Manitoba's Skilled Worker Immigration Stream stands as a beacon for aspiring immigrants seeking to establish themselves in this vibrant Canadian province. This stream operates through a meticulous 'Expression of Interest' system, designed to identify and welcome individuals with the most promising skill sets and qualifications.

Expression of Interest System

Under this sophisticated system, eligible candidates embark on a journey by engaging in a series of online inquiries. Through this process, they furnish pertinent information and responses, which are then meticulously evaluated to ascertain their suitability. Subsequently, candidates are assigned scores reflective of their qualifications and attributes.

Invitation to Apply

The zenith of this process culminates with the selection of the highest-scoring individuals, who are extended invitations to formally submit their applications to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). A noteworthy facet of this system is the absence of constraints regarding the number of candidates who may express their interest, as well as the absence of any rigid deadlines.

Pathways to Manitoba as a Skilled Worker

The Skilled Worker Immigration Stream delineates two distinct pathways through which individuals can make Manitoba their new home, both orchestrated within the framework of the MPNP Expression of Interest System:

    1. Skilled Worker in Manitoba Category

This category is poised to undergo a significant evolution with the imminent introduction of two novel pathways: 

  1. Manitoba Work Experience Pathway and 
  2. Manitoba Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway
These pathways are designed to streamline the immigration process for individuals possessing either prior work experience in Manitoba or those who have secured job offers from Manitoba-based employers.


    2. Skilled Worker Overseas Category

This category, equally dynamic, also welcomes prospective immigrants through two innovative pathways: 

  1. Manitoba Express Entry Pathway and 
  2. Human Capital Pathway. 
The former extends a tailored invitation to eligible candidates within the Express Entry pool, while the latter aligns with Manitoba's strategic focus on occupations deemed critical to its economic prosperity.


Manitoba In-Demand Occupations List

Of paramount importance is the Manitoba In-Demand Occupations List, a compendium of professions vital to the province's economic landscape. It is imperative to underscore that the eligibility criteria for both categories remain unchanged at present, with updates anticipated upon the unveiling of renewed criteria.


In essence, Manitoba's Skilled Worker Immigration Stream stands as a testament to the province's commitment to fostering diversity, innovation, and economic growth through strategic immigration policies. As the landscape of immigration continues to evolve, Manitoba remains steadfast in its resolve to attract and embrace individuals poised to contribute meaningfully to its vibrant tapestry of culture and commerce.

1. Skilled Worker in Manitoba Category: An In-Depth Analysis


The Skilled Worker in Manitoba category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is tailored for individuals who are currently employed in Manitoba as qualified temporary foreign workers or international student graduates. These individuals have the opportunity to transition to permanent residency in Manitoba provided they meet stringent eligibility criteria.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

To qualify under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Educational Background:
    • For global/ international student/ scholar graduates, conclusion of an approved education or training course at a registered private or public vocational post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Excludes language programs)
    • The program must have been full-time and span at least one academic year, resulting in the attainment of a diploma, degree, or certificate.
  • Employment Criteria:
    • A permanent, full-time job offer from their current Manitoba employer.
    • Continuous employment with the Manitoba employer for a minimum of six months.
  • Exclusions: Periods of self-employment, unauthorized work, or full-time study-related employment (e.g., co-op permits) are not considered as qualifying work experience in Manitoba.
  • Legal Status:
    • Possession of a valid Work Permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • Qualifications for the Position:
    • Possession of all necessary qualifications for the job, including education/training and any mandated licenses or certifications.
    • Language Proficiency:
    • Proficiency in English or French commensurate with the job requirements.
  • Connection to Manitoba:
    • A stronger association to Manitoba throughout service/ employment compared to ties to other provinces.
  • Settlement Plan:
    • Demonstration of intention and capability to live, work, and establish a family in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
  • Settlement Funds:
    • Availability of adequate agreement funds/ resources, typically $10,000 CAD for the main candidate and $2,000 CAD for each dependent incorporated in the application.

Additional Note

  • Candidates who have graduated from post-secondary programs outside Manitoba and wish to apply under this category must have worked for their Manitoba employer for at least one year before becoming eligible.

Minimum Requirements for Employers: Ensuring Compliance and Legitimacy


Employers extending job offers under Manitoba's Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) must adhere to stringent criteria to ensure the legitimacy of their offerings.

