Looking to start a new chapter of your life in Canada? You’ll be joining the tens of thousands of Indian citizens who choose to immigrate permanently to Canada each and every year. In this article, we break down Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), outlining the best options for Indians who want to immigrate to Canada. 

In 2019, 85,585 Indian nationals were admitted to Canada as permanent residents. This is more than 25 percent of all permanent residence admissions to Canada for the year and is a record-breaking number for Indians. But, how do you take advantage of this wave of immigration to settle in Canada permanently yourself? 

There are a range of Canadian immigration options. In another article we covered Express Entry for Indians, but today we are diving deep into Canada’s PNPs for Indians.

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Understanding Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Canada has 13 provinces and territories. Of these, 11 currently have active Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). PNPs allow each of these provinces to select immigrants who will meet a unique need held by the province. 

For example, the province of Nova Scotia has a PNP specifically seeking doctors because the province needs more medical professionals. Meanwhile, the province of British Columbia has a Tech Pilot PNP stream because the province has a growing tech industry in need of more workers. 

But, PNPs are not just about occupations, there are also PNPs that target immigrants with French-language abilities, or with family connections in the province, or with previous education or work experience in the province. 

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are permanent residence programs. This means that if you can successfully land a provincial nomination you can then submit an official application for Canadian permanent resident status. 

Getting permanent resident status through a PNP is a multistage process. First, you have to apply for provincial nomination from the province. Then, if your provincial nomination is approved you have to submit a second application for Canadian permanent resident status. 

Many, though not all, PNP streams are aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system. If you are nominated through one of these PNP streams, you will receive an additional 600 points added to your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, allowing you to submit your final PR application and have it processed very quickly (usually in less than six months). 

Non-Express Entry PNPs usually take closer to two years to be processed, though it may be possible to secure a work permit while your application is in processing.

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How did we choose the 5 best PNPs for Indians to immigrate to Canada?

There are around 80 active PNP streams, so it can be a bit complicated to figure out the best option for you. In order to choose the best options we made a few decisions:

  1. We looked at the best options for Indians who have no work experience or educational history in Canada. If you have Canadian work experience or education, you might qualify for another PNP stream or have another immigration option. 
  2. We didn’t include any PNPs for businesspeople and entrepreneurs. There are PNP streams for those looking to launch a business in Canada, but these require you to have experience managing a business and upwards of CAD$100,000 to invest. 

If you want to get a complete idea of which PNPs you might be eligible for, you can use our PNP Live Tracker Tool. Filter PNP streams by occupation, job offer requirements, and more!

The 5 Best PNPs for Indians to immigrate to Canada

1 – Ontario Human Capital Priorities

Everyone wants to move to Ontario. Well, not everyone, but Ontario is the most popular destination for newcomers to Canada. The Ontario Human Capital Priorities stream could help you transform Ontario from a dream destination to a reality. Here’s what you need to know.

Express Entry profile required? Yes. You need an active Express Entry profile to be considered.

Specific occupation required? There is no set list of occupations for this program, but certain occupations are prioritized. Often Ontario invites candidates with experience in one of six priority tech occupations through this stream:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

Job offer required? No. 

Language requirements? The same as Express Entry

Other requirements? Refer to detailed program requirements here.

How to apply? Ontario will contact certain Express Entry candidates and invite them to apply to this stream. Check your Express Entry account regularly to see if you’ve received an invitation from Ontario. Unless you receive an invitation (Ontario calls this a Notification of Interest, or NOI) then you cannot apply to this PNP stream.

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2 – Saskatchewan Express Entry

Don’t have an Express Entry profile? Skip to the next option to see a Saskatchewan PNP stream for non-Express Entry candidates.

The Saskatchewan Express Entry PNP stream is designed to help bring workers to Saskatchewan who can fill vacancies in the province’s workforce. If you’ve got an Express Entry profile and experience in an in-demand occupation, this might be an option for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Express Entry profile required? Yes. You need an active Express Entry profile. Skip to the next option for a similar PNP stream that doesn’t require an Express Entry profile.

