Provincial nominee programs are multiple step application processes broadly classified as follows
- First, an applicant must decide where the applicant/family want to live in Canada and apply to that province or territory for a nomination. They will review your application based on:
- their immigration needs and
- if you really plan to live that province
- After a province or territory nominates the applicant, he/she must apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence and the applicants’ application will be assessed based on Canadian immigration law.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
The MPNP for Skilled Workers regularly issues Invitations to Apply to qualified candidates who are identified as part of one of the provinces’ Strategic Recruitment initiatives in Manitoba and overseas. Issuance of an Invitation to Apply is at the sole discretion of the MPNP and applicants cannot self-select for eligibility with this connection to our province.
The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. The program selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.
It nominates applicants who have a strong connection to the province and sufficient skills, education and training, work experience and official language proficiency to make an immediate and ongoing contribution to the Manitoba economy and our community at large.
All applicants must submit a Settlement Plan, to explain their plan for settling in Manitoba successfully and contributing economically. Upon nomination, the province provides resources to help you put your plan into action toward achieving your goals.
The MPNP for Skilled Workers empowers you to take charge of your success, with a guided application process and, after nomination, pre-arrival planning tools to help you fast-track your entry in the Manitoba workforce in a job that matches your skills and experience.
Temporary Foreign Workers
TFW must provide copies of your valid work permit and, from your Manitoba employer, written confirmation that you’ve been working full-time for at least six months continuous, as well as your job-offer letter, specifying salary/wage and details of the position, signed and on company letterhead, along with all other documents described on the page Documents.
- The offer of long-term employment must be from the same employer for whom you have been working full-time for the required time period.
- You must have all qualifications for the position including training/education and any required license or certification.
- You must have job-ready English; specifically, you must demonstrate the English or French proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job description.
- Your connection to Manitoba through employment must be stronger than ties you may have to another province.
- You must demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
International Student Working Graduates
Only graduates of Manitoba post-secondary educational institutions are considered. You are eligible if your Manitoba employer offers you a long-term job following at least six months of continuous full-time employment on a valid post-graduation work permit.
You must provide copies of: your valid post-graduation work permit; confirmation from your employer of minimum six months continuous full-time work; your job-offer letter, specifying salary/wage and details of the position, on company letterhead and signed by your employer, as well as education and all other documents described on the page: Documents.
- You attended an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language programs are specifically excluded.)
- Your academic/vocational program was full-time and at least one academic year in duration.
- You successfully completed your program and were awarded a diploma, degree or certificate.
- You have been continuously working at least six months for the same employer who has offered you a permanent (long-term) full-time job.
- You have a valid post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
- Your connection to Manitoba through employment is stronger than ties you may have to another Canadian province.
- You demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
- You have all qualifications and the English or French language proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job.
Two pathways for Skilled Workers
Skilled Workers in Manitoba
Applications are accepted from qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently offered a long-term, full-time job after you have completed at least six months (continuous) full-time employment with that company as a temporary foreign worker or international student working graduate. Graduates from another Canadian province and want to apply to the MPNP for Skilled Workers under this category because you’ve been offered a job in Manitoba, must first have been working for that Manitoba employer for at least one year.
Your employer must be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Manitoba. It should prove that it is an established business with an ability to offer you full-time and long-term employment in Manitoba.
Skilled Workers Overseas
Applications are accepted from qualified skilled workers who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province through family or friends, past education or employment, or by invitation of the MPNP, and be assessed sufficient points for five eligibility factors including age, English proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.
A Manitoba Supporter is an established resident of the province who is a friend or relative of the applicant and is willing and able to review and endorse the applicant’s plan for settling and finding employment in their destination community. A Manitoba Supporter must be the applicant’s close relative or friend/distant relative, and must be:
- able to provide documents proving they reside and are established in Manitoba and have been living in the province continuously for at least one year (ex: copy of Manitoba Health Card)
- a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (ex: copy of Permanent Resident Card)
- able to demonstrate sufficiently close ties to the applicant and to Manitoba
- able to demonstrate that any applications they previously supported resulted in successful, permanent economic establishment in Manitoba
- able to support the applicant’s Settlement Plan
For close relatives, both the applicant and the supporter must provide documents proving their familial relationship.