Key Requirements for Employers

Employers must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Incorporation Status:
    • Registration under the legislative acts of a province or the Parliament of Canada is mandatory.
  • Operational Presence:
    • Establishing a tangible presence in Manitoba, whether through production capability, infrastructure, or physical business premises, is imperative.
  • Business Viability:
    • Satisfactorily demonstrating to the MPNP that the business is established and possesses the capacity to provide full-time, long-term employment to the candidate in Manitoba is essential.
  • Offer of Employment:
    • Providing a comprehensive offer of employment letter to the candidate, inclusive of:
      • Authentication through signature.
      • Issuance on official company letterhead.
      • Specification of salary or wage along with pertinent details of the position.

The Process: Navigating Manitoba's Expression of Interest (EOI) System

Step One: Expression of Interest (EOI) Submission

  • Prospective candidates initiate the process by expressing their interest in immigrating to Manitoba.
  • This involves answering a structured questionnaire and creating an online profile.
  • Profiles of eligible candidates are meticulously evaluated, assigned scores, and entered into the Manitoba EOI pool alongside other qualified individuals.
  • Ranking of candidates is determined using the MPNP Ranking Points system, allocating scores out of a maximum of 1,000.

Step Two: Invitation to Apply (ITA)

  • Candidates with the highest scores may receive invitations to apply to the MPNP.
  • Upon selection, candidates receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) from the province.
  • A strict timeline of 60 days is provided for the submission of a thorough and precise application to Manitoba.

Step Three: Nomination and Permanent Residence Application

  • After securing a nomination from the province of Manitoba, candidates proceed to submit their complete documentation to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • This marks the initiation of the process for attaining Canadian permanent residence status.

When Not to Apply: Disqualifying Factors for the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Category


Prospective applicants should be cognizant of certain circumstances that render them ineligible to apply under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Understanding these exclusionary criteria is crucial to avoid wasted efforts and potential disqualification.

Ineligible Candidates

Candidates will not be considered under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category if they fall under any of the following categories:

  • Self-Employed Individuals and Business Owners:

    • Including owner-operators and independent contractors providing services to the business supporting their application.

  • Exempt Individuals:

    • Those exempt from requiring a work permit for employment in Manitoba, such as Ministers of Religion.

  • Work-Study Program Applicants:

    • Individuals applying based on employment offers stemming from work-study programs.

  • Refugee Claimants and Individuals in Legal Proceedings:

    • Including individuals involved in federal appeals or removal processes, as well as refugee claimants.

  • Live-in Caregivers:

    • Specifically, live-in caregivers currently residing in Canada.

  • Temporary Foreign Workers in Other Provinces:

    • Candidates currently employed and residing in provinces other than Manitoba as temporary foreign workers.

  • Canadian Citizen’s or Permanent Resident’s Spouses:

    • Excluding spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents from this particular category.

  • Previous MPNP Refusal:

    • Individuals who have been rejected by the MPNP within the last six months and are unable to address the reasons for their refusal.

  • Active Immigration Applications with Other Provincial Programs:

    • Candidates with ongoing immigration applications under any other provincial immigration program in Canada.


Understanding the circumstances under which one's application may be disqualified is pivotal for prospective applicants aiming to navigate the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category of the MPNP successfully. Adhering to the outlined eligibility criteria ensures a streamlined application process and maximizes the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

2. Skilled Worker Overseas Category: A Pathway for Global Talent with a Manitoba Connection


The Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas category serves as a gateway for skilled individuals residing outside Canada yet boasting a compelling connection to the province. This avenue employs a meticulous points-based system to evaluate candidates, encompassing key facets such as age, linguistic proficiency, professional experience, educational attainment, and adaptability.

Minimum Requirements for Eligibility

To be eligible under this group/ category, candidates must fulfill the subsequent prerequisites:

  • Attain a Minimum Points Score: Candidates must secure a minimum score of 60 out of 100 points on the comprehensive points assessment grid.

  • Establish a Connection to Manitoba: Demonstrating a tangible link to Manitoba can be achieved through various means:

    • Support from friends or family residing in the province.
    • Past employment or educational experiences within Manitoba.
    • Reception of an Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP.

