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.

MPNP to participate in Emigratiebeurs Emigration Expo

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will be participating in the upcoming Emigratiebeurs Emigration Expo and Career Fair in Houten (Utrecht), Netherlands from April 1 to 2, 2023.

The Expo is one of Europe's largest events for emigrants. Farmers, students, entrepreneurs, and job seekers with diverse experience will be in attendance. The MPNP will be promoting its Farm Investor Pathway, Business Investor Stream, and Skilled Worker Stream to attract potential immigrants from a wide variety of fields to Manitoba.

To learn more about the Emigratiebeurs Emigration Expo and Career Fair, please click here.

Interested employers may register on the Work in Manitoba job portal. Interested international job seekers can register here. Employers who require additional information may send an email to employerdirect@gov.mb.ca. Candidates interested in the MPNP Business Investor Stream, including its Farm Investor Pathway, may send an email to MPNP-BusinessStream@gov.mb.ca.

Destination Canada 2023

The IRCC office at the Canadian Embassy in France, in collaboration with the Information and Communications Technology Council and Tourism HR, is organizing online recruitment fairs to connect Canadian employers with qualified French-speaking and bilingual international candidates in the information and communications technology (ICT) and tourism-hospitality-culinary sectors.

Employers with job openings in Manitoba in these sectors are invited to apply to participate. Click here for a list of approved occupations for which employers may recruit candidates. For these recruitment events, the employer must participate directly and cannot be represented.

Thanks to a state-of-the-art tool that matches the needs expressed in the job postings with the experience and skills of the registered candidates, a list of qualified candidates will be proposed for each position. Employers will have access to their profile, their CV and a pre-recorded video presentation. A platform will be made available to organize interviews with the candidates they wish to meet. The interviews with the candidates will take place at the dates and times they wish, from February 20 to March 31, 2023.

Participating employers will also be invited to attend an online information forum to present their company to candidates. Destination Canada ITC will take place on March 14, 2023 and Destination Canada Tourism-Hospitality-Culinary will take place on March 20 and 21, 2023.

Participation is free of charge but the number of places is limited. Employers can register here from Monday, January 30 to Thursday, February 16, 2023. The MPNP will provide any necessary support to employers and interested candidates should they require it. If you are a Manitoba employer and have registered to participate in either edition, please advise us by sending an email to immigreraumanitoba@gov.mb.ca with the subject line "Destination Canada 2023 Employer Registration".

Manitoba government accepting applications for Newcomer Community Integration Support Program

Labour and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced today that the Manitoba government is accepting applications for the Newcomer Community Connections Stream (NCCS) of the Newcomer Community Integration Support (NCIS) program.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Newcomer Community Integration Support Program page on our website for program guidelines and information on how to submit an application.

To view the official news release, please click here.

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.

Destination Canada Mobility Forum 2022

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, along with the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM), Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), Acceuil Francophone and the Manitoba Francophone Immigration Network (RIF-MB), 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. To view the Government of Manitoba news release on this announcement, please click here.

Pinawa Community Partnership Initiative resumes

The Pinawa Community Partnership Initiative between the Local Government District of Pinawa and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has resumed.

This initiative is intended to expedite the application process for potential international entrepreneurs who would like to invest in a business in the Pinawa region. For more detailed information, please visit pinawa.com/p/pinawa-international-entrepreneurship-program.

IRCC temporarily lifts limit on off-campus work hours for international students

On October 7, 2022, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the temporary lifting of the 20-hour-per-week cap on the number of hours that eligible post-secondary students are allowed to work off-campus while class is in session.

From November 15, 2022 until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and who have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will not be restricted by the 20-hour-per-week rule. Foreign nationals who have already submitted a study permit application, as of today, will also be able to benefit from this temporary change, provided their application is approved.

More information about this update and current study permit conditions is available via Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)'s official news release.

Please note that Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) criteria pertaining to qualifying Manitoba employment has not changed. Persons interested in applying to the MPNP's Skilled Worker in Manitoba Pathway must possess a work permit from IRCC. Qualifying Manitoba employment includes work completed while in possession of a valid post-graduation work permit or other work permit. The MPNP does not consider periods of employment during which you were engaged in full-time study or did not hold a work permit when calculating the period of qualifying work experience in Manitoba.

For more information about eligibility to apply as a Skilled Worker in Manitoba and what is considered qualifying Manitoba employment, please see the Eligibility - Skilled Worker in Manitoba page.

Eligibility criteria to apply under the International Education Stream (IES) is not impacted by these changes in IRCC's study permit conditions. Information about eligibility to apply to the IES is available on the eligibility pages of each of IES pathway.