Specific occupation required? Yes. You must have at least one year of work experience in an occupation at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B, that is not included on the Saskatchewan Excluded Occupations List:

Saskatchewan Excluded Occupations List

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NOC CodeJob Title
0011Legislators
0012Senior government managers and officials
0015Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
0311Managers in health care
0411Government managers - health and social policy development and program administration
0412Government managers - economic analysis, policy development and program administration
0413Government managers - education policy development and program administration
0414Other managers in public administration
0431Commissioned police officers
0432Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0433Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
0511Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
0512Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
0513Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
0823Managers in aquaculture
1111Financial auditors and accountants
1113Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
1227Court officers and justices of the peace
1228Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
1312Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
1314Assessors, valuators and appraisers
1315Customs, ship and other brokers
2111Physicists and astronomers
2113Geoscientists and oceanographers
2114Meteorologists and climatologists
2115Other professional occupations in physical sciences
2122Forestry professionals
2145Petroleum engineers
2146Aerospace engineers
2152Landscape architects
2153Urban and land use planners
2271Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
2273Deck officers, water transport
2274Engineer officers, water transport
2275Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
3011Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111Specialist physicians
3112General practitioners and family physicians
3113Dentists
3114Veterinarians
3121Optometrists
3124Allied primary health practitioners
3125Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131Pharmacists
3132Dietitians and nutritionists
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142Physiotherapists
3144Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3213Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3221Denturists
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3231Opticians
3232Practitioners of natural healing
3233Licensed practical nurses
3236Massage therapists
4012Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4031Secondary school teachers
4032Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
4111Judges
4112Lawyers and Quebec notaries
4154Professional occupations in religion
4155Probation and parole officers and related occupations
4168Program officers unique to government
4217Other religious occupations
4311Police officers (except commissioned)
4312Firefighters
4313Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
5111Librarians
5112Conservators and curators
5113Archivists
5121Authors and writers
5122Editors
5123Journalists
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5132Conductors, composers and arrangers
5133Musicians and singers
5134Dancers
5135Actors and comedians
5136Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
5211Library and public archive technicians
5212Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
5221Photographers
5222Film and video camera operators
5223Graphic arts technicians
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5226Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5231Announcers and other broadcasters
5232Other performers, n.e.c.
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
5242Interior designers and interior decorators
5243Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
5244Artisans and craftspersons
5245Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products
5251Athletes
5252Coaches
5253Sports officials and referees
5254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
6231Insurance agents and brokers
6232Real estate agents and salespersons
6311Food service supervisors
6314Customer and information services supervisors
6341Hairstylists and barbers
6343Shoe repairers and shoemakers
6346Funeral directors and embalmers
7233Sheet metal workers
7247Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7253Gas fitters
7303Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7316Machine fitters
7318Elevator constructors and mechanics
7331Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
7361Railway and yard locomotive engineers
7372Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction
8232Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
8261Fishing masters and officers
8262Fishermen/women
9214Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9217Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
9221Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
9222Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
9223Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
9224Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9227Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
9235Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9243Water and waste treatment plant operators

Job offer required? No.

Language requirements? Same as Express Entry.

Other requirements? Must score at least 60 points out of 100 on the SINP Eligibility Points Grid. Refer to detailed program requirements here.

How to apply? First, you must have an active Express Entry profile and meet the minimum program requirements. Then, you must create a profile with the Saskatchewan PNP online application system, OASIS. Periodically, candidates with profiles in the OASIS system will be invited to apply for nomination from Saskatchewan. This is a competitive program, so not all candidates in the pool will be invited.

3 – Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand

This Saskatchewan PNP stream is popular among individuals who are not eligible for Express Entry as it does not require an Express Entry profile. 

Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand brings workers to Saskatchewan who can fill gaps in Saskatchewan’s workforce. If you have experience in an in-demand occupation and you meet the other eligibility requirements, this might be an option for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Express Entry profile required? No. You do not need an Express Entry profile to qualify. 

