On November. 25th Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced updates to the province’s Nominee Program for Skilled Workers, which are part of a new Labour Market Strategy- and is set to renew the highly successful and important program. The Labour Market Strategy is set to put a stronger emphasis on candidates with high potential to meet the Province’s projected labour market needs over the next five years, and who can establish higher investment businesses that create jobs for Manitobans. The Labour Market Strategy will focus on:
- innovative partnerships with industry and postsecondary institutions that build pathways to employment for international students and skilled newcomers, including those in regulated occupations, to better prepare and match them to in-demand jobs in Manitoba;
- the selection of skilled workers with high potential for early and strong attachment to the labour market and who meet education, training and language requirements;
- the selection of entrepreneurs with a strong potential to establish high-investment, job-creating businesses in all regions of the province; and
- the elimination of the current MPNP backlog by April 2017 to ensure all future applicants receive a higher standard of service and are processed in less than six months.
The ultimate goal of improving both processing times and fast-track nominations to provide job-ready, skilled workers, including international students, with opportunities to build a prosperous future in Manitoba.
The specific details of the changes to MPNP criteria, processes, and costs, will be announced in early 2017 after the changes have been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Currently there are two pathways to Manitoba through the MPNP: Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas. Currently immigration through MPNP is a simple three-step process
- Submit an Expression of Entry
- 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 them, and if necessary their families
If you are interested in finding out of if you qualify for this program of any of Canada’s other immigration programs, please fill out our free assessment form.
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