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Manitoba Makes First Draw Under Expression Of Interest System For Canadian Immigration

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As reported last month on, the Canadian province of Manitoba has launched an “Expression of Interest” model for a portion of its Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Following soon after its launch, the government of Manitoba has moved quickly to select high-ranking candidates and issue them Letters of Advice to Apply for Canadian immigration through the MPNP.

Some candidates who were swift to react and enter the Manitoba Expression of Interest pool benefited from being proactive by receiving Letters of Advice to Apply. These candidates are now in a position to make an application to move to one of Canada’s most beautiful and economically stable provinces, along with their families.

The draw, which occurred on May 20, issued 76 Letters of Advice to Apply to candidates under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category, with the lowest ranked candidates selected having 700 points under the MPNP ranking system. A further 75 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued to candidates under the Skilled Worker Overseas Category, with the lowest ranked candidates having 607 ranking points.

A unique aspect of this draw was that, for reasons which could include a large existing inventory of un-assessed applications, low labour market demand and/or significant barriers to labour market participation, Expressions of Interest from Skilled Workers Overseas in the following occupations were not considered in this draw:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Secondary and Elementary School Teachers
  • Vocational and College Instructors
  • University Professors
  • General and Specialist Physicians

Similar to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Manitoba Skilled Worker overseas program uses a points-based system to assess candidates, who may be outside Canada. Points are awarded for factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability. Manitoba uses a unique point allocation system with a pass mark of 60, in contrast to the FSWP, which assigns points differently and has a pass mark of 67. Click here for full tables on eligibility factors and the Manitoba Ranking System.

Under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category, applications are accepted from qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer. Unlike the other connections to Manitoba in the MPNP, Skilled Workers in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility. Full eligibility requirements for the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category can be found here.

Three of the potential advantages of making an Expression of Interest in the MPNP under the Skilled Worker Overseas category include the fact that:

  • The pass mark for eligibility is 60 out of 100, as opposed to 67 out of 100 for the FSWP.
  • Competition within the MPNP pool is likely to be lower than in the federal Express Entry pool, both today and as time moves on, as far fewer people have made an Expression of Interest to the MPNP compared with the federal system.
  • Successful candidates can have peace of mind in knowing that the province they are moving to actively wants them to settle in that province.

“Canada’s immigration landscape is changing, with certain provinces attracting the immigrants they want in a more active, dynamic way. But that works both ways — successful candidates for Canadian immigration are those who learn about provincial programs and systems, such as the unique Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program’s Expression Interest model,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“With the advent of Express Entry in 2015, many individuals who are either ineligible to enter the Express Entry pool or are losing heart that they have not yet been issued an invitation to apply under the federal system would do well to look at the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Those who have already done so are benefiting from being proactive.”

To find out if you are eligible for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, or any of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.

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35 thoughts on “Manitoba Makes First Draw Under Expression Of Interest System For Canadian Immigration

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    Ajala Daniel Odi

    I am Daniel from Nigeria,I will want to know if i can get my ITA in the next batch.I have written my ILETS,My ILETS test results is as follows.Listening:5.5 ,Reading:5.0 ,Writing:6.0 ,Speaking:6.5.I also have a CRS 547,and i am presently an Information systems analysts and consultants i have no kids neither am i married.My dream is to work and further my career there,while i raise my family there.
    Best Regards,
    Ajala Daniel Odi.

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    Deepak P Doshi

    I am an accountant by profession. My EOI score in 448. Should I expect to get LAA within six months now onwards as I have applied for EOI in July-15. Pls. advice.

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    G parameswari

    I’m staff nurse 10 yrs experience I have 5.5 ielts in general score .how can I migrate along with spouse and one female child as p R or work visa .next reopen the programme December 2015 or 2016 Pl send details

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    does overseas dentists fall under general physicians which mannitoba have excluded

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    Deepak P Doshi

    Can I have all draw details for overseas worker for Manitoba Province.?

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    gurveer singh

    I m welder with four year experience. My eoi score is 504 . sir I want to know welder in ragular profession in Manitoba ? Should I answer yes or not . plz suggest me

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    hello sir i got 518 point under the new rules of eoi.
    how much chances i have to select as a nomination

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    Am computer teacher from punjab india r I have two year experiance 5.5ielts general band can I apply for manitoba

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    Ankit Parmar

    Sir i am planning to apply for Manitoba PNP
    What are the supporting document required fromthe one who is going to support me.
    My Uncle (distant relative) is there.

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    Nnabuchi Chinonyerem

    I am a 5years experienced young teacher from Nigeria, I have been given various awards Nationally and have been recommended Internationally for my teaching profession. I will be glad if you help me get a teaching job in Manitoba Canada.


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