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Immigration Service Continuum

Arrival Services

Manitoba Start is Manitoba’s arrival, registration and referral, and employment supports service for all immigrant newcomers. All immigrant newcomers should register with Manitoba Start in order to be referred to the appropriate labour market, adult language training, and integration services they need.

In Winnipeg, the first stop for newcomers is the central office of Manitoba Start located at 271 Portage Ave.

In the different regions of Manitoba, similar services are available through settlement service hubs in centres such as Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Thompson, Neepawa, Winkler and Steinbach. After registering, you may be connected with any or all of the following services depending on your settlement plan.

Assessment and referral

At Manitoba Start and in service hubs throughout the province, new immigrants are assessed and referred to employment, adult language assessment and training as well as integration and orientation services like the ENTRY Program.


ENTRY Program is a series of orientation classes that helps newcomers adjust to life in Manitoba.

Language training

The first step for newcomers to receive an appointment with the Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre (WELARC) or other English Language Assessment and Referral Centres in Manitoba, is to register with Manitoba Start. These centres assess language skills and place newcomers in the appropriate Adult English as an Additional Language class to develop their language and communication skills they will need to integrate into Canadian society and enter the labour market.


At Manitoba Start and in service hubs throughout the province, new immigrants are referred to an immigrant employment counsellor to assess their situation upon arrival, to continue developing their career plans, to receive guidance on qualifications recognition,  and to receive direct support in employment readiness, job-search techniques and strategies and matching with employers with appropriate job-openings.  

* Francophone immigrants registered with Manitoba Start throughout Manitoba will be referred to settlement orientation services from Accueil francophone in addition to the other services provided directly by Manitoba Start.
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