The contribution of immigrants brought in through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program mean the province’s economic growth would be up to a third lower without them.
That is one of the standout figures on a new fact sheet published to mark the 20th anniversary of Canada’s first PNP.
Manitoba’s net population growth since 2006 can also be traced back to the impact of the successful MPNP, first conceived in 1996 but implemented in 1998.
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Since that time, more than 130,000 new immigrants have landed in Manitoba through the PNP, with almost 90 per cent of them staying in the province to build new lives.
Manitoba is a shining example of how Canada’s less-populated provinces can leverage the PNP to bring in immigrants who plug gaps in the labour market.
Federal skilled worker immigrants are significantly more likely to settle in the big cities of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.
20 Years of the MPNP In Numbers
- Without the MPNP, Manitoba’s GDP growth would be up to 30% lower.
- Over 90% of Provincial Nominees are employed within their first year in Manitoba.
- Manitoba retains almost 90% of Provincial Nominees.
- More than 130,000 Provincial Nominees have landed since 1998.
- More than $308 million invested in Manitoba by MPNP Business nominees.
- Over 90% of economic immigrants to Manitoba arrive through the MPNP
The PNPs were introduced to help the smaller provinces attract much-needed new immigrants, and Manitoba is a textbook example of how that can be achieved successfully.
Over 90 per cent of Manitoba’s economic immigrants come through the MPNP, and 90 per cent of them have a job within a year of arriving in the province.
The current Manitoba PNP thrives on simplicity and flexibility, organized around four streams targeting skilled workers, international graduates and business candidates.
What Are the Manitoba PNP Streams?
- Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream
- Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
- International Education Stream
- Business Investor Stream
It was revamped for 2018 and includes an Express Entry Pathway and Strategic Recruitment Initiatives, where specific labour market needs are targeted by invited immigrants with the right skill sets.
The business stream was also revamped for 2018, having first been launched in 2001.
The new Business Investor Stream has an Entrepreneur and Farm Investor pathway designed to draw investment to the province. Over the years, business immigrants have contributed $308 million to the Manitoba economy.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: 20-Year Success Story
1996 – The first bilateral framework agreement, the Canada-Manitoba Immigration Agreement, is signed, paving the way for the MPNP.
1997 – Manitoba launches pilot immigration initiatives to increase migration to rural Manitoba.
1998 – Manitoba signs a PNP Annex, implementing Canada’s first Provincial Nominee Program.
1999 – The first 418 provincial nominees arrive in Manitoba, marking the start of immigration growth to the province.
2001 – Manitoba launches a nomination stream for business applicants, allowing for direct investment and job creation by newcomers.
2004-2006 – The MPNP transitions to six new skilled worker streams to increase program flexibility and increase immigration levels to 10,000 principal applicants.
2007 – The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act is introduced to ensure regulator practices are objective, transparent, impartial, and fair.
2008 – Manitoba introduces the Worker Recruitment and Protection Act to protect foreign workers, the first Act of its kind in Canada.
2010 – Manitoba Start opens, providing newcomers a focal point for employment, settlement, and language training supports upon arrival.
2013 – The MPNP completes the transition to electronic application and assessment, modernizing the process.
2014 – Manitoba’s 100,000th provincial nominee arrives in the province, marking the peak of 15 years of growth.
2017 – The MPNP nominates 2,713 applicants with job offers, accounting for over 54% of the total number of nominees and marking the highest number/proportion to date.
2018 – The MPNP renews program criteria to improve immigrant outcomes, including opportunities for Francophone immigration and settlement in rural communities.