Before You Arrive

Prepare yourself for your new life in Manitoba before you arrive!

There are many steps you can take before you arrive to prepare for living and working in your new community in Manitoba.

Get a head-start on your Settlement Plan

If you are immigrating to Manitoba through the Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), you will have a Settlement Plan that you completed as part of your online MPNP application. In your Settlement Plan, you outlined steps to prepare for furthering your career in Manitoba and to improve your English skills. While you are still in your home country, work towards those steps in your Settlement Plan. Take additional English classes to improve your communication skills. Stay up to date on the latest information about your occupation and the labour market.

Register for Pre-Arrival Supports

Once you are selected to immigrate to Canada by Immigration and Refugee Citizenship Canada you can access a variety of Pre-Arrival services.

These services are free of charge and can be very helpful in preparing to work and live in Manitoba.

They offer information and guidance on:

  • understanding life in Canada
  • finding a job and working in Canada
  • accessing other free settlement services when you arrive

These supports include:

  • overseas orientation workshops
  • online information and reading material
  • counseling and advise through in-person meetings or online
  • online videos, classes, workshops and chat rooms

See a list of pre-arrival service options

Prepare to Work in Manitoba

Prepare for your job search and for work in Manitoba

You may already have a job arranged before you move to Manitoba, or you might be planning to find work after you arrive. Either way, it is important to learn as much about the Manitoba workplace and labour market as you can before you arrive.

  • Learn as much as you can about the labour market in Manitoba.
  • Research your occupation or the industries that you are interested in.
  • Consider how working in Manitoba will compare to working in your country of origin. How may the workplaces and work practices be similar or different?
  • Research employment opportunities using websites such as Canada Job Bank, Workopolis and Indeed.
  • If you work in a regulated profession or trade, learn about your occupation and the requirements to work in Manitoba . Visit the website of the professional regulatory body specific to your regulated profession or trade. There are licensing/certification steps you may be able to complete before you leave your country
  • Familiarize yourself with the Canadian style of job searching techniques, resumes, interviews and hiring practices.
  • If you already have an offer of employment, learn about the company you will be working with.

English and French are the two official languages of Canada. Even individuals who consider themselves very proficient in one or both of these language are sometimes surprised.

Prepare to Live in Manitoba

Prepare to live in Manitoba, your new home

There is much that you can research ahead of time about the facilities, available services, culture, climate and geogaphy of the community that you will live in.

  • Learn about Manitoba and the city or town in which you plan to live.
  • Enjoy some of these Manitoba videos:
    • Travel Manitoba has a selection of videos showcasing the places and people of Manitoba: Travel Manitoba videos and website
    • Winnipeg videos
  • Learn about the weather, particularly in the month of your arrival
  • Be certain you have a place to live for the first few weeks until you can get yourself settled permanently

Gather and bring important documentation related to work and school

These documents may be important when applying for jobs or training programs or for other important events as you settle or later when you live in Manitoba.

Examples include:

  • letters of reference from employers
  • high school diploma and transcript
  • college and university diplomas and transcripts
  • professional certification/licenses
Federal Settlement Information

You may also find it helpful to visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website to learn more about living and working in Canada: