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The Manitoba Express Entry pathway is an immigration option for individuals and families around the world who wish to make Manitoba, Canada their new permanent home.

It is part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Manitoba Express Entry was launched in January, 2018. It became the first ever MPNP category dedicated to attracting candidates from the federal Express Entry pool. Under Canada’s economic immigration policy, provinces may use a portion of their total PNP allocation to nominate Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada. Nominated candidates receive 600 bonus points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), effectively guaranteeing them an invitation to apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Manitoba Express Entry draw history

While Manitoba conducted several draws through its Express Entry pathway in 2018, the province hasn’t conducted draws recently. Instead, MPNP often includes Express Entry candidates in draws through other pathways.

DateNumber of invitationsMinimum points required
July 9, 2018132519 (candidates with experience in listed NOC B occupation only)
July 6, 2018202519
Jun 21, 2018114562
May 11, 2018151562
Mar 13, 2018253545
Jan 31, 2018148560
Jan 11, 2018155565

Step 1: Enter the federal Express Entry pool

Since first being launched in 2015, Canada’s Express Entry system has become the main source of economic immigrants to the country. In order to enter the pool, however, potential applicants must be eligible under one of the federal economic programs:

Eligible candidates are assigned a CRS score out of 1,200 and ranked among each other. Candidates can increase their score, and thereby their rank, through various means — including by being nominated by a province.

Step 2: Be eligible under the MPNP

The Manitoba Express Entry pathway is a sub-stream of the MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas stream. As such, candidates must be eligible as an overseas skilled worker, which means satisfying another set of eligibility criteria.

Manitoba Express Entry eligibility overview

Minimum requirement
Express EntryDemonstrate acceptance into the Express Entry pool by providing a valid Express Entry ID and Job Seeker Validation Code.
Work ExperienceMinimum of six months of work experience in an occupation on the In-Demand Occupations list (see below).
Language abilityThe minimum official language proficiency depends on your assessed Training, Education, Experience, Responsibilities (TEER) category:
Minimum CLB 7 for TEER 0 or 1
Minimum CLB 6 for TEER 2 or 3
EducationCompleted one post-secondary program of at least one year (Canadian equivalent).
If the position requires licensure or certification, you must apply to the regulatory body to have your qualifications and skills assessed and/or pass an examination.
Age18 or older
AdaptabilityDemonstrate the ability and intent to become economically established and reside in Manitoba;
Have the confirmed support of a close friend or relative who has resided in Manitoba for at least one year;
Hold a valid Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP.
Settlement fundsDemonstrate liquid funds equivalent to the amounts required under the FSWC.

Once eligibility has been assessed according to the table above, individuals must score at least 60 points (out of 100) to be considered eligible. The Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas points grid assesses candidates across five factors: language ability, age, work experience, education, and adaptability.

Eligibility factor 1: Language ability

Eligibility factor 2: Age

Eligibility factor 3: Work experience

Eligibility factor 4: Education

Eligibility factor 5: Adaptability

Step 3: Enter Manitoba’s EOI pool for skilled workers

Individuals who satisfy the Manitoba Express Entry pathway criteria above and have accrued at least 60 points across the five factors may create a profile in Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system for skilled workers. At this stage, you become a candidate and are assigned a points total out of 1,000. Points are awarded across six factors: language ability, age, work experience, education, adaptability, and risk assessment.

EOI pool factor 1: Language

EOI pool factor 2: Age

EOI pool factor 3: Work experience

EOI pool factor 4: Education

EOI pool factor 5: Adaptability

EOI pool factor 6: Risk assessment


MPNP In-Demand Occupations

Manitoba Express Entry candidates must have at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list.

1 - Business, finance and administration occupations

2 - Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

3 - Health occupations

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

5 - Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

6 - Sales and service occupations

7 - Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

8 - Occupations unique to primary industry

9 - Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities

Step 4: Receive an invitation from the MPNP and apply for nomination

Manitoba immigration authorities invite the highest-ranked candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in periodic draws from the EOI pool. Invited candidates may apply for an ‘enhanced’ provincial nomination under the MPNP. Enhanced nominations are aligned with the federal Express Entry system. As such, successful applicants receive 600 additional CRS points and an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Step 5: Apply for Canadian permanent residence

Invited Express Entry candidates have 60 days to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence. Once the application has been submitted, IRCC aims to complete the process within six months.

PNP live tracker

Manitoba is just one of many Canadian provinces that offer a dedicated category for Express Entry candidates. With updates occurring more regularly than ever, Moving2Canada now offers its exclusive PNP Canada live tracker, updated with the latest information as it happens across all the provinces and territories.

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