Manitoba Business Immigration

Manitoba Business Immigration

Program Eligibility

Introduction
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is a provincial immigration program made possible through the Canada-Manitoba Immigration Agreement. It allows the Government of Manitoba to recruit and nominate immigrants who are best suited to contribute to Manitoba’s economy.
Applicants nominated by Manitoba should receive favorable and prompt consideration from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as long as they comply with CIC’s statutory requirements, submit bona fide documents, and have a genuine intention to reside in Manitoba.
There are two immigration streams under the MPNP. One is for skilled workers and the other is for business investors. This text contains information for applicants to the Business stream.
The MPNP-B will only nominate individuals who intend to reside in Manitoba with their dependent family members, make an investment into a new or existing business and assume an active managerial role in that business. Individuals who do not meet all program requirements are encouraged to explore other provincial and federal immigration programs (ask your counselor). MPNP-B officers assess applications based on eligibility requirements and selection factors. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements. Priority is given to the applicants who have the greatest potential to become economically established in Manitoba.
Applicants can not submit an application unless they have been invited to apply either through the Expression of Interest (EOI) process or directly by the MPNP-B. Applications received by individuals who have not been invited to apply will be returned unprocessed.
The government of Canada retains the final authority in the issuance of all visas. CIC will review the file, conduct security and health checks, and may request an interview. Moreover, applicant’s nomination may be withdrawn by the MPNP-B at any time prior to the issuance of a PR Visa.MPNP-B Eligibility
To qualify for the MPNP-B, interested applicants must:

  • Have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN$350,000
  • Have a minimum three years of successful business ownership and management experience or a minimum of three years of executive-level experience as senior manager of a business
  • Score a minimum of 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix

The applicant must also be prepared to:

  • Attend an interview with a MPNP-B officer
  • Make an Eligible Business Investment in Manitoba
  • Reside in Manitoba along with his/her dependent family members

The applicant may have to:

  • Conduct an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba. The applicant must provide a visit report and other documents to demonstrate the research conducted during this visit
  • Provide the results of a language competency test to demonstrate language proficiency
Ineligible Applications
Applications will not be accepted from individuals who:
  • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada
  • Are in Canada illegally
  • Are subject to a removal order in Canada
  • Are prohibited from entering Canada
  • Have an application pending with another Provincial Nominee Program in Canada
  • Had a prior MPNP-B application refused within the last 12 months
  • Had a prior MPNP-B application refused for misrepresentation or false documentation within the last 24 months

Applicants should be aware that they may be ineligible for nomination by the MPNP-B, if they:

  • Do not meet the eligibility criteria as determined by the MPNP-B
  • Have committed misrepresentation and/or fraud during the application process
  • Have assessed an inaccurate number of points in the Expression of Interest (EOI) process
  • Have been refused by another provincial or federal immigration program in Canada and the reasons of refusal are applicable to the MPNP-B
  • Have close relatives and/or children residing in other province(s) of Canada
  • Are unable to provide sufficient explanation with supporting documentation proving that the acquisition of their earned income and net worth were legally obtained
  • Are unable to demonstrate that they have the necessary resources and skills to operate their intended business

Applicants may also be ineligible for immigration to Canada, if:

  • The applicant or any dependent family member (whether accompanying or not) has a serious medical condition
  • The applicant or any dependent family member (whether accompanying or not) over the age of 18 has a criminal record
  • The applicant has unresolved custody or child support disputes affecting any member of the family


Business Ownership or Senior Management Experience


The applicant must have at least three years of full-time work experience in the past five years either as a business owner or in a senior management role of a successful business. His/Her job title, place of employment, responsibilities and business skills must be described clearly in the resume and in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Generic Application.
The application will be evaluated taking into consideration the applicant’s business ownership and management experience, or senior management experience or a combination of both.

Business Owner:
As an entrepreneur, the applicant must be engaged actively and on an ongoing basis in providing goods or services to customers. Also, as an entrepreneur, he/she should bear the risk of the return for the capital investment in his/her business enterprise.

Senior Management Experience:

  • The applicant has occupied a position in the highest level of the management structure of a major business. In that position, he/she was responsible for the strategic policy development affecting a major component or a wide range of operations of that major business and has done so for at least three of the past five years prior to applying.
  • If the application is based on Senior Management experience, the applicant must demonstrate that he/she has had a role with significant decision-making responsibilities involving a minimum of two of the following aspects of a business:
  1. Distribution
  2. Production/Operations/Project management
  3. Purchasing
  4. Sales
  5. Marketing
  6. Finance
  7. Accounting
  8. Human Resources/Personnel
  9. Research and Development
  10. Information Technology management
  11. Quality Control
  • In addition to the above, the applicant should also demonstrate that his/her level of income is commensurate with the prevailing income level of senior managers of other major businesses in that country. He/She must clearly demonstrate this level of income through documentation.


