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Federal Government Grants Work Permit Extensions to 6,700 Newcomers in Manitoba

The federal government has announced an extension of work permits for around 6,700 newcomers in Manitoba whose permits were set to expire in 2024. Federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller confirmed this decision in response to a request from Manitoba’s labor and immigration minister, Malaya Marcelino.

Miller added that it is a challenge as Manitoba depends on these workers to meet its labor needs.

Marcelino expressed her appreciation for the extension and agreed that this is great news for the province, workers, their families, and employers. It will help them put into this desperate situation behind.

Under the new policy, eligible temporary workers in Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will receive open work permits. Within two years, eligible candidates are expected to receive an official nomination from Manitoba and become permanent residents.

The decision comes after protests from temporary foreign workers over the end of 18-month extensions on post-graduate work permits announced by Ottawa in December. 

Marcelino highlighted the importance of immigration for Manitoba’s growth and was positive that her team would ensure that immigrants were included in the nominations for the Manitoba provincial nominee program. Progressive Conservative immigration critic Jodie Byram acknowledged the impact of political pressure applied by international students and skilled workers. She agreed that the year work permit extension had come through because of political pressure from international students and skills workers who dared to demonstrate at the legislature.

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