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Immigration to Manitoba, Canada through the Manitoba Human Capital Pathway (HCP) will target international applicants who have skilled work experience and training in one of the occupations on Manitoba’s in-demand occupations list.

As the Manitoba Human Capital Pathway is not aligned with the federal Express Entry system, potential candidates do not need an Express Entry profile in order to apply. Successful applicants to the HCP will receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) – as is currently the case for Manitoba’s skilled worker categories – and may then apply directly to the Canadian government for permanent resident status.

This pathway is not yet open. It was scheduled to begin accepting applications in 2019, but has been delayed several times. Candidates wishing to apply through this stream may want to consider the Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas pathway which is currently operational and has similar eligibility criteria.

Manitoba Human Capital Pathway

Follows these steps to secure a provincial nomination from Manitoba.

Step 1: Be eligible under the MPNP

The Manitoba Human Capital Pathway maintains the current requirement that potential applicants obtain at least 60 points on the MPNP Points Assessment grid. In addition, potential applicants need to meet certain further eligibility criteria, outlined below.

Manitoba Human Capital Pathway eligibility overview

Minimum requirement
Work ExperienceMinimum of six months of full-time work experience in an occupation on the in-demand occupations list (see below). No points will be awarded for experience less than a year in duration.
Language abilityThe minimum official language proficiency depends on your assessed occupation skill level:
Minimum CLB 7 for Regulated Occupations
Minimum CLB 6 for Compulsory Trades
Minimum CLB 5 for all other NOC 0, A or B occupations
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 (There is no maximum age, but points are not awarded for age to any applicant older than 45)
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;
Demonstrate previous post-secondary education completed in Manitoba within the past five years;
Have previous work experience in Manitoba within the past five years;
Hold a valid Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP.
Settlement fundsDemonstrate liquid funds equivalent to Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) requirements for independent financial resources for a six-month period.

Once eligibility has been assessed according to the table above, you must score at least 60 points (out of 100) to be considered eligible. The Manitoba immigration 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 2: Enter Manitoba’s EOI pool for skilled workers

Potential candidates to the Manitoba Human Capital Pathway need to enter Manitoba’s pool of candidates by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI is not an application for immigration, it is an indication to the province that you wish to immigrate.

Upon entering the pool, candidates are assigned a points score out of 1,000 (your score on the eligibility points chart is no longer relevant once you are in the pool). Points are awarded across six factors: language ability, age, work experience, education, adaptability, and risk assessment.  The province periodically invites top-ranking candidates in the pool to submit a full application to the MPNP.

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

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 3: Receive a LAA and submit an application

Top-ranking candidates in the EOI pool receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), with which they can then submit a full application, including a Career Plan. Successful applicants receive a Manitoba provincial nomination.

Step 4: Apply for Canadian permanent residence

Candidates nominated by the MPNP through the HCP can then apply to the Canadian government for permanent resident status.

PNP Live Tracker

Manitoba is not the only Canadian province to offer a route to permanent resident status. 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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