Manitoba In-Demand Occupations

The MPNP is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. We select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market.

To better identify MPNP candidates who meet the needs of Manitoba employers, the MPNP identifies in-demand occupations based on Manitoba Labour Market Information and Occupational Forecasts, as well as through direct employer consultations. The occupations listed reference Edition 2016 of the National Occupation Classification (NOC).

The MPNP In-demand Occupations list provides a regularly updated listing of which occupations qualify as ‘in-demand’ in Manitoba.

Many occupations on the in-demand list are limited to specific skilled streams of the MPNP and candidates must meet the specific criteria and requirements for one of the specific pathways listed under each stream. Candidates working in an in-demand occupation will be prioritized during Expression of Interest draws.

Note: Francophone Candidates

For the purpose of applying to the MPNP, a Francophone is someone who has French language proficiency that is equal to or greater than their English language proficiency. Your language proficiency must be supported by results from an MPNP-approved language test.

If you are a Francophone, you do not need to be working in an in-demand occupation to meet an MPNP pathway’s eligibility criteria.

Note: Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Levels

The CLB levels listed in the in-demand occupations list are the minimum levels across all Skilled Worker streams; however, some streams/pathways have higher eligibility requirements. For example, people applying under the International Education Stream require a minimum of CLB 7 in all four skill areas (reading, writing speaking, listening) regardless of their occupation.

Change Log

May 16, 2019 Update


  • The In-demand Occupations List has been updated with information indicating whether some occupations will only be considered as in-demand under some streams.
  • In addition, some occupations have been removed from the list (where indicated below).
  • Finally, CLB requirements have been adjusted for some occupations to improve consistency across specific NOC groups (as indicated below).

Occupations removed from the list:

NOCDescriptionAffected Stream(s)
0114Other administrative services managersSWO
1221Administrative officersSWO
1241Administrative assistantsSWO
0311Managers in Health CareSWO
0601Corporate sales managersSWO
0621Retail and wholesale trade managersSWO
0651Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.SWO

Minimum CLB levels changed:

NOCDescriptionCLB Increased or Decreased?
0211Engineering managersIncreased to CLB 7
0212Architecture and science managersIncreased to CLB 7
2123Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialistsDecreased to CLB 5
2281Computer network techniciansDecreased to CLB 5
0711Construction managersIncreased to CLB 7
0712Home building and renovation managersIncreased to CLB 7
0714Facility operation and maintenance managersIncreased to CLB 7

In-Demand Occupations List

* Regulated Occupation
** Compulsory Trade

Rural In-demand Occupations

In addition to the list above, these occupations are considered in-demand for applicants with the eligible MPNP stream(s) indicated if employment is outside of the Manitoba Capital Region.

Revised: October 22, 2018

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLBEligible MPNP Stream(s)
3413Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associatesC7International Education Stream
9462Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workersC7International Education Stream