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Home. Work. - in a global setting.

Starting a new chapter in one's life as a Working-Student Mom in Manitoba is not as hard as it seems, especially when your spouse - in fact, the whole family's with you in this journey.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on September 5, 2016; updated September 7, 2016

Home. Work. - in a global setting.


Red River College (RRC), Manitoba’s largest institute of applied learning and the province’s only polytechnic, offers more than 200 full- and part-time degrees, diploma and certificate programs.

For international students in particular, the courses offer a career-responsive pathway towards not just becoming competitive but gaining an edge in today’s global workplace.

Ms. Lynette Ruiz Redublo and her whole family are the most recent addition to Red River College’s thousands of international students who get to feel the pulse of Canada’s heartland.

RRC provides students all the tools needed to accomplish their goals – from completing a selected academic course to a chosen career or migration pathway.  International students are allowed to work 20 hours a week while studying and could work full time during off-school periods. And, the spouse or partners are authorized to work full time.

Let’s hear it from RRC – Getting the most for less: “It all takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a friendly, safe and affordable city in the heart of Canada. One year of study at Red River College costs approximately 35% less than one year of study and living in Vancouver or Toronto.”

Manitoba has the most liberal and competitive provincial nomination programs in the whole of Canada making the province the favorite destination for studies, work and residency.


Submitting an online Expression of Interest (EOI) under one of Manitoba's application streams, is the first step towards immigrating to Manitoba as a Provincial Nominee. The candidate's profile stays in the MPNP pool together with other eligible candidates. A score (points total) is set and a candidate given a rank. Highest scoring candidates are inviged to submit the MPNP application and documents subsequently uploaded.  There are no limits to the number of candidates who may submit EOIs.

Invitation to Apply- The MPNP for Skilled Workers regularly issues Invitations to Apply to qualified candidates who are identified as part of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment initiatives in Manitoba and overseas (Recruitment missions, often in partnership with Manitoba employers).  

General Exploratory visits

Another by invitation only option is the Exploratory Visit route.  Requests for exploratory visits are accepted for specific periods with set deadlines and numerical limits. The program closes when sufficient numbers have been received. The 2016 is now closed.

“An exploratory visit is a pre-arranged trip that potential MPNP applicants may make to the Province of Manitoba, Canada to research communities and employment opportunities to help them make an informed decision on whether they have the intention and ability to find employment and settle with their family in Manitoba as permanent residents – Manitoba connections)”

To qualify for an exploratory visit, the applicant:

  • Must be between the ages of 21 to 45
  • Can demonstrate the employability and adaptability required of all MPNP applicants
  • Has completed at least a one-year, post-secondary education or training program for which you received a diploma, degree or certificate
  • Has worked at least two years full-time in the past five years and can demonstrate your ability to find a job in Manitoba in that occupation (including plans to achieve licence/certification in the case of regulated occupations)
  • Must genuinely intend to and be able to economically establish and settle in the Canadian province of Manitoba as a permanent resident, partly met by submitting a Settlement Plan
  • Earn 60 minimum points from the five factors: language proficiency, age, education, experience and adaptability.

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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