Immigration Service Continuum

Manitoba Start: 

Employment Services for Immigrant Newcomers

Manitoba Immigration and Economic Opportunities provides a centralized, single window for all immigrants arriving in Manitoba needing support to achieve their labour market goals. Many immigrants begin planning their pathway to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) which is an economic immigration program serving the local labour market.  All provincial nominees have the goal to become gainfully employed members of the Manitoba workforce.

With this in mind, career-oriented information and services are provided throughout the Service Continuum.

At the time of application to the MPNP, candidates are asked to research their intended occupation so that they can make informed decisions about their opportunities for successful employment in our province.

At pre-arrival, Manitoba-destined immigrants are provided with resources to take charge of their career planning.

Upon arrival, all immigrants may begin their journey to jobs at Manitoba Start, which assesses and develops each client's personal career plan, provides counselling and refers clients to programs in-house or provided by specialty services including help with qualifications recognition for regulated occupations and with job matching services provided through liaison with Manitoba employers.

In other parts of Manitoba, regional service centres work in a similar manner, directly providing pre-employment assistance or working closely with Employment Manitoba to ensure that newcomers receive high quality labour market supports.

Information for temporary foreign workers

Temporary foreign workers can contact Manitoba Immigration Information services staff at 204-945-6300 for general information about their rights and responsibilities, eligibility to stay permanently in Manitoba as well as access and advice from other services such as Employment Standards, Workplace Safety and Health and other provincial bodies.

Information for immigrants in regulated occupations

Internationally skilled immigrants working to meet Canada’s re-accreditation and training requirements can receive advice and guidance through Manitoba Start. They may also be eligible to access financial supports through a government supported Micro-loans program called Recognition Counts!

Find out more about how Manitoba Immigration and Economic Opportunities is improving pathways to qualifications recognition for internationally-trained workers by visiting the website of the Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner. Manitoba is also contributing to the improvement of qualifications recognition policies across Canada through the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.