The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is a provincial immigration program. It allows the Government of Manitoba to recruit and nominate immigrants to contribute to Manitoba’s economy. Through this program, prospective immigrants with skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which can help speed up the overall immigration process.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
There are two immigration streams under the MPNP. One is for skilled workers and the other is for business investors.
While the MPNP skilled worker stream selects trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in Manitoba. Well qualified candidates who make immediate and ongoing contribution to the Manitoba economy will be nominated and receive permanent visas to settle and work in Manitoba.
The MPNP for business allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the interests and abilities to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business.
However, if your intention is to establish a farming operation, you are not eligible to apply through the regular Provincial Nominee Program for Business (PNP-B). You must apply through the Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative(FSRI) which is a special initiative for those who are interested in farming business.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) accelerates the immigration process by providing a Nomination Certificate to you which will allow you for a faster immigration application process.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are interested in the MPNP, you must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Manitoba as a Provincial Nominee. You can access the electronic Expression of Interest tool online. You will need to create an online profile and provide information about your skills, work experience, language ability, education and other factors that contribute to success in Manitoba. At this point, you are not required to upload any supporting documentation.
If you meet the minimum criteria of one of the MPNP application streams, you will be placed in a pool of all eligible candidates to the program. You will also receive a score based on the answers you provide and be ranked based on several factors. If you are amongst the highest-scoring candidates, you will be invited to submit an application to the MPNP.
If you successfully create an Expression of Interest, you will be entered into a pool with other eligible candidates.
- Your profile will be valid for one year from the day you submit it.
- You will receive EOI Ranking Points based on the information you provided in your profile.
- The MPNP will regularly draw the highest scoring candidates and invite them to submit a full application to the MPNP.
- The MPNP uses an electronic system for both the submission of Expressions of Interest and complete applications.
- You must make sure that the information you provide in your Expression of Interest stays true and accurate at all times. If your situation changes, you must update your profile.
- If you provided false information or left out important details, your application will be refused and you could be barred for two years from submitting another application.
By completing an Expression of Interest, you will receive a score based on a number of criteria. The highest-scoring candidates in the pool will be invited on a regular basis to provide a full application to the MPNP. These criteria include the following factors:
- Your language ability
- Your education
- Your work experience
- Your adaptability and other factors
MPNP Express Entry Ranking Points Grid
Factor 1 : Language Proficiency
|Assessment Factor||Ranking Points|
|First Official Language|
|CLB 8 or higher||25 per band|
|CLB 7||22 per band|
|CLB 6||20 per band|
|CLB 5 or higher||17 per band|
|CLB 4||12 per band|
|CLB 3 or lower||0|
|Second Official Language|
|CLB 5 or higher||25|
|Maximum Points – Factor 1||125|
Factor 2 : Age
|21 to 45||75|
|50 or older||0|
|Maximum Points – Factor 2||75|
Factor 3 : Work Experience
|Less then 1 year||0|
|4 years or more||75|
|Fully recongnized by provincial licensing body||100|
|Maximum Points – Factor 3||175|
Factor 4 : Education
|Master’s degree or Doctorate||125|
|Two post-secondary programs of at least 2 years each||115|
|One post-secondary program of three years or more||110|
|One year post-secondary program||70|
|No formal post-secondary education||0|
|Maximum Points – Factor 4||125|
Factor 5 : Adaptability
|Close relative in Manitoba||200|
|Previous work experience in Manitoba (6 months or more)||100|
|Completed post-secondary program in Manitoba (2 years or more)||100|
|Completed post-secondary programe in Manitoba (one year)||50|
|Close friend or distant relative in Manitoba||50|
|Ongoing employment in Manitoba for 6 months or more with long-term job offer from the same employer||500|
|Invitation to apply under a Strategic initiative||500|
|Immigration destination in Manitoba is outside of winnipeg||50|
|Maximum Points – Factor 5||500|
Factor 6 : Risk Assessment
|Close relative in another province and no close relative in MB||-100|
|Work experience in another province||-100|
|Maximum Points – Factor 6||-400|
|Maximum Overall Points : 1000|
If you have the highest-scoring Expression of Interest (EOIs) in the MPNP’s application streams, you will be drawn from the pool according to the MPNP Ranking Points system above.
Once you are selected, you will receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) and have 60 days to submit a complete application to the MPNP. You will have to provide proof of the information you provided in your Expression of Interest. If you provide false or misleading information in your EOI, you may be considered as misrepresentation. Your application could be refused and you may be subject to a ban from applying to the MPNP for a period of two years.
