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Changes To The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Could Have Lasting Consequences for the Province

Since the 1990s, business investors, skilled workers and international students had a pathway toward permanent residency through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The program is undergoing significant changes as the province looks to address outmigration by prioritizing applicants who already have family in Manitoba. 

Labour and Immigration Minister Malaya Marcelino, on behalf of the NDP government, spoke on the benefits of these changes, stating that the program is now more tailored to address the province’s specific economic needs. It now prioritizes individuals and families who have the potential to settle successfully and contribute to Manitoba’s economy and community. Immediate family members, such as spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children, may be considered under the MPNP’s family support stream. Close relatives such as parents, siblings, and cousins who are permanent residents or citizens of Manitoba can also provide a significant advantage in the nomination process. 

“Over the last little while, we’ve seen the lowest migration retention rates here in Manitoba,” said Minister Marcelino. “This is very concerning. This is not good for our economy, and we really need these newcomers to fill labour shortages. Also, so we can grow our community here.”

There are many reasons immigrants choose to leave the province. Minister Marcelino attributes some of these challenges to accreditation in their professions, a barrier she is looking to reduce. “People are leaving for a few reasons, and we really need to address that. Part of my job is that when newcomers stay here, they have wonderful opportunities for growth,” added Minister Marcelino. However, Gerard Haggett, an immigration consultant, believes the changes to the MPNP will negatively impact immigration to the province. 

In business for the past five years, Haggett has been highly diverse in immigration consultancy, working in almost every area of immigration and working extensively with the nominee program. “I’ve always felt it [MPNP] was one of the most immigration-friendly programs in Canada until the changes came down.”

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program would start with a person filing an expression of interest. The province then selects people from those expressions of interest, and they are invited to apply for the program. The results were determined using a ranking scale for a draw, with points awarded based on having a job offer (500 points) or having a close relative in Manitoba (200 points).  

According to Haggett’s approximations, fewer than 20 percent of migrants have connections to the province, and many are looking to get their permanent residence status, having to look towards the federal CEC program Canadian Experience Class program. Only TEERS 0-3 will be accepted through the federal program, meaning both 4 and 5 classifications are ineligible. 

You’re also not eligible for the Canadian Experience Class if:

  • you’re a refugee claimant in Canada,
  • you’re working without authorization, 
  • and your work experience was gained without temporary resident status in Canada.

The classifications are organized into TEERS from 0-5 and include various occupations and skill levels. 

  • TEER 0 – Management occupation: advertising, marketing and public relations, financial managers.
  • TEER 1 – Occupations that usually require a university degree: financial advisors, Software engineers.
  • TEER 2 – Occupations that usually require a college diploma, apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or supervisory occupations: computer network and web technicians or medical laboratory technologists.
  • TEER 3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma apprenticeship training of fewer than two years or more than six months of on-the-job training: bakers, dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants.
  • TEER 4- Occupations usually require a high school diploma or several weeks of on-the-job training: home childcare providers, retail salespersons and visual merchandisers.
  • TEER 5 – Occupations that usually need short-term work demonstration and no formal education: landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers, delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors.

Whether it’s a skilled worker, international student or anyone looking for permanent residency, Haggett would plan out the next few years of the process, helping them decide which province they should pursue their education in and their steps toward permanent residency. 

“For myself and my business, I can’t rightfully say to a person come to Manitoba right now we have this great program,” says Haggett. “You will get your schooling and permanent residency, but unless they have a family member here, they will not have that option.”

Haggett believes the MPNP changes will have a ripple effect on the province; not only will post-secondary institutions see reduced enrollment due to immigration consultants not recommending people to these schools, but other corporations who hire students to work could greatly impact the province’s growth. 

“I think it’s short-term thinking. I don’t think they weighed the pros and cons of everything, and I think It will rear its ugly head a year from now,” added Haggett.

Students, workers, and members of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC-ACCPI) have been attending and protesting at the Manitoba legislature, letting the province know decisions like this are affecting people’s lives and futures.

– Ryan Funk, U Multicultural

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