Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program MPNP

May 2, 2015

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. Manitoba selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominates them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

Ongoing Manitoba employment means that a Manitoba company has offered you a long-term, full-time job after you have completed at least six months (continuous) full-time employment with that company as a temporary foreign worker or international student working graduate.

Qualifying Employment

Your employer must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the MPNP that they are an established business with an ability to offer you full-time and long-term employment in Manitoba. Any periods of self-employment, unauthorized work, or periods of employment during which you were engaged in full-time study will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience in Manitoba.


    • The offer of long-term employment must be from the same employer for whom you have been working full-time for the required time period.
    • You must have all qualifications for the position including training/education and any required licence or certification.
    • You must have job-ready English; specifically you must demonstrate the English or French proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job description.
    • Your connection to Manitoba through employment must be stronger than ties you may have to another province.
    • You must demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
  • Skilled workers applying on the basis of ongoing employment in Manitoba must still provide documented proof of settlement funds in their name. However, the MPNP will consider your current income, so you may not necessarily require the generally recommended C$10,000 in settlement funds.

Requirements for International Students from other provinces

If you have graduated from a post-secondary program in another Canadian province and want to apply to the MPNP for Skilled Workers under this category because you’ve been offered a job in Manitoba, note that to be eligible you must first have been working for that Manitoba employer for at least one year.

Skilled Workers Overseas

All applicants to the MPNP who are applying as Skilled Workers Overseas must demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba either through the support of family members or friends, through previous education or work experience in the province or through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Human Capital Pathway

For international skilled workers with skills, training and experience in one of Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations. Candidates must demonstrate the potential to find employment soon after they arrive in Manitoba. For this stream, applicants must demonstrate the ability and intent to become economically established and reside in Manitoba, and have one of the following connections to the Province:

Manitoba Support

A Manitoba Supporter is an established resident of the province who is a friend or relative of the applicant and is willing and able to review and endorse the applicant’s plan for settling and finding employment in their destination community. A Manitoba Supporter must be the applicant’s close relative or friend/distant relative, and must be:

  • able to provide documents proving they reside and are established in Manitoba and have been living in the province continuously for at least one year
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • able to demonstrate sufficiently close ties to the applicant and to Manitoba
  • 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

Manitoba Experience means that in the past you lived in the province as a temporary foreign worker or as an international student.

  • In the past, you worked full-time for a Manitoba employer at least six consecutive months.
  • Submit signed employer letter of reference on company letterhead AND copy of work permit proving you worked in Manitoba.

Past education in Manitoba:

  • As an international student you attended and completed an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language studies are not authorized.)
  • To prove you studied in Manitoba, you must submit your study permit(s), your academic transcripts and the certificate, diploma or degree you received for completing the program.

Manitoba Invitation

The MPNP for Skilled Workers regularly issues Invitations to Apply to qualified candidates who are identified as part of one of our Strategic Recruitment initiatives in Manitoba and overseas. To apply to the MPNP with the connection of Manitoba Invitation, you must upload in MPNP Online the Letter of Invitation you received directly from the MPNP after being interviewed by a program officer during a recruitment mission or exploratory visit.

Eligibility criteria to participate in visits and missions are subject to change but generally include that you:

  • are between the ages of 21 to 45
  • can satisfy the MPNP that you do not have a stronger connection to another province
  • can demonstrate the employability and adaptability required of all MPNP applicants
  • have completed at least a one-year, post-secondary education or training program for which you received a diploma, degree or certificate
  • have worked at least two years full-time in the past five years and can demonstrate your ability to find a job in Manitoba in that occupation
  • have the genuine intention and ability to economically establish and settle in the Canadian province of Manitoba as a permanent resident demonstrated, in part, with a Settlement Plan
  • Provide to the MPNP, at the time you apply to participate in the initiative, official results of an approved language test taken within the past two years showing you achieved scores equivalent to at least CLB 5 in each test category and overall.

International Education Stream

The International Education Stream (IES) is dedicated to international graduates from Manitoba colleges and universities. Under IES, candidates are no longer required to work for six months in their field before applying for an MPNP nomination. It has three pathways:

Career Employment Pathway

The IES Career Employment Pathway will expedite nomination for international graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM subjects, with internships contributing to innovation. International graduate candidates with job offers in an In-Demand Occupation aligned with their qualifications no longer have to work for six months before applying.

Graduate Internship Pathway

The Graduate Internship Pathway (GIP) targets masters and doctorate degree holders for expedited nomination through internships contributing to industry innovation in Manitoba.

Student Entrepreneur Pathway

The Student Entrepreneur Pathway is for international graduates from Manitoba institutions who want to start a business in the province. The applicant must meet the terms of a Business Performance Agreement before being nominated for permanent residence.

Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative (MCDII)
Have min 2 years of experience in a MCDII targeted occupation;
Have min CLB5 in French or English;
Have min a 1-year training program or post-secondary diploma, certificate or degree;
No connection to other parts of Canada (i.e. friends, relatives, employment or studies); and
Have enough settlement funds.