Specific occupation required? Yes. You must have at least one year of work experience in an occupation at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B, that is not included on the Saskatchewan Excluded Occupations List:

Saskatchewan Excluded Occupations List

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NOC CodeJob Title
0011Legislators
0012Senior government managers and officials
0015Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
0311Managers in health care
0411Government managers - health and social policy development and program administration
0412Government managers - economic analysis, policy development and program administration
0413Government managers - education policy development and program administration
0414Other managers in public administration
0431Commissioned police officers
0432Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0433Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
0511Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
0512Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
0513Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
0823Managers in aquaculture
1111Financial auditors and accountants
1113Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
1227Court officers and justices of the peace
1228Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
1312Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
1314Assessors, valuators and appraisers
1315Customs, ship and other brokers
2111Physicists and astronomers
2113Geoscientists and oceanographers
2114Meteorologists and climatologists
2115Other professional occupations in physical sciences
2122Forestry professionals
2145Petroleum engineers
2146Aerospace engineers
2152Landscape architects
2153Urban and land use planners
2271Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
2273Deck officers, water transport
2274Engineer officers, water transport
2275Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
3011Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111Specialist physicians
3112General practitioners and family physicians
3113Dentists
3114Veterinarians
3121Optometrists
3124Allied primary health practitioners
3125Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131Pharmacists
3132Dietitians and nutritionists
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142Physiotherapists
3144Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3213Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3221Denturists
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3231Opticians
3232Practitioners of natural healing
3233Licensed practical nurses
3236Massage therapists
4012Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4031Secondary school teachers
4032Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
4111Judges
4112Lawyers and Quebec notaries
4154Professional occupations in religion
4155Probation and parole officers and related occupations
4168Program officers unique to government
4217Other religious occupations
4311Police officers (except commissioned)
4312Firefighters
4313Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
5111Librarians
5112Conservators and curators
5113Archivists
5121Authors and writers
5122Editors
5123Journalists
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5132Conductors, composers and arrangers
5133Musicians and singers
5134Dancers
5135Actors and comedians
5136Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
5211Library and public archive technicians
5212Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
5221Photographers
5222Film and video camera operators
5223Graphic arts technicians
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5226Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5231Announcers and other broadcasters
5232Other performers, n.e.c.
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
5242Interior designers and interior decorators
5243Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
5244Artisans and craftspersons
5245Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products
5251Athletes
5252Coaches
5253Sports officials and referees
5254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
6231Insurance agents and brokers
6232Real estate agents and salespersons
6311Food service supervisors
6314Customer and information services supervisors
6341Hairstylists and barbers
6343Shoe repairers and shoemakers
6346Funeral directors and embalmers
7233Sheet metal workers
7247Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7253Gas fitters
7303Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7316Machine fitters
7318Elevator constructors and mechanics
7331Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
7361Railway and yard locomotive engineers
7372Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction
8232Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
8261Fishing masters and officers
8262Fishermen/women
9214Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9217Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
9221Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
9222Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
9223Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
9224Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9227Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
9235Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9243Water and waste treatment plant operators

Job offer required? No.

Language requirements? Minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 (CLB 4) on an approved language test in either English or French.

Other requirements? Must score at least 60 points out of 100 on the SINP Eligibility Points Grid. Refer to detailed program requirements here.

How to apply? If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, you can create a profile using the Saskatchewan PNP online application system, OASIS. Periodically, candidates from the OASIS pool will be invited to submit applications for provincial nomination. This is a competitive program, so not all candidates in the pool will be invited.

4 – Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities / Express Entry Demand (Category B)

Nova Scotia has two PNP streams aligned with Express Entry, and both are possible options for Indians in the Express Entry pool. These streams are the Labour Market Priorities stream and the Express Entry Demand (Category B) stream. Each has a few distinct advantages. 

Express Entry profile required? Yes for both. 

Specific occupation required? Yes. 

  • For Labour Market Priorities, a specific occupation will be invited in each draw, but this occupation will not be announced in advance.
  • For Express Entry Demand (Category B), you must have experience in one of the stream’s 11 in-demand occupations.

Nova Scotia Demand: In-Demand Occupations List

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OccupationNOC
Financial auditors and accountants1111
Other financial officers1114
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations1123
Administrative assistants1241
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers1311
Civil engineers2131
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses3012
Licensed practical nurses3233
College and other vocational instructors4021
Paralegal and related occupations4211
Social and community service workers4212

Job offer required? No.

