The Manitoba PNP just held its 87th Expression of Interest (EOI) draw on April 9, 2020, issuing 153 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA’s) for Canadian Permanent Residency (CanadaPR). This is already the 7th draw of the year and exactly two weeks from the last draw of March 26, 2020. This shows Manitoba’s commitment to expand their workforce and bring in more immigrants despite the impact of COVID-19 on the Province.

The majority of invitations, namely 123, were issued to Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM). Only 14 invitations went applicants in the International Education Stream (IES), and 16 invitations were issued to Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO), who were invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. During this draw, the number of SWO was reduced by half, which is probably because of the COVID-19 impacts.

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.

The lowest ranking score for SWO was 742, almost 30 points higher than the March 26th draw. For SWM, the lowest score was 500, only a few points higher than the last draw).

The same day of the draw, Manitoba announced that they had 3 additional cases of COVID-19 as of 9:30am on April 9th. This brings their total of probable and positive cases to 224 in the Province. There were 3 deaths reported; however, 76 individuals recovered.

As a response to the increased cases of COVID-19, the MPNP has cancelled both the MPNP Information Sessions and the MPNP Business Seminars. These sessions were implemented to assist newcomers obtain information and assistance as they settle into the Province.

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.