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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program was the first provincial program set up in Canada in 1998 to attract foreigners to Manitoba. You can migrate to and become a permanent resident in Canada if you apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

To get more information about the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, including details on eligibility, MPNP skilled worker document checklist, and the application process, contact our Lagos office at +23413438882, call us on +44 (0) 331630092, or online

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    The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is an immigration route that leads to permanent residency in Canada. It is one of the ways the province uses to attract top talents in business, education and skilled work to move and reside in Manitoba.

    The program is set up to attract talents around the world to fill the need of the labour market in Manitoba. MPNP is designed to attract skilled workers, graduates and business people who deal in agricultural products.

    The program is open for application to foreigners already in Manitoba and those outside the province and the country.

    There are 4 immigration routes in the Manitoba PNP. Each route caters to a particular section of need in Manitoba’s labour market. The 4 routes are:

    • The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Route
    • The Skilled Worker Overseas Route
    • The International Education Route
    • The Business Investor Route

    You must meet certain financial and eligibility requirements to apply for the program. Also, note that this is one of the fastest pathways to Canadian PR.

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    Eligibility Criteria

    The eligibility criteria you have to meet for the Manitoba provincial nominee program depends on the route you are applying for.

    The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Route


    This immigration route is for foreigners already working in Manitoba and with skills or experience relevant to the Manitoba labour market.

    Only applicants nominated through the Manitoba express entry (MPNP draw) will be invited to apply for permanent residence.

    This route has three pathways, namely:

    • Skilled Workers in Manitoba Pathway
    • Manitoba Experience Pathway
    • Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway (Applicants interviewed outside of Canada by an MPNP representative and have job offers must use this pathway).

    Eligibility Requirements

    Here are the requirements you must meet to be nominated:

    Ties to Manitoba

    You must already have a valid work visa and work for an employer in Manitoba to apply. The applicant must have held such employment for at least 6 months before application.
    If you are a recent graduate from another province in Canada, you must work for a Manitoba employer for at least 1 year.

    Employment offer

    Applicants must hold a full-time and permanent employment offer from the employer in Manitoba. The salary of the offer must be the same as that of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. You are not eligible to apply if you offer freelance services to your employer.


    While the skilled worker in the Manitoba route does not have a minimum educational requirement, having tertiary education increases your score as calculated by the Manitoba PNP points calculator.

    Language Proficiency

    Whether or not you need to show language proficiency depends on the kind of job offer you have. If you have a job requiring a level 0, A or B skill, you don’t need any language proficiency. But if your job offer requires a C or D skill level, you must show proficiency in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4.

    Plans to Settle in Manitoba

    The government of Manitoba will want to know how you plan on settling in Manitoba. Hence you must submit a convincing settlement plan.

    Proof of Funds

    You must show that you have enough money to settle in Canada. The province requires you to have at least $10,000. An extra $2000 if you have a spouse and child.

    Employer Requirements

    Your employer must have been in business for at least 3 years. The company must also be duly registered.

    How to Apply

    The first thing to do when applying for the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Route is to submit an Expression of Interest (EIO) in the program.

    If you meet the requirements of this stream, visit the MPNP website and create a profile. After creating the profile, you will be given a score and ranked against other candidates using the MPNP Ranking System.

    You will get a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) if you have high points. This happens during MPNP draws.

    Once you get the LAA, you must complete your application in 60 days. If your application is approved, you will be nominated by the province of Manitoba to apply for permanent residence. Additionally, you will receive a package containing instructions on applying for permanent residence at the federal level.

    The application for permanent residence must be made within 180 days from the day you get nominated. The application for permanent residence at the federal level must be done on paper and sent via post to the designated application centre.

    The application for permanent residence at the federal level is managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
    If your application is successful, you must notify the MPNP in writing.


    • $500 for the application fee
    • $500 for the right of permanent residence
    • $225 for every dependent child.

    Processing Time

    After getting your LAA, it could take MPNP up to 180 days to approve your application. Your application for permanent residence at the IRCC could take up to 18 months.

    Skilled Worker Overseas Route


    This route is further divided into three streams. They are targeted at getting skilled and experienced workers from outside Canada. The three pathways are:

    • Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas Pathway
    • Manitoba Express Entry Pathway
    • Manitoba Human Capital Pathway.

