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 occupation skill level:
Minimum CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A
Minimum CLB 6 for NOC B
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


Points for language ability are based on individual Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scores for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Points awarded based on official test results provided. Official tests include IELTS or CELPIP for English, and TEF for French.

First language 
ProficiencyPoints awarded
CLB 8 or higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
CLB 3 or lower0
Second language
ProficiencyPoints awarded
CLB 5 or higher5

Eligibility factor 2: Age

AgePoints awarded
50 or older0

Eligibility factor 3: Work experience


Points for work experience are based on documented proof of full-time employment in the past five years. Only full-time jobs of six months (continuous) or longer are considered.

Years of work experiencePoints awarded
Less than one year0
One year8
Two years10
Three years12
Four years or more15

Eligibility factor 4: Education

Highest level of educationPoints awarded
Master’s degree or Doctorate25
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each23
One post-secondary program of two years or longer20
One one-year post-secondary program14
Trade certificate14
No formal post-secondary education0

Eligibility factor 5: Adaptability


A connection to Manitoba is required of all Manitoba Express Entry candidates. Adaptability points are calculated according to documented proof of a strong connection to Manitoba and employability in your assessed occupation, demonstrating that you have the genuine intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba. You can only receive points for one type of connection, even if multiple apply to you. In addition to Adaptability points, you may also score points for Regional Immigration for having a connection to, and planning to settle in, a region of Manitoba outside the city of Winnipeg.

Connection to ManitobaPoints awarded
Close relative in Manitoba20
Invitation to Apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit20
Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months)12
Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba12
Completed post-secondary program of at least one academic year in Manitoba10
Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba10
Regional Immigration (intention to reside outside Winnipeg)5
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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

First official language 
Language proficiencyRanking points
CLB 8 or higher25 per ability (speaking, reading, writing, listening)
CLB 722 per ability
CLB 620 per ability
CLB 517 per ability
CLB 412 per ability
CLB 3 or lower0
Second official language
Language proficiencyRanking points
CLB 5 or higher (overall)25
Maximum points for language: 125

EOI pool factor 2: Age

AgeRanking points
50 or older0
Maximum points for age: 75

EOI pool factor 3: Work experience

Years of work experienceRanking points
Less than one year0
1 year40
2 years50
3 years60
4 years or more75
Bonus: fully recognized by provincial licensing body100
Maximum points for work experience: 175

EOI pool factor 4: Education

Highest level of educationRanking points
Master’s degree or Doctorate125
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each115
One post-secondary program of three years or more110
One post-secondary program of two years100
One-year post-secondary program70
Trade Certificate70
No formal post-secondary education0
Maximum points for education: 125

EOI pool factor 5: Adaptability

Adaptability factorRanking points
Close relative in Manitoba200
Previous authorized work experience in Manitoba (six months or more)100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (two years or more)100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (one year)50
Close friend or distant relative in Manitoba50
Ongoing employment in Manitoba for six months or more with long-term job offer from the same employer500
Invitation to Apply under a Strategic Initiative500
Immigration destination in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg50
Maximum points for adaptability: 500

EOI pool factor 6: Risk assessment

Risk factorRanking points
Work experience in another province-100
Studies in another province-100
Maximum points for risk assessment: -200
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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

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

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
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

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0311Managers in Health Care (not eligible for SWO)A7
3132Dietitians* and nutritionistsA7
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists *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

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0423Managers in social, community and correctional services05
4112Lawyers and Quebec notaries*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

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

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

7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

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
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

NOCOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB
0821Managers in agriculture05

9 – Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities

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

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.

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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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