Immigration To Morden, Manitoba
Published on September 17th, 2014 at 05:41pm EDTUpdated on October 9th, 2014 at 10:57am EDT
In our previous newsletter, we outlined an immigration initiative from Morden, Manitoba — The Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative — as part of an article on immigration to rural communities in Canada. This week, we are providing a more detailed guide on how to immigrate to Canada through the Morden immigration initiative.
Due to the fact that the Morden initiative targets a specific set of occupations, candidates who may not be eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) may be eligible to apply within the scope of the Morden initiative, which identifies potential candidates under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
Here are the criteria for Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative. Candidates must:
- Be between 21 and 45 years of age;
- Have no other connection to other parts of Canada (i.e. through friends, relatives, or previous employment or education);
- Have completed a post-secondary education or training program of at least one year duration, for which they received a diploma, certificate, or degree;
- Have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past five years;
- Have passed a General IELTS test with a minimum score of 5 in each band;
- Have the genuine intention and ability to economically establish themselves and settle in Morden; and
- Have settlement funds as required by the MPNP ($10,000 for the Principal Applicant and $2,000 for each dependent). This is in addition to any funds needed for exploratory visit expenses.
Candidates must also fall within one of the targeted occupations. The Morden immigration initiative works with local employers to identify these targeted occupations and satisfy local labour market needs:
- Automotive mechanics;
- Manufacturing (specifically at entry level);
- Factory sewing machine operators, and
- Childcare/daycare workers.
The initiative will favour candidates who have experience of living in a rural area, with the ability to adapt to culture and climate. Candidates who fulfil the criteria and have been selected as potential immigrants to Morden under the initiative will be required to make an exploratory visit to the area. The main purpose of the visit is to pass the MPNP interview, though making local contacts and seeking employment opportunities are also suggested.
Here is some background information about Morden:
- Population: 9,000
- Unemployment rate: 3.1%
- January average daily temperature: -16°C, July average daily temperature: 20.5°C
- Location: 112 km from Winnipeg, just north of the US border
- Designated a “Cultural Capital of Canada” in 2008
- Time zone: Central Time Zone
- Incorporated: May 1, 1885
To find out if you are eligible for the Morden Immigration initiative under the MPNP or any other of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.
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Morden’s Community Driven Immigration for Manitoba
Often referred to as the “City of Discovery”, the City of Morden is located in the Pembina Valley region of southern Manitoba. Situated towards the south of Winnipeg, Morden is the eighth largest city in the province.
Morden prides itself on being a vibrant community offering an extraordinary quality of life. A place where the “grandeur of past meets the excitement of the future”.
There are many different routes that lead to Canadian immigration via Morden in Manitoba.
Ways to immigrate to Morden include the Skilled Worker Support Program, the MPNP Business Program, the MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas program etc.
Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative [MCDII], is a support program targeted at those qualifying for permanent residence within Morden through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program [MPNP].
Manitoba is among the 9 provinces and 2 territories that are a part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].
Applicants unable to qualify on their own for applying to the MPNP [for example, with a support letter from a family member or friend], can apply to the MCDII for a support letter.
Around 50 families a year are to be chosen for being supported by the program.
In addition to an assessment of their minimum qualifications and occupational experience, applicants will be chosen based on their “ability to adapt to climate, culture, and genuine intention on living and working in Morden”.
Preference is to be given to applicants that have “recent experience” in any of the following National Occupational Classification [NOC] Codes –
|NOC Code||Details||Express Entry requirement|
|NOC 7312||Heavy Duty Mechanic |
[with experience in large trucks and agricultural equipment]
|No express entry required|
|NOC 7237||Welders||No express entry required|
|NOC 3236||Massage Therapists||Express entry required|
|NOC 9536||Industrial painter||No express entry required|
|NOC 9526||Mechanical Assembler |
[especially trailer assembly]
|No express entry required|
|NOC 9437||Woodworking machine operators||No express entry required|
For protecting the integrity and efficiency of the program, an applicant will have to apply from outside Canada. Exploratory visits without a formal invitation for the same will not be considered.
