Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

If you are thinking about immigration to Winnipeg, Brandon or any other city in Manitoba, consider the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Successful applicants will receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will speed-up the Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa application process.

Under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you may qualify under one of the following categories:

Manitoba PNP Priority Assessment Stream

There are four streams under this category:

Manitoba Employer Direct Stream - Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will settle permanently in Manitoba.  They must either have a pre-approved job offer from a Manitoba employer, or have been working in Manitoba on a Temporary Work Permit for at least 6 months and have a permanent job offer from that employer.  The employer:

  1. Has been unable to fill the position with a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
  2. Is offering full time, permanent position; and

  3. Offers compensation consistent with regional wages and existing collective bargaining agreements.

Manitoba International Student Stream - Applicants must:

  1. Have graduated from a post-secondary program in Manitoba of at least one academic year in length;
  2. Have successfully applied for a post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada; and
    Be currently working in Manitoba and have received a full-time, permanent employment offer from their employer.

Manitoba Family Support Stream - Applicants must have an Affidavit of Support from a close relative living in Manitoba (a parent, child, sibling, cousin, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle, or grandparent), and must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Be between the age of 21 and 49;
  2. Have a minimum of a 1 year post-secondary education or training program and received a diploma, certificate or degree;

  3. Have a minimum of two years work experience over the past five years; and

  4. Have sufficient language skills to be employable upon arrival in Manitoba.

Manitoba PNP General Stream

If you do not qualify under the Priority Assessment stream, you may be eligible for the General Stream, which works on a points system. Points are awarded for age, education, work experience, language ability and adaptability. You also must provide one of the following:

  1. Proof of a close family member in Manitoba;
  2. Two Affidavits of Support from distant relatives or close friends in Manitoba;

  3. Evidence of a completed education program in Manitoba (non-language training) or;

  4. Proof of at least six months previous full-time work in Manitoba.

Manitoba PNPYoung Farmer Immigration Program for Business

To qualify as a Manitoba Business Nominee, you must have previously visited Manitoba, have the intent to establish a business in the province, and must:

  1. Have a minimum personal net worth of CDN $350,000;
  2. Have a minimum equity investment in Manitoba of CDN $150,000;

  3. Demonstrate business experience or extensive experience in senior management of a successful company; and

  4. Supply a CDN $75,000 cash deposit to the Government of Manitoba, guaranteeing the establishment or purchase of a business in Manitoba and returned once the proposed business and investment in Manitoba has been undertaken.

Manitoba Young Farmer Program for Business

This category is designed for experienced young farmers (principal applicants must be under 40 years of age) who wish to enter into farming ventures in Manitoba. Applicants must make an exploratory visit to Manitoba for at least 7 days prior to application.  To qualify under the program, applicants must:

  1. Have a minimum personal net worth of CDN$150,000;
  2. Make a minimum equity investment of CDN$150,000 in Manitoba; and

  3. Have a minimum of 3 years of farm ownership or farm management experience.

Manitoba PNP Strategic Recruitment Initiatives

Strategic Recruitment Initiatives are undertaken at the discretion of the MPNP in accordance with program needs and available resources.  This category considers applicants who:

  1. Have received a letter of invitation to apply from the MPNP as part of an MPNP targeted promotional initiative; or
  2. Are an adult dependent of an approved Provincial Nominee who does not meet the criteria to be included on the nominee's application.


Provincial Nomination Program Processing Times vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another.

For more information on the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP), see our
Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) FAQ