Language requirements? Same as Express Entry.

Other requirements? Refer to detailed program requirements for Labour Market Priorities here and Express Entry Demand here.

How to apply? The application process differs between the two PNP streams:

  • For Labour Market Priorities: You cannot apply directly. Nova Scotia will periodically issue invitations to candidates in the Express Entry pool, inviting them to submit applications. You have to wait and check your Express Entry account regularly to see if you’ve been invited.
  • For Express Entry Demand (Category B): You can apply directly, but only during designated intake periods. During these periods, you must submit a complete online application using the Nova Scotia Immigration Portal. However, be advised that these intake periods are known to be very short, usually reaching capacity in less than three hours. As well, Nova Scotia has not opened Category B for an intake period since November, 2018. While the PNP is still advertised on Nova Scotia’s website, there is no guarantee it will open for an intake in the future.

5 – Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas

The Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas PNP stream is an option for individuals who have a demonstrated connection to Manitoba. If you have a friend or relative living in Manitoba, you’ve studied or worked in Manitoba, or you’ve attended one of Manitoba’s strategic recruitment initiatives, then this PNP stream could be an option for you.

Express Entry profile required? No. 

Specific occupation required? Yes. You must have a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in one of Manitoba’s in-demand occupations: 

1 – Business, finance, and administration occupations

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0111Financial managers07
0112Human resources managers07
0114Other administrative services managers (not eligible for SWO)07
0121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers07
0122Banking, credit and other investment managers07
0124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers07
1111Financial auditors and accountantsA7
1112Financial and investment analystsA5
1114Other financial officersA5
1121Human resources professionalsA5
1122Professional occupations in business management consultingA5
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relationsA5
1212Supervisors, finance and insurance office workersB5
1215Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupationsB5
1221Administrative officers (not eligible for SWO)B5
1223Human resources and recruitment officersB5
1224Property administratorsB5
1241Administrative assistants (not eligible for SWO)B5
1242Legal administrative assistantsB5
1251Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupationsB5
1311Accounting technicians and bookkeepersB5

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0211Engineering managers07
0212Architecture* and science managers07
0213Computer and information systems managers07
2121Biologists and related scientistsA5
2123Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialistsA5
2131Civil engineersA7
2132Mechanical engineersA7
2133Electrical and electronics engineersA7
2141Industrial and manufacturing engineersA7
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)A7
2151ArchitectsA7
2154Land surveyors*A7
2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuariesA5
2171Information systems analysts and consultantsA5
2172Database analysts and data administratorsA5
2173Software engineers and designersA7
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developersA5
2175Web designers and developersA5
2211Chemical technologists and techniciansB5
2212Geological and mineral technologists and techniciansB7
2221Biological technologists and techniciansB7
2222Agricultural and fish products inspectorsB5
2231Civil engineering technologists and techniciansB7
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and techniciansB7
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and techniciansB7
2234Construction estimatorsB5
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and techniciansB7
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)B7
2244Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectorsB7
2253Drafting technologists and techniciansB7
2271Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructorsB5
2281Computer network techniciansB5
2282User support techniciansB5

3 – Health occupations

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0311Managers in Health Care (not eligible for SWO)A7
3131Pharmacists*A7
3132Dietitians* and nutritionistsA7
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists *A7
3142Physiotherapists*A7
3143Occupational therapists*A7
3211Medical laboratory technologists*B7
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistantsB5
3213Animal health technologists and veterinary techniciansB5
3214Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists *B7
3215Medical radiation technologists*B5
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)B5
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists*B7
3236Massage therapistsB5

4 – Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0423Managers in social, community and correctional services05
4112Lawyers and Quebec notaries*A7
4151Psychologists*A7
4152Social workersA7
4153Family, marriage and other related counsellorsA5
4161Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultantsA5
4164Social policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4166Education policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4167Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4168Program officers unique to governmentA5
4211Paralegal and related occupationsB5
4212Social and community service workersB5
4214Early childhood educators and assistantsB7
4215Instructors of persons with disabilitiesB5

