Research has shown that newcomers that take charge of their own learning and employment plans have a greater likelihood of integration success than those that remain dependent on others to help fulfill their goals. That is why the MPNP has a Settlement Plan has part of our application process; we want you to succeed.
We strongly recommend that you practise and learn before you arrive. This page has links to resources endorsed by the MPNP.
Advice from past immigrants
At this website you can read the personal stories and advice offered by recent immigrants to Manitoba. They explain how, after they arrived in Manitoba, they realized that strong English communication skills are the key factor in employment success.
Practise and learn at English Online
This interactive language-learning service is provided free to Manitoba provincial nominees to help you practise and learn English while you are still in your home country. The online lessons are based on situations you will face at a Manitoba workplace. The service includes personal support from language instructors via e-mail and Skype.
If you are interested in enrolling in English Online, visit the website and request registration. They will contact you to confirm your status as a provincial nominee and make arrangements for you.
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Learning English with CBC Manitoba
This free website is produced by the MPNP and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which is Manitoba’s public radio service. The site, which is updated with new lessons each week, uses Manitoba news reports to create interactive lessons. The benefit of this site is you will hear English spoken with the Manitoba accent, and while you practise your English you are learning about Manitoba community issues.
Workplace communication requirements
Use the Working in Manitoba Tool to look up your occupation and find out about the communication skills that are required. Read the Essential Skills information in your Job Market Report.
- Read English newspapers, magazines, books or journals especially in your field of work.
- Listen to Canadian radio programs.
- Use the Internet to find free sites to practise your English.
- Plan to spend some time improving your English skills once you arrive in Manitoba by becoming a self-directed English language learner or taking free English as an Additional Language classes (EAL). But be aware that the time you spend studying English is time that could be used to find a job and start earning an income.
- Generally, Canadians want to communicate and are tolerant and patient with EAL speakers. They want to encourage newcomers, so do not be afraid to speak out. You will improve your English by practising.