Canada is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The provincial Govt. held a celebration at the Manitoba legislature to mark the event. Gary Filmon, the former Premier, was invited to speak at the event.
During his tenure, Filmon spoke to a number of trade representatives at various Canadian embassies across the globe. He discovered that they lacked knowledge regarding Manitoba’s economy. Most of them were of the impression that Manitoba was an agriculture-based economy. He had to explain that other industries like financial and manufacturing led the way in the province.
This led him to conclude that Manitoba needed its own way to attract immigrants to feed the growth.
Following a 7-year struggle with the Federal Govt. the MPNP deal was finally signed in 1998. Manitoba signed a PNP annex, which leads to the implementation of Canada’s first PNP.
The first 418 provincial nominees came to Manitoba in 1999, starting the immigration growth of the province.
The MPNP helps drive population growth in the province.
Manitoba’s GDP growth would have been 30% lower without the MPNP, as per CBC.
The province retains almost 90% of its provincial nominees.
Manitoba has attracted more than 130,000 immigrants since its inception in 1998.
MPNP Business Nominees have invested more than $308 million in Manitoba to date.
More than 90% of the economic immigrants arrive in Manitoba through the MPNP.
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