Manitoba invited 1,140 Express Entry applicants to apply for a provincial nomination in the largest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invitation draw in its history.
This iteration of Manitoba’s periodic invitation rounds was held on July 27, and saw the greatest number of Express Entry applicants advised to apply for a provincial nomination in a single round of the draw.
All the applicants who were advised to apply in this round were invited under Manitoba’s Skilled Workers Overseas stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for skilled migration to Canada.
After the 1,140 invitations to apply issued in this invitation round, Manitoba has now invited 6,139 skilled migration candidates this year for Canadian immigration.
Candidates who were invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Manitoba needed to have submitted their profile to Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system, and have an EOI score of at least 557 on their profile to receive Manitoba’s Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).
Candidates had their profiles evaluated and scored based on Manitoba’s EOI scoring matrix instead of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used in other federal invitation rounds. There was no CRS cutoff score requirement for this round of the MPNP draw.
Candidates who earn a nomination from Manitoba for skilled migration to Canada will then have 600 CRS points awarded to their profiles, which they can submit to the federal government for skilled migration to Canada.
The additional 600 points on top of other points awarded according to CRS factors effectively guarantee that applicants are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Manitoba’s previous record draw was held on June 28, 2021, when 1,017 Express Entry applicants were invited to apply under the MPNP.
Manitoba has several immigration pathways for attracting international talent to the Canadian province, with the MPNP being such a pathway.
Applicants looking to move to Manitoba need to register an Expression of Interest with the MPNP, which puts them in a position to receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) for skilled migration to Canada through the Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams.
Both streams are designed to identify and attract skilled foreign workers to Manitoba who can meet the province’s labour market needs.
Manitoba then scores the profiles out of 100 points according to the Manitoba EOI scoring matrix, in which points are awarded on human capital factors and applicants’ connections to the province, such as previous experience in the province, family ties, or a prior invitation through one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.
Applicants under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream also need to have an employment offer from a provincial employer in Manitoba.
Foreign graduates who complete their education in Manitoba can apply under the International Education stream, provided that they have skills deemed in-demand in Manitoba.