Manitoba Support: Requirements and Criteria

  • Eligibility Criteria for Manitoba Supporters

           Individuals seeking to serve as Manitoba Supporters must fulfill the following criteria:

    • Residency Proof: Providing documentation validating continuous residency in Manitoba for a minimum period of one year.
    • Citizenship Status: Holding Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status.
    • Close Ties to the Applicant and Province: Establishing substantial familial or personal ties with the applicant and Manitoba. For close relatives, both the applicant and the supporter must furnish evidence of their familial relationship.
  • Relationship Types: Acceptable relationships include siblings, nieces/nephews, aunts/uncles, first cousins, parents, grandparents, or grandchildren.
  • Track Record of Success: Demonstrating a history of previous support resulting in successful, permanent economic integration in Manitoba.
  • Support for Settlement Plan: Ability to endorse and facilitate the applicant's Settlement Plan, fostering successful integration into Manitoba's societal fabric.


  • Canadian elected officials and their staff along with Paid immigration representatives and are ineligible to serve as Manitoba Supporters.
  • Children residing in Manitoba are not permitted to sponsor their parents; alternative avenues such as Parent and Grandparents Sponsorship are recommended.


Navigating the Skilled Worker Overseas category necessitates a nuanced understanding of the eligibility criteria, particularly regarding establishing a substantive connection to Manitoba. With meticulous planning and adherence to the outlined requirements, candidates can optimize their prospects of successful immigration and integration into Manitoba's vibrant community.

Manitoba Experience: Leveraging Past Connections for Immigration


Applicants seeking to bolster their immigration prospects through Manitoba Experience must have previously resided in the province, either as temporary foreign workers or international students. Leveraging this past connection can significantly enhance eligibility under certain immigration categories.

Eligibility Criteria for Candidates with Previous Work Experience in Manitoba

To qualify under this criterion, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Duration of Employment: Engaged in full-time employment with a Manitoba employer for a minimum period of six consecutive months.

  • Submission of Employer Letter: Furnish a meticulously crafted employer letter of reference, endorsed with a signature and presented on official company letterhead.

  • Documentation of Work Permit: Provide a copy of the work permit as evidence of employment within the province.

Desirability/ Eligibility Criteria for applicants with prior Educational Experience in Manitoba

For candidates leveraging previous educational experiences in Manitoba, the eligibility criteria entail:

  • Program Completion: Conclude the education or training program at a recognized authentic public or registered private vocational post-secondary institution in Manitoba.
  • Submission of Academic Documentation: Submission of pertinent academic documents, including study permits, academic transcripts, and certificates, diplomas, or degrees conferred upon program completion.


The Manitoba Experience pathway offers a viable route for individuals with past connections to the province to pursue immigration opportunities. By meeting the specified eligibility criteria and furnishing requisite documentation, candidates can effectively leverage their previous experiences in Manitoba to facilitate their journey toward permanent residency.

Manitoba Invitation: Facilitating Permanent Residency through Strategic Recruitment


The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) extends invitations for permanent residency to qualified candidates through its Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. These invitations serve as pivotal milestones in the immigration journey, granted at the discretion of the MPNP based on strategic recruitment efforts.

Issuance of Invitations

  • Discretionary Nature:

Invitations to Apply are exclusively issued by the MPNP, emphasizing the program's autonomy in selection processes.

  • Letter of Invitation Requirement:

Candidates must furnish the Letter of Invitation received from the MPNP subsequent to their interview during a recruitment mission or exploratory visit.

  • Recruitment Missions:

The MPNP orchestrates regular overseas recruitment missions, often in collaboration with Manitoba employers, to identify potential immigrants.

Exploratory Visits: A Pathway to Informed Decision-Making

  • Purpose:

During specified periods, candidates can request exploratory visits to Manitoba, enabling firsthand exploration of communities and employment prospects.

  • Approval Process:

Exploratory visits are exclusively arranged through invitation and approval by the MPNP, ensuring adherence to program protocols.

  • Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates seeking exploratory visits must meet stringent eligibility criteria, including:

    • Age requirement: The criteria for age should be between 21 and 45 years.
    • Educational attainment: Completion of a minimum one-year post-secondary program resulting in a diploma, degree, or certificate.
    • Work experience: Minimum two years of full-time work experience in the past five years, relevant to the intended occupation in Manitoba.
    • Employability: Demonstrating the capability to secure employment in Manitoba, including plans to obtain requisite licenses or certifications for regulated occupations.
    • Settlement Plan: Submission of a comprehensive Settlement Plan illustrating genuine intent and capability to economically establish and integrate into Manitoba as a permanent resident.
    • Language aptitude: Official results should be provided of an approved language test taken within the past two years, with scores equivalent to at least CLB 6 in each component and overall.


Navigating the pathway to permanent residency in Manitoba involves responding to invitations extended by the MPNP with meticulous preparation and adherence to eligibility criteria. By seizing opportunities for exploratory visits and engaging in strategic recruitment initiatives, candidates can embark on a journey toward realizing their aspirations of settling in Manitoba as valued permanent residents.

Points Assessment: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Eligibility


In addition to demonstrating a connection to Manitoba, candidates must undergo a rigorous points assessment to ascertain eligibility for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). This assessment evaluates candidates across five crucial factors, each contributing to their overall points score.

Factor 1: Language Proficiency

Points Allocation for First Language (English or French)

  • CLB 8/ higher / Native Speaker: Allocation: 20 points
  • CLB 7: Allocation: 18 points
  • CLB 6: Allocation: 16 points
  • CLB 5: Allocation: 14 points
  • CLB 4: Allocation: 12 points
  • CLB 3 or Lower: Allocation: 0 points

Points Allocation for Second Language (English or French)

  • CLB 5 or Higher: Allocation: 5 points

Factor 2: Age

Age-Based Points Allocation

  • Age 18: Points Allocation: 4 points
  • Age 19: Points Allocation: 6 points
  • Age 20: Points Allocation: 8 points
  • Ages 21 to 45: Points Allocation: 10 points
  • Age 46: Points Allocation: 8 points
  • Age 47: Points Allocation: 6 points
  • Age 48: Points Allocation: 4 points
  • Age 49: Points Allocation: 2 points
  • Age 50 or Older: Points Allocation: 0 points

Factor 3: Work Experience (within the past five years)

Points Allocation Based on Work Experience

  • Less than one year: Points Allocation: 0
  • One year: Points Allocation: 8
  • Two years: Points Allocation: 10
  • Three years: Points Allocation: 12
  • Four years or more: Points Allocation: 15

Factor 4: Education

Points Allocation Based on Educational Attainment

  • Master's or Doctorate: Points Allocation: 25
  • Two post-secondary programs of minimum two years each: Points Allocation: 23
  • Two years or longer One post-secondary program: Points Allocation: 20
  • One one-year post-secondary program: Points Allocation: 14
  • Trade certification: Points Allocation: 14
  • No post-secondary education: Points Allocation: 0

Factor 5: Adaptability

Points Allocation for Adaptability Criteria

  • Close Relative in Manitoba: Points Allocation: 20
  • Invitation to Apply Received from MPNP as Part of Recruitment Mission or Exploratory Visit: Points Allocation: 20
  • Previous Work Experience in Manitoba (at least six months): Points Allocation: 12
  • Post-Secondary Program Completed of Two Years or More in Manitoba: Points Allocation: 12
  • Completed Post-Secondary Program of at Least One Year in Manitoba: Points Allocation: 10
  • Friend or Distant Relative Living in Manitoba: Points Allocation: 10


  • Intention to Reside Outside Winnipeg: Points Allocation: 5


  • Total Points: 100

Language Proficiency Requirement for NOC C or D Job Offers

Candidates with a job offer classified under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) categories C or D must exhibit proficiency in either English or French at a minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 or niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4 to qualify for application.

Mandatory Connection to Manitoba for All Applicants

A connection to Manitoba serves as an indispensable requirement for all applicants, irrespective of their points score in other evaluation factors. Points can only be awarded for one type of connection.

Expression of Interest (EOI) System: Facilitating Candidate Ranking and Invitation

The Expression of Interest (EOI) system serves as a pivotal mechanism for eligible candidates, automating their ranking based on a comprehensive evaluation encompassing six distinct criteria. Subsequently, the highest-scoring candidates within the pool are routinely extended invitations to submit a comprehensive application to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Criteria for Evaluation

The EOI system evaluates candidates across the following six criteria:

  • Language Proficiency: Assessing proficiency levels in English or French.
  • Age: Considering the candidate's age at the time of application.
  • Work Experience: Evaluating the candidate's professional background and relevant work experience.
  • Education: Examining the candidate's educational qualifications and attainment.
  • Adaptability: Gauging the candidate's potential to adapt and integrate into Manitoba's socio-economic landscape.
  • Risk Assessment: Assessing potential risks associated with the candidate's application and eligibility.

