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  • Immigration Advisory Council Public Meetings

    Manitoba’s Immigration Advisory Council is launching a series of public meetings to inform its recommendations on improvements to Manitoba’s current immigration policies and programs.

    Meetings will be held over the summer including sessions in:

    • Winnipeg in room 230, Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, on June 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.;
    • Beausejour at the Beau-Head Seniors Association, 645 Park Ave., on June 23 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
    • Dauphin at the Watson Arts Centre (Fire Hall Room), 104 First Ave. NW, on June 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
    • Swan River at the Veterans Community Hall (Legion Meeting Hall), 110 Sixth Ave. NE, on June 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.;
    • Thompson at the Best Western Thompson, 205 Mystery Lake Rd. on June 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.;
    • Brandon at the Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Ave., on July 11 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.;
    • Neepawa at the Neepawa Public Library, 280 Davidson St., on July 11 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.;
    • Winkler at the Best Western Plus, 1705 Diamond Dr., on Aug. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to noon;
    • Altona at the Millennium Exhibition Centre, 227-10th Ave. NW, on Aug. 4 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.;
    • Steinbach at the Days Inn, 75 Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 12 N, on Aug. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.;
    • Winnipeg at the Winnipeg Grand Mosque, 2445 Waverley St., on Aug. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and
    • Winnipeg at the Maples Community Centre, 424 Adsum Dr., on Aug. 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    A bilingual session will also be held in east Winnipeg:

    • Winnipeg at the Canad Inns Transcona, 826 Regent Ave. W, on July 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (bilingual session).

    Please see here for the official news release.

  • Manitoba Immigration Advisory Council

    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.

  • MPNP Processing Time

    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.

    The processing of permanent residence applications is the responsibility of the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). While Manitoba is responsible for administering the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, the Manitoba government is not able to advise on the status of permanent residence applications, nor intervene in individual applications.

    Information regarding verification of federal application status is available on IRCC’s website at www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-status.html. General information regarding federal processing times can be found at www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html.

    Inquiries regarding federal applications are best addressed by IRCC via telephone (1-888-242-2100) or web form at www.cic.gc.ca/english/contacts/web-form.asp.

  • MPNP Information Sessions

    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 immigratemanitoba@gov.mb.ca.

  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Notices regarding COVID-19

    These notices pertain to the various stages in the MPNP application process: pre-application, application, and post-nomination.

    Pre-Application

    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 immigratemanitoba@gov.mb.ca.

    Application

    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:

    1. Start date
    2. End date or hour reduction commencement date
    3. Position
    4. Salary
    5. Is the position being held for you at this time? If so, re-hire date.
    6. 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:

    1. Position title
    2. Job duties
    3. Salary
    4. Expected Start date
    5. Employer’s phone and email

    Upload these documents to your MPNP application as soon as possible so that considerations may be made during assessment.

    Post-Nomination

    If your employment situation has changed as a result of COVID-19, please contact the MPNP by email as soon as possible at immigratemanitoba@gov.mb.ca. 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