In Manitoba’s high-powered economy, skilled workers, tradespeople and professionals are in demand. In fact, the Government of Manitoba projects a labour shortage of over 20,000 skilled workers by 2020.
That is why Manitoba was the first Canadian province to establish its own, ongoing immigration program, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The MPNP is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. The MPNP selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominates them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.
Each year, some 15,000 immigrants arrive in Manitoba. The outcomes for internationally experienced workers who immigrate through the MPNP are positive. According to a recent survey, 85 per cent of Manitoba nominees were working three months after arrival, 76 per cent were homeowners within five years and 95 per cent of families settled permanently in the community.
The key to the success of the MPNP is the consistently strong and stable economy in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The diversity of Manitoba’s growing industries and economic sectors keeps our unemployment rate low. Good wages, safe working conditions, generous benefits and workers’ rights are some of the highlights of working in Manitoba. Plus, with Manitoba’s low cost of living, and high standard of government services such as health care and education, the province offers an affordable, high-quality lifestyle.
While there are opportunities for jobs, careers and employment throughout the province of Manitoba, most immigrants choose to work in Winnipeg. As our capital, Winnipeg is home to many key industries.
Are you the kind of skilled worker Manitoba needs?
To qualify to apply to the MPNP you must be a skilled worker who can make an immediate economic contribution to the Province of Manitoba. A skilled worker has specialized education and training and work experience in their occupation. Examples include professions – nurse, dentist, accountant, teacher – and trades such as plumber and electrician. In Manitoba, skilled workers can receive excellent salaries and benefits.
NOTE: Obtaining Canadian permanent resident status does not guarantee you employment. It is up to you to find a job in Manitoba and show the employer that you are qualified. It may take months to find a job, and longer if you need to upgrade your skills, your education, your English proficiency or, in the case of regulated trades and professions, become licensed.
For those seeking temporary employment in Manitoba, visit Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to learn how to apply for a temporary work permit.
Before you can apply for a work permit your employer must register with Manitoba Employment Standards and, in most cases, obtain prior approval for foreign worker recruitment from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
The challenge immigrants face, however, is getting their qualifications – international education and experience – recognized by Canadian employers or the organizations that regulate professions. The good news is that the MPNP empowers you to take charge of your success, with a guided application process and, after nomination, pre-arrival planning tools to help you fast-track your entry in the Manitoba workforce in the job you spent years training to get.