Eligibility qualifications for MCDII’s Skilled Worker Program
|For Industrial painters, Mechanics, Cooks, Welders and/or those with TEF/TCF French language ability equivalent to CLB5+|
|All other occupations |
Applications that do not meet the minimum qualification requirement will not be considered for the MCDII.
Basic step-wise application process
|STEP 1: Determining whether a candidate qualifies for the program|
|STEP 2: Applying|
|STEP 3: If chosen, the candidate will be invited to come to Morden for an exploratory visit|
|STEP 4: During the visit, the candidate can research Morden while preparing for interview [held with an MPNP officer towards the end of the visit]|
|STEP 5: If found to be a good fit for MCDII following the interview, the candidate will be issued an invitation to apply to the MPNP.|
|STEP 6: Apply online, after returning home.|
|STEP 7: Nomination letter by the MPNP, if found eligible.|
|STEP 8: Apply for the federal processing of Canada permanent residence|
|STEP 9: Review by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC].|
|STEP 10: Receiving Canada PR. Now, the candidate can make arrangements to move to Morden with family.|
All the minimum eligibility criteria must continue to be met by the candidate at the time of their exploratory visit to Morden.
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Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative
The initiative will favour candidates who have experience living in a rural area, with the ability to adapt to the culture and climate. Candidates who fulfil the criteria and have been selected as potential immigrants to Morden under the initiative will be required to make an exploratory visit to the area. The main purpose of the visit is to pass the MPNP interview, though making local contacts and seeking employment opportunities are also suggested.
The MPNP requires that the candidate ensure he or she meets all minimum criteria at the time of the exploratory visit. It is also the responsibility of the applicant to maintain no connections throughout their application and until their arrival outside of Morden and in other parts of Canada. This means that if a friend or family connection moved outside Morden, the application will be reassessed by Morden's Selection Committee to reevaluate Morden's continued support of the application.
The following steps provide an overview of the application process. In order to apply and come to Canada, an individual may:
- Step 1: Determine his or her eligibility (requirements above).
- Step 2: MCDII will only be accepting applications from those who have an active Express Entry profile (with the exception of Welders and Carpenters).
- Step 3: Submit an application (include Federal Express Entry number, if applicable). Candidates must have the following items in order to apply:
- Application form;
- C.V. or resume for the principal applicant and spouse;
- Copy of passport;
- IELTS result; and
- Proof of Settlement Funds (scan of bank statement and/or property estimation).
- Step 4: If an individual is selected, he or she will be given an invitation to come for an exploratory visit.
- Step 5: During the exploratory visit, the candidate will research Morden and prepare for his or her interview with an MPNP officer at the end of the visit.
- Step 6: If after the interview with the MPNP officer, the officer deems the individual is a good fit for MCDII and MPNP, he or she will be given an invitation to apply for MPNP.
- Step 7: The individual may apply online for provincial nomination through the MPNP. This is usually done after he or she returns home from the exploratory visit.
- Step 8: If, after the individual is reviewed by MPNP, it is determined that he or she meets all minimum qualifications of MPNP, he or she will be given a Nomination Letter from the MPNP.
- Step 9: Using this Nomination Letter, the individual may apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) as a provincial nominee.
- Step 10: IRCC will do further review, including medicals and criminal record checks.
- Step 11: Once the individual receives Permanent Residence Visas, he or she can make arrangements to move to Morden, along with any accompanying family members.
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Immigration to Morden, Manitoba
Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative (MCDII)
In order to qualify you MUST:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 45
- Have no other connection to other parts of Canada (i.e. through friends, relatives or previous employment or education)
- Have completed a post-secondary education or training program of at least one year duration, for which you received a diploma, certificate, or degree
- At least two years of full-time work experience in the past five years
- A General IELTS test with a minimum score of 5 in EACH band
- Have the genuine intention and ability to economically establish and settle in Morden
- Have settlement funds as required by MPNP ($10,000 for the Principal Applicant and $2,000 for each dependent). This is in addition to any funds needed for exploratory visits expenses.
