Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as long as they comply with CIC’s statutory requirements, submit bona fide documents, and have a genuine intention to reside in Manitoba.
The MPNP-B will only nominate individuals who intend to reside in Manitoba with their dependent family members, make an investment into a new or existing business and assume an active managerial role in that business.
Nominated applicants will be required to submit a good-faith deposit in the amount of CDN $100,000. 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.
To qualify for the MPNP-B, interested applicants must:
- invest a minimum of CDN$150,000 in the province of Manitoba;
- 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. Click here to review the matrix details.
The applicant may have to:
- conduct an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba.
- provide the results of a language competency test to demonstrate language proficiency (IELTS > 4 Bands).
The MPNP-B charges a CDN $2,500, non-refundable application processing fee. There is no fee to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). If nominated, an applicant is responsible for all Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) processing fees and Right of Permanent Residence fees. Applicants and family members are also responsible to pay for medical examinations and police clearances.
Application Process Time
Based on current experiences, you may receive approval of your Nomination Application within four to six months after its submission. There are several factors that can delay processing of your application. These may include, but are not limited to: delay on your part in returning a signed Deposit Agreement and making the deposit payment, the need for an interview with a MPNP-B officer; incorrectly completed or unsigned application forms and/or missing documents; unclear photocopies; documents not accompanied by a certified English or French translation; failure to provide an accurate mailing address or change of address; verification of information and documents provided or a change in family situation.
Expression of Interest
In order to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B), a prospective applicant must submit an EOI and receive an advice from the MPNP-B to apply. An EOI is not an application and there is no fee for the submission of an EOI. An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a Nomination Application to the MPNP-B. There are no deadlines for the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP-B.
The Exploratory Visit is an optional initiative for an applicant, but is recommended and should be completed prior to submitting an EOI or applying to the MPNP-B. The MPNP-B allots an additional 15 points under the “Enhanced Settlement Factors” section of the Adaptability Assessment Matrix for such Exploratory Visits. The Exploratory Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to submission of an EOI.
You must visit Manitoba for a period of not less than five business days (excluding the days of arrival and departure), to conduct extensive business and lifestyle-related research. Although an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba must be for a minimum of five (5) business days, longer visits are also recommended as they provide the applicant with a better opportunity to explore Manitoba.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program – Business (MPNP-B) is for individuals with proven business experience, sufficient available capital to invest, and who intend to establish and operate a new or existing business in Manitoba. The Province of Manitoba requires that applicants provide details of the business which they intend to undertake once they land in Manitoba.
Summary of Step by Step Process
- Sign the retainer agreement with MBC and pay the first installment of the legal/professional fee
- Client is provided a detailed simplified document checklist and any additional information required to begin processing
- Business Plan preparation - accurate net worth, resume, nationality, work experience & education history
- MBC submits an expression of interest (EOI) and receives an ITA from the province based on the profile submission
- If purchasing an existing business or a franchise, client may lock the location by letter of intent
- MBC receives client documents and completed forms. verification is performed.
- If found incomplete, missing details will be advised to the client
- If purchasing an existing business or a franchise, MBC collaborates to have the letter of intent signed and collects any applicable refundable deposits
- MBC completes three (3) reviews of the final application
- MBC attaches the prepared business plan along with the master franchise business plan if applicable
- MBC prepares and completes the provincial application
- Client receives the final completed application for signature
- MBC submits the file to the provincial government upon collection of the second installment of the fee
- A file number from the provincial government is received by MBC
- MBC dispatches the file number to client and any relevant confirmation received
- During the 4 to 6 months processing time, MBC follows-up file progress periodically and advises the client of any updates available if requested
- When approved, client signs deposit agreement and pays the deposit directly to the provincial government
- Client receives Nomination Certificate from the provincial government
- MBC files for Canadian permanent residency for client to the federal government of Canada
- Client obtains Canadian permanent residency and lands in Canada
- MBC facilitates the execution of business plan by establishment & operations
- The provincial deposit agreement is fulfilled by client and the deposit is now returned to the client by the provincial government
- Client makes a plan with MBC to file for citizenship in future by fulfilling the residency obligations for Canadian passport.
NOTE: If the client fails to fulfill the terms of the deposit agreement, the CDN $100,000 deposit will not be returned. This will have NO effect on the permanent resident status of the client.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter and does not constitute legal advice. Immigration rules are constantly evolving and we do our best to keep you informed. MBC specialist advice should be sought regarding your specific circumstances. Email your comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org