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Manitoba PNP: How to Immigrate to Manitoba in 2024

In this page you will find everything you need to know to be successful to live and work in Manitoba and gain permanent residency.

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Manitoba, located between Ontario and Saskatchewan, is known as the gateway to western Canada. It was the first province to launch a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 1998 to attract skilled immigrants

Initially, the MPNP welcomed 418 immigrants in its first year. Now, it nominates over 5,000 immigrants annually. The program has significantly boosted Manitoba’s GDP, which would be up to 30% lower without it.

Benefits of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

  • Targets skilled workers, tradespeople, and professionals needed in the local labor market.
  • Provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residency for selected nominees.
  • 85% employment rate within three months of arrival.
  • 76% homeownership rate within five years.
  • 95% family settlement rate in the community.
  • Offers competitive wages, safe working conditions, and generous benefits.
  • Provides an affordable lifestyle with high-quality government services, including health care and education.

What is Manitoba PNP?

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The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is a set of immigration pathways that help foreign nationals become Canadian permanent residents. It aims to attract:

  • Skilled workers
  • Workers in sectors with labor shortages
  • Recent graduates
  • Agricultural entrepreneurs to benefit the province.

The MPNP has a base and enhanced streams. Enhanced streams align with the federal Express Entry system, giving candidates an extra 600 CRS points. It guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

On the other hand, Base streams require candidates to apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Objective of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

  • Align immigration with Manitoba's industrial and economic priorities.
  • Respond to the province's labor market conditions and skill shortages.
  • Ensure positive net population growth through immigration.
  • Maintain a high retention rate of skilled immigrants within Manitoba.
  • Increase migration to rural areas within the province.
  • Encourage business investments and job creation by newcomers.
  • Foster overall economic growth and increase Manitoba's GDP.

Manitoba PNP Streams

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) offers three main streams. These help you immigrate to Manitoba and become a Canadian permanent resident:

1. Skilled Worker Stream

This stream is tailored to the needs of Manitoba employers. It selects workers with skills needed in the local labor market. It has two pathways:

  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba (SWM): For those already working in Manitoba.
  • Skilled Worker Overseas (SWO): For those who have relevant skills and experience from outside Canada.

2. International Education Stream

Designed for international students graduating from designated Manitoba post-secondary institutions. This stream provides a faster path to nomination. It includes three pathways:

  • Career Employment Pathway: For students with job offers in Manitoba.
  • Graduate Internship Pathway: For graduates who have completed internships.
  • International Student Entrepreneur Pilot (ISEP): For graduates who want to start a business in Manitoba.

Note: International students from other Canadian provinces may be eligible under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Pathway.

3. Business Investor Stream

This stream recruits and nominates business investors and entrepreneurs who can start or purchase businesses in Manitoba. It has two pathways:

  • Entrepreneur Pathway (EP): For those aiming to open a business in Manitoba.
  • Farm Investor Pathway (FIP): For those planning to establish and run a farm in rural Manitoba.

Federal Immigration Programs

In addition to MPNP, skilled workers can also consider federal programs such as:

  • Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Express Entry
  • Family Sponsorship Program

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What are the Documents Required for MPNP?

The documents required for Manitoba PNP vary. It depends on the immigration program you are applying to.

But, some general documents are required for the Manitoba PNP Program. These are:

  • Identity proof
  • Valid passport
  • Educational Credential Assessment
  • Language proficiency results
  • Marriage certificate (if your spouse is accompanying you)
  • Dependent Children Information Certificate (if you have a dependent child)
  • Medical proofs
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Proof of funds
  • Settlement plan
  • Letter of employment (if needed)
  • Proof of previous work experience
  • Proof of connection (if needed)

Eligibility Criteria for Manitoba PNP

1. Skilled worker Pathway

Simplified Eligibility Criteria for Skilled Worker Pathway of MPNP

Criteria

Skilled Worker in Manitoba (SWM)

Skilled Worker Overseas (SWO)

Connection to Manitoba

Ongoing employment with a Manitoba employer.

Established connection through family/friends, previous education/work experience, or Invitation to Apply from MPNP.

Work Experience

At least six months of continuous full-time employment. It must be with the same Manitoba employer on a valid work permit.

Full-time employment for at least six consecutive months in the past five years for temporary foreign workers or completed education/training for international students.

Employer Requirements

Must be incorporated/registered in Manitoba or Canada and operating as a business in Manitoba. Must offer full-time, long-term employment.

N/A

International Student Requirements

Graduates from Manitoba institutions with at least six months of continuous full-time employment with the same employer. Must have a valid post-graduation work permit.

Graduates from any Canadian institution must have worked for a Manitoba employer for at least one year.

