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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Re-opened on April 30, 2015

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June 9, 2015

On April 30 2015, Manitoba re-opened its skilled worker immigration program, known as the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. It is a way to obtain Canadian permanent residence based on a connection to the province of Manitoba. The connection can be a friend or family member in Manitoba, or it can be based on someone in your family having worked or studied in Manitoba.

There have been major changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Candidates may no longer directly apply to the program. They first have to complete an Expression of Interest. Those candidates who score the highest will then be invited to submit a full application to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. If successful, they will be nominated for Canadian permanent residence by Manitoba.

Points are now calculated as follows:

Age Points awarded
18 20
19 30
20 40
21 to 45 75
46 40
47 30
48 20
49 10
50 or older 0


Official Language
First Official Language (English or French)
Proficiency Points
CLB 8 or higher 25 per band
CLB 7 22 per band
CLB 6 20 per band
CLB 5 17 per band
CLB 4 12 per band
CLB 3 or lower 0
Second Official Language
CLB 5 or higher 25

CLB stands for Canadian Language Benchmarks


Documented Work experience
Years of work experience
Less than One Year 0
1 year 40
2 years 50
3 years 60
4 years or more 75


Highest level of education
Master’s degree or Doctorate 125
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each 115
One post-secondary program of three years or longer 110
One post-secondary program of two years 100
One one-year post-secondary program 70
Trade Certification 70
No formal post-secondary education 0


Adaptability Points awarded
Close Relative in Manitoba 200
Previous work experience in Manitoba 100
Completed post-secondary (2+ years) in Manitoba 100
Completed post-secondary (1 year) in Manitoba 50
Friend living in Manitoba who supports you 50
Regional Immigration 50


Other Points Points
Ongoing employment in Manitoba with full-time job offer 500
Credentials for a regulated professions fully recognized 100


Penalties Points
Close family in another Canadian province and no close family in Manitoba -100
Work or study experience in another province -100
Previous immigration application to another province -100

We can help advise you on your immigration options and help you understand these rules.

Just because an applicant is invited to apply, it does not mean that an applicant will be nominated by Manitoba or that he or she will be accepted for permanent residence. There are other factors that will be considered, such as the “ability to become economically established”, the family’s health, as well as criminal and security considerations. With these changes, it is more important than ever to speak with a qualified immigration lawyer to ensure that your immigration process goes smoothly and that you have help every step of the way.

Please contact Paul Hesse if you have any questions about this, or any other legal matters.