Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Explained

Jun 20, 2018Immigration, News

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) seeks recent graduates, skilled workers, business people and their families with the intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as permanent residents.

MPNP for Skilled Workers

Manitoba looks for trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labor market and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. There are two streams for this category:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba:

This is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba Employers. Internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed for the local labor market are selected and nominated to receive a Canadian permanent resident visa to settle and work in Manitoba. Immigration through the MPNP for this stream is a three-step process: 1) submit an expression of interest; 2) high-scoring candidates are invited to submit an MPNP application; and 3) successful candidates need to make a separate application to the Government of Canada for permanent resident visas for you and your family.

  • Skilled Workers Overseas:

The MPNP for Skilled Workers Overseas nominate applicants who demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba though: the support of family members or friends, though previous education or work experience in the province or through an invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of the Strategic Recruitment Initiative. Like the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream, this stream involves the same three-step process of 1) submit an expression of interest; 2) high-scoring candidates are invited to submit an MPNP application; and 3) successful candidates need to make a separate application to the Government of Canada for permanent resident visas for you and your family.

Business Investors Stream

The renewed Business Investors Stream will replace the current PNP – business immigration category. This allows the province to recruit and nominate qualified investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who have the intent and ability to start or purchase businesses in Manitoba within the first 24 months of arrival to Canada on a temporary work permit. There are two pathways for this category:

  • The Entrepreneur Pathway

This is for applicants seeking to open, purchase, or become partners in an existing business within the first 24 months of arrival to Canada on a temporary work permit. There are several minimum requirements for this stream. Please refer to the following chart to see if you qualify with this stream.

Business Investor Stream – Entrepreneur Pathway
Criterion Minimum Requirement
Business Experience Minimum of three years of full time work experience in the past five years either as an active business owner or working in a senior management role of 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/NCLC 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 situated in the Manitoba Capital Region.

Minimum investment is $150,000 if a business is situated 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 integral part of the application.

A business research visit allows the applicant to conduct extensive research of their future business investment or proposal. The Business Research Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of your EOI.

Adaptability Points will be allocated to you if:

§  Your spouse has CLB/NCLC 5 or higher;

§  You or your spouse have CLB/NCLC 5 or higher in the Second Official Language;

§  You or your spouse or common-law partner have a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year;

§  Your child is enrolled in an accredited Manitoba educational institution and is actively pursuing academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis for at least six months prior to the date of submission of EOI; and/or

§  You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a program of full-time study for at least one year at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner must have done this after you turned 17 years old and with a valid study permit;
OR
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed at least six months of continuous full time employment in Manitoba. A letter of reference from the employer and a copy of the work permit must be provided.

Net Worth Minimum of $500,000

Your 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 your LAA.

Business Performance Agreement After an application is approved, a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) must be signed prior to the MPNP issuing you a letter of support for applying for a work permit.

 

  • The Farm Investor Pathway

This pathway is intended for individuals with proven farm business experience, sufficient available capital to invest, and who intend to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba. This type of investment and operation 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. Like the previous pathway, there are several minimum requirements needed to qualify. Please refer to the following chart if you are interested in this category.

Business Investor Stream – Farm Investor Pathway
Criterion Minimum Requirement
Farm Business Experience Minimum of three years farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
Official Languages Proficiency The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) recognizes language capabilities in either of Canada’s two official languages are an important adaptability skill that will accelerate your ability to become economically established in rural Manitoba.

If you are invited to attend a FIP interview, you will be required to conduct the interview in either French or English.

Farm Business Investment At least $300,000. You are expected to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba.

Farm business investments must be in eligible tangible assets as defined by the MPNP.

A farm business plan is required and is an integral part of the application.

Investments into a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.

Farm Business Research Visit You must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit to Manitoba.
Farm Business Activities A farm business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in rural Manitoba.

You are required to live on the farm and actively participate in the management of the farm business on an ongoing basis from within Manitoba.

The farm business must be in active primary agriculture production and economically viable.

The MPNP requires you to conduct value-added farm business activities in Manitoba. Purely speculative activities or the use of third-party farm managers are not eligible under the MPNP.

Economic Establishment Adaptability You must demonstrate adaptability, specifically relating to practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices that will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry.
Net Worth At least $500,000

The MPNP may request for verification of your net worth and financial information by a designated third-party service provider.

If requested, the verification report, along with your application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your Invitation to Apply.

 

Who Can’t Apply to MPNP?

The following are not eligible to submit an application for this program:

  • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process
  • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada
  • Temporary foreign workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba
  • Spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal
  • Individuals who have an active immigration application with any other provincial immigration program in Canada

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