Immigration to Manitoba, Canada through the Manitoba Human Capital Pathway (HCP) is one of the upcoming changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), now scheduled to come into effect in February, 2019. The Human Capital Pathway 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 will not be 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.
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
|Work Experience||Minimum 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 ability||The 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
|Education||Completed 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.
|Age||18 or older (There is no maximum age, but points are not awarded for age to any applicant older than 45)|
|Adaptability||Demonstrate 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 funds||Demonstrate 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
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.
|CLB 8 or higher||20|
|CLB 3 or lower||0|
|CLB 5 or higher||5|
Eligibility factor 2: Age
|50 or older||0|
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 experience||Points awarded|
|Less than one year||0|
|Four years or more||15|
Eligibility factor 4: Education
|Highest level of education||Points awarded|
|Master’s degree or Doctorate||25|
|Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each||23|
|One post-secondary program of two years or longer||20|
|One one-year post-secondary program||14|
|No formal post-secondary education||0|
Eligibility factor 5: Adaptability
A connection to Manitoba is required of all 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 Manitoba||Points awarded|
|Close relative in Manitoba||20|
|Invitation to Apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit||20|
|Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months)||12|
|Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba||12|
|Completed post-secondary program of at least one academic year in Manitoba||10|
|Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba||10|
|Regional Immigration (intention to reside outside Winnipeg)||5|