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Manitoba International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

Provincial Nominee Program

The MPNP International Student Entrepreneur Pilot stream grants up to 20 (per year) international students who have studied and graduated in Manitoba an opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship instead of employment. 

Personal Eligibility Requirements

In order to be able to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP, the Principal Applicant must:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 35;
  • Complete a full-time post-secondary program in Manitoba that is a minimum of two (2) years in length;
  • Register for and attend an information session;
  • Have basic English or French language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark level seven (7) or higher in each category on a valid language test;
  • Have a valid open work permit or post-graduation work permit at time of application;
  • Demonstrate liquid funds equivalent to Low-Income Cut-Off requirements for independent financial resources for a 12-month period;
  • If invited to submit an application, apply for and submit a final net-worth evaluation report by the given deadline;
  • Have been continuously residing in Manitoba since graduation;
  • Demonstrate intent to continue residing in Manitoba after nomination;
  • Submit a Business Plan.

Upon approval of the application, Applicants will be required to sign a Performance Agreement with the government of Manitoba.

Eligibility Requirements for Business

To qualify for nomination, the Principal Applicant must have ownership of at least 51% of the business and provide active and on-going participation in the everyday management of the business as a senior manager. Furthermore, the proposed business must:

  • Be in business for a minimum of six (6) months prior to nomination;
  • Meet the requirements as specified in the Performance Agreement.

Applications may be denied on the following grounds:

  • Direct or indirect misrepresentation;
  • If the Applicant proposes an ineligible business;
  • If the Applicant has a criminal record;
  • If the Applicant is prohibited from entering Canada;
  • If the Applicant is currently a Live-In Caregiver residing in Canada;
  • If the Applicant is currently a temporary foreign worker residing and working in a province other than Manitoba;
  • If the Applicant is a spouse of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • If the Applicant has been refused by the MPNP within the last six (6) months, and is unable to address the reason(s) for refusal;
  • If the Applicant has an immigration application in process with any other provincial immigration program in Canada;
  • If the Applicant is claiming refugee status in Canada, is involved in a federal appeal or is under a removal order in or outside of Canada.

Acquiring Permanent Residence

The MPNP International Student Entrepreneur Pilot stream is a multi-step process requiring registration and application to the MPNP first. The MPNP will invite Applicants with the most viable business concepts to participate in a mandatory in-person interview. If the interview is successful, the MPNP will issue a Letter of Advice to Apply, allowing Applicants to submit a full application. Upon approval of the application, the MPNP will issue the Applicant(s) an approval letter allowing them to begin implementing the business plan.

Upon being found to have successfully operated the business in accordance with the Performance Agreement for a minimum of six (6) months, Applicants will be issued a nomination from the MPNP. With the nomination certificate, Applicants and their eligible family members may apply for permanent residence to IRCC to become permanent residents under the Provincial Nominee Class.

Application Processing Time

There are no set application processing times for the MPNP. Permanent residence application processing times for the Provincial Nominees Class are currently 15 to 19 months.


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