The heart of North America is ideally located in Manitoba and Winnipeg, the capital. Manitoba is a major transportation and trade hub because of its position along the continent’s North-South trade corridor. It has connections by rail, road, and sea to the rest of Canada and the world.

Manitoba is also known as the “Land of 100,000 Lakes” and has a diverse economy that includes manufacturing, agriculture, hydroelectricity, and mining. Most foreign nationals can immigrate to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program.

Agriculture is Manitoba’s primary economic driver, as it is heavily dependent on its natural resources. Manitoba is home to many immigrants attracted by its close-knit farming community, stable labour market, picturesque landscape, and tight-knit farming community.

Manitoba PNP allows immigrants to receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate if they have the required skills and experience. This certificate can significantly speed up the process of immigration.

The MPNP – Three Steps to Immigrating to Manitoba

Step 1: Submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI). Candidates must create an online profile, answer several questions, and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The score is then calculated, and the candidate is placed in the Manitoba EOI pool and other qualified candidates.

Step 2: As with the Express Entry program, candidates will be ranked. The highest-ranking candidates who have skills and experience that meet Manitoba’s labour needs will be invited by a Letter to Apply (LAA) to submit a Manitoba PNP Application. Candidates have 60 days from the date they receive an LAA to complete and submit an accurate application to Manitoba.

Step 3: The provincial government evaluates the candidates and nominates them.

You can apply for permanent residency by using four streams of the MPNP currently in operation:

  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream;
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream;
  • Manitoba Business Investor Stream;
  • International Education Stream;
  • Morden Community Driven Initiative.

Manitoba Stream Skilled Worker

Two pathways make up the Skilled Worker Manitoba Stream.

Manitoba Work Experience Pathway

This pathway is available to people who are currently employed in Manitoba and have a temporary work permit. This applies to both temporary workers as well as international graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The way for Employer-Direct Recruitment

It would be best if you were interviewed by representatives of the MPNP and a Manitoba employer to be eligible for this pathway. Interviews are conducted outside Canada. Before you can apply through this route, you must first receive an Invitation to Apply.

Application Fee: 500 CAD

Processing Time: 6 Months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must be either a student or a worker in a temporary country.
  • You must have a valid work permit or post-graduation work permit.
  • They must have a permanent, full-time job offer from their Manitoba employer.
  • Must have been employed by their employer for at minimum six consecutive months.
  • All qualifications required for the job, including any training/education or certifications;
  • To fulfil their job duties, they must be fluent in English or French.
  • They must have stronger ties to Manitoba than any other province in Canada through their employment.
  • Must be able to work, live, establish their family, and work in Manitoba as a permanent residence. This must be demonstrated in a Settlement Plan.
  • You must have sufficient money ($CAD 10,000 for the principal applicant and CAD 2,000 per dependent).
  • Your employer must own a registered business for commercial purposes that has been in operation for at least three consecutive years.
  • It would be best if you worked in a manner that is consistent with Canadians and permanent residents.

Skilled worker overseas

Two pathways make up the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream.

Manitoba Express Entry Pathway

This pathway is available to people who have an active Express Entry profile and are eligible under another MPNP stream. These individuals must have worked in an In-demand occupation in Manitoba and be connected to Manitoba. Find out more about Express Entry.

Human Capital Pathway

This is for skilled foreign workers who have experience in an occupation listed in Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations.

Application Fee500 CAD

Processing Time: 6 Months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must score at least 60 points out of 100 on our points assessment grid.
  • You must have a connection with Manitoba, either through friends or family, work experience, education, or a recommendation from the MPNP. There may be additional requirements depending upon the type of connection.
  • At least six months experience in In-Demand work
  • You must submit a complete career plan.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.

Manitoba Business Investor Stream

There are two routes to choose from if you want to immigrate to Manitoba to start a business.

Farm Investor Pathway

This pathway is intended for those with farm business experience that wish to immigrate into Manitoba to establish and run a farm.

Entrepreneur Pathway

The Entrepreneur Pathway allows Manitoba to nominate and recruit eligible foreign business owners who are interested in moving to Manitoba. They must be able to co-own or establish a business or buy a new one. They must do this within the first two years of arriving in Manitoba with a temporary work permit.

Application Fee: CAD $2,500

Processing Time: 6 Months

International Education Stream

The International Education Stream (IES), which is designed to provide Manitoban graduates who meet industry needs with quicker pathways to permanent residence, is called the International Education Stream. There are three routes to the stream: Career Employment Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway. The Student Entrepreneur Pathway is also available.

International Education Stream (IES), is available to international graduates from Manitoba educational institutions that meet the requirements of the labour market. Graduates of the IES have faster paths to permanent residence. There are three choices:

Career Employment Pathway

The Career Employment Pathway is designed for graduates of post-secondary institutions who are in demand in a long-term job in Manitoba.

Graduate Internship Program

Graduate Internship Pathway for International Masters and Doctoral Graduates is available to those who have completed an Accelerate, or Elevate internship at Mitacs. Mitacs partners with the Manitoba government in order to provide internships to international students.

International Student Entrepreneur Pathway

The International Student Entrepreneur Pathway gives up to 20 international students from Manitoba the chance to start their own businesses. Before being eligible for permanent residence, they must fulfill the requirements of a Business Performance Agreement.

Application Fee

Career Employment Pathway: CAD $500

Graduate Internship Program: CAD 500

International Student Entrepreneur Pathway: CAD $2,500

Processing Time: 6 Months