Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (Manitoba PNP Guide)

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (Manitoba PNP Guide)

Manitoba, located in central Canada, boasts a diverse economy driven by sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and natural resources. Its fertile soil supports a robust agricultural industry, while industries like aerospace and technology contribute to economic growth.

With a welcoming immigration policy, Manitoba actively attracts skilled workers and entrepreneurs, enhancing its cultural diversity and workforce capabilities.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Offers 3 Streams and further has their own pathways to choose from depending upon the applicant’s profile:

  • Manitoba Skilled Worker Stream: Manitoba’s Skilled Worker Stream is a key component of the Provincial Nominee Program, allowing the province to nominate skilled individuals with the right qualifications and work experience to contribute to its labor market.
  • Manitoba International Education Stream: The International Education Stream (IES) offers expedited nomination pathways to international students who graduate in Manitoba and align with the demands of various industries, promoting swift integration into the provincial workforce.
  • Manitoba Business Investor Stream: The Business Investor Stream (BIS) is designed for capable business investors and entrepreneurs with the intention and capacity to initiate or acquire businesses within the province of Manitoba.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Steams Overview

MPNP (Manitoba PNP) was launched to bolster the province’s economy through strategic immigration aligned with economic and labor market demands, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has achieved significant success since its launch.  The program invites about 10,000 applicants each year with quota of 9500 in the year of 2023.

Without the MPNP, Manitoba’s GDP could have been up to 30 percent lower, showcasing its pivotal role in economic growth. The province’s popularity among newcomers is evident, with the program facilitating immigration for those with connections in Manitoba, and an impressive job placement rate of over 90 percent within the first year.

Check out Manitoba PNP Draws and check your eligibility through Manitoba PNP Points Calculator

This success is further underscored by a high retention rate, as nearly 90 percent of provincial nominees choose to remain in the province.

Manitoba PNP has 3 streams to choose from:

1. Manitoba Skilled Worker Stream

This stream has 2 pathways Skilled Worker in Manitoba (SWM) and Skilled Worker Overseas (SWO):

1.1 Skilled Worker in Manitoba (SWM)

The Skilled Worker in Manitoba (SWM) pathway selects candidates with a solid affiliation to the province, demonstrated through continuous employment and a proficient combination of skills, education, training, work experience, and language proficiency.

Employer’s Requirements

  • Your business must be registered in Canada and have operations in Manitoba.
  • You need to show the MPNP that your business can provide stable, full-time jobs in the province

Applicant’s Requirements

  • To be eligible for the Skilled Worker in Manitoba (SWM) pathway, you need to establish a connection to Manitoba through continuous employment in the province.
  • This entails holding a valid work permit and securing a full-time, long-term job offer from a Manitoba company.
  • Must have a minimum of six months of continuous full-time employment with that company as either a temporary foreign worker or an international student graduate.
  • If you can acquire a temporary work permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you may qualify to apply to the MPNP as a temporary foreign worker.

Who can Apply?

Temporary Foreign WorkersInternational Student Working Graduates
The offer of long-term employment must be from the same employer for the required time period.You attended an authorized education or training program in Manitoba, excluding language programs.
Must possess all qualifications for the position, including training/education and any required license or certification.Your academic/vocational program was full-time and at least one academic year in duration.
Must have job-ready English, demonstrating proficiency in English or French to fulfill job duties.Successfully completed the program and awarded a diploma, degree, or certificate.
Connection to Manitoba through employment must be stronger than ties to another province.Have been continuously working at least six months for the same employer offering permanent full-time employment.
Demonstrate in a Settlement Plan the intention and plan to live, work, and establish work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.Hold a valid post-graduation work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

1.2 Skilled Worker Overseas

The Skilled Worker Overseas (SWO) pathway is for individuals with a solid connection to Manitoba, which can be established through the support of family members or friends, past education or work experience in the province, or through an Invitation to Apply directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Who can Apply?

Manitoba Support

A Manitoba Supporter refers to a resident in the province who is a friend or relative of the applicant. This individual is ready and capable of evaluating and endorsing the applicant’s settlement and employment plan within their intended community. The Manitoba Supporter can be either a close relative or a friend/distant relative of the applicant.

