Have a question about immigrating to Manitoba?
First: Search the frequently asked questions on this page to find the answer you need about the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers (MPNP). If after reading this page you still need help, use the Contact MPNP e-mail form at the bottom of this page.
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All applicants to the MPNP must submit a Settlement Plan.
You complete your Settlement Plan as part of MPNP Online. (Mail applicants will find Settlement Plan Part 1 and Part in the print form MAPP.) The MPNP Settlement Plan instructs you to research your intended occupation using the Working in Manitoba, Canada Tool, and state your plan of action to become employed – and advance your career – as you enter the labour market and become economically established as a permanent resident of Manitoba.
As many in-demand occupations are regulated (such as skilled trades or engineering), the Settlement Plan calls on you to plan how you will become licensed or certified to work, and asks you to plan for employment in a related but unregulated occupation.
Settlement Plan is your opportunity to present why you are a good candidate for the MPNP and, as a skilled worker, can make an immediate contribution to the Manitoba community and economy.
Settlement Plan also empowers you to take action toward your personal success as a New Manitoban. After nomination, the MPNP helps you advance your Settlement Plan with the MPNP Pre-arrival Workbook – an online, interactive personal planning tool.
It’s all part of our continual improvements in client service as we work together to make Manitoba home to opportunity for all. Your success is our success.
(Settlement Plan Part 2 is a form used only by applicants whose Connection to Manitoba requires a resident relative or friend to review and endorse their plan.)
To be eligible to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers (MPNP) you must have job-ready English. All applicants – except those currently working in Manitoba in National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A or B – must submit results of an MPNP-approved language test to demonstrate their English proficiency.
Further, applicants whose occupation is lower skilled (NOC C or D) are subject to federal minimum requirements: you must have at least CLB 4 in all four test categories.
To determine your NOC, look up the title of your actual or intended occupation in Manitoba using the Working in Manitoba, Canada Tool.
Use the equivalency charts to see what test scores you need to achieve a particular CLB level.
For example, to achieve a CLB 4, and thus be awarded points for that level of language ability, you require the following test results – ILETS: Listening 4.5, Reading 3.5, Writing 4.0, Speaking 4.0; CELPIPP: 2H, 2H, 2H, 2H.
(An exception to the test requirement may be made for “native speakers” – a person who is fluent and has used English or French since earliest childhood as their language of communication in family, school, work and social life in a country where the official language is English or French.)
Note: When you apply for your permanent resident visa after nomination, the Canadian visa office will only use the test results that you provide when you apply to determine if you meet language requirements.
What is the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)?
The MPNP is the free immigration program under which the Province of Manitoba selects skilled workers from other countries who plan to work and live with their families in Manitoba as permanent residents and have the demonstrated ability to get a job in their occupation and establish in the local labour market, thereby making an immediate economic contribution to the province. Successful applicants are “nominated” by Manitoba, which enables you to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for Canadian permanent residence for you and your family.
The MPNP is Canada’s first nominee program, and the MPNP is the path by which the vast majority of economic immigrants come to Manitoba.
Can I apply to the MPNP to get my permanent resident visa so I can join my family, relatives and friends who live in another Canadian province?
Connection to Manitoba is a foundation of the MPNP. The MPNP selects educated and experienced skilled workers and entrepreneurs with job-ready English who demonstrate a genuine desire and plan to establish their careers, their families and their homes in the Canadian province of Manitoba as permanent residents.
In your MPNP application you must disclose whether you have family in another province, and whether you worked, studied or visited in a Canadian province other than Manitoba. You must also list all previous immigration applications (work, student, family, refugee, provincial nominee in another province, etc.).
If you meet all MPNP criteria but have a connection to a different province or city in Canada stronger than your connection to Manitoba, your application may be rejected.
How do I apply to the MPNP?
If you meet the eligibility criteria published on the MPNP website you may submit an application for our consideration using MPNP Online.
In your application you must provide personal, education, language and work-related information and documents as well as a Settlement Plan.
The MPNP will assess your application based on how well the documents you provide demonstrate that you meet basic eligibility and demonstrate your ability and intention to successfully settle in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
If the MPNP nominates you to receive a permanent resident visa you must submit a separate application to the Canadian visa office. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will review your file and complete health, security and criminal background checks.
How long does it take to get a permanent resident visa?
Processing times vary depending on the Canadian visa office to which you applied. However, successful MPNP applications typically receive their permanent resident status considerably quicker than people applying through federal immigration classes. You can find out visa processing times at CIC.
