Immigration spurs record growth in Manitoba, Canada

The continuing tide of economic immigration to Manitoba is being credited for the Canadian province reaching a modern-day record for population growth.

Canada’s most-central province grew by 16,848 people in the past year, according to figures released by Statistics Canada.manitoba-celebrates-immigration-400w267

That 1.33 per cent population increase is a modern-day record for annual growth.

As of October 1, 2014, there’s 1,286,323 people who call Manitoba home, according to the Canadian government office.

The vast majority of immigrant families who move to Manitoba arrive through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers (MPNP).

This free initiative of the Government of Manitoba is an ongoing program; for 2015, the MPNP can “nominate” up to 5,500 skilled-worker immigrants (plus spouses and children) to receive Canadian Permanent Resident Visas to settle in Manitoba.

Other highlights from the December 2014 Stats Can report include:

  • Manitoba’s 1.3 per cent annual population increase was the third highest in all of Canada, behind only the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

  • Manitoba’s annual population growth rate has exceeded one per cent in each of the past six years.

  • For the past four years, Manitoba’s annual population growth rate has far exceeded that of Canada overall.

  • Manitoba’s population increase has exceeded 14,000 individuals in each of the past three years.

  • Manitoba’s population growth during the past 10 years tops out at 111,661 people – breaking yet another record.

  • In the past four years, Manitoba has experienced its largest modern-day immigration inflow, welcoming 58,584 people.

  • About 75 per cent of Manitoba’s immigrants who arrived in the 12 months sending in October 2014 were provincial nominees. The rest arrived through federal immigration programs administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada: family class (11%); refugees (9%); federal skilled workers and other economic class (4%).

  • As well as the steady influx of international immigrants, Manitobans gave birth to 16,317 babies in the 12 months ending in October 2014 – the highest number since 1994/95.


May I appeal a refused application?

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 review (RFR).


If you applied 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.