Manitoba PNP Entrepreneur Pathway

Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program (MPNP) presents a route to Canadian PR through its Business Investor Stream to aspiring investors and entrepreneurs who want to run their business and settle in Manitoba. There are two pathways that come under the business stream of Canada, the Entrepreneur Pathway, and the Farm Investor Pathway.

The Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway enables entrepreneurs who wish to either start or purchase or become partners in an existing business in Manitoba. The candidates who receive a temporary resident permit and post-arrival should be able to buy, start or join a business within 24 months of arrival to be eligible for a PR status.

What is the eligibility to qualify for the Entrepreneur Pathway?

  • Investment: A minimum of $250,000 should be invested in your business is situated in the Manitoba Capital Region. If the business is outside the Capital Region, then the minimum investment should be no less than $150,000. Also, the proposed business should create at least one job for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Manitoba.
  • Business experience: The candidate should show a minimum of three years of full-time work experience in the last five years either in a senior management role or as an active business owner or a successful business. 
  • Net worth: A minimum of $500,000 should be your estimated net worth. Your personal net worth shall be verified by a third-party supplier that is approved by the Manitoba PNP. This verification report along with the application must be submitted to MPNP within 120 days of receiving your Letter of Advice to Apply. 
  • Age: there is no minimum age to apply however, candidates between 25-49 years of age are given ranking points. 
  • Education: A Canadian equivalent of high-school certificate is required.
  • Language proficiency: A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 is required either in English or French. 
  • Adaptability: on the basis of the candidate’s adaptability, the following points are allocated:
  • If your spouse has a CLB/NCLC of Level 5 or higher.
  • If you or your spouse have CLB 5 or higher in the Second Official Language.
  • If you or your spouse have a close relative residing currently in Manitoba.
  • If your child is enrolled in an accredited educational institution in Manitoba and is actively pursuing either academics, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis for at least six months prior to the date of submission of EOI.
  • If you or your spouse have completed a full-time study program for at least 1 year in a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. You or your spouse or common-law partner should have done this after 17 years of age along with a valid study permit.
  • If you or your spouse have completed at least six months of continuous full-time employment in Manitoba. You should have a letter of reference and a copy of the work permit from the employer to prove the same.
  • Business Research Visit: The candidate should do extensive research on the business investment proposal. The applicant must also conduct a research visit no more than one year prior to the submission of the Expression of Interest.
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    What are the steps to apply for the Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway? 

    Step 1: Conduct an Exploratory visit

    Manitoba PNP recommends the candidates explore Manitoba and analyze potential business opportunities. This shall strengthen your application. The candidates are also strongly encouraged to attend business seminars offered by the Business Consulting Unit (BCU) of the Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division. The applicants should also fill out a Business Concept Form that shall outline the business opportunities and your research efforts.

    Step 2: Submit the Self-assessment and business concept form

    The candidates must submit the Self-assessment form, the Business Concept form, and the Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives (if you are using a representative). Manitoba evaluates a minimum stream requirement criterion for the potential candidates. If the candidate falls short of fulfilling these criteria, his/her business concept shall not be reviewed.  Note that this submission does not represent an application to Manitoba PNP

    Step 3: Submit a full application to MPNP

    After a post-review of the self-assessment and business concept form, the candidate may receive an LLA (Letter of Advice to Apply). The LLA includes instructions for submitting a full application to Manitoba PNP. This application includes a net worth verification that is conducted by a third-party supplier. The final application and the fees need to be submitted within 120 days of receiving the LLA. 

    Step 4: Application assessment 

    The assessment of each application includes an interview. After the successful review of your application, the candidate will receive an approval letter post which a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) shall be signed. A letter of support work for a permit shall be issued after this. This letter allows you to arrive in Canada to commence your business activities. 

    Step 5: Operate your business in Manitoba

    As outlined in your business plan, you can now start your business operations. For the entrepreneur’s referral, the BCU offers information, feedback, and guidance through Business Consulting Officers.

    Step 6: Apply for a Canada PR

    After the completion of the terms and conditions of your BPA, the Manitoba PNP evaluates your performance. If the terms of your BPA have been successfully fulfilled the MPNP issues a certificate of nomination. The candidates can then eventually apply for their Canadian PR.


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