Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
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Following streams that are currently active:
Manitoba immigration authorities are still inviting candidates to apply to the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, linked directly above, but below are a couple of new pathways.
Express Entry Pathway
First launched in January, 2018, the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway is a way for candidates in the Express Entry pool to be nominated for permanent residence. Successful applicants are awarded 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, resulting in quick issuance of an invitation to apply for permanent residence and fast-track processing.
Human Capital Pathway
Immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Human Capital Pathway (HCP) is one of the upcoming changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, scheduled to come into effect in 2019.
Manitoba immigration authorities are still inviting candidates to apply to the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream, linked directly above, but below are a couple of new pathways.
Manitoba Work Experience Pathway
The Manitoba Work Experience Pathway of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program targets skilled temporary workers and graduates in Manitoba who wish to settle in Manitoba as permanent residents.
Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway
The Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway targets skilled workers overseas whose expertise is required in Manitoba.
Manitoba’s new International Education Stream is dedicated to providing faster pathways to nomination international students graduating in Manitoba.
Career Employment Pathway
International graduates of universities and colleges in Manitoba can look to the Career Employment Pathway as their potential route to permanent residence.
Graduate Internship Pathway
The Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway provides nomination pathways for international graduates of a Master’s or Doctoral (PhD) study program who then complete an internship contributing to industry innovation in Manitoba.
Student Entrepreneur Pathway
The Manitoba International Student Entrepreneur Pilot provides international students who have graduated in Manitoba the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship in Manitoba.
The previous business immigration stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, known as MPNP-B, has been replaced by the new Business Investor Stream, which is itself subdivided into the Entrepreneur Pathway and the Farm Investor Pathway.
The Manitoba Business Investor stream is for investors and entrepreneurs who wish to purchase or start a business in Manitoba. Successful applicants to the Entrepreneur Pathway will receive a temporary work permit and sign a business performance agreement to purchase an existing business in the province or start a new business.
Farm Investor Pathway
The Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway provides a route to Canadian permanent residence for investors and entrepreneurs who wish to purchase or start a farming business in Manitoba.
Manitoba Business Investor Stream (BIS)
Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway Eligibility Criteria
|Business Experience||Minimum three out of five years experience as an active business owner or senior management in a successful business. Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers. Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.|
|Official Languages Proficiency||Minimum CLB 5.|
|Education||Minimum Canadian high school certificate equivalent.|
|Age||No minimum or maximum age; however, ranking points are allocated to candidates 25 to 49 years of age.|
|Business Investment||Minimum investment is $250,000 for businesses located in the Manitoba Capital Region. Minimum investment is $150,000 if a business is located outside of the Manitoba Capital Region. Business investment must be made in an eligible business as defined by the MPNP. The proposed business must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).|
|Business Research Visit||A Business plan is required and is an important part of the application. A Business Research Visit allows the applicant to conduct extensive research on their future business investment or proposal. The Business Research Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.|
|Adaptability||Points will be allocated if:
|Net Worth||Minimum of $500,000 Personal net worth will be verified by a third-party supplier approved by the MPNP. A verification report, along with the application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).|
|Business Performance Agreement||After an application is approved, a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) must be signed prior to the MPNP issuing an applicant a letter of support for applying for a work permit.|
Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway Interim Application Process
Step 1: Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway Self-Assessment
In this initial step, potential applicants must determine if they meet the minimum criteria for the Entrepreneur Pathway and complete a Self-Assessment Form. As part of the self-assessment, prospective applicants respond to questions about their profile, such as past education, business experience, and personal net worth. When completing the self-assessment form, prospective applicants obtain a score out of 150 based on their profile.