    Eligibility Requirements

    A primary requirement of all the pathways in this route is that you must have skills or experience in any jobs on the Manitoba In-Demand Occupation List. Other requirements are:

    Ties to Manitoba

    Having ties to Manitoba increases your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. You can show ties to Manitoba by proving:

    • you have a job offer from a business located there
    • you have been invited to apply by a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
    • you studied in Manitoba
    • you have a friend or family member there

    An invitation by a Strategic Recruitment Initiative or having a family in Manitoba gives you the most points in this category.

    Applicants using the Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway do not need to show ties to Manitoba.


    The Manitoba Human Capital Pathway requires that applicants have at least 1 year of tertiary education before applying. For other pathways, you are not required to meet any minimum educational requirements. However, tertiary education will increase your points in the ranking system.

    Employment Offer

    You must show MPNP that you have gotten a full-time job offer from a company in Manitoba. The wages of the offer must be in line with the wages of citizens and permanent residents in the province.

    Language Proficiency

    If your job offer is in the regulated occupations category, you must meet the CLB benchmark 7 in French or English.

    If it is a job offer in the compulsory trade occupations, you must meet the CLB benchmark 6 in French or English.

    If a job classified by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) needs skill level C or D, you must meet the CLB benchmark 4 in French or English.

    No language proficiency is needed if it is a job at skill level 0, A or B.
    Note that the proficiency test results you will present should not be older than 2 years.

    Plans to Settle in Manitoba

    You have to prove to the government of Manitoba that you want to settle in Manitoba upon receiving your permanent residence. You do this by presenting a settlement plan.

    Proof of Funds

    You must prove you have a minimum of $10,000. An extra $2000 is required for your spouse and child.

    Work Experience

    The Express Entry and Human Capital pathways require at least 6 months of experience working full-time in one of the In-Demand Occupations.

    Points Assessment Grid

    To be eligible to apply for any of the pathways in this route, you must have at least 60 points out of a possible 100 on the Manitoba Points Assessment Grid.

    How to Apply

    The application process for all the pathways in the Skilled Worker Overseas route is the same as the Skilled Worker in Manitoba route. The only difference is that applicants must create an express entry profile with the IRCC in the Express Entry pathway.

    When the province nominates you, your CRS score on the express entry profile will get a 600-point boost. This ensures you get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during the next express entry draw.

    Fees and Processing Time

    The fees and processing time for the skilled worker overseas route are the same as the Skilled Worker Manitoba Route.

    If you’re a Nigerian seeking permanent residence in Canada, the MPNP could be for you.

    The International Education Route


    The province of Manitoba, through this route, intends to attract recent graduates from tertiary institutions in Manitoba. To be eligible for this route, the graduates must have business management or work experience in Manitoba.

    This experience can be after graduation or during their study.

    This route has three pathways:

    • Career Employment Pathway
    • Graduate Internship Pathway
    • International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Pathway

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for this immigration route, you will have to meet the following requirements:

    Ties to Manitoba

    For the Career employment pathway, you must have studied in a tertiary institution in Manitoba for at least a year. And you must be employed in Manitoba in a field relevant to your education. Your employer must also have at least a 1-year offer for you. The job must also be on the Manitoba In-Demand Occupation list.

    For the Graduate Internship Pathway, you must have gotten your Master’s or PhD in Manitoba and done an internship with the Elevate or Accelerate program.

    For the student Entrepreneur Pilot pathway, you must have finished at least a 2-year program in a tertiary institution in Manitoba. Additionally, you must own and manage a business in Manitoba. You must own at least 51% of the company and operate at a senior management level.

    Language Proficiency

    You must meet the English or French language benchmark CLB 7. Your test scores must not be older than 2 years.

    Plans to Settle in Manitoba

    You have to show that you have not only been living in Manitoba since graduation but also intend to stay after you get your PR.

    Money for Settlement

    You have to prove you meet the minimum income requirement stipulated by the federal government. However, a valid job offer can satisfy this requirement.


    Applicants for the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Pathway must be between the ages of 21 and 35.

    How to Apply

    To apply for the International Education route, you must first email MPNP at [email protected]. If you are qualified, you will get an invite to attend a session where you will get complete details about the application. This information session is compulsory for all applicants in this route.


    • $500 for the Career Employment and Graduate Internship Pathway fees.
    • $2,500 for the International Student Entrepreneur Pathway fee.