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0513Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors05
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupationsA5
5225Audio and video recording techniciansB5
5241Graphic designers and illustratorsB5
5242Interior designers and interior decoratorsB5
5243Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designersB5
5254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitnessB5

6 – Sales and service occupations

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0601Corporate sales managers (not eligible for SWO)07
0621Retail and wholesale trade managers (not eligible for SWO)05
0651Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c. (not eligible for SWO)05
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale tradeB5
6222Retail and wholesale buyersB5
6232Real estate agents and salespersonsB5
6235Financial sales representativesB5
6311Food service supervisorsB5
6322CooksB5
6332BakersB5

7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0711Construction managers07
0712Home building and renovation managers07
0714Facility operation and maintenance managers07
0731Managers in transportation05
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectorsB5
7232Tool and die makersB5
7233Sheet metal workersB5
7237Welders and related machine operatorsB5
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system) **B6
7242Industrial electricians **B6
7244Electrical power line and cable workersB5
7245Telecommunications line and cable workersB7
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workersB7
7251PlumbersB5
7271CarpentersB5
7282Concrete finishersB5
7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathersB5
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)B5
7295Floor covering installersB5
7311Construction millwrights and industrial mechanicsB5
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanicsB5
7313Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics **B6
7315Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectorsB5
7316Machine fittersB5
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairersB5
7322Motor vehicle body repairersB5
7361Railway and yard locomotive engineersB5
7362Railway conductors and brakemen/womenB5
7371Crane operators **B6

8 – Occupations unique to primary industry

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0821Managers in agriculture05

9 – Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities

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NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0911Manufacturing managers05
0912Utilities managers05
9241Power engineers and power systems operatorsB5

Job offer required? No.

Language requirements? For most applicants there are no minimum language requirements. However, the MPNP uses a points-based ranking system to rank candidates and you do receive points based on your language test scores. Most candidates will need approved language test scores in either English or French in order to have enough points to be competitive. There are a few situations where language tests are mandatory:

  • For candidates with occupations at NOC Skill Level C or D: Must have language test scores showing a minimum ability (or higher) consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 4 (CLB 4).
  • For candidates who are invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative: Must have language test scores showing a minimum ability (or higher) consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 5 (CLB 5).

Other requirements? You must show that you have a connection to Manitoba through one of these three ways:

  • Friend or relative: You must have a friend or relative living in Manitoba who is either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. This person must be willing to act as your “Manitoba supporter.” You receive points for this relative, a relative receives 200 points while a friend only receives 50 points. This difference in points between a relative and a friend means that a relative is a much stronger connection to have to the province. A relative may be a sibling, parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, or first cousin. 
  • Work Experience or education: You have worked in Manitoba for at least six months or you completed a post-secondary study program in Manitoba. 

Refer to detailed program requirements here.

How to apply? If you meet the minimum requirements, you may submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by creating an online account with Immigrate Manitoba. If you are eligible, your EOI will be scored out of 1,000 points. Periodically, Manitoba will invite candidates with high-scoring EOIs to apply for provincial nomination from the province. You can get an idea of how competitive your score may be by reviewing recent invitation thresholds (i.e. the number of points needed for an invitation to be issued) in recent draws.

