Application Assessment – Skilled Workers

This section describes what happens to your application from the time the MPNP receives it to the time we reach a final decision.

Pre-Assessment

MPNP staff will verify that you filled in your information correctly and included all documents. We will send you acknowledgement of receipt of a complete application or, if your application is not complete we will send you a missing document request or send it back to you as ineligible for assessment.


Stay in Touch

You must inform us of changes in family status, contact information, etc. by logging in to MPNP Online. To withdraw your application, send the MPNP a signed request.


Assessment

MPNP assessment is based on the submission of credible and verifiable documentation.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program selects skilled workers for their potential to economically establish and settle permanently in Manitoba via two paths: those Currently Working in Manitoba, and Skilled Workers Overseas, who apply on the strength of a connection to Manitoba and who can be assessed sufficient points for age, education and training, work experience, language ability and adaptability.

Assessment in both paths is based on credible and verifiable documents submitted at the time of application that satisfactorily demonstrate you meet current program criteria for employability and adaptability. (“Current” means as published on the MPNP website on the date your application is received.)

Adaptability is your genuine intention and ability to economically establish and make an immediate, and ongoing, positive contribution to Manitoba as a permanent resident, as demonstrated by your employability, your Settlement Plan and settlement supports, and a connection to Manitoba that is stronger than ties to another community in Canada.

Employability is assessed on the basis of:

  • past education, training, work experience as well as any applicable certification, licence or registration (regulatory requirements) necessary for your occupation in Manitoba
  • job-ready English
  • current demand and potential for long-term employment and career growth in your occupation in the evolving Manitoba labour market
  • the description of duties, skills, talents and work settings in the Canadian economy described in the National Occupation Classification 2011 (NOC)

Note: Regardless of the occupation you intend to pursue in Manitoba, the MPNP determines your assessed occupation as the job for which you have documented education, training and work experience.


Points

All applicants who are not currently working in Manitoba (that is, Skilled Workers Overseas as well as skilled workers who apply while visiting or living, but not working, in Manitoba) are subject to the MPNP points system.

To be eligible to apply to the MPNP, Skilled Workers Overseas who demonstrate a connection to Manitoba must score at least 60 points on the five factors of the MPNP Self-assessment Worksheet. If there is a difference between how you assess yourself and a MPNP program officer’s assessment, the program officer’s assessment will be used. The MPNP reserves the right to assess each eligible application on a case-by-case basis.

Education and experience
You must provide proof you have the education and/or training and work experience needed to meet all qualification requirements to perform the job you currently have in Manitoba or, for those not employed here full-time, to get a job in your occupation soon after you arrive in Manitoba.
While you may pursue a different job in Manitoba, the MPNP will assess your application based on your employability in the occupation for which you have the most employment experience, education and training.

Because the MPNP is an economic immigration program, assessment also takes into account local labour market demand and outlook for your occupation. For example, if your occupation is teacher and you cannot work until you are certified in Manitoba (where there’s currently low labour market demand for teachers), assessment would weigh these factors.

Note: Receiving approval of the MPNP does not mean that you can immediately start working upon arrival in Manitoba. It is your responsibility to find employment and, if required, complete any assessment of qualifications, education and experience. The MPNP Settlement Plan and, for nominees, the MPNP Workbook, are designed to assist you in this process.

Adaptability
The MPNP is not a sponsorship program. We select independent skilled workers who bring benefit to the Manitoba economy and intend to settle here as permanent residents. This process requires adaptability.

Connection to Manitoba is a measure of an applicant’s ability and intention to establish in our province as a permanent resident, demonstrated by job experience and a long-term job offer for applicants currently working in Manitoba and, for overseas applicants, social or family ties, past school or work experience, or familiarity gained through an MPNP recruitment mission or MPNP exploratory visit.

In assessing your application, the MPNP considers whether you have ties to Manitoba that are sufficiently strong, and whether those ties are stronger than any connection you may have to another Canadian province. The MPNP reserves the right to refuse your application if you cannot demonstrate your connection to Manitoba is stronger than your connection to another province.

