Amidst the uncertainty in the world caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), have continued operating its programs. The latest example is in Manitoba, where the MPNP held their 86th historical draw on March 26, 2020, issuing 226 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA’s) for Canadian Permanent Residency (CanadaPR). The draw came one day before Manitoba announced three additional, new, probable cases of COVID-19, bringing their total to 39 possibly infected cases. Effective March 30, 2020, Manitoba will limit public gatherings to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor non-essential places or premises.

Applicants in the International Education Stream (IES), Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM) and Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) all received LAA. Of the 226 Invitations, LAA’s were issued as follows: 168 candidates invited under the SWM; 38 candidates invited under the SWO; through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative and, 20 candidates received invitations under the IES. Of the 222 LAA’s, 29 had a valid Express Entry ID. In fact, the number of SWO more than doubled since the last draw, which selected only 13 candidates.

The MPNP works on an Expression of Interest (EOI) process where candidates must submit an online EOI profile. The profile is then placed in a pool with other candidates and those with the highest EOI Ranking Points may then submit a full application to the Province. EOI Ranking is based on Language Proficiency, Age, Work Experience, Education, Adaptability, minus Risk Assessment. Although a job offer is not required, the MPNP does require a “connection” to the Province, which may include relatives, close friends, or through an Invitation to Apply (ITA) received directly from the MPNP under one of their Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.

For this latest draw, those who received LAA under the SWO were all invited under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. The lowest ranking score for SWO was 714 and 496 (ranking the same as the last draw) for SWM.

If you are interested in moving to Manitoba and have previous work experience or education, family, friends, or have been invited through a Strategic Initiative, please contact us for additional information.