The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has come into criticism for a backlog of applications leading to lengthy processing in recent years, and just this month for adding a per principal applicant fee.
Ian Wishart, Minister of Education and Training for Manitoba has announced the backlog of MPNP applications has now been completely cleared. A substantial achievement considering the backlog was over 5000 applications a year ago.Wishart committed to processing any new eligible applications to the MPNP within six months or less.
A second improvement to the MPNP is a list of in-demand jobs in the province which will be held in the form of an online resource and updated at regular intervals. Data from any relevant stakeholders, government bodies and labor market analysis will be used to decide the in-demand jobs and to keep the online resource up to date. The resource will also help to identify priority demographic areas such as the need for francophone and regional immigration.
The MPNP is an immigration scheme for Manitoba, Canada, which allows the province to identify applicants with in-demand skills and experience, inviting them to apply for provincial nomination. The scheme also attracts active investors. The online resource for in-demand jobs will be published after approval by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada and allow Manitoba to identify and prioritize invitations for in-demand skills and experience.
Along with the announcement of the MPNP improvements, Ian Wishart also revealed Manitoba expects in the region of 170,000 jobs to be created in the province in the next five years across a number of sectors including finance, services, trades, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture and IT. It is expected that 25 per cent or more of these new jobs will be filled by immigrants.
Plans were also shared of the introduction of new pathways for international students already in Manitoba to move on to permanent resident status. And, support for international students to work to qualifications for in-demand jobs.
There is also an MPNP for Skilled Workers, which is an excellent route for those with in-demand experience who don’t meet the federal Express Entry requirements. The criteria for the two schemes differ potentially making the MPNP more successful for some.
The MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba is a route for foreign workers and graduates already residing and working in the province who have a permanent job offer. The MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas is another sub-category, this time for skilled workers not currently in Canada.