Adjusting to life in Manitoba will take time and financial resources. All applicants are generally required to have at least C$10,000, plus C$2,000 in funds for their spouse and each accompanying dependant, to support yourself and your family while you are looking for a job, to ensure your successful settlement in Manitoba as well as to pay your Government of Canada immigration fees and travel expenses to Manitoba.

Settlement Plan
You must demonstrate your adaptability and employability by submitting with your application a Settlement Plan that shows:

  • why you have chosen Manitoba as your immigration destination
  • your plan for settling in a specific destination community
  • the type and strength of your connection to Manitoba
  • that you are taking steps to ensure your immediate and long-term employability in Manitoba

Only applicants whose connection to Manitoba is familial or social must have their settlement plan reviewed and endorsed by their Manitoba Supporter (that is, a relative or friend who is established and has been living in Manitoba continuously for at least one year and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident).

The supporter you designate must endorse your plan by completing and submitting to the MPNP a form called Settlement Plan Part 2. (When you submit your application, MPNP Online emails your plan confidentially to the supporter address you indicated.

Language ability
All applicants must have job-ready English. In general, Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 (CLB 4) is considered to be the minimum English language ability for employment in Canada. However, many occupations require much greater proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in English.

All applicants except those currently working in Manitoba in NOC 0, A or B must submit results of an approved language test to demonstrate their English proficiency.

Other positive criteria, such as family, social or community support and the information in your Settlement Plan, are important to demonstrate your adaptability to Manitoba, but cannot replace the need to demonstrate that you have the language proficiency needed to work in your occupation.


Procedural Fairness

Procedural Fairness is a new process that applies to all MPNP applications received on or after April 30, 2015 and that replaces the Request Review process for those cases. The MPNP’s Procedural Fairness process provides applicants with an opportunity to respond to any concerns regarding the credibility of an application prior to the MPNP making a final decision.

If an application is being considered for refusal because of credibility or other concerns, the applicant or their representative will receive a Fairness Letter from the MPNP. This Fairness Letter gives an applicant the opportunity to provide additional information to be considered in the final decision. The applicant has 30 days to submit additional information to address the concerns identified in the Fairness Letter.

Steps of the Procedural Fairness process:

  1. Fairness Letter: If the assessing Program Officer determines that the information contained within the application is not sufficient to complete the assessment or has any concerns with the applicant not meeting all program requirements, a Fairness Letter will be sent to the applicant and representative, if applicable. The Fairness Letter outlines all areas of concern with the application and is the ONLY opportunity given to the applicant to address these concerns.
  2. Applicant response: Applicants have 30 days to respond to the concerns raised in the Fairness Letter. If no response is received, assessment of the application is completed with the information already available to the MPNP.
  3. Final decision: If a response to the Fairness Letter is received prior to the deadline, the information provided by the applicant will be taken into consideration before making a final decision on whether to refuse or approve the application. If the application is refused, applicants have no further remedy and must submit a new Expression of Interest. It is recommended to do so only when the concerns raised by the MPNP have been addressed.

Decision

After assessment we will inform you of our decision by mail (only) to the contact address you provided.

Approved applications: If your application is approved, we will mail you a nomination package that includes your Approval Letter, instructions for submitting a Canadian permanent resident visa application and invitation to continue your settlement planning using the MPNP Pre-arrival Workbook.

Non-approved applications: If your application is refused, we will advise you of the reasons for the decision. If you provided an email address, you will be notified of our decision by email, otherwise a letter will be sent by regular mail.

Nomination under the MPNP is at the sole discretion of Manitoba. If the MPNP decides not to nominate your application we will mail you a result letter stating the reasons for the decision.

