The Manitoba Business Investor Stream allows the province to recruit and nominate qualified business investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who have the intent and ability to establish or purchase businesses in Manitoba within the first 2 years of arrival in Canada on a temporary work permit. The two pathways are the  Entrepreneur Pathway for applicants seeking to open a business in Manitoba and the Farm Investor Pathway for those intending to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.

Required Business Experience and other criteria for the Entrepreneur Pathway: 

  • Manitoba Business Investor StreamMinimum 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.
  • Minimum CLB/NCLC 5
  • Minimum Canadian high school certificate equivalent
  • No minimum or maximum age; however, ranking points are allocated to candidates 25 to 49 years of age.
  • The minimum investment is $250,000 for businesses situated in the Manitoba Capital Region.
  • The minimum investment is $150,000 if a business is situated outside of the Manitoba Capital Region.
  • Business Investment must be made in an eligible business as defined by the MPNP.
  • 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).
  • A Business Plan is required and is an integral part of the application.
  • A business research visit allows the applicant to conduct extensive research of their future business investment or proposal. The Business Research Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of your EOI.

Farm Investor Pathway criteria and minimum requirements:

  • Manitoba Business Investor StreamMinimum of three years of farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
  • The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) recognizes language capabilities in either of Canada’s two official languages are an important adaptability skill that will accelerate your ability to become economically established in rural Manitoba.
  • If you are invited to attend a FIP interview, you will be required to conduct the interview in either French or English.
  • At least $300,000. You are expected to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba.
  • Farm business investments must be in eligible tangible assets as defined by the MPNP.
  • A farm business plan is required and is an integral part of the application.
  • Investments into a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.
  • You must conduct a Farm Business Research Visit to Manitoba.
  • A farm business entity should have ongoing and recurring business activities in rural Manitoba.
  • You are required to live on the farm and actively participate in the management of the farm business on an ongoing basis from within Manitoba.
  • The farm business must be in active primary agriculture production and economically viable.
  • The MPNP requires you to conduct value-added farm business activities in Manitoba. Purely speculative activities or the use of third-party farm managers are not eligible under the MPNP.
  • You must demonstrate adaptability, specifically relating to practical farming skills, technical knowledge, and experience in technological based farming practices that will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry.
  • The net worth of at least $500,000.
  • The MPNP may request verification of your net worth and financial information by a designated third-party service provider.
  • If requested, the verification report, along with your application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your Invitation to Apply.

Get help with the Manitoba Business Investor Stream through the immigration services available from Migrating Bird.