Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) overview

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Did you know that Manitoba was the first place Filipinos came to in Canada? According to historical records, a group of nurses and doctors came from the United States in the 1950s. They didn’t originally intend to stay, but stayed they did, marking the beginning of the Filipino community in Canada. Read on to find out more about the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).




ABOUT THE PROVINCE OF MANITOBA

Manitoba is acknowledged to be a major contributor to Canada’s economy, because of its natural resources and agriculture.

It has a population of over 1.2 million people, with most living in the vicinity of the province’s capital, Winnipeg.

Manitobans enjoy close-knit communities surrounded by incredibly picturesque natural landscapes.




MANITOBA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (MPNP)

To continue growing its economy, the Government of Manitoba targets immigrants who have the skills, as well as educational and work experience to make positive contributions to the province.

These applicants receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which gives them additional CRS points that ensure they receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.




MPNP STREAMS

There are a few streams that are currently open for application:




SKILLED WORKER IMMIGRATION STREAM

The Skilled Worker Immigration Stream has two pathways, the Manitoba Work Experience Pathway and the Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway.

The Manitoba Work Experience Pathway is available to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and International Students.

The Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway is available to OFWs who are interviewed by Canadian employers from Manitoba; OFWs must receive an Invitation To Apply in order to receive provincial nomination from the MPNP.




SKILLED WORKER OVERSEAS STREAM

The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream uses points to assess the eligibility of OFWs, who can be outside of Canada at the time of application.

Eligible OFWs can apply if they can demonstrate strong connections to Manitoba through friends and family under Manitoba Support or by receiving an invitation from the province under Manitoba Invitation.

OFWs must score a minimum of 60 points to qualify, which takes under consideration the following factors: age, language proficiency, work and educational experience as well as adaptability.

The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream has two pathways, the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway and the Human Capital Pathway.

The Manitoba Express Entry Pathway (currently called the Skilled Worker Overseas – Express Entry Substream) is open for application to eligible OFWs currently I’m the Express Entry pool.

OFWs must be able to prove that they have experience in one of the occupations listed in the province’s In-demand Occupations list.

OFWs must also have verifiable connections to Manitoba through friends and family.

The Human Capital Pathway is open to OFWs who have experience in one of the occupations in the province’s In-demand Occupations list.

OFWs must also demonstrate the capacity to establish themselves in the province by building strong relationships in the aforementioned occupation.




MANITOBA BUSINESS INVESTOR STREAM

The Manitoba Business Investor Stream has two pathways, the Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway and the Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway.

OFWs who would like to establish a business in the province can submit an application under this stream.

OFWs must submit an Expression of Interest, those qualified will receive an ITA to apply for permanent residency.

The Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway, which is part of the province’s Business Investor Stream, allows OFWs with farming experience and capital to immigrate to Canada to operate a farm in Manitoba.

The Entrepreneur Pathway allows the Government of Manitoba to nominate OFWs who would like to establish, purchase or co-own a business in the province within the first two years of arriving on a temporary Work Permit.




MORDEN COMMUNITY DRIVEN IMMIGRATION INITIATIVE

The Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative requires OFWs with specific backgrounds to immigrate to the rural town of Morden.

Morden is 112 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.




INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

The International Education Stream (IES) is for eligible International Students, and provides a faster path to permanent residency.

The International Education Stream has the following pathways: the Career Employment Pathway, the Graduate Internship Pathway and the Student Entrepreneur Pathway.




MANITOBA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (MPNP)

Thinking about moving to Canada? The Government of Canada has agreements with provincial and territorial governments to allow them to nominate foreign workers to immigrate as permanent residents. These Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow eligible applicants to bring their families and live in Canada on a permanent basis. In the province of Manitoba, the program is called the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

The MPNP has several different streams, each with its own individual pathways. Take a look at what might be appropriate for you and your family.




MANITOBA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM SKILLED WORKER STREAM

The MPNP allows recent graduates, skilled workers and entrepreneurs who are willing to live and work in Manitoba to apply for permanent residency.