    Processing Time

    It takes approximately 6 months for MPNP to make a decision on your application.

    Business Investor Route


    This immigration route targets people with business management experience willing to start a business in Manitoba. The route has two pathways:

    • The Entrepreneur Pathway for all kinds of entrepreneurs
    • The Farm Investor pathway for people in the agro-business.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for this route, you must meet the following requirements:

    Language Proficiency

    You must be proficient in English or French up to CLB level 5. The test scores must also not be older than 2 years. Only the entrepreneur pathway is required to meet this requirement.


    The entrepreneur pathway applicants must show they at least finished high school in Canada or secondary school in Nigeria. The farm investors need to show they can manage a farm.

    Work Experience

    The entrepreneur pathway applicant must show they have managed a business successfully for at least 3 years. The farm investor must prove they have managed a farm for 3 years within the last 5.

    Investment Requirement

    The entrepreneurs willing to settle or locate their business in Winnipeg must make an investment of at least $250,000.

    If the business will be located outside Winnipeg, you must invest at least $150,000.
    They must also present a Business Performance Agreement that outlines how they intend to start and manage the business. Also, they must employ at least one Canadian citizen or resident in their business.

    They must also show they have at least $500,000.

    The farm investor must show they have at least $350,000 and are willing to invest $150,000 in a farm in Manitoba.
    It is important to note that you apply for this route using the MPNP Entrepreneur Ranking System. You may meet the requirement and yet not be nominated. Only applicants with the highest scores are nominated.

    How to Apply

    The first thing to do is email your Expression of Interest to MPNP. You must send a self-assessment form and a business or farm investor plan, as the case may be.

    The onus is on you to research which business or farm produce will do well in Manitoba.
    After your email, you must wait to be drawn. You will get a Letter of Advice to Apply if you are successful.

    You can now send in your application. If your application is successful, you will apply for a work permit to Canada.

    Upon your arrival, you will sign the Business Performance Agreement. After this, Manitoba will nominate and invite you to apply for permanent residence at the federal level.

    We can help Nigerian graduates and skilled workers in eligible labour markets apply for the MPNP

    Documents Required for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

    Below is a general list of the documents you will be asked to present during your application:

    • Your ECOWAS passport
    • Language test results
    • NPC-issued birth certificate of your dependents
    • Marriage certificate of your spouse
    • Bank statements
    • Police character certificate
    • Settlement plan
    • Employment contract
    • Education certificates
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Proof of connection (for applicants needing ties to Manitoba)
    • Medical examination certificate
    • Business Performance Agreement.

    Manitoba In-Demand Occupations

    Below are the categories of the In-demand occupation list for Manitoba:

    • Finance, Business and administration jobs
    • Health jobs
    • Natural and applied science jobs
    • Careers in education, social science, religion and government
    • Jobs in culture, recreation, art and sports
    • Positions in sales and services
    • Transportation, trade and equipment operating jobs
    • Jobs in manufacturing, utilities and processing
    • Jobs in agriculture and farming
    • Technology and Vocational Jobs
    • Decoration, painting and other craft jobs

    Applicants who speak French do not need to have experience in an in-demand job to apply for MPNP.

    If settling in Canada is a part of your desire, and you’re eligible, why not speak with our expert lawyers about applying for the MPNP.

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    IAS has expert immigration lawyers with vast years of experience. They are also well-versed in Canadian immigration laws. Contact our team for expert review and advice on your application. We can review your documents and guide you on the best ways to make your MPNP application.

    Rejection can be daunting, but you can avoid that, increase your approval chances and save money on reapplication if you let us help with your application.

    We will help you put together the thorough documentation necessary for your application.

    Whether it is a new application, reapplication or another Canadian immigration route altogether, IAS can help.

    For more information about how we can help you or if you’d like to speak with one of our lawyers, call us on +23413438882, on +44 (0) 3316300929 or reach out to us online today.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    There are many reasons why an MPNP application could be rejected. The primary reason is when an applicant does not meet the eligibility requirements. Another is improper documentation. A criminal conviction could also be why an MPNP application is rejected.

    An applicant must have at least 60 points for their application to be processed. You are ineligible for the application if you have scores less than 60.

    Below are the acceptable English language proficiency tests:

    • CELPIP- General
    • IELTS General Training.

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