Important MPNP-B Information and Policies


Expression of Interest (EOI)

What is an Expression of Interest (EOI)?
In order to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP- B), a prospective applicant must submit an EOI and receive an advice from the MPNP-B to apply. An EOI is not an application. An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a Nomination Application to the MPNP-B. An EOI is used to evaluate the potential of an applicant to successfully settle and become economically established by starting a business in Manitoba. However, it is imperative that the applicant enters accurate information in his/her EOI that conforms to the information in the supporting documents. It is important to remember that, if invited to apply to the MPNP-B, the information that the applicant has submitted with his/her EOI becomes part of the application. If the application provides false or misleading information in the EOI, it may be considered misrepresentation. If the information supplied in the EOI is not correct, there could also be adverse consequences for the applicant’s Permanent Residence Visa application. An advice to file a Nomination Application is based only on the information presented in an EOI. If the applicant, later submits a Nomination Application and the points under the Adaptability Assessment Matrix are less than claimed in the EOI, that application will be refused even if the applicant is able to pass the points test or meet other threshold criteria.
There are no deadlines for the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP-B. However, the MPNP-B criteria may change without notice and applications will be assessed according to the criteria in place at the time the MPNP-B issues a Letter of Advice to Apply. The MPNP-B is not obliged to assess the applicant’s EOI for the applicable criteria on the date of its submission. The EOI may be assessed with any changed criteria irrespective of the date of submission and the EOI criteria applicable on that date.

Exploratory Visit
What is an Exploratory Visit?
If one is considering immigrating to Manitoba through the MPNP-B he/she should choose to strengthen His/her knowledge of and connection to the province by making an Exploratory Visit to investigate business and lifestyle opportunities.
The Exploratory Visit is an optional initiative for an applicant, but is recommended and should be completed prior to submitting an EOI or applying to the MPNP-B. The MPNP-B allots additional points under the “Enhanced Settlement Factors” section of the Adaptability Assessment Matrix for such Exploratory Visits.
The Exploratory Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to submission of an EOI. The applicant must visit Manitoba for a period of not less than five business days, to conduct extensive business and lifestyle-related research.
An Exploratory Visit provides the applicant with time to research business opportunities available, as well as the lifestyle in Manitoba.
Submitting an Exploratory Visit Report with the Nomination ApplicationIf an applicant has conducted an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba, he/she is required to submit a report of this visit with the Nomination Application. Ask your counselor to prescribe the best format for this report; however, applicant must describe all the activities he/she has undertaken during this visit. This report must cover the entire period of stay in Canada starting from the first day of entry to the day of leaving Canada, including time spent in other provinces, if any.

Business Intent
What is a Business Intent?
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program – Business (MPNP-B) is for individuals with proven business experience, sufficient available capital to invest, and who intend to establish and operate a new or existing business in Manitoba. The Province of Manitoba requires that applicants provide details of the business which they intend to undertake once they land in Manitoba.
A Summary of Business Intent is required for three reasons:

  • A sound business intent is a good indication that the applicant has thought through the idea and has come up with a business plan to operate in Manitoba that will utilize his/her existing skills. The business intent should contain a well-thought out idea to demonstrate that the business has a reasonable chance of success.
  • To assess whether the intended business meets the minimum investment requirements and that the applicant will have an active and ongoing role in the management of the business.
  • To determine the terms and conditions of the Deposit Agreement under which the deposit will be released.

Ask you counselor for guidelines on how to prepare the Summary of Business Intent

Eligible Business Investments
Business Investments will not be eligible if they do not meet the MPNP-B’s requirements for investment and business activities.

Investment

  • The Investment of the applicant’s personal assets should be no less than CDN$150,000 (tangible assets) in Manitoba, unless the Investment includes a portion of working capital that is in conformity with the industry’s capital investment structure defined by statistics from Industry Canada, and the total investment including working capital is no less than CDN$150,000.
  • If an Investment is into an existing business, the Nominee must control at least 33.33% of the equity.
  • Investment into personal items such as the principal residence and motor vehicles for personal use will not be counted as part of a business investment.
  • Investments into a business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income are not eligible.


Business Activities

  • A business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in Manitoba.
  • The applicant is required to actively participate in the management of the business on an ongoing basis from within Manitoba.
  • The business must be legal and viable in Manitoba’s economic environment, and the applicant must have the necessary resources and skills to operate such a business.
  • The MPNP-B requires the applicant to conduct value-added business activities in Manitoba. Purely speculative activities and passive investment schemes do not qualify under the MPNP-B.

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