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Manitoba International Education Stream – International Student Entrepreneur Pilot (MISE)

Manitoba International Education Stream - International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
  • E.O.I: Expression of Interest
  • C.E: Canadian Experience

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

The Manitoba International Student Entrepreneur Pilot provides international students who have graduated in Manitoba the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship rather than employment. 

Eligible applicants can apply to the Pilot by sending an Expression of Interest (EOI) by email.

International Student Entrepreneur Pilot is one of the three (3) Manitoba International Education stream pathways, which also includes Career Employment pathway (➨Page) and Graduate Internship Pathway (➨Page).

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the Manitoba International Student Entrepreneur Pilot:

1- Age

You must be 21 to 35 years of age.

2- Language Ability

You must have an approved test results taken within two (2) years prior to EOI being submitted. You must have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 7 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

3- Education

You must have completed a full-time post-secondary diploma or degree of at least two (2) years (15 hours of class per week) in length from an eligible educational institution in Manitoba.

You must have resided in Manitoba during the academic program (no distance-learning programs or compressed academic programs will be eligible.)

4- Work Permit

You must have a valid open work permit or post-graduation work permit (PGWP) (➨Page) at the time of application and have continuously resided in Manitoba since graduation.

5- Settlement Funds / Net Worth

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada based on 100% of Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨Appendix 2).

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.

6- Residence in Manitoba

You must be residing in Manitoba at the time of application.

You must show the intent to continue to reside in Manitoba after nomination, including the submission of a Career Employment Plan demonstrating opportunities for a successful career track in Manitoba.

7- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Manitoba International Education  Stream – International Student Entrepreneur Pilot if:

  • You are an international student who graduated in another province of Canada.
  • You have current application in process through another immigration program.
  • You have been refused by the MPNP within the last six (6) months.
  • You are a temporary foreign workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba.
  • You are registered in the federal Live-in Caregiver Program.
  • You are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

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In order to qualify as an eligible business under the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot, you must have an intention to buy or establish a business in Manitoba. You must own and operate the business in Manitoba for at least six (6) months prior to nomination.
You must own at least 51% of the equity of a business in Manitoba and provide active and on-going participation in the day to day management of the business.


Step 1: Complete Your Studies in Manitoba

In order to apply under the Manitoba International Student Entrepreneur Pilot, you must have completed a full-time post-secondary program in Manitoba that is at least two (2) years in duration. (distance learning or compressed academic programs are not eligible).

If you don’t have this, the first step would be to obtain an acceptance letter from a designated institution in Manitoba, apply and receive a study permit (➨Page) and complete your studies.

Step 2: Exploratory Visit

You must conduct an exploratory visits and sufficient business research to support your business plan and application.

As part of your exploratory visit, attending an information session is mandatory. To register for an information session, please send an email to [email protected].

Based on your research and the outcome of your self-assessment, you may consider submitting an EOI and Business Concept to the MPNP.

Attending an information session is required before you submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP. To register for an information session you should email [email protected].

Step 3: Submit your MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI)

Once you have completed your research of the Manitoba market, you must show your interest by submitting an Interest Guideline Form as well as your Business Concept Form by email to [email protected].

You may submit a Business Concept and Interest Guideline form before graduating from a Manitoba post-secondary institution as long as you have completed at least one (1) year of a two-year program.

The MPNP will screen your Business Concept and determine if you can continue to the next step.

Recent Draws – MPNP

International Education

Stream (all 3 pathways)

Draw # Date of Draw No. of LAA
223 Jul 4, 2024 85
221 Jun 21, 2024 111
220 Jun 6, 2024 74
219 May 23, 2024 93
218 May 9, 2024 76
217 May 2, 2024 427
215 Apr 24, 2024 66
210 Feb 08, 2024 83
208 Jan 25, 2024 78

Step 4: In-person Interview with MPNP

If your business concept is approved, the MPNP will conduct mandatory in-person interview. If the in-person interview is successful, the MPNP will issue a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) and a Business Concept Code (BCC) with further instructions to continue to the next step.
If your business concept is not approved, the MPNP will inform you of the reason(s) why you will not advance to the next step. You may conduct more research and either refine your Business Concept further, or consider a different one, wait a minimum of two (2) months and submit a new Business Concept to the MPNP.

