International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot will provide up to 20 (per calendar year) international students who have graduated in Manitoba the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship rather than employment. Once the applicant meets the conditions of their Business Performance Agreement, they are nominated for permanent residence.

Interested candidates should email MPNP-BusinessStream@gov.mb.ca to register for an information session. Attending an information session is required before you submit any forms to the MPNP.

If you are an international student who graduated in another province of Canada, you may be eligible to apply under the Entrepreneur Pathway under the Business Investor Stream.

Eligibility

CriterionMinimum Requirement
Business ExperienceA business plan is required as part of your application to MPNP.

You must operate the business as a senior manager on a daily basis from the place of business in Manitoba for at least 6 months prior to nomination while on a valid temporary work permit, consistent with the requirements of your Business Performance Agreement (BPA).

Business equity ownership of at least 51%.
Official Languages ProficiencyMinimum CLB/NCLC 7
EducationComplete a full-time post-secondary program in Manitoba that is at least 2 years in duration (distance learning or compressed academic programs are not eligible).

Studies and/or work/business experience outside of Canada will be considered as beneficial but not are not an eligibility requirement.
Age21-35
AdaptabilityYou must:
  • Have a valid open work permit or post-graduation work permit (PGWP) at the time of application;
  • Have continuously resided in MB since graduation; and
  • Show intent to continue to reside in MB after nomination.
Net Worth/Settlement FundsA deposit is not required.

Minimum net worth is not an eligibility criterion; however, net worth/ source of funds will be considered for the purpose of evaluating the potential for you to successfully execute on your business plan.

You must demonstrate liquid funds equivalent to Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) requirements for independent financial resources for a twelve-month period.

Your personal net worth will be verified by a third-party supplier approved by the MPNP. A verification report, along with the application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your LAA.
Business Performance AgreementAfter an application is approved, a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) must be signed prior to the MPNP issuing you an approval-in-principle letter to implement your business plan.

You must also be eligible to apply to the MPNP.

Process Overview

These steps briefly show the process for expressing your interest and applying to ISEP. Steps 1-3 relate to expressing your interest, and steps 4-7 relate to submitting an application and meeting the terms required for nomination. For full details, download the ISEP Interim Process Map.

Step 1: Self-assessment

  • Conduct an objective self-assessment and determine if you meet the minimum criteria of the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot.
  • Complete an Interest Guideline Form.

Step 2: Explore Manitoba and research your Business Concept

  • Explore Manitoba’s business environment and research your proposed business.
  • Attend a mandatory ISEP information session at the MPNP. To register for an information session, please send an email to MPNP-BusinessStream@gov.mb.ca.
  • 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 Manitoba’s business environment and attended a mandatory ISEP information session, you can submit your forms by email to MPNP-BusinessStream@gov.mb.ca. The following forms are required:
    • Your Business Concept Form;
    • Your Interest Guideline Form; and
    • Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives, if applicable.
  • A response will be emailed to you. If you do not meet the minimum ISEP criteria requirements, your business concept will not be reviewed. Please note that submitting an Interest Guideline and Business Concept form is not an application to the MPNP.

Step 4: Submit your full application to the MPNP

  • If you have received a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the ISEP, you must submit your completed application to the MPNP within the time period outlined in the LAA. The LAA will include detailed instructions for your application submission.
  • Please note that the MPNP reserves the right to request verification of your net worth and financial information by a Manitoba designated third-party service provider. Your LAA will indicate if the MPNP requires you to submit your net worth and financial information for verification.
  • Electronic submission (email) of all provincial and federal forms is required. Paper copies of these forms will not be accepted.
  • Paper copies (hard copies) of supporting documents can be submitted by mail or in person.
  • All documents listed in the Instructions and Document Checklist and your net worth verification report (if required) must be submitted, and your application fee of $2,500 must be paid at the time of submitting your application to the MPNP.

Step 5: Application assessment

  • Your complete application will be assessed by the MPNP. The assessment process will include an in-person interview with the MPNP.
  • If your application meets all of the requirements of the MPNP, the Program will email you an approval letter.
  • You must sign an ISEP-Business Performance Agreement (BPA) prior to the MPNP approving your application in principle so you can pursue your business plan.

Step 6: Operate your business in Manitoba

  • Implement your business plan and operate your business in Manitoba.  MPNP Officers can assist you with information and feedback.

Step 7: Receive your MPNP nomination

  • For more details on the process and all of the steps, download the ISEP Process Map.

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 forms and documents may be signed with a self-signed digital ID or a digital ID from a certificate authority.

Forms and Documents

Manitoba Forms (Steps 1-3)

Document Name (click to download)SizeLast Updated
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Process Map750 KB07-12-2018
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Interest Guideline Form3 MB05-2019
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Business Concept Form1.5 MB07-12-2018
Manitoba Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives500 KB05-2022
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Business Performance Agreement OverviewForthcoming

Manitoba Application Forms (Step 4)

Document Name (click to download)SizeLast Updated
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Application Guide (Instructions and Checklist)1 MB03-2019
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Business Plan Guideline (same as Entrepreneur Pathway)500 KB05-2018
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Business Plan Templates for Appendices A-C (same as Entrepreneur Pathway)50 KB09-2018
Business Investor Stream Fee Payment Form1 MB11-07-2018
Business Investor Stream Information Release Form1 MB05-2022
Business Investor Stream Consent to Indirect Collection and Disclosure of Personal Information750 KB05-2022
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Application Form1 MB03-2019

Federal Immigration Forms (Step 4)

See the Application Instructions and Checklist for links to the federal immigration forms required with your application to the MPNP International Student Entrepreneur Pilot.