The key reason Manitoba has had a significant increase in international immigration is because of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), which was negotiated with the federal government, such that Manitoba could attract its own skilled immigrants. Most of the new immigrants to Manitoba are through this program. Below was taken from the Manitoba immigration website.
How to Immigrate to Manitoba, Canada
Thank you for choosing Manitoba. These guidelines explain how you can apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) to be nominated for Permanent Resident Status in Canada. The MPNP is an economic program which selects skilled workers who have the training, work experience, and language ability to be employed in Manitoba and make a positive contribution to the provincial economy.
Applicants to the MPNP must be able to clearly demonstrate they are employable in Manitoba and have a strong potential to settle successfully and permanently in this province. If you are a skilled worker and are interested in living and working in Manitoba, you have the best chance of being nominated if:
you have sufficient training and work experience in your occupation
you have sufficient language ability to begin working soon after arrival
you have settlement supports in Manitoba to assist you upon your arrival
Applications to the MPNP are assessed under different Assessment Streams, according to the type and strength of your connection to Manitoba. MPNP eligibility criteria are described in the section Are You Eligible? as well as in a special section for each assessment stream. Please read all the application guidelines carefully before you apply.
All the forms you need to apply to the MPNP as a Skilled Worker are included with these guidelines. The most current information about MPNP application criteria, as well as all the required application forms are available on our website at www.immigratemanitoba.com
. The MPNP offers public information sessions on a weekly basis in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Please call 204-945-2806 to register.
There is no fee required to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The Province of Manitoba has the sole authority to nominate applicants for Permanent Resident status in Canada based on our assessment of your potential for success in Manitoba as an independant skilled worker.
If you are nominated by the Province of Manitoba, you will then need to apply for Permanent Resident Status to the Government of Canada as a Manitoba Provincial Nominee. The MPNP will provide you with complete instructions explaining how to apply for a Permanent Resident visa. You must pay all the required Government of Canada immigration fees and meet statutory requirements for medical and criminal admissibility. The Government of Canada has the final authority to issue a Permanent Resident visa.
Thank you for your interest in Manitoba as your immigration destination in Canada.