- Fall within one of following targeted occupations
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Due to high numbers of applicants, preference for selection will be given to applicants who have experience in:
- Entry level manufacturing (assembly, simple machine operation),
- Painting (machine spray of furniture or vehicles),
- Restaurant service (especially fast food)
These target occupations are subject to change – continue to check this site
In addition to having recent work experience in one of the above target occupations, it is also important that the applicant:
- Have experience in living in a rural area, with the ability to adapt to culture and climate
- Show genuine intention in living and working in Morden, with no previous connections with other parts of Canada
After initial submission, you will receive an email stating at which time your application will be reviewed. It is usually within one month from submission.
The length of the entire process depends on many things, including the length of time it takes you to obtain a TRV and come on an exploratory visit after invitation, how long MPNP takes with your application (approximately 3-6 months), how long your local Canadian embassy takes at the federal stage.
Government Processing Fees
There is also no cost to apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. If you are invited for an exploratory visit, all travel and accommodation cost would be your responsibility. You should also pay for CIC’s processing fees at federal stage.
Step 1: Apply for a Support Letter for the program
Step 2: If you are chosen, you will be given an invitation to come for an exploratory visit
Step 3: During your exploratory visit, you will research Morden and prepare for your interview with an MPNP officer at the end of your visit.
Step 4: If after the interview with the MPNP officer, he/she deems you a good fit for MCDII and MPNP, you will be given an invitation to apply for MPNP.
Step 5: Apply online for MPNP. This is usually done after you return home from your exploratory visit.
Step 6: If, after you are reviewed by MPNP, it is determined that you meet all minimum qualifications of MPNP, you will be given a Nomination Letter from the MPNP.
Step 7: Using this Nomination Letter, apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada as a Provincial Nominee.
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Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative
If you do not fully meet the criteria of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, you can try to immigrate to Canada through the Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative.
Photo: The Morden Corn and Apple Festival by Shahnoor Habib Munmun / Wikipedia / CC BY 3.0
If the applicant cannot apply for participation in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) because he does not meet certain requirements (for instance, if he has no friend or family member in Manitoba), he may try to immigrate through the Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative (MCDII). This is a support program for those who want to immigrate to Manitoba through the MPNP and receive permanent residence in Morden.
Morden is situated in the province of Manitoba, 112 km south-west of Winnipeg. The population of the city is about 9,000 inhabitants. The local unemployment rate is around 3%. Morden attracts immigrants from Latin America, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, the USA, and the UK. Immigrants represent more than 50 ethnic groups.
Each year, Morden’s authorities select around 50 families for immigration support — about 5% of applications.
To immigrate through the MCDII, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 45
- Have no other connection to other parts of Canada (for instance, through friends, relatives, previous employment or education)
- Have completed at least a one-year post-secondary education program resulting in a diploma, certificate or degree
- Have a minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience in the last 5 years
- Provide IELTS results with a minimum score of 7 in each band (or 5 for welders and carpenters)
- Have settlement funds as required by MPNP
- Have a federal Express Entry profile (welders and carpenters are not required to have an Express Entry profile)
Applicants who meet the criteria and have been approved by the program representatives will need to make an exploratory visit to the region in order to attend an interview conducted by an immigration officer, establish local contacts and find a job. If the MPNP immigration officer decides after the interview that you are eligible for the MCDII and MPNP, you will receive an invitation to apply for MPNP. You can apply online after the exploratory visit.
Categories and Occupations of Applicants
The Morden’s initiative involves local employers to identify in-demand occupations and meet the needs of the local labour market.
Preference will be given to applicants with recent experience in one of the following occupations:
- Plumbers or pipefitters
Businessmen and investors can also immigrate to Morden.
Find out about other MPNP streams in the article “Immigration to Manitoba“.
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