People who have received a long-term work contract in the province of Manitoba, including graduates of Canadian universities, can receive the status of a permanent resident of Canada through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream.
The Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) offers permanent residence to skilled workers who can contribute to the development of the local economy and have a close connection to Manitoba through education, work and the ability to speak one of the official languages.
To be able to immigrate through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Have a full-time job with a long-term contract from an employer operating in Manitoba
- Have worked for at least 6 months for the same employer (or at least a year for graduates of Canadian universities outside of Manitoba). Employment that is part of a work-study program is not eligible
- Be qualified for the position, have training, education, and the required licenses or certificates
- Have the English or French language proficiency to fulfill the duties of the job. For those working in an occupation classified under NOC Skill Levels C and D: demonstrate English or French language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 in each of the four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
- Demonstrate a Settlement Plan with the intention and plan to live, work, and establish family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident
- Provide a proof of settlement funds (usually, it is required to have at least C$10,000, but the MPNP may consider the applicant’s current income)
Categories and Occupations of Applicants
Individuals exempt from requiring a work permit to work in Manitoba (e. g., ministers of religion) are not eligible to apply to the MPNP under this category.
Find out about other MPNP streams in the article “Immigration to Manitoba“.