In order to be qualified to apply to the MPNP skilled workers program, you must be a skilled worker who can make an immediate economic contribution to the Province of Manitoba. You must have specialized education, training and work experience in your occupation.
There are two pathways to MPNP skilled workers stream namely Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas:
Skilled Workers in Manitoba
Skilled Workers in Manitoba pathway is for qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer.
Skilled Workers Overseas
Skilled Workers Overseas pathway is for 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. You will be assessed for sufficient points under five eligibility factors – age, English proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.
The MPNP skilled workers in Manitoba stream is for qualified temporary foreign workers or international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba.
Temporary Foreign Workers
In the MPNP Online, you must:
- Upload copies of your valid work permit and,
- From your Manitoba employer, a 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 licence 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
For international student working graduates, only graduates of Manitoba post-secondary educational institutions will be 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.
In MPNP Online you must upload 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.
- 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 Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- 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.
If you want to apply for the MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas, you must demonstrate that you have an established connection to Manitoba either through the support of family members or friends, through previous education or work experience in Manitoba or through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
If you have a Manitoba supporter who is a resident of the province, either a friend, close relatives or distance relatives who is willing and able to review and endorse your application for planning, settling and finding employment in Manitoba, you may be eligible to make an application to the MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas.
Your Manitoba supporter 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 you (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 your Settlement Plan
If your Manitoba supporter is a close relative, he/ she must be related to you 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
If your connection to Manitoba is through Manitoba Experience as a temporary foreign worker or as an international student, you must demonstrate your:
Past employment in Manitoba
- In the past, you worked full-time for a Manitoba employer at least six consecutive months.
- Submit signed employer letter of reference on company letterhead and a copy of work permit proving you worked in Manitoba.
Past education in Manitoba
- As an international student you attended and completed an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language studies are not authorized.)
- To prove you studied in Manitoba, you must submit your study permit(s), your academic transcripts and the certificate, diploma or degree you received for completing the program.
The MPNP for Skilled Workers regularly issues Invitations to Apply to qualified candidates who are identified as part of the 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 Manitoba.
In addition to demonstrating a strong connection to Manitoba, every candidate who wants to be considered under the Skilled Worker Overseas stream must score at least 60 points based on five factors in order to be eligible. You must demonstrate that you can be assessed sufficient points for language, employability, education, age and adaptability according to the MPNP Self-assessment Worksheet.
Factor 1: Language Proficiency
|Language Proficiency||Points awarded|
|CLB level 8||20|
|CLB 3 or lower|
|CLB 5 or higher||5|
|Maximum Points – Factor 1||25 (25% of total)|
Factor 2: Age
Age points are calculated according to the date your application is received by the MPNP.
|21 to 45||10|
|50 or older||0|
|Maximum Points – Factor 2||10 (10% of Total)|
Factor 3: Work Experience
Work experience points are based on documented proof of full-time employment in the past five years. Only full-time jobs of six months (continuous) or longer are considered.
|Years of work experience||Points awarded|
|less than one year||0|
|four years or more||15|
|Maximum Points – Factor 3||15 (15% of Total)|
Factor 4 : Education
Education Points are based on documented proof of completed education and /or training programs at recognized education institutions. A completed program is one for which you have met all requirements and received a certificate, diploma or degree. The MPNP reserves the right to require a third-party assessment to demonstrate trades education and training are comparable to Canadian standards.
|Highest level of education||Points awarded|
|Master’s degree or Doctorate||25|
|Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each||23|
|One post-secondary program of two years or longer||20|
|One one-year post-secondary program||14|
|No formal post-secondary education||0|
|Maximum Points – Factor 4||25 (25% of Total)|
Factor 5 : Adaptability
Adaptability points are calculated according to documented proof of a strong connection to Manitoba and employability in your assessed occupation, demonstrating that you have the genuine intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as a permanent resident. A connection to Manitoba is required of ALL applicants. You can only receive points for one type of connection, even if multiple apply to you. In addition to Adaptability points, you may also score points for Regional Immigration for having a connection to, and planning to settle in, a region of Manitoba outside the city of Winnipeg. Regional points are supplemental only and cannot be a substitute for another connection to the province.
|Connection to Manitoba||Points awarded|
|Close relative in Manitoba||20|
|Invitation to Apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit||20|
|Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months)||12|
|Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba||12|
|Completed post-secondary program of at least one academic year in Manitoba||10|
|Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba||10|
|Maximum Points – Factor 5||25 (25% of Total)|
In order to be eligible for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for business, you must:
- Have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN$350,000
- Have a minimum three years of successful business ownership and management experience or a minimum three years of executive-level experience as senior manager of a business; and
- Score a minimum of 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix.