What is the MPNP’s mailing address?
While the MPNP has a mailing address, and still accepts applications by regular mail from people without Internet access, the program corresponds only digitially (MPNP Online, our secure web application system, and by e-mail.
You may reach the MPNP by mail at this address:
Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers
7th Floor – 213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 1N3
How can I meet the MPNP language requirements?
Finding the job you want and adjusting to life in Manitoba will be very challenging unless you have job-ready English. This means communication skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) that are sufficient for the occupation in which you will work in Manitoba, gained through having studied or worked in English, and demonstrated by submitting the official results of a recent MPNP-approved language test.
To find out how to improve your English skills visit the page Improve your English.
Important note: Applications are assessed according to your occupation (the type of job, career or employment you intend to pursue in Manitoba). All occupations are eligibile. While you may intend to pursue different employment in Manitoba, the MPNP considers your occupation to be one for which you have education, training and work experience. In Manitoba some occupations are regulated, and have language proficiency requirements set by the regulatory body.
Can I use the CLB test I look at WELARC or another LINC language assessment centre for my MPNP application?
No. LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) is a program to help permanent residents improve their language abilities. For your immigration application you must submit results of a test approved by the MPNP – IELTS, CELPIP or, for French, TEF. The MPNP equivalency charts show what test scores in reading, writing, listening and speaking are required to achieve a certain CLB score for the purposes of your application.
WELARC (Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre) and other such agencies in Manitoba and the rest of Canada use CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) placement or portfolio-based assessment tests for the purposes of language training at programs based in Canada.
How do I apply for a post-graduation work permit?
As they are graduating, international students may apply for a post-graduation work permit. These permits are issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. For more information visit CIC.
Where can I get help with my MPNP application?
In Winnipeg attend an information session on applying online to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers, most Tuesdays and Thursdays at the MPNP office: 7th Floor, 213 Notre Dame Ave. You must first register by phone, 204-945-2806.
If you need assistance with the online application tool there is a Contact Us link on the top right of every page that lets you e-mail us your request for technical assistance.
To apply to the MPNP do I need to meet the eligibility requirements of a federal immigration class?
No. The MPNP determines our own eligibility factors. However, after approval by the MPNP, to receive Canadian permanent resident status you will be subject to the federal government’s health, security, criminality and other admissability reviews, and you could be asked to supply additional information to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
The MPNP is designed so nominees meet or exceed CIC requirements. For example, the MPNP follows the same English and French language proficiency standards as CIC, and the Canadian visa office that issues permanent resident visa uses language test results that you provide when you apply.
To immigrate do I need a medical or health exam?
After being nominated by the MPNP you must then apply for a Canadian permanent resident visa (for yourself and your family members declared in your MPNP application and nominated with you as accompanying dependants). Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will require medical checks for you and your family. It is important to note that all family members must complete a medical exam even if they are not accompanying you to Manitoba. CIC will give you instructions as needed.
Who are eligible accompanying dependants?
Eligible accompanying dependants are your immediate family, including your spouse and your dependent children. This does not include parents, brothers and sisters, aunts or uncles – even if they currently live with you.
I have been nominated by the MPNP. Can I start working in Manitoba before getting my permanent resident visa?
If you have obtained a job offer from a Manitoba employer after you were nominated by MPNP, the MPNP may issue a supporting letter for a work permit application.
If you have obtained a job offer from a Manitoba employer after you were nominated by MPNP, the MPNP may issue a supporting letter for a work permit application. This will allow you to apply for a temporary work permit at the applicable Canadian visa office.
My MPNP application was not successful. What can I do?
The MPNP may formally review a decision on an application if:
- you submit a written request signed by you within 60 days of the date on the result letter, AND
- the request provides sufficient details to indicate that an error was made in the assessment of your application based on the reasons described in the MPNP result letter and the documents you included in your application at the time of the assessment
I have applied for refugee status in Canada. Can I also apply under the MPNP?
No. The MPNP cannot accept applications from refugee claimants in Canada.
Do I need to get my trade or professional qualifications recognized in Manitoba before applying to the MPNP?
As part of your MPNP application you will be asked to demonstrate – through the submission of a Settlement Plan, a document required by ALL applicants – that you are taking steps to become licensed or certified if your intended occupation is regulated in Manitoba. After you are nominated you can continue this and other career planning while you are still in your home country. But, generally, you must be IN Manitoba to complete the licensing process that recognizes your professional or trades qualifications.
