MPNP info session July 24 at PCCM

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program is holding a public information session about the MPNP at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24 at the Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba, 737 Keewatin Street, Winnipeg. Everyone interested in the MPNP is invited to attend the PCCM info session.

Note also that the MPNP holds weekly info sessions for applicants and their supporters Thursday afternoons at its office downtown.

Application management strategy to reduce MPNP processing times

The MPNP has introduced its application management strategy to target optimum application intake levels in order to meet its annual nomination allocation and maintain faster processing times for applicants.

For 2014, the MPNP has already received more than enough applications in one stream – Skilled Worker Overseas – to meet its nomination target.

Effective August 1, 2014 and until the end of the year, the MPNP will not accept new applications to Skilled Worker Overseas stream. People who wish to apply to this stream must submit their applications by July 31 or wait until 2015.

Note: Applicants whose connection is Manitoba Employment or Manitoba Invitation are not affected by the MPNP application management strategy. Such applications (from skilled workers employed in Manitoba and skilled workers invited to apply as part of a recruitment initiative) will continue to be accepted all year.

In December 2014, the MPNP will announce a new scheduled application intake period for the Skilled Worker Overseas stream for 2015 after CIC has announced new nomination allocations for the next year.

What the new MPNP Application Management Strategy means:

  • MPNP remains open and on track to meet 2014 nomination targets
  • Scheduled application intake limits affect only one stream
  • MPNP can commit to faster processing times in 2015
FAQ about MPNP application management strategy

MPNP achievements

  • MPNP nominations in 2013: 5,000
  • MPNP nominations in 2014 (January-June): 1,680
  • MPNP landings in Manitoba, 2012: 9,531
  • Immigrant landings in Manitoba, 2012: 13,312 (all categories)

Each skilled worker or business nominee arrives in Manitoba with his/her spouse and children, which accounts for the number of immigrant “landings.”

  • MPNP remains one of Canada’s most popular immigration programs, with over 10,000 applications received in 2013 alone.
  • MPNP application intake has grown by about 15 per cent in each of the past three years.
  • In 2013, the MPNP nominated applicants from 129 countries.

MPNP nominations by sector in 2013

Diagram of MPNP nominations by type of skilled worker, 2013

Manitoba immigrant outcomes

  • In 2013, immigrants in Manitoba had the third lowest unemployment rate and the second highest employment and labour market participation rates for all of Canada.
  • Eighty-five per cent of Manitoba nominees were working three months after arrival; 89 per cent had permanent jobs.
  • Seventy-six per cent of Manitoba nominees were homeowners within five years of arrival.
  • Immigrant retention: 87.3 per cent of immigrants choose to stay in Manitoba.

Who is NOT affected by application management strategy
The July 31, 2014 application deadline implemented as part of the MPNP application management strategy affects only skilled workers whose connection is Manitoba Support (family or friends in Manitoba) or Manitoba Experience (past education or employment in Manitoba). The deadline does NOT affect applicants who are currently working in Manitoba nor applicants who were invited to apply as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit. That is, the MPNP continues to accept – year-round – applications from skilled workers whose connection is Manitoba Invitation or Manitoba Employment.

How does application management strategy affect me?

Common questions about MPNP application management strategy

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program application management strategy, announced in July 2014 for implementation August 1, 2014, introduces annual deadlines for all MPNP applicants who are not currently working in Manitoba or part of a strategy initiative.

This page answers FAQ about the application management strategy and how it affects skilled workers with other connections to Manitoba, specifically people whose connection to Manitoba is through having family or friends in Manitoba or having past work or education in Manitoba; such applicants are referred to on this FAQ page as skilled workers overseas. Continue reading

Age for accompanying adult dependants reduced to under 19

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has changed rules for eligibile accompanying dependants

Effective August 1, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is implementing new eligibility rules for accompanying dependants.

In order to be considered eligible to accompany an MPNP applicant to Manitoba, a dependent child must be:

  1. under the age of 19 and not married or in a common-law relationship, or
  2. 19 years of age or older, dependent substantially on the financial support of the parent since before the age of 19 and unable to be financially self-supporting due to a physical or mental condition

CIC’s amendment of the definition of dependent child affects all federal and provincial immigration programs.

MPNP dependant definitions before Aug. 1, 2014 was:

Who are ‘eligible accompanying dependants’? These are members of your immediate family who will move with you to Manitoba to settle as permanent residents, and for the purposes of immigration are limited to:

  • your spouse – by legal marriage or common-law relationship of at least one year
  • children under age 18 of whom you have legal custody and who are your biological or adopted children, or those of your spouse
  • adult children who are:
    – under age 22 and not married or in a common-law relationship
    – over age 22 and not financially independent due to a physical or mental condition
    – over age 22 and pursuing full-time education or vocational training

CIC changing definition of eligibile accompanying dependant effective Aug. 1: To have your MPNP application considered under the pre-amendment definition of dependent child, it must be received by the MPNP no later than July 31.