Apply - Entrepreneur Pathway

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has launched a paper-based interim process for applying to the Business Investor Stream Entrepreneur Pathway. The interim process uses the forms below. This process will be in place until technical changes to the MPNP Online system are complete.

Process overview

These steps briefly show the process for applying to the Entrepreneur Pathway.

Step 1: Self-assess your eligibility and conduct business research

You may be eligible for more than one stream and/or pathway.

The minimum eligibility requirements for the Entrepreneur Pathway are:

  • Business experience: Minimum of three (3) years of full-time work experience in the past five (5) years either as an active business owner (minimum 33% or one-third ownership) or working in a senior management role of a successful business
  • Net worth: Minimum of $500,000 CAD
  • Official languages proficiency: Minimum CLB/NCLC 5
  • Education: Minimum Canadian high school certificate equivalent

The Self-Assessment Form will help you to determine your ranking score under the Entrepreneur Pathway. The full assessment of your eligibility will be done by the MPNP after a complete application is received.

You can attend information sessions for the Business Investor Stream (BIS) while conducting Business Research visit to Manitoba. These information sessions will provide you details about the BIS Program of MPNP and information about how to do business in Manitoba. 

Step 2: Submit your Expression of Interest to the MPNP

Once you have completed Step 1, you can submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) by email to MPNP-BusinessStream@gov.mb.ca along with the following forms:

EOI draws for the Business Investor Stream are not currently being conducted. All EOIs received are reviewed within four weeks. The MPNP will issue either a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) if the EOI meets the Program's requirements or a feedback letter if the EOI is unsatisfactory.

Step 3: Receive a LAA and submit your complete application

Pay the Processing Fee

You will be required to pay a processing fee by wire transfer in the amount of $2,500.00 CAD when submitting an application to the MPNP. Processing fees are not refundable.

Step 4: Assessment of your application

A complete application will be assigned to a Business Immigration Officer (BIO) for full assessment. The assessment of the application is based on the established eligibility criteria of the MPNP.

The MPNP reserves the right to prioritize applications for businesses that contribute significant economic benefit to Manitoba.

Your application will be assessed by a minimum of two BIOs who will review the information provided in the application prior to making a recommendation to approve or refuse.

Note: The MPNP may invite you to attend an interview during the assessment process.

Step 5. Establish your business in Manitoba and fulfill the BPA

Report upon arrival

Once you have received a work permit and arrived in Manitoba, you must notify the MPNP in person, within 30 days of the Date of Arrival, to provide your Manitoba address and telephone number. You will be assigned to a Business Immigration Officer, who will become your contact person for any questions and concerns you may have going forward.

As per the terms of the Business Performance Agreement (BPA), all approved applicants must report to the MPNP within 30 days of their arrival in Manitoba with a temporary work permit.

MPNP Business Immigration Officers can provide you general guidance to help you:

  • execute your proposed business plan;
  • understand the local business environment and culture;
  • understand the regulatory environment and related legal requirements;
  • set up processes and functions for a successful operation;
  • connect with external business support agencies based on your specific business start-up plans.

The Immigration Pathways Division can also help by connecting you and your family members to a variety of settlement and integration supports that will help you establish successfully in Manitoba.

Progress report

You are required to submit the following Progress Reports to the MPNP:

  • First Progress Report: within six (6) months of the Date of Arrival; and
  • Final Progress Report: no later than 20 months after the Date of Arrival

Note: Please be advised that you should have been operating your business for no less than six (6) months immediately prior to submitting the Final Progress Report to the MPNP.

Step 6: Final recommendation

If the MPNP is convinced that you have successfully fulfilled all the terms and conditions of your BPA, a recommendation will be made to nominate you. This recommendation will be reviewed by the Director of the MPNP before a final decision is made to issue you a Confirmation of Nomination. The Confirmation of Nomination will be sent to you by email.

If the MPNP is not satisfied that you have successfully fulfilled all terms and conditions in your BPA, the BIO will make a recommendation to refuse your application.

Applications can be refused due to the following concerns, which include, but are not limited to:

  • You failed to fulfill the BPA prior to the expiry date of the BPA;
  • It is confirmed that you have breached the BPA before its expiry date;
  • The MPNP has discovered discrepancies of a relevant and material nature in your application, or other documentation and/or information you have provided; and/or
  • It is confirmed by IRCC, or other official body/verification agency, that documentation in your application is fraudulent.

For more details on the process and all of the steps, download the Business Investor Stream (BIS) - Entrepreneur Stream Guidelines and refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Forms and documents

Ensure that you have downloaded the most recent version of each form.

Important: These forms are intended to be completed on a desktop or laptop computer. They may not display or function properly on a mobile device (phone or tablet). Visit get.adobe.com/reader to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader.

Some forms require a digital signature (digital ID). For more information on signing a PDF form with a digital ID, please visit helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/digital-ids.html. The Business Investor Stream interim process allows for forms and documents to be signed with a self-signed digital ID or a digital ID from a certificate authority.

Manitoba forms

Document Name (click to download)SizeLast Updated
BIS - Entrepreneur Stream Guidelines500 KB12-2022
Entrepreneur Pathway Self-Assessment Form2 MB05-2019
Entrepreneur Pathway Business Concept Form1.5 MB11-2018

Manitoba application forms

Document Name (click to download)SizeLast Updated
Entrepreneur Pathway Instructions and Document Checklist1 MB03-2019
Entrepreneur Pathway Business Plan Guidelines500 KB05-2022
Entrepreneur Pathway Generic Application Form1 MB05-2018
Business Investor Stream Fee Payment Form1 MB02-2020
Business Investor Stream Information Release Form1 MB05-2022
Business Investor Stream Consent to Indirect Collection and Disclosure of Personal Information750 KB05-2022

Federal immigration forms (Step 4)

See the Entrepreneur Pathway Application Instructions and Checklist for links to the federal immigration forms required with your application to the MPNP Business Investor Stream Entrepreneur Pathway.

Business Performance Agreement (BPA) sample, BPA Overview and Final Report form

The version of the agreement posted is current as of the date it is posted and may be subject to change from time to time. Same is being provided for informational purposes only and may differ from the actual agreement executed by a successful applicant to the Program.

Final Report form is for the potential nominee candidate who are managing their business in Manitoba on work permit for more than 6 months (after achievement of agreed investment as per BPA) and wish to obtain a nomination certificate from MPNP.

Verification of net worth and source of funds

Applicants are required to submit a complete verification of net worth and source of funds report issued by one of Manitoba's designated third-party verifiers with their completed application forms and documents.

The designated third-party verifiers for the MPNP are:

Grant Thornton LLP
94 Commerce Drive
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0Z3

Website: grantthornton.ca
Email: MPNP@ca.gt.com
Phone: +1-204-272-4738

MNP LLP
242 Hargrave Street, Suite 1200
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T8

Website: mnp.ca
Email: MNP.MPNP@mnp.ca
Phone: +1-204-927-2934
Fax: +1-204-783-8329
Toll Free: 1-877-500-0795