I want to move to Manitoba as soon as possible. When should I make arrangements to move?
Applicants should NOT make irrevocable arrangements to move from their current country of residence (such as quitting their job, selling their house or business) until they are notified by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that a permanent resident visa is being issued to them.
I am working in Manitoba on a temporary work permit. Can I apply to the MPNP?
Yes, Manitoba encourages people who are currently employed in Manitoba and have been working for at least six months to apply to obtain permanent resident status through the MPNP. Indeed, applications from skilled workers currently employed in Manitoba receive priority processing.
Such applicants do NOT need to have a friend or relative who is an established resident of Manitoba endorse their Settlement Plan nor are they necessarily required to meet a minimum for settlement funds.
Does the MPNP discuss files with family or friends of the applicant?
The MPNP can ONLY discuss an application with the person who the applicant named, at the time of application submission, as his or her designated representative. This can be only one person at a time. For Manitoba Supporters: If the applicant wants to designate you, the principal applicant must submit a request in writing to the MPNP. The file number must be included in any correspondence with the MPNP.
Must I translate the documents I submit with my MPNP application?
All documents that are not in English or French must be translated into English or French by a CERTIFIED translator. When you submit your application submit both a copy of the original document and a copy of the certified translation of the document.
I want to get a job as a visiting worker in Manitoba, what do I do?
Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website Working temporarily in Canada to find out the eligibility requirements to work in Canada or in Manitoba. To apply for a work permit you first must have arranged a job offer from a Manitoba employer.
To find a job in Manitoba as a temporary foreign worker (TFW) find job opportunities and the names of Manitoba employers seeking staff using the Working in Manitoba, Canada Tool.
Why can’t live-in caregivers apply to the MPNP?
The Immigration Refugee and Protection Act gives authority to the Government of Canada to process applications from live-in caregivers through the federal Live-in Caregiver Program.
Further, the employment of live-in caregivers in Manitoba is subject to the provincial Worker Recruitment and Protection Act.
If an individual has training and work experience in an occupation other than live-in caregiver he or she could apply to the MPNP under that other occupation.
What are the processing times for MPNP applications?
The MPNP is based on a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada which requires the province to thoroughly and consistently pre-screen all applicants to ensure that each nominee has a clearly demonstrated potential to become a successful economic immigrant to Manitoba.
This is why the MPNP processes the strongest applicants first by selecting those with confirmed employment, job-ready English, training and work experience indicating potential for employability and/or strong family connections.
Manitoba cannot guarantee processing times for any application because each application is assessed on its own merits and each requires follow-up with applicants and supporters to ensure program integrity.
Applicants who use the online application tool receive faster processing than people applying via regular mail (post).
Has the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program ended?
The MPNP never ends. There is no deadline date to submit applications. Applications are assessed according to current program criteria; that is, the policies and procedures published on our website at the time your application is received.
What is the status of my application?
Processing times vary by the volume of applications received. Please do not contact our office to inquire about status of applications, we cannot provide this information.
I’ve applied for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, can I still apply to the MPNP?
Yes. However, if you receive a Letter of Approval from the MPNP, you will need to submit additional documents and an application to the Canadian embassy or high commission in your country. You may also have to include processing fees (even if you have already paid them in your initial application) and right of permanent resident fees (even if you have already paid them). You can not “transfer” your application. If you do not wish to pay twice you can either wait for the Federal Skilled Worker Program to accept you or cancel your application with Federal Skilled Worker Program and apply to the MPNP.
Yes, you must submit documents demonstrating your financial situation as specified in the MPNP application:
- scanned copies of bank statement(s) and certificate(s) of deposit(s) demonstrating a clear financial history of sufficient and transferable settlement funds in your name and/or the name of your spouse, if applicable, uploaded to MPNP Online
- In addition, you may also provide:
- copies of securities and other short-term investments
- documents proving ownership of real estate including a current market price evaluation, or other assets (not including personal items such as jewelry, furniture or vehicles) owned by applicant or spouse, with objective valuation of fair market value
- Note: When sending proof of settlement funds through means other than MPNP Online (ex: when applying to the MPNP by mail) copies of original documents MUST be notarized
Ask an MPNP Question
If after reviewing the questions and answers on this page you still need assistance with an issue about immigrating to Manitoba, Canada through the MPNP use the this web form to contact the MPNP.
- MPNP Online: Our online application has its own technical support e-mail: email@example.com