4 Steps to Apply for Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

4 Steps to Apply for Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

JUL 28, 2022



If you’d like to live and work in Canada, Manitoba is the place for you! The lovely province of Manitoba is frequently referred to as Canada's "Gateway to Western Canada." Manitoba is a welcoming, open location with a vibrant labour market because of its wealth of natural resources and agriculture. In keeping with Canada's long history of embracing immigrants, Manitoba is no different.

The province of Manitoba is home to many diverse, welcoming towns, with Winnipeg being one of the friendliest major cities in the nation. In Manitoba, people from all over the world can gain permanent residency, and you can too.

Manitoba is one of the most sought-after provinces in Canada. If you’d like to move to Manitoba, one of the best ways to do this is through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). It is part of the larger Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) and is a system of immigration channels that enables foreign persons to become permanent residents of Canada through the province of Manitoba.

The PNP is intentionally designed to draw immigrants to the province in areas like skilled labour, employees in industries where there is a scarcity of labour, recent graduates, and agricultural entrepreneurs. This is your call to live in Manitoba. Here are 4 steps to apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Step 1. Choose How You Want to Apply

Before you can live and work in Canada, you need to choose how you’d like to apply for a Provincial Nominee Program. You may apply to the MPNP in one of two methods. Firstly, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Immigration Manitoba directly without using the Express Entry System.

If the MPNP issues a Manitoba nominee certificate, the applicant can then use Express Entry to submit an application to become a permanent resident of Canada by making a new profile and submitting their documents.

As an alternative, those who want to enter Manitoba through the MPNP, might begin by making a Canada Express Entry profile that formally declares their desire to enter Manitoba. By inviting the potential immigrant to submit an EOI to the program, the Immigration Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program may send the applicant a Notification of Interest (NOI) via Express Entry.

Step 2: Choose a Stream

There are four streams for you to choose from:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM)
  • Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO)
  • International Education Stream (IES)
  • Business Investor Stream (BIS)

There are two immigration streams under the heading of "Skilled Workers in Manitoba" that are aimed towards those with work experience or job offers in Manitoba. Candidates applying to this stream must be employed and residing in Manitoba at the time of their application. Under some circumstances, candidates may get an invitation to apply (ITA) after attending an MPNP recruitment event abroad.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM) pathway recommends candidates who have a strong connection to the province through ongoing employment and those with enough knowledge of the official languages. Additionally, as well as you should have the necessary skills, education, and training, work experience, and work history, to immediately and sustainably contribute to the Manitoba economy and the community as a whole.

For skilled workers to qualify to apply for the Skilled Workers in Manitoba SWM program, they must show they have a connection to Manitoba through ongoing employment in the province.

Skilled Workers Overseas

Candidates are recommended for the Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) track if they can show a strong connection to Manitoba through a direct invitation to apply - this will be obtained from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative, the assistance of family or friends, or proof of prior education or employment in the province.

International Education Stream

The new International Education Stream (IES) for Manitoba graduates is intended to give international students who graduate in Manitoba speedier avenues - the idea to get a nomination and to satisfy the needs of businesses. If you are an overseas student who graduated in another Canadian province, you will not be qualified under this stream but may be eligible to apply through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream.

There are three routes you can take:

Career Employment Pathway

For post-secondary students who graduate and get stable employment in Manitoba in a field that matches their training, the Career Employment Pathway offers quicker nomination pathways. If you satisfy these requirements, you will be qualified to apply to the MPNP as soon as you graduate and receive the employment offer.

Graduate Internship Pathway

The Graduate Internship Pathway offers master's and doctoral degree graduates from abroad, including speedier nomination pathways through internships that support industry innovation in Manitoba. There are certain internship post-grads can undergo which will fast-track their application. For example, a competitive program called the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship, is available to international undergraduates. They won’t need a job offer if they did an internship in Mitacs in Manitoba.

International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

Up to 20 overseas graduates of Manitoban universities will have the option to pursue business rather than employment, thanks to the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot. The candidate is nominated for permanent residency once they fulfill the requirements of their Business Performance Agreement.

Business Investor Stream (BIS)

Manitoba is able to identify and nominate suitable business investors and entrepreneurs from all around the world - especially those who have the desire and capacity to launch or buy firms in Manitoba through the Business Investor Stream (BIS).