- Attend an interview with a PNP-B officer if required
- Prepare to make an eligible business investment in Manitoba; and
- Prepare to reside in Manitoba with all your dependent family members
In addition to the above, you may have to conduct an exploratory visit to Manitoba. You must provide a visit report and other documents to demonstrate the research conducted during your visit. Furthermore, you must provide the result of a language competency test to demonstrate your language proficiency.
Business Intent – Eligible Business Investments
- The investment of your personal assets should be no less than CDN$150,000 in tangible assets in Manitoba.
- If an investment is into an existing business, the Nominee must control at least 33.33% of the equity, or make a minimum CDN$1 million equity investment in the business. In addition, a redemption option should not be included in terms of investment.
- Investment into personal items such as the principal residence and motor vehicles for personal use will not be counted as part of a business investment.
- Investment into a business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income are not eligble.
Business Ownership or Senior Management Experience
Regarding business ownership or senior management experience, you must have at least three years of full time work experience in the past five years as a business owner or in a senior management role of a successful business.
As a business owner, you must be engaged actively and on an ongoing basis in providing goods and services to customers. Being self employed does not qualify as a business owner for the purposes of the MPNP for business.
Senior Management Experience
With senior management experience, you must be in the highest level position of the management structure of a major business. You are responsible for the strategic policy development or a wide range of operations of that major business; and have been in that position for at least three years of the past five years prior to applying to MPNP for business.
If your application is based in Senior Management experience, you must demonstrate that you have had a role of significant decision making responsibilities involving a minimum if two of the following aspects of business:
- Production/ Operation/ Project management
- Human Resource/ Personnel
- Research and Development
- Information Technology management
- Quality Control
Adaptability Assessment Matrix
The Adaptability Assessment Matrix is used to evaluate your potential to successfully settle in Manitoba and become economically established. You must score 60 points or more in order to be nominated.
Age (Maximum 15 points)
|21 to 24||5|
|25 to 29||10|
|30 to 44||15|
|45 to 49||5|
|50 to 54||5|
Business Knowledge (Maximum 15 points)
|Business Owner and manager (more than 50% ownership)||15|
|Business Owner and manager (20% to 50% ownership)||12|
- You must have a minimum of three years’ business ownership experience during the last five years to be assessed for points as a business owner.
- If you own multiple businesses, only the percentage of ownership of the main/principal business will be considered for the purpose of this criterion.
- If your spouse owns shares in the same business, the combined ownership will be counted together for the purpose of this criterion.
- If you own less than 20% share in a business, you must be a senior manager to qualify for the MPNP-B.
Business Experience (Maximum 15 points)
|Length of Experience||Points|
|10 years or more||15|
|Above 6 to 10 years||10|
|Above 3 to 6 years||5|
- Length of experience is counted only for senior management or business ownership experience as defined by the MPNP-B. No points will be awarded for other experience.
Net Worth (Maximum 15 points)
|Total Net Worth||Points|
|Over $2.5 Million||15|
|Above $2 Million to $2.5 Million||14|
|Above $1.5 Million to $2 Million||13|
|Above $1 Million to $1.5 Million||12|
|Above $500,000 to $1 Million||10|
|$350,000 to $500,000||8|
English and/or French Fluency (Maximum 20 points)
|Description||CLB/NCLC or equivalent test scores||Points|
|Higher language proficiency — candidate can communicate very well or is fluent in English/French||Above 6||20|
|Moderate language proficiency — candidate has some English/French skills and can communicate well in most everyday situations||4 to 6||15|
|No/little English/French language proficiency — candidate has minimal or no English/French language skills)||Less than 4||0|
- To be scored for this criterion, an applicant must submit test results from an approved language-testing organization (IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF) as proof of language proficiency.
- The test must be taken no more than two years before the date that the Expression of Interest (EOI) is submitted to the MPNP-B, and the official results must be submitted as a required document with the MPNP-B application.
