Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

A Comprehensive Guide On Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Canada’s immigrant friendly policies have make it a lucrative country to settle, work and make a life. Every year, Canada welcomes thousands of newcomers ready to contribute to the country’s economy from day one.

While many PR aspirants look to settle in Ontario or British Columbia, there are tons of exciting opportunities in lesser-popular provinces. One such province is Manitoba.

Located in the heart of Canada, Manitoba is popular for its natural beauty and rich cultural history. With a population of approximately 1.4 million, Manitoba is home to many immigrants from different countries.

The capital city of Winnipeg is the economic centre of advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, aerospace, creative industries, energy, education, and financial services.

If closer to nature is what you are looking for, you can apply for permanent residency through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Just like all other PNP programs, the criteria for Manitoba PNP is based on the economic needs of the province. 


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Here’s a comprehensive guide on MPNP (Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program)

In this article, we will cover:

  1. Overview of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
  2. How to qualify for a Manitoba PR nomination through MPNP
  3. Step-by-step application process for MPNP
  4. Who can help me with filing a PR application under Manitoba PNP

Overview of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

The Manitoba PNP is a provincially run nominee program for aspiring PR candidates willing to permanently live and work in the province. The program is aimed at fast-tracking the immigration process for graduates, skilled workers, and entrepreneurs who want to contribute to the economy in Manitoba.

There are three main MPNP streams:

  1. Skilled Workers Stream: This stream is for foreign nationals possessing the in-demand skills needed to fill jobs in the local labour market of Manitoba.
  2. International Education Stream (IES): This stream is for international graduates who have completed a degree – graduate or post secondary, from a college or university in Manitoba and are now looking to immigrate to Manitoba to live and work in the province.
  3. Business Investor Stream (BIS): The entrepreneur pathway allows Manitoba to nominate and invite international business investors and entrepreneurs to establish a new business or buy an existing business in Manitoba.


How to qualify for a Manitoba PR nomination through MPNP

Manitoba provides several different immigration pathways which you can apply for depending on your qualifications, education, work experience, or entrepreneurial skills.

Skilled Workers Stream Pathways

Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream

This stream is for candidates with an ongoing full-time job and relevant skills, education and training to make an immediate contribution to the economy of Manitoba.

  • Must have a full-time valid job in Manitoba with minimum six months employment as a temporary foreign worker or international student.
  • International graduates who has completed post-secondary program in another Canadian province must be working for their Manitoba employer for at least 12 months.
  • Necessary qualifications for the job position, including skills, education or training and any required licence or certification.
  • Proficiency in English or French to fulfil the duties of the job description.
  • Intend to permanently live and work in Manitoba.
  • Proof of settlement funds. Manitoba government will consider your current income when assessing the recommended funds. 

The following are not eligible:

  • Temporary foreign workers working in a different province.
  • Individuals with an active immigration application for another provincial or federal immigration program (except Express Entry).

Skilled Worker Overseas Stream

This stream is for experienced foreign nationals who posses the in-demand skills and wish to permanently settle and work in Manitoba. PR aspirants must demonstrate an established connection to the province through:

  • Manitoba Support that is support of family or friends.
  • Manitoba Experience that is education or work experience in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Initiative that is an ITA (Invitation to Apply) as part of the Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

For Manitoba Support:

  • Under this, the person supporting your application must be a close relative, friend, or distant relative.
  • Supporters must submit documents proving their relationship and must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Friends or distant relatives must not be currently supporting the settlement of another MPNP applicant.
  • Supporter must be continuously residing in Manitoba for at least one year.
  • Supporter must demonstrate that any previous applicants they supported have been successful.
  • Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency, relevant education, and adaptability according to the MPNP self-assessment worksheet.
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply to the MPNP.



For Manitoba Experience:

  • Submit a letter of reference from your previous employer and a copy of a work permit proving that you worked in Manitoba for minimum six months work experience in a full time job in Manitoba as a temporary foreign worker.
  • Submit your study permit, academic transcripts and the certificate, diploma, or degree if you previously studied at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. Please note, language studies would not be considered under this.
  • Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency, relevant education, age and adaptability according to the MPNP self-assessment worksheet.
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply to the MPNP.

For Manitoba Invitation:

  • You must have an ITA (Invitation to Apply) from the Manitoba PNP.
  • You must be 21 to 45 years old.
  • You must not have a connection to another province in Canada.
  • At least one year post-secondary education or training.
  • Minimum two years full-time work experience in the past five years.
  • Intend to permanently live and work in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
  • CLB level 5 within the past two years.
  • You must be eligible to apply to the MPNP.

Requirements for pathways under the International Education Stream

Career Employment Pathway

This stream is for post-secondary students who graduated  in Manitoba and have a full-time job offer in an in-demand occupation consistent with their education.

  • Must have graduated in the past three years from a designated post-secondary institution in Manitoba.
  • Minimum language score of CLB/NCLC Level 7 or equivalent.
  • Full-time job offer from an eligible Manitoba employer with a minimum one year contract that is consistent with your studies.
  • Must be a full-time employee in the province at the time your application is assessed.
  • Demonstrate funds to sustain for six-month period or must be employed in a full-time, long-term position in Manitoba.
  • Must reside in Manitoba at the time of application demonstrating an intent to live permanently in Manitoba.
  • You must be eligible to apply to the MPNP.
Graduate Internship Pathway

This stream is for international post-graduate students and doctoral graduates who wish to contribute to industry innovation through internships in Manitoba.