Applications are not approved in situations including but not limited to the following:

  • You have not provided sufficiently detailed, credible documentation for full assessment.
  • The information you provided in your application does not match your Expression of Interest (EOI) and/or supporting documents provided do not substantiate claims made in your EOI submission.
  • You fail to demonstrate that you have sufficient work experience, education and training, including any licence or certification required, to find employment in your assessed occupation in Manitoba.
  • You have insufficient language ability to be employable in Manitoba.
  • You fail to demonstrate your ability and intention to establish permanently in Manitoba.
  • You fail to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria under which the application is being assessed.
  • You fail to demonstrate you have sufficient settlement supports including Settlement Funds and the endorsement of relatives or friends who are established residents of Manitoba with strong ties to you, the applicant, and meet MPNP eligibility criteria for Manitoba Supporters.
  • You fail to demonstrate in your Settlement Plan that you are taking sufficient steps to become employable including pursuing any required occupational licence or certification.
  • You fail to demonstrate that your Connection to Manitoba, through current employment, social or familial relations, program invitation, or past education or employment in the province, is stronger than ties you have to another part of Canada.
  • You were found to have used the services of an undisclosed immigration representative for your application to the MPNP.

MPNP has sole discretion: If your application was refused you may – in limited circumstances – formally request a review of the MPNP decision.

If refused, you may reapply to the MPNP after six months from the date on your result letter provided that you have addressed the reasons why your application was not approved. When you reapply you must show that you have sufficient training, experience and/or a stronger connection to Manitoba to warrant your new application.

To withdraw your application: Send the MPNP a written request signed by you, the applicant. (To withdraw your application after receiving a letter of approval you must notify both the MPNP and the Canadian visa office to which the MPNP sent your certificate of nomination.)


Request for Review (RFR)

The Request for Review (RFR) process ONLY applies to applications submitted before April 30, 2015. All newer applications are subject the Procedural Fairness process during assessment. Only MPNP applications that have been formally and fully assessed by the MPNP and resulted in issuance of an MPNP refusal letter are eligible for a request for a RFR.

Procedures

If you applied to the MPNP before April 30, 2015 and were not nominated by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), you may submit a request for review (RFR) only if you provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that our assessment of the information and supporting documents you provided with your application was not consistent with MPNP criteria on the date your application was received.

  • Documents must be made available to the MPNP at the time of application.
  • Applications that fail to provide sufficiently detailed, credible, legible documentation will not be assessed.
  • The MPNP will not consider information or documents received after we have assessed your application.

The MPNP will not consider an RFR on the basis of new information or documents.

However, such applicants may reapply to the MPNP after six months from the date on your refusal letter and can demonstrate having addressed the reasons why your application did not result in nomination.

MPNP applications are not approved in situations including but not limited to when applicants have failed to demonstrate:

  • sufficient work experience and/or training to find employment their occupation in Manitoba
  • sufficient language ability to be employable in Manitoba
  • the ability and intention to establish permanently in Manitoba
  • sufficient settlement funds
  • that they met the eligibility criteria under which their application was assessed
  • that the endorsement of their Settlement Plan met MPNP requirements
  • that they would take sufficient steps to become employable in Manitoba including pursuing any required occupational licence or certification

Before you submit an RFR please note the following:

  • A request for review can be made only by the applicant or the applicant’s authorized, paid representative.
  • The MPNP must receive your RFR no later than 60 days after the date of the refusal letter.
  • The request must provide sufficient details to indicate that our assessment of the information and supporting documents you provided in your application was not consistent with the MPNP criteria in effect at the time of assessment.

The MPNP will not consider a RFR when:

  • Submission of new information or documents is the basis for the request.
  • Strength of relationship to a Manitoba Supporter (that is, the Manitoba resident endorsing your Settlement Plan) or having a weak connection to Manitoba was the main reason for our decision not to nominate.
  • Having stronger ties to another Canadian province was the main reason for a decision not to nominate.
  • The applicant claims higher English ability, and results of an IELTS or other MPNP-approved language test were submitted with the application.

To submit an RFR you must follow these steps:

What happens in an MPNP review? After our review, we will mail the applicant or the applicant’s paid, authorized representative, a written notice of the result.