Language Proficiency

Job-ready English/French proficiency to fulfil job duties.

Must provide valid language test results with minimum CLB 5.

Settlement Plan

Must demonstrate intention and plan to live and work in Manitoba.

Must demonstrate intention and plan to live and work in Manitoba.

Qualifications

Must meet job qualifications including necessary training, education, and certifications.

Must meet job qualifications including necessary training, education, and certifications.

Exclusions

Self-employed individuals, business owners, and independent contractors. Employment part of work-study programs.

Refugee claimants, live-in caregivers, temporary foreign workers in other provinces, spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents, individuals with active immigration applications elsewhere.

Points Assessment

N/A

Must score at least 60 points based on language proficiency, age, work experience, education, and adaptability.

 

2. International Education stream


Criterion

Career Employment Pathway

Graduate Internship Pathway

International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

Education

Graduate from a designated post-secondary institution in Manitoba within the last 3 years, full-time program of at least 1 year duration

Completed master's or doctoral degree program in Manitoba within the last 3 years

Completed a full-time post-secondary program in Manitoba of at least 2 years duration

Official Languages Proficiency

Minimum CLB/NCLC - 7

Minimum CLB/NCLC - 7

Minimum CLB/NCLC - 7

Current Employment in Manitoba

You need a full-time job offer from an eligible Manitoba employer with a contract of at least one year in an occupation on Manitoba's In-Demand Occupations List. The job offer must also be consistent with your completed program of studies.

Not required to have a job offer at the time of application

N/A (Requires operating a business in Manitoba for at least 6 months prior to nomination)

Settlement Funds

Demonstrate liquid funds equivalent to low income cut-off (LICO) requirements for independent financial resources for six months. Alternatively, show employment in a full-time long-term position in Manitoba.

Demonstrate liquid funds equivalent to LICO requirements for independent financial resources for six months. Alternatively, you can show employment in a full-time, long-term position in Manitoba.

Demonstrate liquid funds equivalent to LICO requirements for independent financial resources for twelve months

Adaptability

Live in Manitoba at the time of application. Also, show intent to continue residency after nomination, submit Career Employment Plan

Live in Manitoba at the time of application. Also, show intent to continue residency after nomination, submit Career Employment Plan

Valid open work permit at the time of application continuously resided in Manitoba since graduation. Also, show intent to continue residency after nomination

Business Experience

N/A

N/A

Senior manager of business in Manitoba for at least 6 months, with 51% ownership of business equity

Age

N/A

N/A

21 to 35 years of age

Net Worth

N/A

N/A

Liquid funds equivalent to LICO requirements for twelve months

Business Performance Agreement

N/A

N/A

Sign Business Performance Agreement prior to MPNP issuing approval-in-principle letter

 

3. Business Investor Stream


Criterion

Entrepreneur Pathway

Farm Investor Pathway

Business Experience

Minimum 3 years of full-time work experience in the past 5 years as active business owner or senior management

Minimum 3 years of farm ownership and operation experience

Language Proficiency

Minimum CLB/NCLC 5

Proficiency in English or French

Education

Canadian high school equivalency

Not specified

Net Worth

Minimum net worth of CAD 500,000 (INR 30,395,244.12)

Minimum net worth of CAD 500,000 (INR 30,395,244.12)

Business Investment

Minimum investment of CAD 250,000 (INR 15,197,622.06) in Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, or CAD 150,000 (INR 9,118,573.24) outside Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

Minimum investment of CAD 300,000 (INR 18,237,146.47)

Business Research Visit

Recommended visit to Manitoba for business exploration

Mandatory farm business research visit

Farm Business Experience

N/A

Minimum 3 years of farm ownership and operation experience

Farm Business Activities

N/A

Active participation in farm management and primary agriculture production

Economic Establishment Adaptability

N/A

Demonstrate practical farming skills and technical knowledge

Adaptability

Points are allocated for spouse's language proficiency, second official language proficiency, and close relatives in Manitoba. Additional points are given for a child's education in Manitoba or for your own education and employment in Manitoba.

Adaptability demonstrated through practical farming skills

Age

No age limits, but points allocated for age 25 to 49

No age limits

 

4. Federal Immigration Programs


Criterion

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Canadian Experience Class

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Skilled Work Experience

Minimum 1 year in NOC TEER categories: TEER 0, 1, 2, 3

Minimum 1 year in NOC TEER categories: TEER 0, 1, 2, 3

Minimum 2 years in specific skilled trade

Language Ability

Meet minimum score in approved language tests

Meet minimum score in approved language tests

Meet minimum score in approved language tests

Education

Canadian high school equivalency or foreign equivalent

No specific education requirement

No specific education requirement

Proof of Funds

Show financial capability if not legally working or have no valid job offer

Show financial capability if not legally working or have no valid job offer

Show financial capability if not legally working or have no valid job offer

How to Apply?

