Manitoba Skilled Workers in Canada
The Skilled Workers Stream is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. Manitoba selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labor market and nominates them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.
The Skilled Workers in Manitoba pathway nominates applicants who have a strong connection to our province through ongoing employment and sufficient skills, education and training, work experience, and official language proficiency to make an immediate and ongoing contribution to the Manitoba economy and our community at large.
Your employer must be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant, or place of business in Manitoba.
Your employer must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the MPNP that they are an established business with the ability to offer you full-time and long-term employment in Manitoba.
Any periods of self-employment, unauthorized work, or periods of employment during which you were engaged in full-time study (ex: work experience gained on a co-op permit) will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience in Manitoba.
Self-employed individuals, business owners, owner-operators, and individuals providing services as independent contractors to the business supporting their application are not eligible to apply as Skilled Workers in Manitoba and any work experience in Manitoba gained in those capacities will not be considered when calculating the qualifying period of work in the province.
The MPNP will only issue a work permit support letter to you if there is a demonstrated employee-employer relationship.
Requirements for International Students from other provinces: If you graduated from a post-secondary program in another Canadian province and want to apply to the MPNP for Skilled Workers under this category because you’ve been offered a job in Manitoba, to be eligible you must first have been working for that Manitoba employer for at least one year.
International students who lost or want to change employment must inform the MPNP. Each case will be reviewed and given consideration. There are no set rules or guidelines as there may be many reasons that an international student may lose or need to change employment. It is best to contact the MPNP to discuss your situation to determine the best course of action.
Temporary Foreign Workers
Required documents: In MPNP Online, you must upload copies of your valid work permit and, from your Manitoba employer, written confirmation that you’ve been working full-time for at least six months continuous, as well as your job-offer letter, specifying salary/wage and details of the position, signed and on company letterhead, along with all other documents described on the page Documents.
- The offer of long-term employment must be from the same employer for whom you have been working full-time for the required period.
- You must have all qualifications for the position including training/education and any required license or certification.
- You must have job-ready English; specifically, you must demonstrate English or French proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job description.
- Your connection to Manitoba through employment must be stronger than ties you may have to another province.
- You must demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work, and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
People exempt from requiring a work permit to work in Manitoba (ex: Ministers of Religion) are not eligible to apply to the MPNP under this category.
Employment that is part of a work-study program is ineligible.
Skilled workers applying based on ongoing employment in Manitoba must still provide documented proof of settlement funds in their name. However, the MPNP will consider your current income, so you may not necessarily require the generally recommended C$10,000 in settlement funds.
International Students Working Graduate
Only graduates of Manitoba post-secondary educational institutions are considered. You are eligible if your Manitoba employer offers you a long-term job following at least six months of continuous full-time employment on a valid post-graduation work permit.
Required documents: In MPNP Online you must upload copies of your valid post-graduation work permit; confirmation from your employer of a minimum of six months of continuous full-time work; your job-offer letter, specifying salary/wage and details of the position, on company letterhead and signed by your employer, as well as education and all other documents described on the page: Documents.
- You attended an authorized education or training program at a public or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language programs are specifically excluded.)
- Your academic/vocational program was full-time and at least one academic year in duration.
- You completed your program and were awarded a diploma, degree, or certificate.
- You have been continuously working for at least six months for the same employer who has offered you a permanent (long-term) full-time job.
- You have a valid post-graduation work permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- Your connection to Manitoba through employment is stronger than ties you may have to another Canadian province.
- You demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work, and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
- You have all qualifications and the English or French language proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job. *
* Minimum language for lower-skilled occupations: If your job is classified as lower-skilled (NOC C or D) you must submit in MPNP Online valid results of an MPNP-approved language test demonstrating official language proficiency at CLB 4 (NCLC 4, French) or higher in all test categories according to the MPNP’s CLB Language Grid. To be considered valid, your test must have been taken no more than two years before the date you submit your MPNP Online application. NOC C and D jobs include lower-skilled workers in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, and certain clerical and assistant categories.
If you are a Manitoba International Student Graduate who does not meet the conditions to apply as an International Student Working Graduate, you may be eligible to apply to the MPNP through the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream. Please see information regarding our Skilled Workers Overseas Stream.
Get your post-graduation work permit: Apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada within 180 days of completing your school program requirements. If you need help, see the international student advisor at your school.
Application in Three Simple Step.
- Apply for Express of Interest.
- The highest-scoring qualified candidates with a connection to Manitoba are invited to submit an MPNP application.
- Following a thorough assessment, the MPNP nominates successful candidates to make a separate application to the Government of Canada for permanent resident visas for you and your family.