Life in Canada
Life in Canada
Manitoba’s high-powered economy, based largely on natural resources and agriculture, creates a high demand for skilled workers, tradespeople and professionals. The first Canadian province to establish its own, ongoing immigration program, Manitoba welcomes foreign nationals who have the skills needed for its labor market and wish to make Manitoba their home.
Located between the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, Manitoba is Canada’s fifth most populous province, with estimated 1.3 million people, living largely in and around the capital city of Winnipeg. Manitoba’s consistently strong and stable economy, and the diversity of growing industries and economic sectors, attracts some 15,000 immigrants every year. Good wages, safe working conditions, generous benefits and worker’s rights are some of the highlights of working in Manitoba. With a low cost of living and a high standard of government services, such as health care and education, the province offers an affordable, high-quality lifestyle.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has proved highly successful. According to a recent survey, 85 percent of Manitoba nominees were working three months after arrival, 76 percent were homeowners within five years and 95 percent of families settled permanently in the community.
While there are opportunities for jobs, careers and employment throughout the province, most immigrants choose to work in Winnipeg, as the capital city is home to many key industries.
The Government of Manitoba projects a labor shortage of over 20,000 skilled workers by 2020.
MPNP is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. The program selects internationally trained and experienced workers, able to contribute to Manitoba’s economy and labour market, and nominates them to receive Canadian permanent residence visas.
Who can qualify to apply?
Skilled workers who have specialized education and training and work experience in their occupation. Examples include professions such as nurse, dentist, accountant, teacher; and trades such as plumber and electrician. You must demonstrate qualifications – international education and experience – recognized by Canadian employers or the organizations that regulate professions.
To learn more and find out if you’re eligible for the MPNP, contact us.