The Manitoba Self-Assessment assigns points based on the following factors:
Age (Maximum 10 points)
|25 to 30||4|
|31 to 35||6|
|36 to 45||10|
Education (Maximum 10 points)
Prospective applicants to the Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway must have an education level that is at least a Canadian high school certificate equivalent. Points for past education are as follows:
Post-secondary degree or diploma (two-year program)
|Post-secondary degree or diploma (three-year program or longer)||6|
|Master’s degree or equivalent||8|
|University degree at a Doctoral (PhD) level||10|
|None of the above||0|
Business Experience (Maximum 30 points)
Business experience is an important eligibility factor under the MPNP Entrepreneur Pathway. Business experience must be senior management experience and business ownership experience to qualify for points under this factor. Applicants with middle or entry-level management experience or self-employed business ownership experience will not be awarded points.
An individual applying to the Entrepreneur pathway must:
- Have a minimum three (3) years of business ownership and/or senior management experience in the past 5 years to be eligible to apply to the MPNP;
- Have at least 33.33% ownership of the business (as a business owner);
- Add non-concurrent business ownership experience and senior management experience to count the total years of experience; and
- Claim only full years of experience and not round up his or her years of experience.
|11 years or more as a business owner||30|
|7 to 10 years as a business owner||25|
|3 to 6 years as a business owner||20|
|7 years or more as a senior manager||10|
|3 to 6 years as a senior manager||5|
Official Language Proficiency (Maximum 25 points)
Prospective Entrepreneur Pathway applicants will be required to provide results from a recognized language testing organization to demonstrate their language level is equal to a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 to be eligible to apply.
|CLB/NCLC 8 or higher||25|
Investment Factors (Maximum 50 points)
In order to be considered for the MPNP Entrepreneur Pathway, all potential applicants must demonstrate a minimum net worth of at least CAD $500,000.
|$500,000 to $1 Million||5|
|Above $1 Million to $1.5 Million||6|
|Above $1.5 Million to $2 Million||7|
|Above $2 Million to $2.5 Million||8|
|Above $2.5 Million to $3 Million||9|
Above $3 Million
An entrepreneur must present a minimum CAD $250,000 investment in the Manitoba Capital Region or $150,000 in rural Manitoba to be considered eligible to apply. A maximum 15 points may be awarded for business investment.
$200,000 – $499,999
$900,000 or above
|None of the above||0|
The MPNP will award an entrepreneur up to five (5) points for the economic priorities of the proposed business.
The business will also be assessed on its performance in accordance with the business cycle for each particular industry sector and its ability to generate profit. The five (5) points for economic priorities will be awarded if the business meets the following conditions:
- the business is an export-oriented value-added active business with recurring activities in Manitoba, or
- the business location or succession is outside the Manitoba Capital Region.
Business Research Visit to Manitoba
Individuals interested in establishing a business in Manitoba will be awarded up to 20 points for their business research visit.
The business visit must take place no more than one year before the Business plan is received by the MPNP. Business visit points are based on the following:
- If the entrepreneur visited Manitoba for at least five consecutive days and conducted relevant business, he or she will be awarded 10 points; however;
- If the entrepreneur completed an extended Business Research Visit to Manitoba (spent at least for 10 consecutive days in Manitoba and conducted extensive relevant business and lifestyle-related research during this visit), he or she will be awarded the maximum 20 points.
Adaptability Factors (Maximum 25 points)
|Applicant’s spouse /common-law partner has CLB /NCLC 5 or above||10|
|Applicant’s spouse /common-law partner has CLB /NCLC 5 or above in Canada’s Second Official Language||10|
Applicant has a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year. The following are identified as close relatives: A sister/brother, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, parent, grandparent or first cousin who is also a Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada.
|Applicant has a child enrolled in an accredited Manitoba educational institution at least six months prior to the date of submission of EOI and is actively pursuing academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis.||5|
|Applicant’s accompanying spouse/common-law partner completed a program of full-time study for at least one year at a post-secondary educational institution in Manitoba. The applicant or his or her accompanying spouse or common-law partner must have done this after they have turned 18 years old and with a valid study permit; and/or Applicant’s accompanying spouse /common-law partner completed at least six months of continuous full-time employment in Manitoba.|