Two routes are available:

Both the Entrepreneur Pathway and the Agricultural Investor Pathway are available to candidates who want to start a business in Manitoba. The Farm Investor Pathway is for those who want to start and run a farm operation in rural Manitoba.

Entrepreneur Pathway

The Entrepreneur Pathway enables Manitoba to identify and nominate suitable business professionals from all over the world who have the desire and capacity to relocate to Manitoba. Moreso, if you can launch, buy, or join forces with an existing company after entering Canada on a temporary work permit, then even better.

A Business Plan is necessary and must be included with the application. An applicant might do a detailed study on their potential business investment or proposal during a business research tour.

Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway (FIP)

The Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway is aimed for seasoned farm operators and owners who are ready to contribute to the start-up of a new farm in Manitoba. The Pathway is for people who want to start and run a farm operation in rural Manitoba, and have proven experience in the agricultural industry as well as the funds to invest.

It is anticipated that successful FIP applicants will develop a farm operation in rural Manitoba that will produce primary goods compatible with the region's present agricultural sector. The business model and investment must be compatible with provincial statistics and pertinent to Manitoba's agricultural sector. Operations in the agribusiness sector that do not produce primary goods may be eligible for the Entrepreneur Pathway.

Regardless of the pathway you choose, the most important criteria for selecting a candidate for the MPNP, is proving that you want to live in Manitoba and contribute to its economy.

Step 3: Gather Your Documentation

What documents you need will depend on which stream you apply for. Many of these programs require you to proof your funds, for example, but the amount will change depending on your program. It is very important that you check the requirements and the supporting documents needed. You will receive an application kit that will break down everything you need, but these are some examples of the general documents you should have:

  • Passport copy
  • Passport photo
  • Payment form & proof of payment
  • Relevant application form
  • Federal level application form
  • Release of Information forms
  • RCIC Forms
  • Declaration of Intent
  • If you have visited Manitoba, proof and report on an exploratory visit
  • Submit details of an intended business venture
  • Documents of your spouse
  • Documents of your dependent children
  • Education and language information
  • Proof of ties and relationships in Manitoba
  • Employment information / Business Ownership/ Work Experience
  • Financial records and bank statements
  • Country-specific documents if required
  • Medical clearance
  • Police clearance
  • Settlement plan

Step 4: Submit Your Application

Submit your Expression of Interest, or indicate on your Express Entry profile that you want to move to Manitoba. You’ll receive a Notification of Interest from Manitoba. You must submit an application for permanent residence through to Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

When a candidate for immigration receives a nomination from Manitoba, his or her Express Entry profile is immediately updated with the nomination certificate, giving them an extra 600 points in the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System. The applicant should receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian Permanent Residency during the upcoming Express Entry draw, thanks to this large rise in CRS score.

Within 60 days, the whole application, supplementary paperwork, and fees must be submitted. After receiving the permanent residency (PR), you have a set amount of time to relocate to Manitoba.

Use MDC For Representation

Applying for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) can become a long and complicated process. Particularly with gathering documents, it is imperative that you produce the correct information. You must also be able to fill in various forms accurately. At MDC Canada, our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) can guide you through this process. If you’re ready to live in Manitoba , contact us today.


Where is Manitoba?

Manitoba can be found in the west of Canada. It is a province with a long history of productive agriculture. Manitoba is surrounded on the east by the province of Ontario, and on the west by the province of Saskatchewan. It is home to the city of Winnipeg. Read more about Manitoba here.

Which Jobs are Eligible for PNP in Manitoba?

The MPNP is based on the requirements of Manitoba employers and is locally oriented. The province chooses professionals with international training and experience who possess the competencies required in the local labour market. The list of "in-demand" vocations in Manitoba is available on the MPNP website and is updated frequently.

Numerous professions on the in-demand list are only available through certain skilled streams of the MPNP. However, applicants must fulfill the prerequisites for one of the specific pathways specified to each stream. During the Expression of Interest draw, candidates with jobs in high demand will receive preference.

How Long Does it Take to Process Manitoba Provincial Nominee?

The MPNP has one of the shortest processing times. In just four months, the provincial government of Manitoba would have processed your application. However, at Federal level, it takes twelve to fifteen months for your application to be processed.

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