The Canadian province of Manitoba, located in central Canada, has conducted the 18th draw for the Skilled Worker category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). A total of 173 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 378 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category, making for a total number of 551 LAAs issued in this draw.
The MPNP for Skilled Workers is based on the needs of Manitoba employers. The province selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. Successful applicants first receive a Manitoba provincial nomination certificate, after which they can apply for permanent immigration to Canada.
These immigration options may be particularly attractive to individuals who may not be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, as the eligibility requirements are rather different. For example, the MPNP awards points for language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4, a much lower threshold than what is required under the Federal Skilled Worker Class.