The Skilled Worker Stream is driven by the needs of Canadian employers from the province of Manitoba. The Manitoba Government selects eligible workers with the educational and work experience needed in the province, and nominates them for permanent residence.

Eligible workers and their qualified dependents then use this nomination to apply for permanent residence with the Government of Canada, through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The Skilled Worker Stream has two sub-streams:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

The Manitoba Government nominates eligible applicants who have established strong connections in the province. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in order to receive a nomination under this stream, including having the necessary education and work experience, as well as language proficiency in either English or French.

Working for a Canadian employer in the province of Manitoba is one way applicants can demonstrate that they have established strong connections.

How to apply for the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest
  2. Receive an invitation to submit a MPNP application
  3. Apply for permanent residency with IRCC

Skilled Workers Overseas

The Skilled Workers Overseas stream allows the Manitoba Government to nominate eligible applicants who can demonstrate that they have an established connection to the province, including having family members or close friends who can support them, having studied or worked in the province or having received an Invitation to Apply through the Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

How to apply for the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest
  2. Receive an invitation to submit a MPNP application
  3. Apply for permanent residency with IRCC




MANITOBA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

The International Education Stream (IES) for international students who recently graduated from designated learning institutions (DLIs) in the province of Manitoba. The Manitoba Government issues nominations to eligible international students who can make a meaningful contribution to the province’s economy.

The IES has three pathways:

Career Employment Pathway

International students who graduate from a DLI in Manitoba who are able to work in an in-demand occupation can be given a faster nomination by the Manitoba Government.

Minimum requirements:

  • Education: must have graduated from a DLI in Manitoba within the past three years prior to application.
  • Language Proficiency: minimum CLB/NCLC 7 or equivalent
  • Current employment: must have a full-time job offer in a position listed in the In-Demand Occupations list from an eligible Canadian employer from the province of Manitoba. Must be already working full-time in the province of Manitoba at the time application of application.
  • Proof of Funds: must meet the minimum Proof of Funds requirement or be currently employed full-time in the province of Manitoba.
  • Residency: must be living in the province of Manitoba at the time of application.

Graduate Internship Pathway

International students who graduated from masters or doctoral programs from DLIs in Manitoba who complete Accelerate or Elevate internship with Mitacs can submit an application immediately after graduation, without the need for a valid job offer from a Canadian Employer in the province of Manitoba.

Minimum requirements:

  • Education: must have completed a masters or doctoral program from a DLI in the province of Manitoba within the three years prior to application.
  • Language Proficiency: minimum CLB/NCLC 7 or equivalent
  • Current employment: must have a full-time job offer in a position listed in the In-Demand Occupations list from an eligible Canadian employer from the province of Manitoba. Must be already working full-time in the province of Manitoba at the time application of application.
  • Proof of Funds: must meet the minimum Proof of Funds requirement or be currently employed full-time in the province of Manitoba.
  • Residency: must be living in the province of Manitoba at the time of application.

International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

Through the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot program, a maximum of 20 International Students who recently completed their studies from a DLI in the province of Manitoba will be given the chance to establish a business instead of having to secure employment from a Canadian employer.

After meeting the minimum requirements outlined in the Business Performance Agreement, eligible International Students will receive a nomination from the Manitoba Government.

Information sessions are available for International Students who are interested in the pilot program. Send your inquiries by email to: MPNP-BusinessStream@gov.mb.ca

Minimum requirements.

  • Business Experience: International Students submitting an application under the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot program must include a business plan. International Students submitting an application under this program must have a business equity ownership of at least 51%.
  • Language Proficiency: minimum CLB/NCLC 7 or equivalent
  • Age: this program is open to International Students who meet the minimum criteria who are 21 to 35 years old.
  • Adaptability: applicants must have a valid Open Work Permit or a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must also be living in the province of Manitoba after graduation, and be able to show intent to continue living in the province of Manitoba after receiving the nomination.
  • Education: must have completed a full-time post-secondary program from a DLI in the province of Manitoba. Distance learning and compressed academic programs are not eligible for this pilot program.
  • Proof of Funds: a deposit for this pilot program is not required. While a minimum net worth is not part of the eligibility requirements, net worth and source of funds may be considered to assess the applicant’s potential to carry out their business plan.
  • Business Performance Agreement (BPA): after approval, the BPA must be signed and submitted before an Approval-In-Principal Letter can be issued by the MPNP.




