Destination Canada Mobility Forum 2022

If you are a Manitoba employer who is interested in recruiting overseas, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) can represent your business and job opportunities at the upcoming Destination Canada Mobility Forum. This year, the MPNP is partnering with Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), and we encourage you to sign up for an upcoming orientation session to learn how we can help you find solutions to your labour needs, free of charge.

The MPNP, in partnership with EDW and other community partners, will be participating in the upcoming Government of Canada's Destination Canada Mobility Forum, a recruitment fair for bilingual skilled workers in Paris, France and Rabat, Morocco from November 16 to 23, 2022.

Every year, the Canadian government organizes this event to connect Canadian employers in predominantly Anglophone provinces with skilled bilingual candidates from a variety of industries.

To learn more about the Destination Canada Mobility Forum and how we can represent you, register for the orientation session now.

Should you have any questions about the sessions, please direct them to talent@yeswinnipeg.com.

MPNP Online scheduled for maintenance

MPNP Online will be undergoing scheduled maintenance. The system will not be available for submitting applications starting Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. CST to Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. CST.

If you had a deadline to submit documents before Wednesday, October 5, 2022, the deadline will be extended until Monday, October 10, 2022.

Manitoba Government Launches Engagement on Addressing Labour Shortage Through Immigration

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."

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MPNP Notice Regarding NOC 2021

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.

National Occupational Classification 2021 - Canada.ca

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.

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

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.