Through a meticulous evaluation process, the EOI system endeavors to identify candidates with the highest potential to contribute positively to Manitoba's economy and society, thereby facilitating their journey towards permanent residency through the MPNP.

Factor 1: Language Proficiency

Points Allocation for First Language (English or French)

  • CLB 8 or Higher / Native Speaker: Points: Up to 125 (25 per band)
  • CLB 7: Points: Up to 110 (22 per band)
  • CLB 6: Points: Up to 100 (20 per band)
  • CLB 5: Points: Up to 85 (17 per band)
  • CLB 4: Points: Up to 60 (12 per band)
  • CLB 3 or Lower: Points: 0

Points Allocation for Second Language (English or French)

  • CLB 5 or Higher: Points: 25 overall

Factor 2: Age

Points Allocation for Age

  • Age 18: Points: Up to 75
  • Age 19: Points: Up to 30
  • Age 20: Points: Up to 40
  • Ages 21 to 45: Points: Up to 75
  • Age 46: Points: Up to 40
  • Age 47: Points: Up to 30
  • Age 48: Points: Up to 20
  • Age 49: Points: Up to 10
  • Age 50 or Older: Points: 0

Factor 3: job Experience (in the past five years)

Points Allocation for Work Experience

  • Total Points: Up to 175
  • Less than One Year: Points: 0
  • One Year: Points: 40
  • Two Years: Points: 50
  • Three Years: Points: 60
  • Four Years or More: Points: 75


  • Fully Recognized by Provincial Licensing Body: Points: 100

Factor 4: Education

Points Allocation for Education

  • Total Points: Up to 125
  • Master's or Doctorate: Points: 125
  • Two Post-Secondary Programs of at Least Two Years Each: Points: 115
  • One Post-Secondary Program of Three Years or More: Points: 110
  • One Post-Secondary Program of Two Years or Longer: Points: 100
  • One One-Year Post-Secondary Program: Points: 70
  • Trade Certification: Points: 70
  • No Post-Secondary Education: Points: 0

Factor 5: Adaptability

Points Allocation for Adaptability

  • Total Points: Up to 500
  • Close Relative in Manitoba: Points: 200
  • Previous Work Experience in Manitoba (6 months or More): Points: 100
  • Completed Post-Secondary Program in Manitoba (2 years or More): Points: 100
  • Post-Secondary Program Completed in Manitoba (One Year): Points: 50
  • Close Friend or Distant Relative in Manitoba: Points: 50
  • Continuous employment in Manitoba lasting six months or longer, with the prospect of a long-term job offer from the current employer: Points: 500
  • Join us in applying for participation in a strategic initiative: Points: 500
  • Manitoba's immigration focus lies beyond the city limits of Winnipeg: Points: 50

Factor 6: Risk Assessment

Points Allocation for Risk Assessment

  • Total Points: Up to -200
  • No immediate family members residing in Manitoba, with the closest relatives located in another province: Points: 0
  • Work Experience in Another Canadian Province: Points: Minus 100
  • Studies in Another Province: Points: Minus 100
  • Previous Immigration Application to Another Province: Points: 0

Attention to Risk Assessment (Factor 6)

Candidates should be mindful that factor 6, pertaining to Risk Assessment, operates with a negative impact. Points may be deducted from the candidate's overall score for any one of the following reasons:

  • A family member resides in another province, while there are no close relatives in Manitoba

Implication: No deduction

  • Work Experience in Another Canadian Province

Implication: Negative deduction of points (Minus 100)

  • Studies in Another Province

Implication: Negative deduction of points (Minus 100)

  • Previous Immigration Application to Another Province

Implication: No deduction

Disclaimer: Encouragement of Independent Research

Students are encouraged to undertake comprehensive research independently regarding the Manitoba Skilled Worker Immigration Stream. It is imperative for individuals to engage in thorough exploration and analysis, delving into the intricacies and requirements of the program.