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Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas

The Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) Pathway is designed for individuals with a strong connection to Manitoba, which can be demonstrated through:

  1. Support from family members or friends.
  2. Previous education or work experience in the province.
  3. Receipt of an Invitation to Apply directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.”

Connection to Manitoba to Apply Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas

Manitoba Support

A Manitoba Supporter is a resident of the province with an established connection to the applicant, either as a friend or relative. The Manitoba Supporter plays a crucial role in reviewing and endorsing the applicant’s plan for settling and securing employment in their chosen community.Skilled Worker Overseas Manitoba

Qualifications for a Manitoba Supporter:

1. Must be a close relative or friend/distant relative of the applicant.
2. Should provide documents proving continuous residence in Manitoba for at least one year (e.g., copy of Manitoba Health Card).
3. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
4. Should demonstrate close ties to both the applicant and Manitoba.
5. Must show successful support for previous applications resulting in permanent economic establishment in Manitoba.
6. Must support the applicant’s Settlement Plan.

For close relatives, both the applicant and the Supporter must provide documents proving their familial relationship. Close relatives are allowed to support the applications of multiple skilled workers simultaneously, provided they demonstrate their ability to do so.

Close relatives include:

– Sister or brother
– Niece or nephew (child of your sister or brother)
– Aunt or uncle (brother or sister of your mother or father)
– First cousin (child of your aunt or uncle)
– Mother or father
– Grandmother or grandfather

For friends and distant relatives, their household should not currently support the settlement of another MPNP applicant, provincial nominee, or individual under another Canadian immigration program.

It’s important to note that a Manitoba Supporter Can not be a:

– Paid immigration representative.
– Anyone who is not a demonstrated relative or friend of the applicant or the applicant’s spouse.
– Be a Canadian elected official or their staff.

Applicants with a Manitoba Supporter must declare this person and provide their contact information for correspondence with the MPNP. The MPNP requires up-to-date contact information for the Manitoba Supporter, and any changes must be promptly communicated. Failure to contact the Supporter may result in application refusal in Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas.

Manitoba Experience for Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas

Manitoba Experience refers to the period when you previously resided in the province as a temporary foreign worker or international student.

For Temporary Foreign Workers:

– You must have worked full-time for a Manitoba employer for a minimum of six consecutive months.
– You will need to provide a signed letter of reference on company letterhead from your employer and a copy of your Manitoba work permit.

For International Students:

– You must have attended and successfully completed an authorized education or training program at a public or registered private vocational post-secondary institution in Manitoba. Note that language studies are not considered authorized programs.
– Required documentation includes your study permit(s), academic transcripts, and the certificate, diploma, or degree received upon program completion.

These criteria help establish your Manitoba Experience, and providing the necessary documentation ensures a thorough review of your eligibility under this category.

Manitoba Invitation

MPNP Invitations to Apply

The MPNP consistently extends Invitations to Apply to eligible candidates identified through our Strategic Recruitment Initiatives, both within Manitoba and internationally. It’s important to note that the issuance of an Invitation to Apply is solely at the discretion of the MPNP, and applicants cannot self-select for eligibility based on this connection to our province.

If you are applying to the MPNP through the Manitoba Invitation connection, ensure that in your MPNP Online application, you upload the Letter of Invitation received directly from the MPNP. This invitation is typically provided after being interviewed by a program officer during a recruitment mission or exploratory visit. This process ensures a streamlined and effective application procedure for candidates identified through strategic recruitment efforts.

Exploratory visits

An exploratory visit is a planned trip for potential MPNP applicants to Manitoba. It allows individuals to research communities and employment opportunities, aiding them in making informed decisions about settling in the province as permanent residents with their families.

After an MPNP interview during a pre-approved exploratory visit, candidates may be invited to submit an MPNP Online application. It’s crucial to note that while the exploratory visit is an essential step, it is the subsequent Invitation to Apply that establishes a candidate’s required Manitoba connection.

Exploratory visits are conducted at the discretion of the MPNP, providing opportunities for skilled workers otherwise ineligible for the program to establish a Manitoba connection. To be eligible for participation, individuals generally need to meet criteria including age (21 to 45), lack a stronger connection to another province, demonstrate employability and adaptability, possess post-secondary education or training, and exhibit genuine intent and ability to settle in Manitoba as permanent residents.

Participants must also provide language test results, equivalent to at least CLB 5, taken within the past two years. Accepted participants receive instructions for the visit, including meeting with employers, consulting with regulatory bodies, and exploring community aspects.

It’s important to highlight that an accepted request, visit, interview, or Invitation to Apply does not guarantee approval of the eventual MPNP Online application or the nominee’s subsequent permanent resident visa application to the Government of Canada.

Point Assessment Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas

Factor 1: Language Proficiency

Language points are calculated according to documented proof of training and ability in one or both of Canada’s official languages, English and French. If you are proficient in both, choose as your first language the one you are most comfortable using.

You must submit valid official results of a recent MPNP-approved language test as proof of your language proficiency. To be considered valid, your test must have been taken no more than two years prior to the date you submit your MPNP Online application.

CLB refers to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (or Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens [NCLC] in French). For information on approved tests and how test scores relate to CLB levels, please see the Language Proficiency section of this website.

Applicants whose occupation is classified at TEER 4 or 5 (previously NOC C or D) must, in order to be eligible to apply, have at least CLB/NCLC 4.

Language proficiencyPoints awarded
First language 
CLB 8 or higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
CLB 3 or lower0
Second language 
CLB 5 or higher5
Maximum points25 (25% of total)

Factor 2: Age

Age points are calculated according to the date your full application is received by the MPNP.

AgePoints awarded
21 to 4510
50 or older0
Maximum points10 (10% of total)

Factor 3: Work Experience

Work experience points are based on documented proof of full-time employment in the past five years. Only full-time jobs of six months (continuous) or longer are considered.

Years of work experiencePoints awarded
Less than one year0
One year8
Two years10
Three years12
Four years or more15
Maximum points15 (15% of total)

Factor 4: Education

Education points are based on documented proof of completed education and/or training programs at recognized educational institutions. A completed program is one for which you have met all requirements and received a certificate, diploma or degree. The MPNP reserves the right to require a third-party assessment to demonstrate trades education and training are comparable to Canadian standards.

Highest level of educationPoints awarded
Master’s degree or doctorate25
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each23
One post-secondary program of two years or longer20
One one-year post-secondary program14
Trade certificate14
No formal post-secondary education0
Maximum points25 (25% of total)

Factor 5: Adaptability

Adaptability points are calculated according to documented proof of an established connection to Manitoba and employability in your assessed occupation, demonstrating that you have the genuine intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as a permanent resident.

A connection to Manitoba is required of all applicants. You can only receive points for one type of connection, even if multiple apply to you.

In addition to adaptability points, you may also score points for regional immigration for having a connection to, and planning to settle in, a region of Manitoba outside the city of Winnipeg. Regional points are supplemental only and cannot be a substitute for another connection to the province.

Adaptability factorPoints awarded
Connection to Manitoba 
Close relative in Manitoba20
Invitation to Apply received from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative20
Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months)12
Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba12
Completed post-secondary program of at least one academic year in Manitoba10
Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba10
Supplemental factors 
Regional immigration*5
Maximum points25 (25% of total)