Expression of Interest (EOI)

The Expression of Interest (EOI) ranking system applies to the pathways under the Skilled Worker Stream and International Education Stream. The pathways under the Business Investor Stream have a different, separate process for submitting an EOI.

Submitting an EOI is your first step to immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

An EOI is not an application, but an online profile. Anyone interested in applying to the MPNP must submit an EOI. Candidates complete a series of questions online and receive EOI ranking points based on the provided answers. Your profile is then entered into a pool of all eligible candidates. The MPNP invites the highest-scoring candidates in the pool to submit a full application to the MPNP on a regular basis.

You can find more information on the Expression of Interest FAQ page.

How do I submit an EOI?

Before starting, please familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria of the MPNP and stream/pathway you are applying to, as you may have to take a language test or fulfill other requirements prior to submitting an Expression of Interest.

To submit an EOI, create an account on the MPNP Online portal. Once you sign in, select Create an Expression of Interest from the options provided.

  • Please ensure you save a copy of your EOI Summary Report before submitting your EOI.
  • Your profile will be valid for one year from the day you submit it. You can only have one active EOI at a time. You may submit a new profile once your current EOI expires.
  • Successfully completing an EOI does not guarantee nomination or the ability to submit a full application to the MPNP.

You must make sure that the information you provide in your Expression of Interest stays accurate and complete at all times. If your situation changes, you are able to update the information in your EOI after submission by logging back into your account. If you provide false or misleading information, your EOI will be refused and you may be banned from submitting another EOI for two years.

There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an Expression of Interest and no deadline. The information you provide will help us determine if you are eligible to immigrate through the MPNP.

How does the pool work?

Once you successfully create an EOI, you will be entered into a pool of all eligible candidates. We will then rank you using several factors and if you are among the highest-scoring candidates, you may be invited to submit an application to the MPNP.

  • You will receive EOI Ranking Points based on the information you provided in your profile.
  • The MPNP will regularly draw the highest-scoring candidates and invite them to submit a full application to the MPNP.
  • If you are invited to submit an application, you can use the same login information you created for your Expression of Interest to complete your full application.
  • There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an Expression of Interest and no deadline.

Disclaimer: The MPNP reserves the right to limit the intake of or exclude from draws Expressions of Interest in specific occupations with a high volume of existing submissions and/or application inventories, evidence of a limited employment outlook, and other significant barriers to employment in Manitoba.

How does the EOI ranking system work?

The EOI ranking system allocates points based on six factors: language proficiency, age, work experience, education, adaptability, and risk.

To view a PDF summary, click here.

Factor 1: Language Proficiency

Points are based on individual Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) band scores for reading, writing, listening, and speaking, based on the equivalency of your IELTS, CELPIP, TEF and/or TCF test results.

Language skills in Canada's second official language: Your second official language for the purposes of the MPNP is considered the official language of Canada, English or French, in which you are less proficient. You should only indicate that you have language ability at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 or higher in Canada's second official language if you are in possession of a valid language test as proof.

For example, if you completed an English test for your first official language, in order to receive points for a second official language, you must provide proof of a valid French test that meets CLB 5 or higher. If you completed a French test for your first official language, in order to receive points for a second official language, you must provide a valid English test that meets CLB 5 or higher.

Language proficiencyRanking points
First Official Language
CLB 8 or higher25 per band
CLB 722 per band
CLB 620 per band
CLB 517 per band
CLB 412 per band
CLB 3 or lower 0
Second Official Language
CLB 5 or higher (overall)25
Maximum points125

Factor 2: Age

Points are based on your age at the time your Expression of Interest is submitted to the MPNP.

AgeRanking points
21 to 4575
50 or older0
Maximum points75

Factor 3: Work Experience

Points are based on years of full-time work experience. Full-time is defined as 30 hours or more each week for one employer. Count full years of work experience; do not round up your work experience (for example, if you worked 7 months, you would have to answer less than 1).

You can claim 100 additional points for being fully recognized by provincial licensing body if you are working in a profession or trade that requires licensing in Manitoba and you have completed all necessary steps to become licensed/certified to practice in Manitoba.

Years of work experienceRanking points
Less than one year0
One year40
Two years50
Three years60
Four years or more75
Fully recognized by provincial licensing body100
Maximum points175

Factor 4: Education

Points are based on the highest level of education you completed at a recognized educational institution for which you have received a certificate, diploma or degree.

Highest level of completed educationRanking points
Master's degree or doctorate125
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each115
One post-secondary program of three years or more110
One post-secondary program of two years100
One-year post-secondary program70
Trade certificate70
No formal post-secondary education0
Maximum points125

Factor 5: Adaptability

Adaptability points are based on the type of connection you have to Manitoba. All candidates must have at least one type of connection to our province. If you have more than one type of connection, you will receive Adaptability points on your highest scoring connection.

Note: Regional development points are awarded in combination with another Manitoba connection, except Manitoba Demand, when you have an existing social or economic connection to a community outside of the Manitoba Capital Region. All candidates indicating that they plan to settle outside of Winnipeg must, at the time of application, satisfactorily demonstrate that they have a convincing connection to a region outside of the capital city indicating a strong likelihood that they will make a long-term economic contribution to that region.

Adaptability factorRanking points
Connection to Manitoba
 Close relative in Manitoba200
 Previous authorized work experience in Manitoba (six months or more)100
 Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (two years or more)100
 Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (one year)50
 Close friend or distant relative in Manitoba50
Maximum subtotal200
Manitoba Demand
 Ongoing employment in Manitoba for six months or more with long-term job offer from the same employer500
 Invitation to Apply under a Strategic Initiative500
Maximum subtotal500
Regional development
 Immigration destination in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg50
Maximum subtotal50
Maximum points500

Factor 6: Risk Assessment

Risk factors are based on connections you have to other parts of Canada. You must answer yes to any questions related to connections or applications to other provinces in Canada if they apply to either you or your spouse.

Ranking points are not deducted if you or your spouse have a close relative living in another Canadian province or if you have a previous immigration application to another province, but you must still declare these connections truthfully in your EOI.

Risk factorRanking points
Close relative in another province and no close relative in Manitoba 0
Work experience in another province-100
Studies in another province-100
Previous immigration application to another province* 0
Maximum points-200
*Only select yes as your answer if your destination on your previous federal or provincial immigration application was a province other than Manitoba.

Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA)

On a regular basis, the highest-scoring candidates drawn from the EOI pool are selected receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), which is an invitation to submit a full application for immigration through the MPNP. The number of LAAs issued in each draw is dependent on annual processing targets and capacities.

If you have received a LAA, please see this page for more information on completing your full application.