Manitoba Business PNP

Manitoba Business Investor Stream (MBIS) is a stream that allows Manitoba Province to nominate business investors and entrepreneurs with excellent qualifications form varies countries of the world, they should also have the intention and the ability to begin or purchase a business in Manitoba.

The Business Investor Program in Manitoba has two main pathways, which are:

  • Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway
  • Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway 
Manitoba Business PNP

The Business Investor Stream – Manitoba Business PNP

Manage your future in Manitoba with the Business Investment Stream! It is like a collection of two immigration streams for individuals who want to launch new businesses. One provides general entrepreneur opportunities while the other has specific requirements and benefits only available through this path, like investing in an agricultural property or owning another business within one particular industry (like farming).

The pathways in the stream are:

  • Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway
  • Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway 
Manitoba Farm Investor PathwayExperience owning and/or operating a farm Significant net worth and the ability and desire to invest
Manitoba Entrepreneur PathwaySignificant personal net worth Funds investment

Manitoba Entrepreneur PathwayManitoba Business PNP

The Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway is a stream which targets experienced business owners and business managers who have significant personal net worth and the ability and desire to establish a new business practice in Manitoba

Applicants through this stream will be required to invest significant funds and successfully manage the operation of a new business project in Manitoba.

Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway Steps:

Step 1: Self-Assessment for the Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway

Complete the self-assessment to determine eligibility.

Business Investor Stream – Entrepreneur Pathway

CriterionMinimum Requirement
Business ExperienceMinimum of three years of full time work experience in the past five years either as an active business owner or working in a senior management role of a successful business.
Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers.
Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.
Official Languages ProficiencyMinimum CLB/NCLC 5
EducationMinimum Canadian high school certificate equivalent
AgeNo minimum or maximum age; however, ranking points are allocated to candidates 25 to 49 years of age.
Business InvestmentMinimum investment is $250,000 for businesses situated in the Manitoba Capital Region.
Minimum investment is $150,000 if a business is situated outside of the Manitoba Capital Region.
Business Investment must be made in an eligible business as defined by the MPNP.
The proposed business must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).
Business Research VisitA Business Plan is required and is an integral part of the application.
A business research visit allows the applicant to conduct extensive research of their future business investment or proposal. The Business Research Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of your EOI.
AdaptabilityPoints will be allocated to you if: Your spouse has CLB/NCLC 5 or higher; You or your spouse have CLB/NCLC 5 or higher in the second official language; You or your spouse or common-law partner have a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year; your child is enrolled in an accredited Manitoba educational institution and is actively pursuing academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis for at least six months prior to the date of submission of EOI; and/or you or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a program of full-time study for at least one year at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. you or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner must have done this after you turned 17 years old and with a valid study permit; or you or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed at least six months of continuous full time employment in Manitoba. A letter of reference from the employer and a copy of the work permit must be provided.
Net WorthMinimum of $500,000
Your personal net worth will be verified by a third-party supplier approved by the MPNP. A verification report, along with the application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your LAA.
Business Performance AgreementAfter an application is approved, a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) must be signed prior to the MPNP issuing you a letter of support for applying for a work permit.

Step 2: Dive into Business Ideas and Get to Know Manitoba

MPNP recommends visiting Manitoba and participating in seminars from the Business Consulting Unit (BCU) under the Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division. Before an invite is extended for the Entrepreneur Pathway, one must:

  • Identify and detail a business opportunity in Manitoba.
  • Document research verifying the business’s viability.
  • Showcase how one’s background and skills will benefit the business.
  • Present a financial plan, including intended investment.
  • Detail marketing strategies and competitive edge.
  • List essential resources like locations, equipment, and personnel.
  • Detail a timeline, accounting for potential business establishment delays.
  • Address possible risks and their mitigation strategies.
  • Specify any further research required.
  • Explain how the business will bolster Manitoba’s economy, including job creation.


Note: A business concept submission isn’t an application to the MPNP.

Step 3: Express Your Interest

After thorough research, potential applicants should submit:

  • Business Concept Form
  • Self-Assessment Form
  • Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives (if relevant)

The MPNP will respond to EOIs through email. If the applicant doesn’t meet the Entrepreneur Pathway’s basic criteria, their business concept won’t be considered.

Step 4: Full Application Submission

Once an entrepreneur’s Business Concept is greenlit and they meet all criteria, they’ll receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) from MPNP.

Applicants must follow instructions carefully and submit all necessary documents. Within 120 days of receiving the LAA, an electronic application package (with a CAD $2,500 fee) must be submitted. Only electronic submissions are accepted. The package should be exhaustive, including all checklist documents, Third Party Verification Report, and a comprehensive Business Plan.

Step 5: Application Review

This step may entail an in-person interview. If there are any concerns about an application, MPNP will issue a Procedural Fairness Letter (PFL) to address them before rejecting the application.

