Manitoba Immigration

How to Immigrate to Manitoba

Manitoba, with its diverse geographic ranging from northern tundra to fertile southern farmlands, plays an important role in Canada’s geography and economy. Manitoba is a hub for industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and mining, contributing significantly to Canada’s economic stability. For those considering making Manitoba their new home, the province offers inviting immigration programs aimed at supporting its continued growth and multicultural identity.

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Overview of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) offers various pathways for foreign nationals to gain Canadian permanent residency, focusing on areas beneficial to the province like skilled labor, sectors facing labor shortages, recent graduates, and agricultural entrepreneurs. Manitoba’s immigration strategy is categorized into Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas, International Education Stream, and Business Investor Stream, each designed to address specific provincial needs and opportunities.


  1. Business Investor Stream (BIS)
  2. International Education Stream (IES)
  3. Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM)
  4. Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO)
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Business Investor Stream (BIS)

The Business Investor Stream (BIS) under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program caters to individuals ready to invest in, or start businesses within Manitoba. Tailored for entrepreneurs and business investors, this stream is designed to drive economic growth by attracting investments that generate new or enhance existing Manitoba businesses. Candidates are assessed based on their business experience, investment capacity, and the potential impact of their proposed business on the provincial economy.

The Business Investor Stream (BIS) under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program offers two pathways:

  • Entrepreneur Pathway: For those intending to open a business in Manitoba.
  • Farm Investor Pathway: Tailored for those planning to establish and operate a farm in rural Manitoba.

Each pathway is designed to stimulate economic growth by attracting business-savvy individuals with the capability and intent to invest in Manitoba’s economy.

International Education Stream (IES)

The International Education Stream (IES) is specifically designed for international graduates from Manitoba post-secondary institutions. It aims to fast-track their path to permanent residency in recognition of the skills and education they’ve acquired in Manitoba. This stream supports graduates who meet the labor market’s needs, facilitating their transition into the workforce and encouraging them to settle permanently in the province. To be eligible for this criteria, you must have experience some work experience during (internship & co-op) or post graduation.


The International Education Stream (IES) offers three pathways for international graduates in Manitoba:

  • Career Employment Pathway: For graduates with job offers in in-demand occupations.
  • Graduate Internship Pathway: Aimed at Master’s and Doctoral graduates with internships contributing to industry innovation.
  • International Student Entrepreneur Pilot: For students starting a business in Manitoba.
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Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO)

The Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO) stream is part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, aimed at individuals who demonstrate a strong connection to Manitoba through family ties, previous employment, or education. This stream allows Manitoba to nominate skilled workers who can contribute to the province’s labor market and economy but are currently residing outside of Canada. It assesses candidates based on factors such as language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability, with a focus on those who have a genuine intention and ability to settle in Manitoba.


Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM)

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM) pathway is designed for individuals who have gained employment in Manitoba, offering a route to permanent residency for those with a strong connection to the province through work. It emphasizes local employment experience, aiming to retain talent within Manitoba.

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We encourage those considering making Manitoba their new home to take the next step. Discover which Manitoba immigration pathway best suits your qualifications and goals by completing our free immigration assessment. This will help determine your eligibility for the various programs Manitoba offers.

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The information in this blog is not to be interpreted or construed as legal advice. Everyone’s immigration goals, objectives and situations are different. Please contact us to speak to a consultant for advice.

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