Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway

Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway

October 25, 2019

About the Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway

The Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway is one pathway of the Manitoba International Education Stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Manitoba. The Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway accepts applications from international graduates who have completed a Masters or Ph.D. program in Manitoba within the last 3 years and who completed a Mitacs Elevate or Accelerate internship.


1. Education

In order to be eligible for the Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway, a candidate must have completed a post-secondary education program resulting in a Masters or Doctoral Degree from a designated institution in Manitoba. This program must have been completed within the 3 years prior to application. Candidates must have completed a Mitacs internship in either the Accelerate or Elevate program.  

2. Official Languages Proficiency

All candidates for this program must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French consistent with the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of level 7. Language tests must have been taken within the two years prior to applying to the program.  

3. Internship in Manitoba

Completed a Mitacs Elevate or Accelerate (including Accelerate Entrepreneur) internship with an eligible industry and research enterprise in Manitoba

4. Employment in Manitoba

You are not required to have a job offer at the time of application

5. Settlement Funds

Candidates for this stream must demonstrate liquid funds equivalent to Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) requirements as outlined by Canada’s federal immigration authorities. This may be satisfied if an applicant demonstrates they are employed in a full-time, long-term position in Manitoba.

6. Adaptability

All candidates for this stream must be residing in Manitoba at the time of application and must show the intent to continue to reside in Manitoba after the nomination. This includes the submission of a Career Employment Plan.  

Note: If you are an international student who graduated in another province of Canada and/or is not working in an in-demand occupation, you may be eligible to apply under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream.

How to apply

Step 1: Make sure you satisfy all criteria

You need to ensure that you are eligible under the Manitoba International Education Stream: Graduate Internship Pathway to avoid wasting time. International graduates of study programs outside Manitoba will not be eligible under this stream. However, if you studied elsewhere in Canada and are now working in Manitoba, or have a job offer from a Manitoba employer, there may still be options for you to apply under other streams, including the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream.

Step 2: Be eligible for the MPNP

Potential candidates must also be eligible for the MPNP. The following are not eligible to submit an application to the MPNP:

Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process. Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada. Temporary foreign workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba. Spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal. Individuals who have an active immigration application with any other provincial immigration program in Canada.

Step 3: Submit an EOI

Eligible candidates can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and enter the candidate pool, at which point they will be assigned a points score out of 1,000. Top-ranking candidates are issued Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) in periodic draws from the pool, and may then submit a full application. The EOI submission is an electronic process, which involves answering some questions online and uploading supporting documents.

An EOI is valid for one year after submission – if you haven’t received an LAA after one year, your EOI will expire and you will need to submit a new one to remain in the candidate pool.

The EOI can be updated at any time, even after submission. This means that if you become eligible for a higher points score, you don’t have to wait until your EOI expires to update your situation. For example, if you take another language test or complete more work experience after you submit your EOI, you can update your profile and improve your points score.

An EOI is not an application for immigration; rather, it allows the government of Manitoba to determine candidates’ eligibility in various immigration categories. There is no limit to the number of candidates who can submit an EOI, and there is no deadline – the system is always open to receive EOIs. (Having said that, the province does reserve the right to limit EOIs from candidates in certain occupations, if there is a significant overload.)

After submitting an EOI, candidates receive a score out of 1,000 based on work experience, education, language ability, adaptability, and other factors. ‘Adaptability’ assesses a candidate’s connection to the province – for example, through relatives, work experience, or education – as such a connection may mean a candidate is likely to be able to settle successfully and long-term in the province.

  • Factor 1: Language
  • Factor 2: Age
  • Factor 3: Work experience
  • Factor 4: Education
  • Factor 5: Adaptability
  • Factor 6: Risk assessment

You can submit your Manitoba EOI here.

Step 4: Receive an LAA

Manitoba periodically conducts draws to invite top-ranking candidates to submit a full application to the MPNP: these candidates receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). Draws are conducted roughly every month, although historically there has been no regular schedule or advance notice for draws.

Once you receive an LAA, you have 60 days to complete and submit an application to the MPNP. It is strongly recommended that candidates start preparing documents when they enter the pool, as it can take some time to gather the required documents in the right format.

Step 5: Apply for Canadian permanent resident status

If your application to the MPNP is successful, you can then apply directly to the Canadian government for permanent residence.

MPNP in-demand occupations

1 – Business, finance, and administration occupations

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

3 – Health occupations

4 – Occupations in social science, education, government service, and religion

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport

6 – Sales and service occupations

7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

8 – Occupations unique to primary industry

9 – Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing, and utilities

Rural In-Demand Occupations

In addition to the occupations listed above, the following occupations are considered in-demand for applicants with the MPNP streams listed as long as the employment is based outside of the Manitoba Capital Region.

  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers



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