Upon approval, a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) must be signed, establishing a contract between the applicant and MPNP. After signing the BPA, an entrepreneur receives a Letter of Support for a Temporary Work Permit application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Step 6: Launch and Manage Your Business in Manitoba

Entrepreneurs are to give regular updates on their business. MPNP may monitor to ensure adherence to the BPA’s terms, like reporting conditions and timelines.

For support, entrepreneurs can meet with the BCU to get feedback, guidance, and access to business settlement services.

Step 7: Secure an MPNP Nomination

Upon successfully fulfilling the BPA’s conditions, entrepreneurs will receive a nomination certificate from Manitoba’s government. This enables them to apply for Canadian permanent resident status through IRCC.

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Manitoba Farm Investor PathwayManitoba Business PNP

This stream targets foreign nationals with demonstrated experience owning or operating a farm. Applicants through this stream will be required to invest significant funds and successfully manage the operation of a new farm in Manitoba.

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 Entrepreneur Pathway.

Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway Steps:

Step 1: Dive into Manitoba’s Farm Business Landscape

Initiate with a thorough exploration and research on farming in Manitoba.

Business Investor Stream – Farm Investor Pathway

CriterionMinimum Requirement
Farm Business ExperienceMinimum of three years of farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
Official Languages ProficiencyThe Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) recognizes language capabilities in either of Canada’s two official languages as an important adaptability skill that will accelerate your ability to become economically established in rural Manitoba.
If you are invited to attend an FIP interview, you will be required to interview in either French or English.
Farm Business InvestmentFarm Business Investment. At least $300,000. You are expected to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba.
Farm business investments must be in eligible tangible assets as defined by the MPNP.
A farm business plan is required and is an integral part of the application.
Investments into a farm business operated primarily to derive passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.
Farm Business Research VisitYou must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit to Manitoba.
Farm Business ActivitiesFarm Business Activities. A farm business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in rural Manitoba.
You are required to live on the farm and actively participate in the management of the farm business on an ongoing basis from within Manitoba.
The farm business must be in active primary agriculture production and economically viable.
The MPNP requires you to conduct value-added farm business activities in Manitoba. Purely speculative activities or the use of third-party farm managers are not eligible under the MPNP.
Economic Establishment AdaptabilityYou must demonstrate adaptability, specifically relating to practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices that will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry.
Net WorthAt least $500,000
The MPNP may request for verification of your net worth and financial information by a designated third-party service provider.
If requested, the verification report, along with your application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your Invitation to Apply.

Step 2: Fill Out Interest Guidelines & Farm Business Forms

Post a Farm Business Visit in Manitoba, candidates should:

Complete the Interest Guidelines form, which acts like an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway. This form captures education, farm experience, language skills, personal net worth, and adaptability.

Step 3: Forward Interest Guidelines & Farm Business Forms

Applicants should also submit the detailed Farm Business Concept Form. Both this and the Interest Guidelines form, alongside the Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives, are essential for MPNP to evaluate an applicant’s contribution potential to Manitoba’s rural economy.

However, this submission does not equate to an official program application. Only those with a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) can progress to formal application submission.

Farm Business Concept Highlights:

  • Farm Business Description: Outline the nature, segment, and scale of the farm. Mention whether it’s a new venture or a purchase of an existing farm.
  • Personal Profile: Document education, how it relates to farming, prior farming experience, and language proficiency.
  • Key Considerations: Highlight any governmental regulations, insurance needs, and foreseen challenges.
  • Market Analysis: Describe marketing strategies and channels for the farm produce.
  • Necessary Resources: Specify the intended location, proximity to suppliers and markets, machinery needs, suppliers, and any consultation plans with farm experts.
  • Human Resources: Define the applicant’s role and the level of involvement in daily operations.
  • Financial Projections: Detail capital needs, credit requirements, investment distribution, and provide estimated production costs and revenue.

Step 4: Lodge a Farm Investor Pathway Application

Within 120 days of receiving the LAA, applicants should send in a comprehensive Farm Investor Pathway application. This includes all pertinent documents, a non-refundable fee, and possibly a Third-Party Verification Report on financial details. Ensuring a complete application by checking the Instructions and Document Checklist is paramount.

Step 5: Farm Investor Pathway Application Review

This step might involve an interview regarding the Farm Business Plan. Upon approval, an applicant will receive a Deposit Agreement, outlining MPNP’s conditions. This agreement requires a CAD $75,000 deposit, which is returned once conditions are satisfied. If any concerns arise, an applicant may receive a Procedural Fairness letter and must address those within 30 days.

Step 6: Attain Canadian Permanent Residency

Upon agreement deposit receipt, MPNP issues a nomination certificate, enabling the investor to apply for permanent residency through IRCC. The MPNP will monitor the farm’s progress as per the Deposit Agreement.

Step 7: Kickstart Your Farm Business in Manitoba

Farm investors should submit progress reports to MPNP detailing the business evolution and adherence to investment criteria.

For guidance, investors can seek advice from a Manitoba Business Immigration Officer. On satisfactory business establishment verification, the CAD $75,000 deposit is refunded.

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