MANITOBA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM BUSINESS INVESTOR STREAM

The Business Investor Stream (BIS) replaces the PNP-B business immigration category. The Manitoba Government nominates eligible foreign entrepreneurs who have the willingness and capacity to operate a business in the province.

The BIS has two pathways:

Entrepreneur Pathway

The Entrepreneur Pathway allows the Manitoba Government to nominate applicants who have the willingness and capacity to move to the province of Manitoba and be able to establish, purchase or become a partner of an existing business within 24 months of arriving in Canada on a Work Permit.

The Entrepreneur Pathway no longer requires applicants to submit a CAD$100,000 deposit, which was previously needed under the MPNP-B stream.

Minimum requirements:

  • Business Experience: applicants must have a minimum of three years of full-time work experience gained in the past five years as a business owner or in a senior management position. Business owners will be given more points than senior management. Applicants must own at least 33 1/3% of the business to receive additional points.
  • Education: applicants must have a minimum of a Canadian high school certificate equivalent.
  • Language Proficiency: minimum CLB/NCLC 5 or equivalent.
  • Age: While there is no age requirement for this pathway, applicants between the ages of 25 to 49 years old will receive additional points.
  • Business Investment: a minimum investment of CAD$250,000 is required for businesses located in the Manitoba Capital Region, while a minimum investment of CAD$150,000 is required for businesses located outside the Manitoba Capital Region. Only MPNP-defined businesses are qualified under this pathway. Businesses must create or maintain at least one position for a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident who is not an owner of the business nor their immediate relatives.
  • Business Research Visit: all applications made under this pathway must include a business plan. A Business Research Visit is permitted to allow applicants to conduct the necessary research in preparation for their application. The visit must be no earlier than 1 year prior to the submission of the application.
  • Adaptability: applicants can receive additional point if the applicant’s spouse has a language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 or higher; if the applicant or their spouse has a CLB/NCLC 5 or higher in the second Official Language; if either the applicant or their spouse have close relatives who have lived in the province of Manitoba for more than 1 year; if the applicants have a child who is registered in an accredited educational institution in the province of Manitoba and is actively taking academic, professional or vocational training full-time for at least 6 months before the EOI is submitted and/or the applicant or their spouse has completed at least one year at a post-secondary institution in the province of Manitoba; or the applicant or their spouse has completed at least 6 months of continuous full-time employment in the province of Manitoba (a letter of reference from the Canadian employer and a copy of the Work Permit is required).
  • Net Worth: applicants must have a minimum net worth of at least CAD$500,000 that will be verified by a MPNP-designated third party. The report must be submitted together with the application within 120 days of receiving the LAA.
  • Business Performance Agreement (BPA): a BPA must be signed and submitted before a Letter of Support is issued.

Farm Investor Pathway

The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) allows the Manitoba Government to nominate applicants with farm business experience and sufficient capital who would like to establish and operate a farm in the rural areas of the province of Manitoba.

The FIP replaces the old Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Applicants under this pathway are expected to start a farm business that will make products that are in line with what is currently being produced in the province of Manitoba.

Minimum requirements:

  • Farm Business Experience: applicants must have at least 3 years of documented farm ownership and operating experience.
  • Language Proficiency: interviews during the interview process will be conducted in either English or French.
  • Farm Business Investment: applicants must have at least CAD$300,000 in eligible tangible assets, as well as a business plan .
  • Farm Business Research Visit: applicants must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit as part of their application.
  • Farm Business Activities: the business must conduct ongoing and recurring activities in the province of Manitoba, applicants must live on farm property and actively manage operations. Only economically viable farm businesses that are engaged in agricultural production are eligible under this pathway.
  • Economic Establishment Adaptability: applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience to succeed in the province of Manitoba’s primary farm production industry.
  • Net Worth: applicants must have a net worth of at least CAD$500,000 which will be verified by a third party service provider designated by the Manitoba Government.




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