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Manitoba Reduces Ranking Score For Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Manitoba province in Canada has lowered its ranking score for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In the draw of July 6, Manitoba reduces the ranking score for Express Entry to its lowest point of 519. The earlier low was 545 points.

Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool cut-off score was 26 points below the previous low of 545. The PNP is a point-based system used to assess and select skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada.

Expression of Interest System

Manitoba’s Expression of Interest system employs a unique type of points system. With this system, candidates are given a score out of 1,000 points. Thus, there is no resemblance between this system and the Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System or the CRS. CRS is a system that allocates a score out of 1,200 points to the candidates.

What is the Express Entry System?

The Express Entry system is made to manage applications for three immigration categories of the federal government. These categories include the following;

Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) for a provincial nomination from Manitoba were issued to 202 Express Entry candidates on July 6. This draw was the sixth since the introduction of the Express Entry-linked Skilled Workers Overseas sub-stream under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

As per the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), the selected candidates possess “a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code, and at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list.”

The eligible Express Entry candidates should, however, also possess the support of a relative who has been a resident of Manitoba for at least one year.

The main benefit for Express Entry applicants is that the successful applicants receive an additional 600 CRS points.

To be considered under Manitoba’s Express Entry Sub-stream, one must register an Expression of Interest with the MPNP. Skilled workers abroad are also invited to the program.

In addition, 217 Letters of Advice to Apply to other kinds of skilled workers overseas candidates were also issued by the MPNP. The EOI score for this particular group was 572.

These particular candidates must possess the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 6 months of experience in any occupation in Manitoba
  • A close relative who has been residing in Manitoba for at least one year;
  • Past education or working experience in Manitoba;
  • Language proficiency of CLB./NCLC 5.

In addition, 32 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were also issued in Manitoba to skilled overseas candidates who enjoyed a score of 639 under MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment program.

This said Strategic Recruitment Aspects include:

Recruitment project: 

This so-called overseas immigration includes representatives of the MPNP taking interviews of skilled foreign workers and then giving them an invitation to apply after making a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP.

Exploratory Visits: 

Candidates who have undertaken the exploratory visits and passed an interview with the MPNP official are invited.

Manitoba PNP Expression of Interest Ranking for Skilled Workers

The candidates who scored at least 60 out of 100 are qualified to apply under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program skilled worker category; after that, you will be required to submit an Express of Interest (EOI), and you will again be scored on a ranking system of a total of 1000 points. Only candidates who scored high in the pool will get the nomination certificate which can be further used to gain permanent residency status in Canada.

There are total factors, namely Age, Work Experience, Language Proficiency, Educational qualification, Adaptability, and Risk Assessment (you will get a negative score which can affect your ranking). We have provided an assessment ranking score grid for our readers.

Assessment Factor Ranking Points
Factor 1: Language Proficiency
First Official Language
CLB 8 or higher 25 per band
CLB 7 22 per band
CLB 6 20 per band
CLB 5 17 per band
CLB 4 12 per band
CLB 3 or lower 0
Second Official Language
CLB 5 or higher (overall) 25
Maximum Points – Factor 1 125
Factor 2: Age
18 20
19 30
20 40
21 to 45 75
46 40
47 30
48 20
49 10
50 or older 0
Maximum Points – Factor 2 75
Factor 3: Work Experience
Less than 1 year 0
1 year 40
2 years 50
3 years 60
4 years or more 75
Fully recognized by a provincial licensing body 100
Maximum Points – Factor 3 175
Factor 4: Education
Master’s degree or Doctorate 125
Two post-secondary programs of minimum of (two) 2 years each 115
One post-secondary program of minimum of three years or more 110
One post-secondary program of two years 100
One-year post-secondary program 70
Trade Certificat 70
No formal post-secondary education 0
Maximum Points – Factor 4 125
Factor 5: Adaptability
Close relative in Manitoba 200
Previous work experience in Manitoba (6 months or more) 100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (2 years or more) 100
Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (one year) 50
A close friend or distant relative in Manitoba 50
Manitoba Demand
Ongoing employment in Manitoba for 6 months or more with a long-term job offer from the same employer 500
Invitation to Apply under a Strategic Initiative 500
Regional Development
Immigration destination in Manitoba is outside of Winnipeg 50
Maximum Points – Factor 5 500
Factor 6: Risk Assessment
Close relative in another province and no close relative in MB 0
Work experience in another province -100
Studies in another province -100
Previous immigration application to another province 0
Maximum Points – Factor 6 -200
Maximum Overall Points: 1000

The above-ranking score grid will guide you in assessing your immigration status. Ranking factors such as Language Proficiency, Age, Work Experience, Education, Adaptability, and Risk Assessment can affect you positively or negatively as per your chances of immigrating to Canada.


In conclusion, the Manitoba provincial government has decided to reduce the ranking score for their Provincial Nominee Program. This decision was made to better manage the number of applications and focus on quality over quantity.

Although this may be a good decision for the province, it is not without its critics. Some believe that this will decrease the number of people applying to the program and make it more difficult for those who do apply to be selected.

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