Entrepreneur Pathway

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The renewed Entrepreneur Pathway replaces the previous MPNP-B stream. It allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business within the first 24 months of arrival in Canada on a temporary work permit. Applicants are no longer required to submit a deposit of $100,000 to the Manitoba Government.

Application Process:

Step 1: Self-assessment

  • Determine that you meet the minimum criteria of the Entrepreneur Pathway.
  • Complete a Self-Assessment Form.

Step 2: Explore Manitoba and research your Business Concept

  • Research your proposed business in Manitoba and explore the province.
  • An in-person exploratory visit and attending business seminars offered by the Immigration Programs Branch of the Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division are both encouraged.
  • Complete a Business Concept Form.

Step 3: Submit your Self-assessment and Business Concept forms to the MPNP

  • Once you have completed your research of the Manitoba market, you can submit your forms by email to [email protected]. The following forms are required:
  • A response will be emailed to you. If you do not meet the minimum stream criteria requirements, your business concept will not be reviewed. Please note that the business concept is not an application to the MPNP.

Step 4: Submit your full application to the MPNP

  • If you have been sent a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the MPNP, you will receive an email with detailed instructions.
  • Read and follow the Instructions and Document Checklist.
  • Electronic submission (email) of all provincial and federal forms is required. Physical copies of these forms will not be accepted.
  • Physical copies (hard copies) of supporting documents can be submitted by mail or in person.
  • Your personal net worth will be verified by a third-party supplier approved by the MPNP.
  • All documents listed in the Instructions and Document Checklist and your net worth verification report must be submitted, and your application fee must be paid within 120 days of receiving your LAA for your application to be considered complete.

Step 5: Application assessment

  • Your complete application will be assessed by the MPNP. This may include an interview.
  • If your application meets all of the requirements of the MPNP, the MPNP will email you an approval letter.
  • You must sign a Business Performance Agreement before the MPNP will give you a letter of support for a work permit.

Step 6: Operate your business in Manitoba

  • With your work permit, you can implement your business plan. MPNP Business Immigration Officers of the Immigration Programs Branch can assist you with information, feedback, and guidance.

Step 7: Receive your MPNP nomination

  • When the MPNP has verified that you have successfully completed the terms and conditions of the BPA, the MPNP will issue you a certificate of nomination.
  • Once nominated, you can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence.


Lifelong Month(s)



36 Month(s)





P. Residency

1 Month(s)


Processing time

24 - 30 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Entrepreneur Pathway?

10 Eligibility Requirements

  • Business Experience: Applicant must have minimum 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 Proficiency: Applicant must have Minimum CLB/NCLC 5 in approved IRCC language.
  • Education: Applicant must have Minimum Canadian high school certificate equivalent.
  • Age: No minimum or maximum age; however, ranking points are allocated to candidates 25 to 49 years of age.
  • Business Investment: Applicant must have Minimum investment is $250,000 for businesses situated in the Manitoba Capital Region. Or $150,000 if a business is situated outside of the Manitoba Capital Region.
  • 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 Visit: A Business Plan is required and is an integral part of the application.
  • Adaptability: Points will be allocated if Applicant or accompanying spouse, common law partner has CLB/NCLC 5 or higher, have a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year, have completed a program of full-time study for at least one year at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. OR have completed at least six months of continuous full time employment in Manitoba.
  • Applicant must have personal net worth of Minimum of $500,000.
  • Business Performance Agreement: After 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.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Entrepreneur Pathway?

9 Document Required

  • Submit photocopies of All appropriate birth, marriage, divorce, proof of separation, and/or death certificates for yourself and your spouse, National Identity Card/Certificate or Cedula (where applicable).
  • Submit photocopies of Each child’s birth certificate (which includes the names of his/her parents), Adoption papers, Proof of custody for children under the age of 19.
  • Submit photocopies of Passports that are valid for at least one year for yourself, your spouse and dependent children.
  • Submit photocopies of Degrees, diplomas or certificates and transcripts.
  • Language Proficiency Test Results for both the principal applicant and/or spouse, if applicable
  • If you have close relatives in Manitoba, submit photocopies of Documents showing relationship such as birth or marriage certificates of the close relative in Canada (showing the names of common parents).
  • Submit photocopies of Curriculum vitae (or resume); summarizing your business experience, work experience and educational qualifications.
  • Submit Notarized photocopies of Labour / Employment contracts, if applicable and Organizational chart for the enterprise(s) the principal applicant has worked with, indicating his/her place on the chart and the number of employees in each enterprise.
  • Submit complete report of Personal Net Worth Statement or Financial Information.

Talent Migration data for Canada

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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