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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba is located in central Canada. It is bordered by Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west. It is a prairie region with a majority of its wilderness being protected in over 80 provincial parks. Outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, biking and canoeing are quite popular.

This province welcomes immigrants through various ways. There are three major streams under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP):

  • 1. Skilled worker stream
  • 2. International education stream
  • 3. Business investor stream

Skilled worker stream

MPNP welcomes recent graduates, skilled workers, businesspeople along with their families with the purpose and capability to settle and economically establish themselves successfully in Manitoba as permanent residents. The MPNP for Skilled Workers is as per on the requirements of local employers. They choose globally trained and experienced workers who possess the skills in demand in the local labor market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.

There are two streams:

Skilled workers:

Under this stream, applicants who have a strong ties to the province through continuing employment and adequate skills, education and training, work experience and English language proficiency to make an immediate and sustained contribution to the Manitoba economy and the local community at large.

This involves three steps:

1. Expression of Interest — Create a Government of Manitoba account followed by the creation of Expression of Interest. It factors in language proficiency, age, work experience, education, adaptability and risk assessment.

2. Invitation — Highest scoring qualified candidates are invited to submit an MPNP application.

3. Permanent Resident Visa application — If the applicants pass the meticulous assessment criterion, they are nominated by MPNP to apply for permanent resident visas to the Government of Canada.

Skilled workers overseas:

Under this stream, the MPNP nominates applicants who demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba throughthe support of family members or friends OR through previous education or work experience in the province OR through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. The same three steps described under Skilled Workers stream are to be followed to apply under this stream.

International Education Stream

The new International Education Stream (IES) for Manitoba graduates is to enable international students graduating in Manitoba and meeting the requirements of industry, faster pathways to nomination.

There are three different pathways:

1. The Career Employment Pathway:

This provides faster nomination pathways for post-secondary students who graduate and find long-term employment in Manitoba in an in-demand occupation consistent with their training. If you meet these conditions, you will be eligible to apply to the MPNP immediately after graduating and obtaining a job offer.

Factors such as education, English proficiency, employment in Manitoba, settlement funds and adaptability are the criteria for assessment.

2. The Graduate Internship Pathway:

This provides faster nomination pathways for international students — master and doctoral graduates, through internships contributing to industry innovation in Manitoba. Graduates who complete an ‘Accelerate’ or ‘Elevate’ internship with Mitacs in Manitoba can apply to the MPNP immediately after graduation, whether or not they have a job offer. The same factors as Career Employment Pathway are used to deem eligibility.

3. The International Student:

Entrepreneur Pilot:This pathway will provide up to 20 (per calendar year) international students who have graduated in Manitoba the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship rather than employment. Once the applicant meets the conditions of their Business Performance Agreement, they are nominated for permanent residence. Factors such as business experience, English proficiency, education, age, adaptability, net worth or settlement funds and business performance agreement are the criteria for assessment.

To apply under either of these pathways, the same three steps as Skilled Worker Stream are to be followed.

Business Investor Stream

The renewed Business Investor Stream (BIS) will replace the current PNP-B business immigration category. BIS allows the province of Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business investors and entrepreneurs from across the world who have the intent and capability to initiate or acquire businesses in Manitoba. Applicants will no longer be required to submit a deposit of $100,000 to the Manitoba government.

There are two pathways:

1. The Entrepreneur Pathway:

This is for applicants seeking to open a business in Manitoba. Applicants must have the intention and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business within the first 24 months of arrival in Canada on a temporary work permit. You are no longer required to submit a deposit of $100,000 to the Manitoba Government. Factors such as business experience, English proficiency, education, age, business investment, business research visit, adaptability, net worth (minimum CAD $500,000) and business performance agreement are the criteria for assessment.

2. The Farm Investor Pathway:

This is for those intending to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.The renewed Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) replaces the previous Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative. The pathway is for those with proven farm business experience, adequate availability of capital to invest, and those who intend to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.

It is expected that successful applicants of the FIP will set up a farm business in rural Manitoba producing primary products that is in compliance with the standards of the province’s current farm industry.

The type of operation and investment must correlate with Provincial statistics and be relevant to Manitoba’s farm industry. Agri-business operations not producing primary products may qualify under the Entrepreneur Pathway.Factors such as farm business experience, English proficiency, farm business investment, farm business research visit, farm business activities, economic establishment adaptability, and net worth (minimum CAD $500,000) are the criteria for assessment.

Note that the applicants are required to submit a thorough verification of net worth and source of funds report issued by one of Manitoba’s designated third-party verifiers (Grant Thornton LLP and/or MNP LLP) with their completed application forms and documents.