If you are an entrepreneur or business owner who is looking for avenues to settle in Canada, then the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has an Investor visa stream, which allows the province to nominate qualified business investors, entrepreneurs, and High Net worth Investors from all over the world to get permanent residency in the province by investing in a business in the province. The business could be already existing or a new business that is set up by the individual
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The Manitoba Business Investor Program is also known as the Provincial Nominee Program for Entrepreneurs. It is a fast-track stream that allows you to set up a business and settle in Canada. The program allows you to
The selection process for the Manitoba PNP is through the point’s calculator, which helps to select candidates who can qualify for the program. If you can score at least 60 points out of 100, then you will be able to qualify for a nomination from the province of Manitoba.
Under this stream, Manitoba will recruit and nominate qualified business investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who intend to start or buy a business in Manitoba. There are two pathways under this stream
Entrepreneur Pathway for Manitoba Business Investor program
This pathway is open to business investors, within the first 24 months of their arrival in Canada. You will be able to apply for a nomination from the province to set up a new business or become a partner in an existing one through this stream
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You will need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria, to qualify for applying through the Entrepreneur Pathway
In this step, you will be asked to complete a Self-Assessment Form, in which you will be providing information about your age, education, personal net worth, and business experience. You will be awarded points based on the following factors
You will be awarded points for your age, as per the criteria laid down in the following table
|Less than 25||0|
|25 to 30||4|
|31 to 35||6|
|36 to 45||10|
You will need to have obtained an educational qualification that is at least a Canadian high school certification or its equivalent. You can get points for your education as per the following criteria
|Post -Secondary degree or diploma (two years program)||4|
|Post -Secondary degree or diploma (three-year program or longer)||6|
|Post graduate degree or equivalent||8|
|PhD or above||10|
Your business experience is one of the most important eligibility criteria for this visa. You should fulfill the following conditions to qualify to apply for the Entrepreneur pathway.
|Years of experience as a business owner||Points|
|11 years or more||30|
|7 to 10 years||25|
|3 to 6 years||20|
|Years of experience as a senior manager||Points|
|7 years or more||10|
|3 to 6 years||5|
You will need to prove your language proficiency by providing results, from a recognized language testing organization. You can provide the test results from any of the following tests to qualify
You should be able to show that you have a personal net worth of at least 500,000 CAD. You will be able to include all the assets and liabilities that are owned by you as well as any of your family members who will be traveling with you. You will be able to gain the following points based on your net worth
|Net worth (in CAD)||Points|
|500000 to 1 million||5|
|1 million to 1.5 million||6|
|1.5 million to 2 million||7|
|2 million to 2.5 million||8|
|2.5 million to 3 million||9|
|More than 3 million||10|
You should be able to invest at least 200,000 CAD in order to qualify. You will be awarded points for your investment, according to the criteria given in the table below.
|Investment Amount (in CAD)||Points|
|Investment Amount (in CAD)||Points|
|900,000 or more||15|
In addition to the points awarded above, you will also get 5 points for the economic priorities of your business. Economic priorities will be evaluated based on whether or not your proposed business will be able to use resources, such as plant and machinery, materials, and labour from the province, as well as its potential to generate profit and generate growth for Manitoba’s economy
You will be able to gain 20 points if you make a business research visit to the province of Manitoba. The business visit is a vital part of your business plan, as it enables you to conduct in-depth research on site for your potential business. If you visit the province for five days consecutively, then you can gain 10 points. If you spend at least 10 consecutive days doing business research in the region, then you can get 20 points.
