Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

So how do I immigrate to Manitoba, Canada?

Manitoba was the first Canadian province to set up its own immigration programme due to a strong labour shortage of skilled workers, tradespeople and professionals. The Government of Manitoba projects a labour shortage of 20,000 plus skilled workers by 2020.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) had a significant overhaul in 2018 with changes still continuing within 2019. The changes included the introduction of new immigration streams and systems with a dedicated system for Express Entry candidates who wish to obtain permanent residency in Manitoba.

There are several categories in which to apply for permanent residency in Manitoba, Canada.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Skilled Workers Overseas Category (SWO) Manitoba Express Entry (EE)

This category is for people who have the skills, training and experience related to the Manitoba In Demand Occupations list and with a strong family connection in Manitoba.

  • You must have a minimum of six months work experience in your chosen profession.
  • You must write and submit a settlement plan.
  • Be able to sit and pass a language test in both English and French. This has to be for speaking, writing, talking and reading. The more proficient, the higher the score.
  • Provide full education history and qualifications. The higher the qualification the higher the score. Post secondary education must be of at least one year and has to be equivalent to an education level in Canada.
  • If your profession needs a license or a certification then you must apply to the relevant regulatory body to have your qualifications assessed or to sit an exam.
  • Confirmation of support from a close friend or relative residing in Manitoba for at least a year is a requirement and you must be able to demonstrate the intent and ability to contribute to become economically established and to reside in Manitoba.
  • Demonstrate sufficient funds for you and your family to cover independent financial support over a six-month period.

As well as these requirements the Skilled Workers Overseas Category (SWO) also has to be accepted for the Express Entry (EE) system by gaining a number of points necessary. The points are gained by education level studied, age, language ability in French and/or English, financial independence amongst other rules.

Your Express Entry (EE) ID and Job Seeker Validation Code, this is found once your profile has been submitted into the Express Entry pool, must be given in addition to the requirements above.

Human Capital Pathway is the system you can apply via if you do not qualify for the Express Entry (EE) system. All the above requirements still apply with the exception of the Express Entry (EE) ID and Job Seeker Validation Code.

Skilled Workers

This category, although similar to the Skilled Workers Overseas Category (SWO), is for workers and students already in Manitoba on a temporarily with ongoing employment.

A settlement plan needs to be written and submitted detailing your plan for residing in Manitoba and what you can bring to the province economically.

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Entrepreneur Pathway

The Entrepreneur Pathway replaces the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) B Stream.
It is for people wanting to immigrate to Manitoba, Canada and establish, purchase or become a business partner within the first 2 years of arriving into Canada on a temporary work permit.

You need to prove the following:

  • A minimum of three years full time work experience within the previous five years as an active involved business owner or working in a senior role within a successful business. Please note that business owners are given preference over employees and therefore will be awarded higher points. As a business owner you must also own at least 33% of the business.
  • Education level that must be a minimum of a Canadian High School equivalent.
  • You must be proficient in English and/or French and must sit and pass a language test at a recognized test center. You must be able to speak, read, listen and write. The more proficient the more points.
  • With the Entrepreneur Pathway there is no minimum or maximum age, however, points are awarded to candidates between the ages of 25 to 49 years.
  • Investment into the company is a must. If the company is within Manitoba Capital Region then the minimum investment is CAD250K, if the company is outside Manitoba Capital Region then the minimum investment reduces to CAD150K.
  • A business plan must be written and submitted.
  • A business research visit must be carried out which allows the candidate to carry out extensive research of their future business investment so they know they have a viable business model. This has to be carried out no more than one year prior to your Expression of Interest (EOI).
  • You must also create and retain one job for a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba. This cannot include owners of the business or close relatives.

You can gain additional points if any of the following apply:

  • You or your spouse has a high level of language proficiency in both your first language and your second language.
  • You or your spouse or common law partner has a close relative residing in Manitoba and has done for more than one year.
  • Either you or your spouse or common law partner have studied full time after the age of 17 for at least twelve months and with a valid study permit.


  • Either you or your spouse or common-law partner has completed at least six months continuous full time employment in Manitoba. A reference from your employer and a copy of the work permit must be submitted.
  • A net worth of CAD500,000.

Once an application has been approved a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) has to be signed prior to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Programme issuing you your letter to apply for your temporary work permit.

The Farm Investor Pathway

This replaces the former Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

It is for individuals who have the funds and proven farming experience and who intends to establish and operate a farm within rural Manitoba producing primary product in relation to the provinces current farming industry.

The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Three years farm ownership and operational experience with documents verified to prove this.
    English and/or French language proficiency. Please note should you be called for an interview it will take place in either English or French.
  • A minimum investment of CAD300, 000. These can be assets as defined by Manitoba Provincial Nominee Programme.
  • A business plan relating to your farming operation.
  • A Farm Business Research trip must be carried out in Manitoba.
  • Ongoing and recurring business activities must take place in rural Manitoba.
  • You must live and actively participate in management of the farm on an ongoing basis.
  • The farm must be active in primary agriculture production and economically viable.
  • You must conduct value added farm business activities in Manitoba.
  • You must demonstrate economic establishment adaptability.
  • Your net worth has to be a minimum of CAD500, 000 and a verification report may be required.

Please ask for our assistance so we can guide you to achieving your dream and your permanent residency in Manitoba.

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