Manitoba PNP

Manitoba is a Canadian province bordered by Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west. Its landscape of lakes and rivers, mountains, forests and prairies stretches from the northern Arctic tundra to Hudson Bay in the east and southern farmland. Much wilderness is protected in more than 80 provincial parks, where hiking, biking, canoeing, camping and fishing are all popular. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program was Canada’s first PNP. It became a permanent immigration program in 1998.  Having a friend or relative in Manitoba helps you to immigrate through the MPNP. In addition, over 90 percent of provincial nominees get a job in their first year. The province’s retention rate is high with almost 90 percent choose to stay in the province.

Manitoba Immigration Categories 

Skilled Worker in Manitoba Category

Manitoba Work Experience Pathway

This pathway is for people currently working in Manitoba with a temporary work permit. This includes temporary workers and international graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway

To be eligible for this pathway, you have to be interviewed by a representative of the MPNP and a Manitoba employer. These interviews are carried out outside of Canada. You must receive an Invitation to Apply before applying through this pathway.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a temporary foreign worker or an international student graduate;
  • Must have a valid Work Permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit;
  • Must have a permanent, full-time job offer from their current Manitoba employer;
  • Must have worked for their current employer for at least six continuous months;
  • Must have all qualifications needed for the position, including training/education and any required licence or certification;
  • Must demonstrate English or French proficiency to fulfil the duties of their job description;
  • Must have a connection to Manitoba through employment that is stronger than ties they may have to another province in Canada;
  • Must have the intention and ability to live, work and establish their work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident and demonstrate this in a Settlement Plan;
  • Must have enough money (CAD $10,000 for the main applicant and CAD $2,000 for each dependent in the application);
  • Your employer must have a registered commercial business that has been operating for at least three years;
  • Your working conditions must be consistent with Canadians or permanent residents.

 

Application Fee: CAD $500

Processing Time: 6 months

 

Skilled Worker Overseas Category

Manitoba Express Entry Pathway

This pathway is for people who have an active Express Entry profile, and who are eligible under another MPNP stream. These people must also have experience in an occupation listed in Manitoba’s in-demand occupation list and have a strong connection to Manitoba. 

Human Capital Pathway

This pathway is for foreign skilled workers with experience in an occupation listed Manitoba’s in-demand occupation list.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a score of at least 60 out of 100 on the points assessment grid;
  • Must have a connection to Manitoba through the support of friends or family living in the province, previous work experience or education in the province, or be invited to apply by the MPNP. There are additional requirements depending on the type of connection you have;
  • Must have at least six months of experience in an In-Demand occupation;
  • Must submit a complete Career Plan;
  • Must be at least 18 years old.

 

Application Fee: CAD $500

Processing Time: 6 months

 

Manitoba Business Investor Category

Farm Investor Pathway

This pathway is for people with farm business experience who wish to immigrate to Manitoba so that they can establish and operate a farm there.

How this program works:

Farm Investor Pathway candidates must conduct a Farm Research Visit in Manitoba no more than one year before beginning the process.

The next step is to complete the Interest Guidelines (self-assessment of their situation) and the Farm Business Concept forms, and then submit them. You must also submit the Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives if you need one.

If you receive an LAA, you can submit an application for the Farm Investor Pathway. You may be invited to an interview with an MPNP representative.

If approved, you will receive a Deposit Agreement (contract) which you must sign and send a deposit of CAD $75,000. Once you receive your nomination, you can apply directly to the Canadian federal government for permanent residence.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have at least three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience;
  • Must be proficient in English or French;
  • Must invest at least CAD $300,000;
  • Must intend to establish the farming business in rural Manitoba
  • Must submit a farm business plan;
  • Must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit;
  • Must intend to live on the farm and participate in the management of the farm business;
  • Must have a net worth of at least CAD $500,000.

 

Entrepreneur Pathway

The Entrepreneur Pathway allows the province to recruit and nominate eligible foreign business owners to move to Manitoba. They must have the intent and ability to establish or purchase a new business or co-own an existing business. They must do so in the first two years after arriving in Manitoba on a temporary work permit.

How this program works:

First, determine whether or not you are eligible. You should then research the business concept, explore Manitoba, and prepare the Business Concept Form. The next step is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) as well as your Business Concept Form, your Self-Assessment Form and a Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives (if needed). If you meet the minimum criteria and your Business Concept is approved, you will receive an official Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).

You must then submit a complete application to the MPNP. You may be invited for an in-person interview.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA). This is a contractual agreement between you and the MPNP.

After that, you must come to Manitoba, operate your business and provide regular updates on the business’s performance.

Once you meet the terms and conditions of the BPA, you will obtain a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

You can then use this nomination to make another application directly to the Canadian federal government for permanent residency visas for you and your family.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have three years of experience as an active business owner, or senior management in a successful business in the past five years;
  • Must meet the minimum language requirement of CLB 5;
  • Must have a minimum of a Canadian high school certificate equivalent;
  • Must make a minimum investment of CAD $250,000 if the business is in the Manitoba Capital Region (Winnipeg area), or a minimum investment of CAD $150,000 if the business is outside the Manitoba Capital Region;
  • The business must create at least one job for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident in Manitoba;
  • Must submit a business plan;
  • Must conduct a Business Research Visit no more than one year before submitting an EOI;
  • Must sign a Business Performance Agreement after the application is approved;
  • Must have a net worth of at least CAD $500,000.

 

Application Fee: CAD $2,500

Processing Time: 6 months

 

International Education Category

The International Education Stream (IES) is designed to provide Manitoba graduates who meet the needs of industry with faster pathways to permanent residence. The stream has three pathways: Career Employment Category, Graduate Internship Category, and the Student Entrepreneur Category.

The International Education Stream (IES) is for international graduates of Manitoba educational institutions who meet the needs of the labour market. The IES provides graduates with faster pathways to permanent residence.

Application Fee: 

Career Employment Pathway: CAD $500

Graduate Internship Pathway: CAD $500

International Student Entrepreneur Pathway: CAD $2,500

Processing Time: 6 months