MPNP invited 371 candidates in round #218

MPNP invited 371 candidates in round #218

MPNP invited 371 candidates in round #218
On May 9, 2024, Manitoba held a new invitation round #218 in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). In the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream, the MPNP invited 242 candidates with a minimum score of 836. Additionally, the MPNP invited 18 candidates through the Occupation-specific selection under the SWM stream. In the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, MPNP issued 35 LAAs to candidates invited under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative. The lowest score in the SWO category was 698 points. Finally, 76 invitations were issued in the International Education Stream. In this round, Manitoba has issued LAAs to 371 candidates, including 66 Express Entry candidates. In 2024, MPNP invited 3,988 candidates, and 544 of them received invitations in the Express Entry.

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Should the Government revise Canada’s immigration system?
The Business Council of Alberta’s new poll suggests that 70% of Canadians believe changes to the immigration system are necessary. Historically, Canadians have supported immigration, which has attracted skilled individuals who have contributed to economic growth. However, due to population growth and economic weaknesses, public opinion has shifted. Key insights include: less than half believe immigration benefits Canada’s economy, society, and global standing, and 62% favour prioritizing economic immigration. Only 28% believe the current system effectively selects and supports immigrants, citing insufficient housing, infrastructure, and lack of credential recognition as issues. Consequently, 70% of Canadians support reforms in credential recognition and selection of economic immigrants with high economic potential to improve living standards.

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Canadians continue to face challenges with passport services
Canadians experience long wait times with Passport Canada, leading to widespread dissatisfaction. The Government has promised changes to expedite the process. Despite pandemic-related delays, Passport Canada claims it has returned to its usual ten or 20-business-day delivery standard, but it does not guarantee service speed for in-person or phone interactions. Reports indicate poor customer service, with urban dwellers often waiting hours to interact with a representative. Despite the agency’s commitment to process 90% of mail-in applications within 20 days, the reality usually exceeds this timeframe. The government has yet to allow online applications due to system vulnerabilities.

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IRCC cannot handle the surge in immigration record requests
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not made significant strides in improving immigrants’ information accessibility concerning their applications, which has had ramifications for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The surge in information access requests has become a critical issue despite IRCC’s strategy to manage the escalation. The report indicates that access requests have increased by more than double since the fiscal year ending in March 2018. CBSA experienced a 130% rise between 2020 and 2023, while IRCC fielded over 180,000 requests during 2022-23 and 2023-24. The Office of the Information Commissioner has been forced to reallocate its resources to accommodate the uptick in complaints. The operations division of IRCC is cited for not tackling the underlying issue. However, IRCC maintains that it has measures in progress to address the large number of requests.

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