Destination Canada Mobility Forum 2023

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, along with the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM), Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), Acceuil Francophone and several Manitoba employers, 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 18 to 24, 2023, and in the virtual version from December 4 to 6.

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, please click here.

Destination Manitoba in Douala, Cameroon

The Manitoba government is excited to support the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM) in their stand-alone promotional mission to Douala, Cameroon, named Destination Manitoba. From November 28 to 30, 2023, CDEM will be promoting Manitoba as an immigration destination of choice to skilled French-speaking and bilingual candidates in new markets.

For more information on this initiative, click here.

Immigrating to Manitoba: Discover Manitoba's Immigration Process & Learn More about Francophone Manitoba!

As part of National Francophone Immigration Week, the Réseau en immigration francophone du Manitoba, in collaboration with the Province of Manitoba, is offering a webinar on November 8, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. to inform potential francophone immigrants about the process for immigrating to Manitoba as well as francophone life in this province.

Please click here for registration information. For the Manitoba government news release, please click here.

Manitoba government announces members of Advisory Council on Economic Immigration and Settlement

To provide leadership on economic immigration and settlement in Manitoba, the Manitoba government has selected members of the Advisory Council on Economic Immigration and Settlement (ACEIS) following a call for applications, as announced by Labour and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes on July 13, 2023.

While ACEIS was in the process of being formed, the Manitoba government had already begun working toward achieving recommendations of the Immigration Advisory Council (IAC) report four months after the report was finalized. To date, five items have been completed and another 39 are in the process of completion. Remaining recommendations will be actioned based on interdepartmental collaboration and engagement with community partners.

To view the official news release, please click here. To view the progress report released on July 10, 2023, please visit the IAC page of our website here.

New process for skilled worker requests

As of June 13, 2023, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has updated the process for skilled workers to

  • inform the MPNP of your intention to change your employment,
  • request a work permit support letter,
  • request a nomination certificate extension, and
  • inform the MPNP of changes to your Express Entry profile.

All requests must be submitted using the new Skilled Worker Webform. The MPNP is committed to processing all requests received via the webform within 10 business days. Incomplete requests may exceed this processing period.

Manitoba government provides funding for 24 newcomer support organizations

The Manitoba government is providing a total of $4 million to 24 newcomer service provider organizations whose projects were selected through the Newcomer Community Integration Support (NCIS) program - Newcomer Community Connections Stream, Labour and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced today.

“Attracting and retaining new immigrants has been identified as a key factor in Manitoba’s post-pandemic economic recovery,” said Reyes. “This funding supports our government’s vision of a skilled and talented Manitoba, a key component of which is to welcome newcomers and ensure they are able to participate fully in the community and contribute to a growing economy.”

The NCIS program provides financial support to projects that enhance the social and economic integration of newcomers. This program offers a total of $7.1 million in funding this year including $3 million for Manitoba Start and $120,000 for Recognition Counts. In February, the Manitoba government announced it was accepting applications for the Newcomer Community Connections Stream, which will receive $4 million in funding.

The $4 million in funding, which doubles last year’s investment, will be distributed amongst 24 successful projects. Of the approved projects, the Manitoba government is also making a three-year funding commitment to 12 projects, ensuring there are no interruptions to the delivery of programs that represent a baseline of services that are essential to the settlement and integration of newcomers to Manitoba.

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Post-graduation work permit extension for certain international graduates

On March 17, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that international graduates with a recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permit (PGWP) will qualify for an additional or extended work permit to stay longer and gain additional work experience for up to 18 months.

Foreign nationals whose PGWP has already expired in 2023 and those who were eligible for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure will also have the opportunity to apply for an additional 18-month work permit. Those with expired work permits will be able to restore their status, even if they are beyond the 90-day restoration period, and will receive an interim work authorization while awaiting processing of their new work permit application.

Please see the IRCC news release for more information.

Expression of Interest system notices

  1. All persons who are interested in applying to the Skilled Worker Stream must create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile.
  2. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) receives an allocation of nominations each year from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The MPNP invites a corresponding number of applications to be submitted to utilize the entire nomination allocation through the EOI draws. The MPNP can only approve as many applications as the nomination allocation in a given year.
  3. For 2022, the MPNP can approve 6,367 applications.
  4. The nomination allocation for 2023 has not yet been announced.
  5. The MPNP issues Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) based on priority by stream and the highest ranking points at the time of a given EOI draw.
  6. The number of profiles in Manitoba's EOI pool exceeds the annual nomination allocation. As a result, not everyone who creates an EOI profile will be selected to receive a LAA to the MPNP.
  7. Individuals can improve their score by completing or updating their language test results, completing additional work experience, or through completion of additional education.
  8. Individuals interested in immigrating to Manitoba may also be eligible to apply through a federal immigration program. More information on federal immigration programs can be found on the IRCC website.

MPNP notice regarding Expression of Interest draws using NOC 2021

In accordance with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will begin using the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) for all applications received on or after November 16, 2022.

The MPNP is currently only accepting Expression of Interest profiles using NOC 2021 (5 digits). Profiles can be submitted at any time.

The MPNP will conduct an Expression of Interest draw for profiles using NOC 2021 on November 17, 2022. To be considered in any draw occurring on November 17, 2022, you must have submitted an Expression of Interest profile by November 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

The MPNP will continue to accept new Expression of Interest profiles after November 16, 2022 and conduct regular draws based on the MPNP's need for applications to meet program objectives.

The MPNP plans to conduct an Expression of Interest draw for Skilled Worker Overseas candidates before December 31, 2022. This draw will consider all Expression of Interest profiles with a connection to Manitoba through a Manitoba Supporter or previous Manitoba experience. For more information, please see the Skilled Worker Overseas eligibility criteria here.

Please note that if your MPNP application was submitted before November 16, 2022, the MPNP nomination and subsequent permanent residence application will be assessed using NOC 2016. Your application and nomination cannot be switched to NOC 2021.