Ongoing Manitoba employment is a means for skilled workers to demonstrate they have the connection to Manitoba required of all applicants to the Skilled Worker in Manitoba pathway.
Ongoing Manitoba employment means that you possess a valid work permit and a Manitoba company has offered you a long-term, full-time job after you have completed at least six months (continuous) full-time employment with that company as a temporary foreign worker or international student working graduate.
If you are able to obtain a temporary work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you may be able to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program as a temporary foreign worker (TFW). Please visit the IRCC website for more information about work permit options.
Unlike the other connections to Manitoba in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, the Skilled Worker in Manitoba pathway is not subject to a points-based assessment.
Your employer must be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Manitoba.
Your employer must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the MPNP that they are an established business with an ability to offer you full-time and long-term employment in Manitoba.
Any periods of self-employment, unauthorized work, or periods of employment during which you were engaged in full-time study (ex: work experience gained on a co-op permit) will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience in Manitoba.
Self-employed individuals, business owners, owner-operators and individuals providing services as independent contractors to the business supporting their application are not eligible to apply under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba pathway, and any work experience in Manitoba gained in those capacities will not be considered when calculating the qualifying period of work in the province.
Note: The MPNP will only issue a work permit support letter to you if there is a demonstrated employee-employer relationship.
Requirements for international students from other provinces: If you graduated from a post-secondary program in another Canadian province and want to apply to the Skilled Worker in Manitoba pathway because you've been offered a job in Manitoba, to be eligible, you must first have been working for that Manitoba employer for at least one year.
International students who lost or want to change employment must inform the MPNP. Each case will be reviewed and given consideration. There are no set rules or guidelines as there may be a number of reasons that an international student may lose or need to change employment. It is best to contact the MPNP to discuss your situation to determine the best course of action.
Temporary foreign workers
Required documents: In MPNP Online, you must upload copies of your valid work permit and, from your Manitoba employer, written confirmation that you've been working full-time for at least six months continuous, as well as your job offer letter, specifying salary/wage and details of the position, signed and on company letterhead, along with all other documents described on the page Documents.
- The offer of long-term employment must be from the same employer for whom you have been working full-time for the required time period.
- You must have all qualifications for the position including training/education and any required licence or certification.
- You must have job-ready English; specifically you must demonstrate the English or French proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job description.
- Your connection to Manitoba through employment must be stronger than ties you may have to another province.
- You must demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
Note: People exempt from requiring a work permit to work in Manitoba (e.g., Ministers of Religion) are not eligible to apply to the MPNP under this category.
Employment that is part of a work-study program is ineligible.
Skilled workers applying on the basis of ongoing employment in Manitoba must still provide documented proof of settlement funds in their name. However, the MPNP will consider your current income, so you may not necessarily require the generally recommended C$10,000 in settlement funds.
International student working graduates
Only graduates of Manitoba post-secondary educational institutions are considered. You are eligible if your Manitoba employer offers you a long-term job following at least six months of continuous full-time employment on a valid post-graduation work permit.
In MPNP Online, you must upload copies of:
- Your valid post-graduation work permit
- Confirmation from your employer of minimum six months continuous full-time work
- Your job offer letter, specifying salary/wage and details of the position, on company letterhead and signed by your employer
- Education and all other required documents
- You attended an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language programs are specifically excluded.)
- Your academic/vocational program was full-time and at least one academic year in duration.
- You successfully completed your program and were awarded a diploma, degree or certificate.
- You have been continuously working at least six months for the same employer who has offered you a permanent (long-term) full-time job.
- You have a valid post-graduation work permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- Your connection to Manitoba through employment is stronger than ties you may have to another Canadian province.
- You demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
- You have all qualifications and the English or French language proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job.
Note: If you are an international student graduate who does not meet the conditions to apply as an International Student Working Graduate, you may be eligible to apply to the MPNP through the Skilled Worker Overseas pathway or a pathway under the Business Investor Stream.
Get your post-graduation work permit: Apply to IRCC within 180 days of completing your school program requirements. If you need help, see the international student advisor at your school.
Who cannot apply to the MPNP?
The following are not eligible to submit an application to the MPNP:
- Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process
- Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada
- Temporary foreign workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba
- Spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal
- Individuals who have an active immigration application with any other provincial immigration program or federal immigration program in Canada. Note: an Express Entry profile is not considered an immigration application.
If you or your spouse already have an active MPNP application, you are not eligible to submit an additional application to any other stream/pathway of the MPNP.