The Manitoba Supporter should have a familial relationship with the applicant (or the applicant’s spouse) as a:

  • Sister or brother,
  • First cousin (child of the applicant’s aunt or uncle),
  • Grandmother or grandfather.
  • Aunt or uncle (brother or sister of the applicant’s mother or father),
  • Niece or nephew (child of the applicant’s sister or brother),
  • Mother or father

Manitoba Supporter must:

  • Prove that you’ve lived in Manitoba for at least one year continuously and have documents to confirm it.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Should show that have strong connections to Manitoba.
  • If someone supported your application before and it led to successful economic settlement in Manitoba, you need to prove it.

You also need to:

  • Show that you have enough money and skills to work and settle in Manitoba permanently.
  • You must declare a local contact in Manitoba who can talk to the MPNP about your application

Manitoba Experience

Manitoba Experience is for those having previously resided in the province as either a temporary foreign worker or international student.

  • For temporary foreign workers: a minimum of six consecutive months of full-time employment with a Manitoba employer is required, along with submission of a signed reference letter on company letterhead and a copy of the Manitoba work permit.
  • For International students: they must have successfully completed an authorized education or training program at a public or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba, excluding language studies.

Manitoba Invitation

The MPNP also sends invitations to apply to eligible candidates identified through its Strategic Recruitment Initiatives both within Manitoba and internationally.

To apply with a Manitoba Invitation connection, applicants must upload the Letter of Invitation received directly from the MPNP, typically following an interview with a program officer during a recruitment mission or exploratory visit, in their MPNP Online application.

  • Recruitment missions: Recruitment missions are overseas trips organized by the MPNP, often with Manitoba employers.
  • Exploratory Visit: Exploratory visits are pre-planned trips for potential MPNP applicants to Manitoba. During these visits, applicants meet with prospective employers, consult with occupational regulatory bodies, and explore housing, school, and lifestyle opportunities in their chosen Manitoba community. These visits help applicants make informed decisions about their ability to find employment and settle in Manitoba as permanent residents.

Manitoba Skilled Worker Stream Points Assessment

In order to qualify as eligible, you must score at least 60 points based on five factors: language proficiency, age, work experience, education, and adaptability.

1. Language proficiency
Language proficiencyPoints awarded
First language 
CLB 8 or higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
CLB 3 or lower0
Second language 
CLB 5 or higher5
Maximum points25
2. Age
AgePoints awarded
184
196
208
21 to 4510
468
476
484
492
50 or older0
Maximum points10
3. Work Experience
Years of work experiencePoints awarded
Less than one year0
One year8
Two years10
Three years12
Four years or more15
Maximum points15
4. Education
Highest level of educationPoints awarded
Master’s degree or doctorate25
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each23
One post-secondary program of two years or longer20
One one-year post-secondary program14
Trade certificate14
No formal post-secondary education0
Maximum points25
5. Adaptability
Adaptability factorPoints awarded
Connection to Manitoba 
Close relative in Manitoba20
Invitation to Apply received from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative20
Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months)12
Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba12
Completed post-secondary program of at least one academic year in Manitoba10
Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba10
Supplemental factors 
Regional immigration*5
Maximum points25

Learn More about Manitoba Skilled Worker Stream of Manitoba PNP and check your Eligibility through MPNP Points Calculator

2. Manitoba International Education Stream

This stream has 3 pathways for applicants:

Career Employment Pathway: The Career Employment Pathway offers faster pathways for post-secondary graduates securing long-term employment in an in-demand occupation in Manitoba. Meeting these conditions allows immediate eligibility to apply to the MPNP upon graduation and job offer.

Graduate Internship Pathway: The Graduate Internship Pathway offers a faster method for international student master’s and doctoral graduates. By participating in Accelerate or Elevate internships with Mitacs in Manitoba, graduates can apply to the MPNP right after graduation.

International Student Entrepreneur Pilot: The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot (ISEP) allows up to 20 graduates annually in Manitoba to pursue entrepreneurship instead of employment, leading to permanent residence after meeting the Business Performance Agreement conditions.

International Education Stream Pathways Overview

CriterionCareer Employment PathwayGraduate Internship PathwayInternational Student Entrepreneur Pilot
EducationYou qualify if you graduated from a designated Manitoba post-secondary institution with a full-time program lasting at least one year within the past three years.You qualify if you finished a master's or doctoral program in Manitoba within the last three years.Complete a full-time, two-year post-secondary program in Manitoba. While international studies or work/business experience are advantageous, they are not mandatory for eligibility.
Official Languages ProficiencyYou need a minimum CLB/NCLC 7 proficiency level.You need a minimum CLB/NCLC 7 proficiency levelYou need a minimum CLB/NCLC 7 proficiency level
Employment & Business Experience in ManitobaMust have full-time job offer from an eligible Manitoba employer for a minimum one-year contract in an occupation listed as in-demand in Manitoba, aligning with your completed Manitoba-based program of studies. You must be working full-time in Manitoba with a valid work permitComplete a Mitacs Elevate or Accelerate (including Accelerate Entrepreneur) internship with a qualifying industry and research enterprise in Manitoba. No job offer is necessary at the time of application.Submit a business plan with your application. Operate the Manitoba-based business daily as a senior manager for at least six months before nomination, following your Business Performance Agreement (BPA), and maintain at least 51% ownership of the business equity.
Settlement FundsShow liquid funds meeting the low-income cut-off (LICO) requirements for independent financial support over a six-month period, or be engaged in a full-time, long-term position in Manitoba.Show liquid funds meeting the low-income cut-off (LICO) requirements for independent financial support over a six-month period.Show liquid funds meeting the low-income cut-off (LICO) requirements for independent financial support over a 12 months period
AdaptabilityLive in Manitoba during the application submission and demonstrate intent to stay in province post-nomination with a Career Employment Plan showing career prospects in the province.Live in Manitoba during the application submission and demonstrate intent to stay in province post-nomination with a Career Employment Plan showing career prospects in the province.Hold a valid open work permit during application, you must be continuously living in Manitoba since graduation, and demonstrate the intention to remain in the province post-nomination.
Business Performance AgreementN/AN/AUpon approval of your application, sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) before receiving an approval-in-principle letter from the MPNP for implementing your business plan.

How to Appy?

The Application process is applicable to the Skilled Worker Stream and the International Education Stream pathways, excluding the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot.

  1. Create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile.
  2. If you get a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), submit a full application to the MPNP.
  3. An MPNP officer carefully reviews applications.
  4. Successful candidates are nominated by the MPNP.
  5. Within 180 days of nomination, apply separately to the Government of Canada for permanent residence for you and your family.

Learn more about Manitoba International Education Stream in Manitoba PNP

3. Business Investor Stream

Business Investor Stream has 2 pathways to choose from:

Entrepreneur Pathway (EP): This pathway is for those wanting to start a business in Manitoba

Farm Investor Pathway (FIP): This pathway is for individuals planning to establish and run a farm operation in rural Manitoba.

Business Investor Stream Overview

CriterionEntrepreneur PathwayFarm Investor Pathway
Business Experience3 Years of minimum full-time experience in the last 5 years as a business owner or in senior management. Business owners get more points than senior managers, with a minimum 33 1/3% ownership needed for qualification.Need at least 3 years of documented experience in owning and operating a farm.
Language ProficiencyRequire a minimum CLB/NCLC level of 5.The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) acknowledges proficiency in either of Canada's official languages.
Business InvestmentMinimum investment is $250,000 CAD in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and $150,000 CAD outside it. Investment must be in an eligible MPNP-defined business, creating at least one job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Manitoba.Invest a minimum of $300,000 CAD to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba. Investments must align with MPNP-defined eligible tangible assets, and a farm business plan is integral to the application.
Net WorthNeed a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD, verified by an approved third-party supplier by MPNP. Submit the verification report with your application within 120 days of receiving your LAA.Need a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD, verified by an approved third-party supplier by MPNP. Submit the verification report with your application within 120 days of receiving your LAA.
Farm Business Research & ActivitiesN/AConduct a farm business research visit to Manitoba and ensure ongoing. Farm business have recurring activities in rural areas. Reside on and actively manage the farm business within Manitoba, which must be in active primary agriculture production and economically viable. Engage in value-added farm business activities.

