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Choose Manitoba

Each year some 15,000 people from countries all over the world move to Manitoba, finding in this Canadian province new jobs and careers, friendly communities and affordable family living.

Manitoba immigrants are succeeding! According to a recent survey, 85% of Manitoba provincial nominees were working three months after arrival, 76% were homeowners within five years and 95% of families settle permanently in the community, making Manitoba their new home.

Newcomers choose Manitoba for many reasons. Some choose Manitoba to be closer to family, some for employment opportunities, and for others it is an attraction to a part of Canada that is not too big and not too small.

Many newcomers arrive in Manitoba after being nominated by the Province for their skills, education, and connection to the community. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is the welcoming doorway to Canadian permanent residence and the path to success for these skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and their families – attracted by the lifestyle, employment and business opportunities offered by the strong, stable economy in Manitoba, Canada.

New Manitobans also arrive under family sponsorship and other federal immigration pathways. It is the connection to immediate and extended family that makes life in Manitoba so enjoyable and rewarding. When people have supports to help them celebrate successes as well as during life challenges, they are more successful. It is no surprise to see many years later that strong connections to Manitoba have been established and new pioneer stories have been created.

In addition to immigration, Manitoba has a long history of opening its doors to those in need of humanitarian protection from war and persecution. Over the years refugees from many parts of the world have settled here, sponsored either by government or private sponsors. While initially requiring greater community support than other newcomers, time has proven that refugees can and do succeed and give back generously to the community that welcomed them.

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Immigrate to Manitoba

In our high-powered economy, skilled workers, tradespeople and professionals are in demand. In fact, the Government of Manitoba projects a labour shortage of over 20,000 skilled workers by 2020.

That’s why Manitoba was the first Canadian province to establish its own immigration program, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Each year, some 15,000 immigrants arrive in Manitoba. The outcomes for internationally experienced workers who immigrate through the MPNP are positive. According to a recent survey, 85% of Manitoba nominees were working three months after arrival, 76% were homeowners within five years and 95% of families settled permanently in the community.

Whether you simply want to visit Manitoba to explore our rich cultural history and natural beauty, come to Manitoba to work temporarily or immigrate to our province through one of the available options, including the world-renowned Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, in this section you will find everything you need to know to be successful.

MPNP Leaf: The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) seeks skilled workers, businesspeople and their families with the intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as permanent residents. Manitoba makes it easy to immigrate and settle in our province.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. We select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. There are two streams:

  1. Skilled Workers in Manitoba

  2. Skilled Workers Overseas

The MPNP for Business allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business. There are two streams:

  1. Business Investors

  2. Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative

Who cannot apply to the MPNP?

The following are not eligible to submit an application to the MPNP:

Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process.

Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada.

Temporary foreign workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba.

Spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal.

Individuals who have an active immigration application with any other provincial immigration program in Canada.

Note: Other restrictions on eligibility may also apply for each MPNP stream. Please see the designated MPNP stream pages for more information on the requirements of each category.

While all occupations are eligible for assessment, the MPNP reserves the right to refuse applications in certain occupations based on clear and well-documented issues of over-supply and lack of labour market opportunities.

The MPNP reserves the right to require applicants who, in the view of the Program, have the intention to immigrate to Canada for business purposes, to apply through the MPNP for Business only.

MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. We select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.

The key to the success of the MPNP is the consistently strong and stable economy of our province. The diversity of Manitoba’s growing industries and economic sectors keeps our unemployment rate low.

Good wages, safe working conditions, generous benefits and workers’ rights are some of the highlights of working in Manitoba. Plus, with Manitoba’s low cost of living, and high standard of government services such as health care and education, the province offers an affordable, high-quality lifestyle.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba nominates applicants who have a strong connection to our province through ongoing employment and sufficient skills, education and training, work experience and official language proficiency to make an immediate and ongoing contribution to the Manitoba economy and our community at large.

Ongoing Manitoba employment is a means for skilled workers to demonstrate they have the connection to Manitoba required of all applicants to the MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba.

All applicants must submit a Settlement Plan, to explain their plan for settling in Manitoba successfully and contributing economically. Upon nomination, we provide resources to help you put your plan into action toward achieving your goals.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba empowers you to take charge of your proven success finding employment in Manitoba. Our secure and easy-to-use web application, MPNP Online, guides you to enter all the information and documentation that you need to apply.

Immigration through the MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba is a three-step process:

Submit an Expression of Interest

The highest-scoring qualified candidates with a connection to Manitoba are invited to submit an MPNP application

Following a thorough assessment, the MPNP nominates successful candidates to make a separate application to the Government of Canada for permanent resident visas for you and your family.

Skilled Workers Overseas

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. We select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.

The key to the success of the MPNP is the consistently strong and stable economy of our province. The diversity of Manitoba’s growing industries and economic sectors keeps our unemployment rate low.