You will be able to gain points for adaptability if you are able to demonstrate that you have strong ties to the province of Manitoba. Points will be awarded as per the criteria set out in the table below.
|Adaptability factor criteria||Points|
|Applicant's spouse /common-law partner has CLB /NCLC 5 or above||10|
|Applicant's spouse or a common-law partner has CLB /NCLC 5 or above in Canada’s Second Official Language||10|
|Applicant has a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year.||5|
|Applicant has a child who has been enrolled in an approved Manitoba educational institution for at least six months prior to the date of the EOI submission and is enrolled full-time in academic, professional, or vocational training.||5|
|The applicant's accompanying spouse/common-law partner has completed at least one year of full-time study at a Manitoba post-secondary educational institution.||5|
In this step, you will have to submit a completed business concept, in which you will need to provide the following details
In this step, you will need to submit your Expression of Interest along with the following documents
If selected based on the criteria laid out above, then you will receive a Letter of Advice to Apply, from the province.
If you fulfill the basic requirements and your business plan is accepted, you will be issued an official Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). You will have 120 days from LAA receipt to submit a completed electronic application package, to the program, along with a non-refundable processing fee of 2500 CAD.
In this step, your application will be assessed, and you may need to appear for an in-person interview. You will also need to sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA), which will work as a contractual agreement between the applicant and the MPNP.
You will need to operate a business in Manitoba and provide regular updates about the performance of your business.
You will obtain a provincial nomination certificate from the Government of Manitoba. The entrepreneur may apply to IRCC for Canadian permanent resident status using this nomination certificate.
Farm Investor Pathway
The farm investor pathway is open to individuals who have demonstrated experience in running a farm business and have sufficient capital at their disposal to invest, in a farm in rural Manitoba
The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) replaces the MPNP's previous Farm Strategic Initiative. When applying to the program, farm investors, like entrepreneurs, must complete seven steps. The application process, however, differs from that of the Entrepreneur Pathway.
Potential candidates must, among other things, meet the following Farm Investor Pathway qualifying requirements:
Once you have made sure that you have met all the eligibility criteria, you will need to begin your application process by visiting Manitoba, and conducting research for your proposed farming business, as a part of the research you will need to collect information on all the relevant details for your farm such as cost of farmland, cost of growing crops or raising livestock
Once you have completed your Farm Business Visit, then you will need to submit the Business Forms and Interest Guidelines where you will provide details of your background and business acumen for starting a farm business
In this step, you will need to submit a completed Farm Business Concept Form along with the Code of Conduct for Immigration
In this step, you will need to submit a completed Farm Investor Pathway, application 120 days after you have received your LAA. You will need to provide all the documents required along with a non-refundable application fee.
In this step, your application will be assessed by an MPNP representative and you may need to attend an in-person interview
In this step, you will be issued, a nomination certificate by the MPNP and will be able to submit your final application for a PR visa to the IRCC.
In this last and final step, you will need to provide the MPNP with regular progress reports of how your business is running.
The complete process for applying for the business investor program has been outlined in detail above. We advise you to get in touch with our immigration advisors in order to get updated information that is customized to your profile
The minimum points required are 10 points for applying for Manitoba Business Investor Program. The exact number of points that will help you to qualify will differ based on various factors and we advise you to consult our expert immigration advisors to get updated information in this regard
The actual time taken could vary based on the pathway that you plan to apply for. We suggest that you get in touch with our expert Canada immigration advisors at Global Tree to know more
Arriving in Canada for a Business research visit is highly recommended but it is not mandatory
The Manitoba PNP will respond to your EOI submission within four weeks of the date that you have submitted the same.
Yes, you can and should declare all the assets of all members of your family as part of your total net worth for the Manitoba Business Investor Program
No, the MPNP will not endorse a business or recommend one above another. However, you can get the required information that will enable you to conduct research by yourself. for business Investment opportunities in the province
Yes, you will need to obtain a BPA once your application has been approved by the Manitoba province under the Business Investor Stream.
You will need to enter Canada before the validity date mentioned in your approval letter. You should ideally, follow the timeline of implementation, that is needed as per the BPA when you are planning your entry date into Canada
No, you cannot claim points for language proficiency, with the results of an expired test. You will need to have the results of the test, until, you have test scores that are not more than two years old.
Yes, you will need to contact the MPNP if there are any significant changes to you have a profile. You can also decline to apply for the LAA and then submit a fresh EOI with the updated information.
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