Manitoba will be allowed to nominate 5,700 individuals for immigration to Canada this year, after a 14 percent increase on the previous cap of 5,000 was approved by the federal government.
The increased cap will allow Manitoba to welcome a diverse range of workers, graduates, and businesspeople under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs. The increase in nominations was noted by Manitoba Education and Training Minister, Ian Wishart, at the provincial legislature Winnipeg.
The cap of 5,700 does not include family members; in 2017, a total of 9,425 applicants plus their family members were approved. Manitoba also receives additional immigrants through the federal economic, family class, and refugee programs, helping to alleviate the economic pressures arising from labour shortages in certain in-demand occupations, as well as low birth rates.
Nominees admitted as skilled workers are selected based on a system that awards points for factors including in-demand job skills and experience, language proficiency, level of education, and having close relatives in Manitoba.
The MPNP is undergoing a complete overhaul for 2018, with the introduction of new immigration streams and pathways, including, for the first time, a dedicated pathway for Express Entry candidates wishing to make Manitoba their permanent home.
Candidates invited to apply under the MPNP Express Entry pathway who go on to be approved for nomination receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, effectively guaranteeing that they will be invited to apply to the federal government for permanent residence through the expedited Express Entry system.
Other new features of the MPNP include a stream dedicated to providing faster pathways to nomination for international students graduating in Manitoba, plus another new stream for business immigrants.
As of April 26, 2018, there were a total of 16,254 expressions of interest in the MPNP system. Candidates are invited to apply to the MPNP on a priority basis, based on the number of points they have at the time a round of invitations takes place.
In 2017, a plurality of those admitted under the MPNP were from India, followed by nominees from the Philippines, China, Nigeria, Ukraine, Brazil, Pakistan, Israel, and Germany.
Under Canada’s multi-year immigration plan, around 184,000 provincial nominees are expected to be approved for permanent residence between 2018 and 2020. This figure includes nominees admitted to numerous provinces, including Manitoba. Historically, Manitoba’s provincial nominee retention rate is 88.59 per cent, behind only Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia.