Manitoba, a province in the heart of Canada, is known for its thriving economy and diverse cultural heritage. It offers a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners who wish to immigrate and establish their businesses in the province. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) provides a pathway for such individuals through its Business Investor Stream (BIS).
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is an immigration program that allows the province to nominate skilled workers and entrepreneurs 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.
Business Investor Stream (BIS) The Business Investor Stream (BIS) is a part of the MPNP and is designed for individuals who wish to invest in Manitoba's economy and settle in the province. The BIS has two pathways: the Entrepreneur Pathway and the Farm Investor Pathway.
Entrepreneur Pathway The Entrepreneur Pathway is for applicants seeking to open a business in Manitoba. The applicants must have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CAD $500,000 and are required to make a minimum investment of CAD $250,000 for businesses situated in the Manitoba Capital Region. For businesses outside of this region, the minimum investment is CAD $150,000.
Applicants are also required to demonstrate business management or ownership experience or executive-level experience in a public or private corporation. Furthermore, applicants must score a minimum of 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix, which considers factors such as business experience, age, language proficiency, education, and adaptability. The process involves the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI), after which the highest-scoring candidates are invited to submit a full application to the MPNP. Successful applicants are then issued a Business Performance Agreement (BPA), upon the signing of which they are given a temporary work permit.
After the business is established and meets the requirements outlined in the BPA, a nomination is issued for permanent residence.
Farm Investor Pathway The Farm Investor Pathway is for individuals who plan to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba. Applicants must have a minimum personal net worth of CAD $350,000 and invest a minimum of CAD $150,000 in a tangible farm business assets.
Applicants are also required to demonstrate farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
Conclusion Manitoba offers a welcoming environment for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to immigrate. The province's stable and vibrant economy, combined with the MPNP's straightforward pathways, make it an attractive destination for business immigration. However, it's essential to understand the requirements and processes involved thoroughly. Professional legal advice, such as that offered by Lerom Law, can be invaluable in navigating the complexities of business immigration to Manitoba.
Please note that the information provided in this article is for general guidance only and is subject to change. Always consult with a professional immigration advisor for the most current information. Sources:
Government of Manitoba
Citizenship and Immigration Canada