Recent Manitoba Draws

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DateNumber of invitationsMinimum points required
Oct 2139 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative716
Oct 721 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative729
Sept 2767 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative718
Sept 284 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative698
Aug 126 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative719
July 2947 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative708
July 271,140
Express Entry candidates only
557
July 953 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
June 281,017
Express Entry candidates only
565
June 1724 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
June 725 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative708
May 27404
Express Entry candidates only
601
May 2546703
May 629 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
Apr 2611 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative721
Apr 19369 candidates invited with Express Entry profiles612
Apr 1930 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
Apr 814 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative708
Mar 259 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative711
Mar 113 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative728
Feb 2621 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative698
Feb 1223 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative676
Jan 2817 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative681
Jan 14, 20217 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative722
Dec 30, 202013 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative718
Dec 1750 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative706
Nov 1922 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative769
Nov 516 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative708
Oct 2215 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative771
Oct 814 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative611
Sept 244 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative847
Sept 109 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative824
Aug 278 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative824
Aug 1333 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative672
July 3021 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative764
July 1611 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative811
July 26 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative816
June 1958 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative686
June 421 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
May 2115 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative613
May 714 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative802
Apr 2325 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative714
Apr 916 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative742
Mar 2638 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative714
Mar 1213 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative672
Feb 2724 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative707
Feb 1327 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative611
Jan 3039 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative679
Jan 1734 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative708
Jan 242 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative708
Dec 1917 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative559
Dec 623 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative718
Nov 2116 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative739
Nov 724 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative719
Oct 2424 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative685
Oct 1022 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative718
Sept 2559 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
Sept 1253 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative706
Aug 1583 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative685
July 1840 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative718
July 5203 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6)
594
July 545 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative619
June 20288 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6)
599
June 2035 invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative704
June 760 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative701
May 2360 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative506
May 9101 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative616
Apr 2566 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative632
Apr 11352 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
561
Apr 1151 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative695
Mar 28260 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
563
Mar 2829 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative719
Mar 14274 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
564
Mar 1463 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative695
Mar 1216 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
565
Mar 141 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative621
Feb 22338 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
566
Feb 15268 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
570
Feb 1522 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative726
Jan 31299 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
572
Jan 3117 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative705
Jan 17367 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
575
Jan 17, 201927 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative729
Dec 20307 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
576
Dec 2044 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative718
Dec 5255 invited who have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; OR
a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; AND
a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
596
Dec 562 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative711
Nov 8100 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability610
Nov 869 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative705
Oct 1231 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative617
Sep 2831 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative713
Sep 28160 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability592
Sep 1482 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative709
Sep 14150 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND declared regional destination AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability604
Aug 17105 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative642
July 632 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative639
July 6217 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND declared regional destination AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability572
Jun 21115 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
May 3153 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative698
May 31262 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND declared regional destination AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability584
May 1199 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative706
May 11109 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability602
Apr 1384 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
Mar 1357 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
Mar 13144 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability590
Feb 2644 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative695
Feb 26154 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND declared regional destination AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability599
Jan 3164 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative647
Jan 31143 invited who have a close relative / past education or work in MB AND 6+ months of recent experience in an in-demand occupation AND minimum language ability605
Jan 11, 201817 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative815
Dec 29, 201745 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative711
Dec 1345 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative675
Nov 2322 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative664
Oct 3144 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative730
Sep 2649 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative721
Aug 1542 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative719
Jul 1136 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative712
Jun 1624 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative689
May 30143 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative706
Mar 3024 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative698
Mar 1663 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative703
Feb 27124 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative575
Jan 27, 201739 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative707
Dec 30, 201620 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative787
Dec 21115 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative605
Nov 2929 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative716
Oct 2827 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative712
Sep 2940 invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative620
Aug 24538543
Jul 29454545
Jun 29378547
Jun 8411550
May 16206569
Apr 6472543
Mar 9452545
Feb 10449547
Jan 13, 2016390548
Dec 17, 2015598549
Nov 27477553
Nov 3356556
Oct 13272558
Sep 25242560
Sep 9361562
Aug 13292570
Jul 17105578
Jun 25152581
Jun 5202588
May 20, 201577607

Other ways for Indians to immigrate to Canada

If none of these PNP streams seem like a good fit for you, there may be other immigration options for you. Use our PNP Live Tracker tool to identify other PNP options for you, and have a look at our guide for Indians who want to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry to see if Express Entry could be a good fit. 

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