Good wages, safe working conditions, generous benefits and workers’ rights are some of the highlights of working in Manitoba. Plus, with Manitoba’s low cost of living, and high standard of government services such as health care and education, the province offers an affordable, high-quality lifestyle.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers Overseas nominates applicants who demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through:

  • the support of family members or friends;

  • through previous education or work experience in the province; or

  • through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

All applicants must submit a Settlement Plan, to explain their plan for settling in Manitoba successfully and contributing economically. Upon nomination, we provide resources to help you put your plan into action toward achieving your goals. Our secure and easy-to-use web application, MPNP Online, guides you to enter all the information and documentation that you need to apply.

Immigration through the MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba is a three-step process:

Submit an Expression of Interest.

The highest-scoring qualified candidates with a connection to Manitoba are invited to submit an MPNP application.

Following a thorough assessment, the MPNP nominates successful candidates to make a separate application to the Government of Canada for permanent resident visas for you and your family.

MPNP for Business: Open for Business and Farming through Immigration

With a population of 1.259 million and with diverse skills and multicultural backgrounds, Manitoba is the ideal size and place to start or purchase a business or farm (See Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative), and to raise a family.

Manitoba invites you to explore the business-friendly atmosphere and abundant opportunities that await you in the province. We have a history of welcoming newcomers and fully recognize the importance of business and farm immigrants to our province’s economic and demographic development. We encourage you to take advantage of an extensive network of services available to newcomers.

The Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada share responsibilities regarding business people immigrating to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program for Business.

The Provincial Nominee Program for Business allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business.

The Provincial Nominee Program for Business accelerates the immigration process by providing a Nomination Certificate to you which allows for faster processing by the Government of Canada of your immigration application.

The Province of Manitoba is committed to help you and your family settle successfully, identify business opportunities and establish your business or farm in the province.

Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative

The Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI) is a special rural economic initiative under the auspices of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B).

The FSRI is for individuals with proven farm business experience, sufficient available capital to invest, and who intend to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.

It is expected that successful applicants of the FSRI will establish a farm business in rural Manitoba producing primary products that is consistent with the province’s current farm industry. The type of operation and investment must correlate with Provincial statistics and be relevant to Manitoba’s farm industry.

Agri-business operations not producing primary products may qualify under the Business Program criteria.

Please review carefully prior to applying to determine whether you qualify to be considered for the FSRI. Do not complete and submit this application kit unless you are confident that you adequately meet the eligibility criteria of the FSRI and have conducted a Farm Business Research Visit. This Application Kit outlines the eligibility requirements for the FSRI.

All of the necessary forms, along with instructions for completing the forms, are included. Applications received from individuals who have not completed the mandatory Farm Business Research Visit will not be interviewed and their applications will be returned unprocessed.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is a provincial immigration program made possible through the Canada-Manitoba Immigration Agreement. It allows the Government of Manitoba to recruit and nominate immigrants who are best suited to contribute to Manitoba’s economy.

Applicants nominated by Manitoba should receive favourable and prompt consideration from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as long as they comply with IRCC’s statutory requirements, submit bona fide documents, and have a genuine intention to reside in Manitoba.

There are two main immigration streams under the MPNP. One is for skilled workers and the other is for business investors. This application kit contains information for applicants to the Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI), which is a special rural economic initiative under the auspices of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B).

The MPNP-B will only nominate individuals who intend to reside in Manitoba with their dependent family members, make an investment into a farm business and assume an active managerial role in that business. Individuals who do not meet all program requirements are encouraged to explore other provincial and federal immigration programs.

MPNP-B officers assess applications based on eligibility requirements and selection factors. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements. However, applicants should also be aware that meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee nomination. Priority is given to the applicants who have the greatest potential to become economically established in Manitoba. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the entirety of this application kit.

Do not complete and submit this application kit unless you have completed your exploratory visit and are confident that your meet the FSRI eligibility criteria. Applications received by individuals who have not completed the mandatory Exploratory Visit will be returned unprocessed.

A decision to nominate does not guarantee the issuance of a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa. IRCC retains the final authority in the issuance of all visas. IRCC will review the file, conduct security and health checks, and may request an interview. Moreover, your nomination may be withdrawn by the MPNP-B at any time prior to the issuance of a PR Visa. Reasons for the withdrawal of a Nomination Certificate include, but are not limited to:

The MPNP-B is no longer satisfied that you meet the requirements under which you were nominated.

A material and relevant fact related to your application was misrepresented or withheld.

The MPNP-B is no longer satisfied that you intend to reside in Manitoba.

Approved applicants will be required to submit a good-faith deposit in the amount of CDN $75,000. This deposit is refundable to applicants, without interest, once they have met the terms and conditions of their Deposit Agreement. Prior to landing as a PR, an applicant who withdraws his/her application will be refunded his/her deposit without interest. From Manitoba immigration web site

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