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Understanding Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Strategy 2017-2020


Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program under the Expression of Interest System

UPDATES: Draw #33 – August 15, 2017


  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 401
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 585


  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 42 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 719

The government of Manitoba has released a new Labour Market Strategy for immigration through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). In order to understand the Premier of Manitoba, Canada, Brian Pallister’s approach, here’s his Conservative Government Immigration Strategy for 2017. This will continue until 2020, the end of his term unless he will be voted again.

Based on the Conservative Platform, they will focus to have “Better Jobs” in Manitoba.

“6. Encouraging New Immigration by enhancing the Provincial Nominee Program to welcome MORE QUALIFIED and SKILLED IMMIGRANTS from around the world as well as encouraging increased family immigration.” – Conservative’s 10-point Economic Growth Plan

In the previous MPNP Immigration policy, here is the percentage on how they accept applicants:

Skilled Workers Overseas – are applicants who are internationally trained and experienced workers who have skills in the local labor market. One major factor is they also demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba thru family or relatives. It was usually no job offer or no employer yet needed.

For the previous years, Skilled Workers Overseas (no job offer) – 59.8% applicants have been accepted.

Strategic Recruitment Initiatives – allows the province to nominate qualified persons for immigration. The province usually held Information Sessions or Job Fairs to different countries and recruit eligible applicants.

The Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative Skilled Worker Program is also under this category.

For the previous years, Strategic Recruitment Initiatives – 6.9% applicants have been accepted only.

Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative is for individuals with proven farm business experience, sufficient available capital to invest, and who intend to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.  They have accepted applicants for 0.1%.

General Business – These are who wants to put a business in Manitoba. The Business Immigration to Morden is under this program. It’s about 1.9% applicants have been accepted.

Skilled Worker in Manitoba – applicants who have a strong connection to the province through ongoing employment and sufficient skills, education and training, work experience and official language proficiency to make an immediate and ongoing contribution to the Manitoba economy. These are usually International Students/Graduates that have job offer. These are also Temporary Foreign Workers in Manitoba who apply for PR status.

For the previous years, Skilled Worker in Manitoba has accepted 31.3% applicants.

Now, the approach of the Progressive Conservative platform for MPNP 2017-2020 is the following. Their target percentage for each program are indicated:


Skilled Workers IN Manitoba – Total of 49.8%

  • International Students/Graduates nominated with a job offer – 35.6%
  • Temporary Foreign Workers (with a job offer) – 14.2%

Strategic Recruitment Initiatives with a job offer (usually come from Overseas Job Fairs) – 21.4%

Skilled Worker Overseas which they redefine it to have “matched jobs”. But its details have not been released properly.   – 23.8%

New Business Streams – 0.3%

General Business Stream – 4.5%

Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative – 0.3%

Furthermore, there will be a new MPNP skilled worker non- refundable application fee of $500 for applicants invited to submit a complete application which took effect last May 15, 2017.

As you can see, it is hard for the Skilled Worker Overseas to apply. There is a drop of 36% for applicants that will be recruited in that category. But it is some good news for all the International Students and Temporary Foreign Workers applying for PR status. It is because somehow they are the priority in these strategies. There is an increase of 18.5% in their category that will be accepted in the MPNP.

Furthermore, here is the latest EOI Draw #32 which was posted on July 11, 2017.



Registered Nurses, Secondary and Elementary School Teachers, Vocational and College Instructors, University Professors, General and Specialist Physicians have not been considered in this draw unless they were directly invited by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative

For MPNP-Business Category, 84 applications including those from Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative were received for the months of May and June 2017.

Fact. Did you know that the last EOI draw for Skilled Workers Overseas was Aug. 24, 2016? With the following details:  


Since then, it was stopped and they were focused on the Strategic Recruitment Initiative Category. It has been almost a year now, maybe this August 2017; it is time for them to make that kind of EOI draw again. Well, let’s hope for the best.

Furthermore, here are some strategies might be applicable to you for MPNP 2017 and beyond:

  1. If you are a Skilled Worker Overseas, aim a ranking score of at least 600pts.
  2. If you are an International Student Graduate or Temporary Foreign Worker, now is the best time to apply for PR status.
  3. If you are aiming for Strategic Recruitment Initiative, try the Morden immigration Program or watch out for upcoming Information Sessions and Job Fairs. But take note that during Job Fairs, they wanted you to already have a valid IELTS score and Education Assessment.



EOI Draw No. 33, August 15, 2017

EOI Draw # 20, August 2016

EOI Draw # 32, July 11, 2017

Progressive Conservative Manitoba Platform

Immigrate to Morden

Immigrate to Manitoba

You can also join Filipino Portal In Canada Support Group on where you can post questions, ask insights and guidance regarding Canadian Immigration Programs. In this social media group, fellow Filipinos across Canada might help answer your queries and give you some important reminders.

Disclaimer: is not in any way connected with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), nor are immigration consultants by profession or agency. Any information or news shared on this site are gathered from updates from various resources.


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