Close relatives may support the application of more than one skilled worker at a time provided they satisfactorily demonstrate their ability to do so.
For friends and distant relatives, their household must not be currently supporting the settlement of another MPNP applicant, nominee or person under another Canadian immigration program.
Finally, your supporter cannot be and the MPNP will not accept a Settlement Plan Part 2 signed by:
- a paid immigration representative
- anyone who is not a demonstrated relative or friend of the applicant or the applicant’s spouse
- a Canadian elected official or their staff
Your Manitoba supporter is your connection to the province; to be eligible for the MPNP you must also demonstrate you can be assessed sufficient points for language, employability, education, age and adaptability according to the MPNP Self-assessment Worksheet.
The following are NOT eligible to submit an application to the MPNP:
- 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
To be considered a close relative, a Manitoba Supporter must be related to the applicant (or the applicant’s spouse) in one of the following ways:
- sister or brother
- niece or nephew (ex: child of your sister or brother)
- aunt or uncle (ex: brother or sister of your mother or father)
- first cousin (ex: child of your aunt or uncle)
- mother or father
- grandmother or grandfather
To find out if you are eligible under any of the Manitoba PnP categories, please click here
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Business Investor Stream
The Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada share responsibilities regarding business people immigrating to Canada through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Immigration Program for Business. However, Manitoba’s agreement with the Government of Canada limits the number of immigrants that we may nominate each year. Given this limitation, Manitoba will select the applicants who best meet the qualifications and who offer the most to Manitoba.
The renewed Entrepreneur Pathway for business allows Manitoba to recruit, select, and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish or purchase a business or become partners in an existing business within the first 24 months of arrival in Canada on a temporary work permit. Applicants are no longer required to submit a deposit to the Manitoba Government. To find out if you are eligible under any of the Manitoba PnP categories, please click here
To qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- minimum personal net worth of CDN $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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Minimum CLB/NCLC 5 in either English or French
- Minimum Canadian high school certificate equivalent
- Business Investment must be made in an eligible business as defined by the MPNP.
- No minimum or maximum age; however, ranking points are allocated to candidates 25 to 49 years of age.
- 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).
- 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;
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.
Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) Program Criteria
Manitoba welcomes experienced farmers with business skills to take part in farming ventures that create opportunities for themselves and contribute to the economic growth of the province. Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) is 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.
FIP applicants will establish a farm business in rural Manitoba producing primary products that is consistent with the province’s current farm industry.
- Minimum personal net worth of at least $500,000
- Minimum of three years farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
- At least investment of $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.
- The minimum family living expense in Manitoba can be earned from farming and/or work off the farm.
- The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) requires language capabilities in either of Canada’s two official languages for adaptability skill that will accelerate your ability to become economically established in rural Manitoba.
- You must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit to Manitoba.
- 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.
- Applicant 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 verification of your financial information by a designated third-party service provider may be required.
To find out if you are eligible under any of the Manitoba PnP FIP categories, please click here
Grounds for Ineligibility
Applications will not be accepted from individuals who:
- have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada;
- are in Canada illegally;
- are subject to a removal order in Canada;
- are prohibited from entering Canada;
- have an application pending with another Provincial Nominee Program in Canada;
- had a prior MPNP-B or FSRI application refused within the last 12 months; or
- had a prior MPNP-B or FSRI application refused for misrepresentation or false documentation within the last 24 months.
- do not meet the eligibility criteria as determined by the MPNP-B;
- have committed misrepresentation and/or fraud during the application process;
- have been refused by another provincial or federal immigration program in Canada and the reasons for refusal are applicable to the MPNP-B;
- have close relatives and/or children residing in other province(s) of Canada;
- are unable to provide sufficient explanation with supporting documentation proving that the acquisition of their earned income and net worth were legally obtained; or
- are unable to demonstrate that they have the necessary resources and skills to operate their intended business.
Applicants may also be ineligible for immigration to Canada, if:
- the applicant or any dependent family member whether accompanying or not has a serious medical condition;
- the applicant or any dependent family member whether accompanying or not over the age of 18 has a criminal record; or
- the applicant has unresolved custody or child support disputes affecting any member of the family.
Applicants residing in Manitoba while their applications are being processed must maintain their legal status in Canada as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).