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The Manitoba Work Experience Pathway of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will target skilled temporary workers in Manitoba who wish to settle in Manitoba as permanent residents. If you are currently working in Manitoba with a temporary work permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit, the Manitoba Work Experience Pathway could be your route to Canadian permanent resident status.

How to immigrate to Manitoba under the MPNP Work Experience Pathway

Follow the steps below to plot your route to living and working in Manitoba as a Canadian permanent resident.

Step 1: Be eligible under the MPNP

Potential applicants for the Manitoba Work Experience Pathway need work experience and current employment in Manitoba. See below for further eligibility criteria. Unlike other MPNP categories, no points are assigned for these criteria – if you meet the conditions, you may be considered eligible.

Manitoba Work Experience Pathway eligibility overview

Work experience and current employment in Manitoba

  • Graduates of a post-secondary study or training program in Manitoba, with a minimum of six months’ work experience in Manitoba in occupations on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list (see below). The job does not necessarily need to be related to your field of study; OR
  • Out-of-province graduates with a minimum of 12 months’ work experience in Manitoba in occupations on Manitoba’s published In-demand Occupations list (see below). The job does not necessarily need to be related to your field of study; OR
  • Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in occupations not on Manitoba’s published In-demand Occupations list who have worked a minimum of 12 months in Manitoba with a Canadian work permit, which may or may not be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); OR
  • Manitoba graduates in occupations not on Manitoba’s published In-demand Occupations list who have worked a minimum of 12 months in Manitoba.

Additional employment requirements

  • You must be residing and/or working in Manitoba when you apply;
  • You must have a long-term, full-time job offer that meets Manitoba’s employment and wage standards for the occupation;
  • Your working conditions are or would be consistent with those of Canadian citizens or permanent residents; and
  • Your position is not home-based, part-time, temporary, seasonal, or commission-based.

Official Languages Proficiency

The minimum official language proficiency depends on your assessed Training, Education, Experience, Responsibilities (TEER) category:

  • Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB 7) for Regulated Occupations
  • Minimum CLB 6 for Compulsory Trades
  • Minimum CLB 5 for all other TEER category 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupations
  • Minimum CLB 4 for semi-skilled occupations (TEER 4 or 5)


You must demonstrate the ability and intent to reside in Manitoba.

MPNP In-Demand Occupations

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

* Regulated Occupation
** Compulsory Trade

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 2: Enter Manitoba’s EOI pool for skilled workers

Eligible candidates can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and enter the candidate pool, at which point they are assigned a points score out of 1,000. Points are awarded across six factors: language ability, age, work experience, education, adaptability, and risk assessment. Top-ranking candidates are issue a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) in periodic draws from the pool, and may then submit a full application under the Manitoba Work Experience Pathway. The EOI submission is an electronic process, which involves answering some questions online and uploading supporting documents.

An EOI is valid for one year after submission – if you haven’t received a LAA after one year, your EOI will expire and you will need to submit a new one to re-enter the candidate pool.

Once you have created an account and submitted your EOI, you can update your EOI at any time. This means that if you become eligible for a higher points score, you don’t have to wait until your EOI expires to update your situation. For example, if you take another language test or complete more work experience after you submit your EOI, you can update your profile and improve your points score.

An EOI is not an application for immigration to Manitoba; rather, it allows the government of Manitoba to determine candidates’ eligibility in various immigration categories. There is no limit to the number of candidates who can submit an EOI, and there is no deadline – the system is always open to receive EOIs. (Having said that, the province does reserve the right to limit EOIs from candidates in certain occupations, if there is a significant overload.)

Step 3: Receive a LAA and submit an application

Manitoba periodically conducts draws to invite top-ranking candidates to submit a full application to the MPNP: these candidates receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). Draws are conducted roughly every month, although historically there has been no regular schedule or advance notice for draws. Although candidates in the pool are scored out of 1,000, since draws began in May, 2015 the minimum score of any invited candidate in the SWM category has commonly been around 500 to 600.Candidates who receive a LAA have 60 days to complete and submit an application to the MPNP. It is strongly recommended that candidates start preparing documents when they enter the pool, as it can take some time to gather the required documents in the right format.

Step 4: Apply for Canadian permanent residence

If your application to the MPNP under the Manitoba Work Experience Pathway is successful, you can then apply directly to the Canadian government for permanent resident status.

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