of the following targeted occupations:

  • Cabinetmakers;
  • Manufacturing (specifically at entry level);
  • Factory sewing machine operators, and
  • Heavy vehicle mechanics.

The initiative will favour candidates who have experience of living in a rural area, with the ability to adapt to culture and climate. Candidates who fulfil the criteria and have been selected as potential immigrants to Morden under the initiative will be required to make an exploratory visit to the area. The main purpose of the visit is to pass the MPNP interview, though making local contacts and seeking employment opportunities are also suggested.

Application process:
The following steps provide an overview of the application process:

  • Step 1: Determine your eligibility (requirements above).
    • Step 2: Submit an application. You must have the following items in order to apply:
    • Application form;
    • C.V. or resume for the principal applicant and spouse;
    • Copy of passport;
    • IELTS result; and
    • Proof of Settlement Funds (scan of bank statement and/or property estimation).
  • Step 3: If you are chosen, you will be given an invitation to come for an exploratory visit.
  • Step 4: During the exploratory visit, you will research Morden and prepare for your interview with an MPNP officer at the end of the visit.
  • Step 5: If after the interview with the MPNP officer, he/she deems you a good fit for MCDII and MPNP, you will be given an invitation to apply for MPNP.
  • Step 6: You can apply online for provincial nomination through the MPNP. This is usually done after you return home from your exploratory visit.
  • Step 7: If, after you are reviewed by MPNP, it is determined that you meet all minimum qualifications of MPNP, you will be given a Nomination Letter from the MPNP.
  • Step 8: Using this Nomination Letter, apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) as a provincial nominee.
  • Step 9: IRCC will do further review, including medicals and criminal record checks.
  • Step 10: Once you receive your Permanent Residence Visas, you can make arrangements for you and your family to move to Morden.