Manitoba held its Expression of Interest (EOI) draw on April 11, 2019, issuing 403 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates interested in migrating to the province of Manitoba through its Skilled Workers Overseas stream.

A total of 403 invitations were issued, out of which 352 invitations were issued in two groups to the candidates with a registered profile in the federal Express Entry system. The remaining 51 invitations were issued via Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives, which includes overseas recruitment missions conducted by MPNP in association with Manitoba business.

Every year through its Skilled Workers Overseas stream, Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) nominates a fixed number of candidates for Canadian Permanent Residence through Expression of Interest draw. The draw held on April 11, 2019, was the 63rd draw held by MPNP under the Expression of Interest System.

The Express Entry candidates, who are interested in applying through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MNMP), are required to register separately for Expression of Interest (EOI) profile to the MPNP.

The eligible files from the EOI pool are given a ranking based on the scores awarded to them, which are based on factors like education, work experience and a candidate’s connection to Manitoba. Candidates with the highest rankings are invited to apply for a Manitoba Provincial Nomination through EOI draws held in regular intervals.

For the draw held on April 11, 2019, 352 Invitations to Apply were issued in two groups who met of the following criteria:

Group 1:

  • Having a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.
  • At least 6 months of recent experience in one of the In-demand Occupations of Manitoba.

Group 2:

  • A close relative residing in Manitoba, or having past education/work experience in Manitoba.
  • At least 6 months of recent experience in one of the In-demand Occupations of Manitoba.
  • A minimum language proficiency score of CLB/NCLC 5
  • If work experience is in a regulated occupation, minimum language proficiency score required is CLB/NCLC 7;
  • And if work experience is in a compulsory trade the CBL/NCLC score should be 6.

The lowest-ranked candidate in these two groups had a score of 561 while the lowest-ranked score for the remaining 51 candidates invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative was 695.

Express Entry is a point-based program that manages the profiles of the skilled candidates who have registered under Canada’s three skilled immigration programs viz. the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

The candidates who obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through Manitoba’s Expression of Interest draw get an added benefit of 600 CRS score, thus assuring an Invitation to Apply in upcoming Express Entry draws.


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