Immigration Service Continuum

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is responsible for the selection of economic immigrants according to criteria developed by Manitoba that are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Canada-Manitoba Immigration Agreement.

The Service Continuum begins at the point of application to the MPNP, where our online application tool guides prospective immigrants to discern whether they are qualified and guides them to submit complete applications, with supporting documentation, to hasten processing.

The MPNP has two different selection processes, one for skilled workers and one for entrepreneurs.

All applicants approved by the MPNP become provincial nominees. Nominees must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a permanent resident visa. CIC has the final authority to issue a permanent resident visa to any applicant if they are found to be true economic immigrants who pass security and medical background checks.

Workers selected for long-term employability

The MPNP selects skilled workers according to their ability to economically establish, to make a long-term contribution to the Manitoba labour market and to demonstrate their bona fide intention to settle as permanent residents in our province. Skilled workers apply via two paths:

  1. Applicants Currently Working in Manitoba, and
  2. Overseas Applicants who can:
    1. demonstrate their adaptability to Manitoba through strong connections, a viable settlement plan and sufficient, independent financial resource, and
    2. be assessed sufficient points for age, education and training, work experience, and language ability.

If you're interested in immigrating to Manitoba, visit the MPNP international website, There, read about the assessment criteria and log in to apply.

Have a question about immigrating to Manitoba?
The MPNP has the answers to your questions about immigrating to Manitoba. We’re here to help and are your source of reliable and accurate information. Explore our website,, and visit us at the MPNP offices: 7th Floor, 213 Notre Dame Ave.

Get help with MPNP applications
Our online application system at, offers step-by-step guidance to help you complete a successful application to the MPNP. We also offer information sessions, Thursdays at the MPNP office: 7th Floor, 213 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg. To attend you must first register by phone, 204-945-2806.

Entrepreneurs require viable business plan

The MPNP selects entrepreneurs or business immigrants according to a business plan that meets current requirements. Applications by entrepreneurs to the MPNP are assessed by the staff of the Business Immigration and Investment Branch.

Annual levels set with CIC

The MPNP submits all nominations for skilled workers and entrepreneurs directly to CIC's Centralized Intake Office (CIO) according to the limits established by the annual federal government levels plan. Because Manitoba has a limited number of Certificates of Nomination that can be issued every year, the MPNP selects the strongest eligible applications received for nomination. 

The successful provincial nominee must submit a permanent resident visa application to the CIO. Once the visa has been issued, the new Manitoban travels directly to our province to begin working or to start a business according to the terms of their nomination.