Province of Manitoba is a prairie province located at the heart of Canada. With a special agreement with the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Manitoba is able to nominate the skilled and capable immigrants for permanent residence status, with the help of an immigration pathway that is known as Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
MPNP allows the province to meet the demands of the local labor market by selecting the qualified immigrants that are having the perfect credentials and are having the best-suited work experience for the labor market of the Manitoba province. To be able to nominate the immigrants with different skill sets, MPNP has the following streams:
Manitoba’s Business Investor Stream (BIS) is to attract business owners and entrepreneurs with experience to start their own business in Manitoba. Via this stream, the province of Manitoba is able to nominate qualified and experienced business owners and entrepreneurs who are having the intent to start or purchase businesses in Manitoba.
Business Investor Stream (BIS) has the following immigration pathways:
Entrepreneur Pathway formerly known as the Manitoba Business Stream allows the immigrants who want to run their own business in Manitoba an immigration pathway.
To apply for under Entrepreneur pathway, immigrants first have to meet the following eligibility criteria:
Business Research Visit
Points are awarded to the application for the following cases:
Applicant or applicant’s accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a minimum of six months of continuous full-time employment in Manitoba
Business Performance Agreement
What are the steps to apply for Manitoba BIS Entrepreneur Pathway?
Following are the steps to apply under the Manitoba Business Immigration stream:
Step 1: The very first step would be to do a self-assessment to determine whether the applicant is able to meet the minimum criteria for the Entrepreneur pathway. Applicants have to fill the Self-Assessment form and once it is completed, applicants will be awarded points score out of 150 points based on some factors. How these points are awarded will be discussed later.
Step 2: Entrepreneur applicants are encouraged to visit Manitoba and attend business seminars that are held by the Business Consulting Unit (BCU) of the Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division. Applicants are required to fill business concept form before receiving an ITA to apply for Entrepreneur Pathway. This business concept required the applicant to describe:
Step 3: After completing the market research, Entrepreneur applicants are required to submit the following forms to MPNP
Step 4: Once the applicants are able to meet the minimum criteria and their Business Concept is approved, Manitoba’s Provincial office will send a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the applicant. After getting the LAA, the applicant has 120 days to submit a complete application package to MPNP, which includes a non-refundable application processing fee of CAD $2,500.
Step 5: After all this application assessment is done. Application assessment can include an invitation for an in-person interview. The applicant is required to sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) which acts as a contractual agreement between the applicant and MPNP. After signing the BPA, MPNP issues a Letter of Support (LOS). LOS needs to be included in the application for a temporary work permit that is submitted to the IRCC.
Step 6: With the help of the temporary work permit, an applicant can run their business in the province. They are required to provide with regular updates on the business’s performance. The applicant can schedule appointments with BCU for assistance, feedback and guidance regarding establishing the business successfully.
Step 7: Once the applicant is able to fulfill the terms and conditions of the BPA, they will obtain a provincial nomination certificate from the provincial government. With the help of this nomination, the applicant can apply for Canada PR visa to the IRCC.