Application Process: Entrepreneur Pathway (EP)

Step 1: Evaluate your eligibility for the Entrepreneur Pathway by considering:

  • Business experience: Three years of full-time experience in the last five years as a business owner or in a senior management role.
  • Net worth: Minimum of $500,000 CAD.
  • Official language proficiency: Minimum CLB/NCLC 5.
  • Education: Equivalent to a Canadian high school certificate.

Use the Self-Assessment Form to determine your ranking score. MPNP will conduct a full eligibility assessment upon receiving your complete application.

Step 2: Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) to MPNP via email, including the Business Concept Form, Self-Assessment Form, and MPNP Code of Conduct. EOIs are reviewed within four weeks, and you may receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) or a feedback letter.

Step 3: Upon receiving an LAA, submit a complete application, pay a non-refundable processing fee of $2,500.00 CAD via wire transfer.

Step 4: Your application will be assessed by Business Immigration Officers based on MPNP eligibility criteria. Applications contributing significant economic benefit to Manitoba may be prioritized.

Step 5: Establish your business in Manitoba, report your arrival to the MPNP within 30 days, and fulfill the terms of the BPA. Submit Progress Reports within six months and no later than 20 months after arrival.

Step 6: If you meet BPA conditions, a recommendation for nomination will be made. The Director of MPNP will review and issue a Confirmation of Nomination.

Application Process: Farm Investor Pathway (FIP)

Step 1: Explore and research farm businesses in Manitoba to ensure eligibility for the Farm Investor Pathway (FIP). Pay attention to adaptability factors like farming skills and technological practices.

Step 2: Complete the Interest Guidelines and Farm Business Concept forms based on research and self-assessment of FIP eligibility criteria.

Step 3: Submit forms to MPNP by email, including Interest Guidelines, Farm Business Concept, and Code of Conduct if applicable. A response will confirm eligibility.

Step 4: If eligible, submit a full application as per detailed instructions in the Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). Electronic submission is required within 120 days of LAA receipt.

Step 5: MPNP assesses the application, possibly through an interview. If approved, a nomination certificate is issued, and a deposit of CAD$75,000 is required.

Step 6: Apply for permanent residence through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) after receiving nomination.

Step 7: Establish your farm business in Manitoba, informing MPNP of your contact details within 30 days of becoming a Permanent Resident. MPNP Business Immigration Officers provide assistance and guidance.

Learn More about Manitoba Business Investor Stream in Manitoba PNP

Who is not eligible for Manitoba PNP?

  • People seeking refugee status, or those going through a federal appeal or removal process.
  • Caregivers living in Canada.
  • Temporary workers in a province other than Manitoba.
  • Spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • People who were rejected by the MPNP in the last six months and can’t fix the reasons for rejection.
  • Those with an active immigration application with another provincial program in Canada

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many streams are in Manitoba PNP?

There are total 3 streams in Manitoba PNP, Skilled Worker, International Education, and Business Investor, and these streams have further pathways and categories to choose from.

What are the eligibility requirements for Manitoba PNP?

Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements varied by stream but generally included factors such as education, work experience, language proficiency, and a connection to the province through employment or family.

is 60 a good score for Manitoba PNP?

Achieving a minimum of 60 points is required, considering factors like language proficiency, age, work experience, education, and adaptability.

How much is the processing time for Manitoba PNP?

Most streams usually take around 4 months to get the PNP approval but for some streams it could take up to 6 months.

How much are the Manitoba PNP fees?

Manitoba PNP fees are around $500 which is non-refundable.

Do I need to have a job offer for Manitoba PNP?

In some streams, a job offer may enhance your eligibility for Manitoba PNP, but it is not always a strict requirement.

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