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.

Note: MPNP applicants whose connection to the province is Manitoba Employment or Manitoba Invitation are NOT affected by the application management strategy; such applications are accepted year-round.

What is the new MPNP application management strategy?

To ensure faster processing times for applicants, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will only accept the numbers of applications needed to reach our annual nomination limits which are set by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). For 2014, the MPNP has already received more applications than required for the whole program, in just one stream – the MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas stream. Effective August 1, 2014, until the end of the year, the MPNP will not accept new applications to the MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas stream. People who wish to apply to this stream must submit their applications by August 1, 2014 or wait until 2015.

Is the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program ending?

No, the MPNP is not ending. The application management strategy is a temporary pause on application intake that affects only applications in one stream – Skilled Worker Overseas. Applications to the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream, and applications from skilled workers whom the MPNP invited to apply under a strategic initiative are not affected.

Why is it necessary to pause on application intake?

Each year, the MPNP receives more applications from skilled workers than is required to meet our annual nomination target. This creates application backlogs and increases application processing times. The MPNP has received double the number of applications needed to meet the 2010 nomination limit, with the largest, and fastest growing volume in the Skilled Worker Overseas stream; however, since 2010, CIC has allocated Manitoba a limit of 5,000 total nominations for all skilled worker and business streams of the MPNP. To manage the excess inventory and decrease processing times for all applicants to the program, it is necessary to temporarily pause application intake in the Skilled Worker Oversea stream.

What are the benefits of the application management strategy?

The MPNP introduced this strategy to target optimum application intake levels in order to meet our annual nomination allocation and maintain faster processing times for applicants currently in the queue for assessment and applying in the future. At the same time, Manitoba is preparing to expand the program to bring more immigrants to the province every year, with an additional 500 nominations per year becoming available through the introduction by CIC of the express entry system in 2015.

Is managing application intake an approach unique to Manitoba?

No. Many other provinces regularly and annually restrict application inventory in specific streams when intake volumes exceed processing capacities and/or program needs relative to annual nomination targets.

When will the MPNP accept applications from the Skilled Worker Overseas stream again?

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.

How do I check the status of my ongoing application under the MPNP?

To find out the status of your application, simply log in to MPNP Online and click Status Check to see where your file stands in the assessment process.