  • Minimum language score of CLB/NCLC Level 7 or equivalent.
  • Completed a degree program within the past three years in Manitoba.
  • Completed a Mitacs Elevate or Accelerate internship with an eligible industry.
  • Demonstrate funds to sustain for a six-month period or must be employed in a full-time, long-term position in Manitoba.
  • Must reside in Manitoba at the time of application demonstrating an intent to live permanently in Manitoba.
  • You must be eligible to apply to the MPNP.
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

This stream provides an opportunity for international students from Manitoba to pursue entrepreneurship.

  • Must provide a business plan as part of the application.
  • Must operate the business as a senior manager for at least six months in Manitoba while on a valid temporary work permit, consistent with the requirements of Business Performance Agreement (BPA).
  • Must own at least 51 per cent of the business.
  • Minimum language score of CLB/NCLC Level 7 or equivalent.
  • You must be 21 to 35 years old.
  • Completed a full-time, in-person post-secondary program that is at least two years in duration in Manitoba.
  • Must show funds equivalent to the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) requirement for a 12-month period.
  • A valid work permit or post-graduation work permit (PGWP) at the time of application.
  • Continuously lived in Manitoba since graduation.
  • Intend to permanently live and work in Manitoba after nomination.
  • You must be eligible to apply to the MPNP.

Requirements for pathways under the Business Investor Stream

Entrepreneur Pathway

This stream is for foreign nationals looking to get Manitoba PNP by establishing a business from scratch or purchase, or becoming a partner in an existing business.

  • Minimum three years of full-time work experience as an active business owner or in a senior management role for a successful business in the past five years .
  • At least 33.33 per cent ownership.
  • Minimum language score of CLB/NCLC Level 5.
  • Minimum of Canadian high school certificate or equivalent.
  • There is no cap on age but the points are allocated to candidates aged between 25 to 49.
  • Minimum investment of $250,000 CAD for establishing or running a business in the Manitoba Capital Region,
  • Minimum investment of $150,000 CAD outside the Manitoba Capital Region.
  • Proposed business must create minimum one job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Need to submit a business plan as part of the application.
  • PR aspirant need to conduct a business research visit one year prior to submitting an EOI (Expression of Interest).
  • Minimum personal net worth of $500,000 CAD verified by a third-party supplier approved by the Manitoba PNP.
  • You must be eligible to apply to the Manitoba PNP.
  • You can gain extra points if:
    • Your spouse has a CLB/NCLC Level 5 or higher.
    • You or your spouse have a CLB/NCLC 5 or higher in the second official language.
    • Your spouse or you have a close relative currently residing in Manitoba.
    • Your child is enrolled full-time in an accredited Manitoba educational institution for at least six months prior to submitting an EOI.
    • You or your spouse have completed minimum one year full-time study at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba.
    • You or your spouse have completed at least six months of continuous full-time employment in Manitoba.
Farm Investor Pathway (FIP)

Farm Investor Pathway is for candidates with proven farm business experience and capital to establish, and operate a farm in rural Manitoba.

  • Minimum of three years farm ownership and operation experience with supporting documentation.
  • Ability to conduct an FIP interview in French or English.
  • Capable to invest a minimum of $300,000 CAD.
  • Can establish a farm business in rural Manitoba.
  • Submit a farm business plan.
  • Need to conduct a Farm Business Research Visit to Manitoba.
  • Must actively work in the management of the farm business on an ongoing basis.
  • Must establish a value-added farm business in Manitoba.
  • Demonstrate adaptability related to farming skills, technical knowledge and experience.
  • Net value of at least $500,000 CAD. This need to be verified by a third-party service provider and submitted within 120 days of receiving your invitation to apply.
  • You must be eligible to apply to the MPNP.

Step-by-step application process for MPNP

Confirm you qualify

Once you have identified which Manitoba immigration pathway you’d like to apply under, it’s important to go through the eligibility criteria before completing your PR application and submitting an expression of interest (EOI). 

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) online.
  • Create an online account.
  • Sign in that account to create an Expression of Interest
  • Select “Create an Expression of Interest” from the options provided.
  • Complete the Expression of Interest.
    Please Note: If you’re applying under International Student Entrepreneur Pilot, you need to send an email to [email protected] to understand the application process an.d determine your eligibility.

Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA)

Candidates with the highest score will receive LAA and will need to submit an application to the MPNP. 

  • Log into your account.
  • Fill out the MPNP Online application using Internet Explorer. 
  • Submit all required documents.
  • Pay a non-refundable fee of $500 CAD.

An email from the Manitoba PNP

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email within 8 hours with your MPNP application file number. The MPNP usually assesses all applications within six months. 

Please note, for the Entrepreneur Pathway, the Manitoba PNP has rolled out an interim process for applying. The process includes:

  1. Self-assess eligibility for the program and business research
  2. Submit your Expression of Interest
  3. Receive an LAA and submit complete application
  4. The MPNP will assess your application
  5. Sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) to obtain a work permit
  6. Establish your business in Manitoba
  7. The MPNP will make a final recommendation 

For provincial nomination under the Farm Investor Pathway, the process includes:
  1. Complete a Farm Investor Pathway Interest Guidelines Form
  2. Research proposed farm business in Manitoba 
  3. Complete a Farm Business Concept Form
  4. Submit the following forms to the MPNP – Interest Guidelines Form, Farm Business Concept Form, and Code of Conduct for Immigration Representative, if applicable.
  5. If you receive a LAA to the MPNP, verify your net worth and financial information.
  6. Submit your full application.
  7. Appear for an interview if required
  8. Sign a Deposit Agreement and send $75,000 CAD if your Manitoba immigration application is approved.
  9. Apply for permanent residence in Canada.
  10. Establish your farm business in Manitoba. 



Apply for permanent residence

If your application is successful, the final step is to apply for permanent residence through IRCC. Please note, it is up to Government of Canada to grant you permanent residence.


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