Enhanced Settlement Factors (Maximum 20 points)
|You have visited Manitoba for at least five working days and conducted relevant business and lifestyle-related research||15|
|Your spouse has a high language proficiency (CLB score of 5 or above)||10|
|You have a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year||5|
|Your child is enrolled in an accredited Manitoba educational institution at least six months prior to the date of submission of Nomination Application and is actively pursuing academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis.||5|
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed a program of full-time study of at least one year at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. This must have been done after turning 17 years old and with a valid study permit.
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed at least six months of continuous full time employment in Manitoba. The applicant must provide a letter of reference from his/her employer and a copy of his/her work permit.
- The Exploratory Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to submission of an EOI.
- You must provide documents supporting the enrolment of their children in an accredited Manitoba educational institution.
- A close relative must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and residing in Manitoba for more than one year. A close relative is defined as a sister/brother, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, grandparent or first cousin. Proof of relationship must be provided. Proof that he or she is well-established in Manitoba is required as well (proof of employment, proof of residence, Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment, etc.).
In order to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (PNP-B), you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an advice from the PNP-B to apply. An EOI is not an application and there is no fee for the submission of an EOI. You must answer all the EOI questions correctly and completely. The PNP-B does not require a minimum score for the submission of an EOI. However, a higher score will increase your chance to be selected.
The Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI) is a special rural economic initiative for those with proven farm business experience, sufficient available capital, intend to invest, to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba. It is expected that the successful applicant will establish a farm business in producing primary products consistent with the province’s current farm industry.
In order to qualify for the Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI), you must:
- Have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN$350,000
- Have a minimum of three years farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
- 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.
- In addition to the above, you must conduct an exploratory visit to Manitoba. You must provide a visit report and other documents to demonstrate the research conducted during your visit.
- After the Nomination Application with application fee have been submitted, you must prepare to attend and conduct an interview upon request in either one of the Canada’s two official languages.
- Be prepared to make an eligible farm business investment in Manitoba and
- Reside in Manitoba along with your dependent family members.
Farm Business Ownership/ Operation or Senior Farm Management Experience
Farm Business Owner
As a farm business owner/ operator, you must be engaged actively and on an ongoing basis in producing primary agriculture products that are marketed for income purposes. You should bear the risk of the return for the capital invested in your farming business.
Senior Farm Management Experience
- You must have been in a position of the highest level of management in a major farm business. In that position, you were responsible for the strategic policy development for at least three of the past five years prior to applying.
- You must demonstrate adaptability, specifically your practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices will transfer directly to Manitoba’s primary farm production industry.
- It your application is based on Farm Management experience as senior manager, you must demonstrate that you have a significant decision making responsibilities involving a minimum of two of the following aspects of business:
- Crop or livestock production and overall farm operations
- Sales and marketing of primary agriculture products
- Accounting and financial management of a farm business
- Human resources/ personnel of a farm business
- Custom farm operation contracting
In addition to the above, you must also demonstrate that your income level is of the prevailing income level as a senior farm manager in your country.
The Exploratory Visit is mandatory for the Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI) and must be completed prior to submitting a Nomination Application to the FSRI.
You must visit Manitoba for a period of not less than five business days to conduct extensive farm business and rural lifestyle related research. You are required to submit a report of your visit not limited to the following:
- Collect necessary information to prepare your statement of Farm Business Intent
- Including farm purchase price, crop or livestock cost of production, marketing farm production, farm machinery and equipment, analyzing completion, customers and farm supplies
- Research information related to moving to and living in Manitoba such as schooling for children, recreational activities, services available for newcomers and general cost of living
Farm Business Intent
Successful applicants of the Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI) are required to provide details of the farm business/ operation that you intend to undertake once you land in Manitoba.
- The business intent can be served as a good indication if you have come up with a business plan to operate a farm business in Manitoba.
- The business intent should contain a well-thought out idea to demonstrate that the proposed farm operation is relevant to the Manitoba farm business industry, economically viable and has a reasonable chance to succeed.
- The business intent should also be able to demonstrate whether or not the intend farm business would meet the minimum investment requirements; whether the applicant will have an active and ongoing role in the management of the business.
- If your application for Nomination is approved, you will be required to sign a Deposit Agreement; a contract outlining the requirements of the program, with a deposit of CDN$75,000 to Manitoba Development Corporation for a period of two years from the date of landing. Your business intent will help to serve the purpose of determining the terms and conditions of the agreement under which the deposit will be released.
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