Enhancements to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will improve processing times and fast-track nominations to provide job-ready, skilled workers, including international students, with opportunities to build a prosperous future in Manitoba, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.
"Immigration is a driver of economic growth, a way to address targeted labour market needs and a gateway for innovation in our economy," said the premier. "The renewal of Manitoba's Provincial Nominee Program will ensure our province continues to attract skilled workers and entrepreneurs with the potential to make the strongest contributions to our economy soon after their arrival in Canada."
The MPNP has made significant contributions to Manitoba's economy since its introduction in 1998, the premier said.
The premier noted the changes announced today are part of a new Labour Market Strategy for Immigration that focuses on:
- innovative partnerships with industry and post-secondary institutions that build pathways to employment for international students and skilled newcomers, including those in regulated occupations, to better prepare and match them to in-demand jobs in Manitoba;
- the selection of skilled workers with high potential for early and strong attachment to the labour market and who meet education, training and language requirements;
- the selection of entrepreneurs with a strong potential to establish high-investment, job-creating businesses in all regions of the province; and
- the elimination of the current MPNP backlog by April 2017 to ensure all future applicants receive a higher standard of service and are processed in less than six months.
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Click here for a document on frequently asked questions regarding Manitoba's new Labour Market Strategy for Immigration.
On December 13, 2016, a public information session was held by Manitoba Education and Training to provide an overview of proposed improvements to the MPNP and to answer questions from stakeholders. A copy of the presentation supporting that information session is available here.