The continuing tide of economic immigration to Manitoba is being credited for the Canadian province reaching a modern-day record for population growth.
Canada's most-central province grew by 16,848 people in the past year, according to figures released by Statistics Canada.
That 1.33 per cent population increase is a modern-day record for annual growth.
As of October 1, 2014, there's 1,286,323 people who call Manitoba home, according to the Canadian government office.
The vast majority of immigrant families who move to Manitoba arrive through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for Skilled Workers.
This free initiative of the Government of Manitoba is an ongoing program; for 2015, the MPNP can "nominate" up to 5,500 skilled-worker immigrants (plus spouses and children) to receive Canadian permanent residence to settle in Manitoba.
Other highlights from the December 2014 Stats Can report include:
Manitoba's 1.3 per cent annual population increase was the third-highest in all of Canada, behind Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Manitoba's annual population growth rate has exceeded one per cent in each of the past six years.
For the past four years, Manitoba's annual population growth rate has far exceeded that of Canada overall.
Manitoba's population increase has exceeded 14,000 individuals in each of the past three years.
Manitoba's population growth during the past 10 years tops out at 111,661 people – breaking yet another record.
In the past four years, Manitoba has experienced its largest modern-day immigration inflow, welcoming 58,584 people.
About 75 per cent of Manitoba's immigrants who arrived in the 12 months sending in October 2014 were Provincial Nominees. The rest arrived through federal immigration programs administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada: family class (11%); refugees (9%); federal skilled workers and other economic class (4%).
As well as the steady influx of international immigrants, Manitobans gave birth to 16,317 babies in the 12 months ending in October 2014 – the highest number since 1994/95.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has been given an allocation of 5,000 total nominations for 2015 by the Government of Canada.
The MPNP will reopen the Skilled Worker Overseas pathway in early spring 2015. Please continue to visit our website for updated information announcing a new intake period for the Skilled Worker Overseas pathway in March 2015.
MPNP applicants whose connection is Manitoba Employment or Manitoba Invitation (from the skilled worker in Manitoba stream or from strategic recruitment initiatives) continue to be accepted at all times.
In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada launches a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence to Canada under the following federal economic immigration programs:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will resume intake of new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents starting January 2, 2015, as per its recent announcement. A maximum of 5,000 new applications will be accepted in 2015.
Parents and grandparents who wish to visit their family in Canada can also apply for the parent and grandparent super visa.
Precise instructions on how to complete the application, including a checklist, application forms, guidelines and information on how to prepare a PGP application, are currently available on CIC's website.
In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada launches its new electronic system, Express Entry, to manage applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs.
The Government of Canada, provinces/territories and Canadian employers will be able to select people from the Express Entry pool.
Before looking in Express Entry, employers must first make every effort to try and find a Canadian or permanent resident to fill vacant job opportunities.
Employers in Canada who cannot find a Canadian or permanent resident for a permanent job will be able to consider candidates from the pool who meet their needs.
Express Entry and the Government of Canada's Job Bank will let eligible employers in Canada and skilled foreign nationals connect with one another more easily, making integration faster once immigrants arrive in Canada.
The Province of Manitoba has been allocated a maximum of 500 potential immigrants to endorse from a new national pool of international skilled workers who have expressed interest in immigrating to Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada's "Express Entry" system, which intends to match the education and experience of people interested in immigrating with the qualifications needed by Canadian employers, takes affect in 2014.
Manitoba's Express Entry allocation is separate from and in addition to the allocation of 5,000 immigrants that Manitoba can nominate each year under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.