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This process applies to the Skilled Worker Stream and the International Education Stream excluding the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot.

  • Create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile.
  • If you receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), submit a full application to the MPNP.
  • MPNP officers thoroughly assess applications.
  • Successful applicants are nominated.
  • Within 180 days of nomination, apply separately to the Government of Canada for permanent residence for you and your family.

Application process for the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot:

  1. Self-assessment: Evaluate if you meet the minimum criteria and complete an Interest Guideline Form.
  2. Explore Manitoba and research your business concept: Attend a mandatory information session. Also, explore Manitoba's business environment, and complete a Business Concept Form.
  3. Submit forms to MPNP: Email your Business Concept and Interest Guideline Forms to MPNP.
  4. Submit full application: If you receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), submit your application with detailed instructions provided in the LAA.
  5. Application assessment: MPNP assesses your application, including an in-person interview. If approved, you'll receive an approval letter.
  6. Operate your business: Implement your business plan in Manitoba with support from MPNP officers.
  7. Receive MPNP nomination: Upon successful completion of the process, you'll receive an MPNP nomination.

Application Process for Entrepreneur Pathway

  1. Self-Assessment and Research:
    1. Check if you meet the Entrepreneur Pathway requirements.
    2. Research Manitoba's business environment and explore business ideas.
  2. Submit Expression of Interest (EOI):
    1. Send your EOI to MPNP, including required forms.
    2. If approved, you'll receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).
  3. Receive LAA and Apply:
    1. Submit a complete application within the specified timeframe.
    2. Pay a CAD 2,500 (INR 151,976.22) processing fee.
  4. Application Assessment:
    1. MPNP reviews your application and may conduct an interview.
  5. Establish Business in Manitoba:
    1. Sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) upon approval.
    2. Notify MPNP upon arrival and get guidance for your business.
  6. Progress Reports:
    1. Submit reports within set timelines, showing business progress.
  7. Final Recommendation:
    1. If all conditions are met, MPNP recommends you for nomination.
    2. Otherwise, your application may be refused.

Application Process for Farm Pathway

  1. Explore and Research Farm Business:
    1. Ensure you meet Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) criteria.
    2. Fill out a Farm Investor Pathway Interest Guidelines Form.
    3. Pay attention to adaptability and technological farming skills.
  2. Complete Forms:
    1. Research Manitoba's farming and complete forms accordingly.
    2. Consider filling out a Farm Business Concept
  3. Submit Forms:
    1. If eligible, email your forms to MPNP.
    2. Required forms include Interest Guidelines and Farm Business Concept.
  4. Submit Full Application:
    1. If you receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), follow detailed instructions.
    2. Complete all forms and provide necessary documents within 120 days.
  5. Application Assessment:
    1. MPNP assesses your application, possibly through an interview.
    2. If approved, MPNP issues a nomination certificate.
    3. You may need to sign a Deposit Agreement and provide a deposit of CAD 75,000 (INR 4,559,286.62).
  6. Apply for Permanent Residence:
    1. Once nominated, apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.
    2. If successful, you'll receive a permanent resident visa.
  7. Establish Farm Business:
    1. Notify MPNP of your contact information within 30 days of landing as a Permanent Resident.
    2. MPNP Business Immigration Officers can provide assistance and guidance.

What is the Cost of Applying for Manitoba PNP?

What-is-the-Cost-of-Applying-to-Manitoba-PNP

The MPNP has a non-refundable CAD 500 (INR 30,395.24) application. It is paid at the time of submission of your application.

What is the Processing time for MPNP? (H2)

The processing time with the provincial office of Manitoba is 4-6 months.

Manitoba PNP Points Calculator

Manitoba PNP uses an Expression of Interest (EOI) system to manage the profiles of immigrants seeking provincial nominations. Applicants under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas, and International Education streams are required to create an EOI profile. These profiles are submitted to the Manitoba PNP EOI pool, where they are ranked.

Manitoba frequently holds provincial draws and invites the highest-scoring applicants to apply for provincial nomination. To qualify for a Manitoba provincial nomination, applicants must score at least 60 out of 100 points.

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MPNP EOI Points Calculator

After submitting your profile to the Manitoba PNP EOI pool, you will be awarded points based on various factors. These factors are age, language proficiency, education level, and more. The maximum possible points are 1,000. Profiles with the highest scores are invited to apply for PNP through regular invitation rounds.

The following tables show how points are awarded:

Maximum Overall Points: 1,000

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