New Immigration Labor Market Strategy for Manitoba

New Immigration Labor Market Strategy for ManitobaManitoba is all set to reconstruct its Provincial Nominee Program to better match skilled workers to employers and to also give a higher priority to business applicants, all with a vision to create new and better jobs. In its new strategy, Manitoba aims to fill the holes in labor market created by retiring workers, with skilled workforce. According to Canadian statistics, immigration in 2010 was around 16000 which gradually came down to 13000 by the year 2012-13. In 2014-15 there was almost a difference of 1000 migrants but that is not a very large margin to distinguish. However, the projected immigration in 2016 is around 19000, which is the highest in the last six years. It is predicted that there will be 177,800 job vacancies over the next five years, with almost two third of the vacancies created as the result of retirements. At least quarter of the jobs require immigrants with post-secondary training and job-specific experience as proposed by the government. Five key areas are focused under the plan changes, which are

  • Annual nomination plan in line with the labor market and business priorities.
  • Partnerships with industry and education providers to better prepare and match applicants to jobs.
  • Priority for skilled workers with existing employment, or high-potential for early employment.
  • Priority for candidates with job-creating business plans.
  • Re-invest application fees to improve services and support for immigrants and refugees.
The changes needs to be approved from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which once done will be announced in early 2017 and implemented shortly after. Also, a $500 fee would be included for MPNP skilled worker applicants, which hopefully will bring the program into the line. All the revenue generated from the fees, along with the $2500 fee for business applicants, will be used to help the newcomers settle down effortlessly. The labor market requirements and business investment priorities will be updated on a quarterly basis, aiming to improve the communication with the new immigrants.

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