The Manitoba government invites Manitobans to provide feedback on how immigration could help address labour shortages to understand better their views on this important topic, Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced today.
“Our government recognizes the staffing challenges facing employers, so finding the best ways to tap into the skills and experience that many newcomers have to offer to address the current labour shortage has the potential to lead to a stronger workforce for all Manitobans,” said Reyes. “As we continue to develop a full continuum of immigration programs and services, we value the ideas, advice and experiences of others in shaping immigration policies that produce the greatest benefit for all concerned. I encourage all Manitobans to share their ideas via this public engagement survey to help inform this important aspect of public policy.”
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will be switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) for all applications received on or after November 16, 2022 in accordance with the change being made by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
In order to implement the necessary changes, the MPNP will conduct the final Expression of Interest Draw using NOC 2016 on September 15, 2022.
The MPNP will conduct the first Expression of Interest Draw using NOC 2021 after November 16, 2022. The MPNP will announce when the Expression of Interest profile can be created using NOC 2021 following the Expression of Interest Draw on September 15, 2022.
If your MPNP application was made with NOC 2016, your MPNP nomination and subsequent permanent residence application will be assessed using NOC 2016. Your application and nomination cannot be switched to NOC 2021.
Do not submit an Expression of Interest profile unless all eligibility criteria is met.
The MPNP assesses complete applications within 6 months. Applications that are not complete or with Expressions of Interest discrepancies may exceed this processing period. The MPNP will contact you if information is required.
These notices pertain to the various stages in the MPNP application process: pre-application, application, and post-nomination.
Do not submit a MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) if you do not currently meet all the eligibility criteria of the stream to which you are applying.
If you were laid-off due to COVID-19 and have since resumed working in Manitoba, you can count your months of work before and after your lay off towards your eligibility for the MPNP. For example, if you worked in Manitoba for five months on a temporary work permit, were laid off for two months and have resumed working again, you have to work for one more month to become eligible to submit an Expression of Interest to the MPNP.
If you are in Manitoba on a temporary work permit and you have lost your job permanently due to COVID-19, you may look for new employment. You can count the time you have worked for your original company and the new company towards your eligibility for the MPNP. For example, if you worked in Manitoba for five months on a temporary work permit, were terminated from that job permanently due to COVID-19, and you found a new job, you have to work for one month to become eligible to submit an Expression of Interest to the MPNP. Be prepared to submit employment documentation from both employers, including proof that your termination was due to COVID-19, when you submit your application to the MPNP.
If you would like guidance about the MPNP EOI, please contact our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MPNP will accept applications with missing documentation, given the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please upload an explanation letter to support why specific mandatory documents are not included in your application at the time of submission. Please note that the MPNP may not be able to complete the assessment of your application until you submit all documentation.
If you have been laid off or your hours have been reduced, please obtain detailed documentation (letter, paystubs, Record of Employment, etc.) from your employer to be included in your MPNP application so that future considerations can be made when processing your application.
If you have been laid off and re-hired, please obtain a letter from your employer explaining your employment situation.
All employment letters should be written on company letterhead and include the following information:
- Start date
- End date or hour reduction commencement date
- Is the position being held for you at this time? If so, re-hire date.
- Employer’s phone and email
If you have lost your job permanently due to COVID-19, you may look for new employment. Submit documentation from your original employer. Submit your new job offer letter.
Job offer letters should be written on company letterhead and include the following information:
- Position title
- Job duties
- Expected Start date
- Employer’s phone and email
Upload these documents to your MPNP application as soon as possible so that considerations may be made during assessment.
If your employment situation has changed as a result of COVID-19, please contact the MPNP by email as soon as possible at email@example.com. Include your MPNP file number in your email.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
For all federal immigration information regarding COVID-19, please see IRCC’s website at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19.html
For all other information please visit IRCC at Immigrate to Canada – Canada.ca
Created in February 2022, the Manitoba Immigration Advisory Council serves as an expert panel to recommend improvements to current immigration policies and programs.
The Council, to be co-chaired by the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, will review the entire continuum of immigration, from promotion to retention of newcomers. It will provide clear recommendations and concrete actions to the Manitoba government including strengthening the Canada-Manitoba Immigration Agreement by looking at options to include new annexes or memoranda of understanding.
For more information on the Council, please click here.
Please be advised that the MPNP Information Sessions, held every second Thursday afternoon, and the MPNP Business Seminars, held every second Tuesday morning, are cancelled until further notice. For answers to your MPNP-related questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.