Step 5: Prepare Documents

In addition to the applications forms and supporting documents, before submission of complete application, you need to obtain a Business Plan. Your LAA will indicate if the MPNP requires you obtain a Net Worth Verification Report from a Manitoba third party verifier.
Business Plan
You will need to submit a Business Plan as part of your application. You must submit a business plan that demonstrates that the business will be viable and likely to provide material economic benefit to the economy of Manitoba as a whole or to the local economy where the business will be located.
Your business plan will be reviewed to ensure that it meets program requirements and the commitments made in your EOI. Thus, this document should be drafted as an essential component of your application.
Net Worth Verification Report
As part of your application, you may be required to provide a Net Worth Verification Report. This report must be prepared by one of designated Net Worth Verifiers. These third party verifiers are experts in assessing net worth and legal accumulation of net worth.
List of Manitoba Designated Net Worth Verifiers

Grant Thornton LLP

94 Commerce Drive

Winnipeg, MB R3P 0Z3

(204) 272-4738

[email protected]


242 Hargrave Street, Suite 1200

Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T8

(204) 336-6106

[email protected]

Step 6: Submit Application to MPNP

If you receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), you will be able to you must submit your completed application package by email within 90 days from the LAA issuance date. Your completed application package must include copies of all required documents along with a nonrefundable Application Fee.
An MPNP officer will contact you by email if information is needed to assess your application and will tell you how to send the information.
The assessment process may include an in-person interview with the MPNP.
If your application meets all of the requirements of the MPNP, you will receive a notice with an approval in principle.

Step 7: Business Performance Agreement (BPA)

Upon approval in principle, you will receive a Business Performance Agreement for your review and signature.
Your Business Performance Agreement is your legal agreement with MPNP. It will state the amount you will invest in your business and the business sector where you will operate your business. The Business Performance Agreement will also list any other information relevant to your application including but not limited to: job creation, business succession, and business location. This is based upon the information you supplied in your Business Plan.
MPNP Application
Submit Application by email to:
[email protected]
Official Program Guide:
MPNP Application Fee:
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:

(page 5)

[email protected]

Step 8: Business Establishment in Manitoba

After receiving your Approval Letter you will be expected to start operating your business in Manitoba according to your BPA.
To be eligible for nomination you must satisfy the terms of your signed BPA within two (2) years of the date of your work permit and demonstrate operation of your business for no less than six (6) months.

Step 9: Nomination by MPNP

You must demonstrate that you have actively managed your business for a minimum of six (6) months in Manitoba and also satisfy the officer that you have been, and remain, a resident in Manitoba. If approved for nomination the MPNP will send a nomination certificate so you can apply to IRCC for permanent residence.

Non-Express Entry Applicants: If you are approved and nominated, you should apply to IRCC for Permanent Residence. The nomination certificate will be valid for six (6) months from the date of issuance and is considered valid if you submit a complete application for PR before the expiry date on the nomination certificate.

Express Entry Applicants: If you had an Express Entry profile when submitted your EOI, upon approval you will receive a nomination certificate through the Express Entry portal. The MPNP will also send you a nomination certificate that you should retain for your records. 

You must accept the nomination within thirty (30) days after it is issued through the Express Entry portal in order to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.

When you accept a nomination, you are awarded 600 additional points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) (➨Page). This will help you quickly get invited to apply for permanent residence through your Express Entry profile.

Step 10: Apply for Permanent Residence

Non-Express Entry Applicants: If you are nominated by the Province of Manitoba, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨Page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.
Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Express Entry Applicants: If you have an Express Entry profile, you should apply for permanent residence (➨Page) through Express Entry if you’ve received an invitation to apply.

Your Express Entry invitation to apply is valid for sixty (60) days only.

Apply for a Temporary Work Permit

When you receive a Nomination Approval Letter and an MPNP Certificate of Nomination, you may also send a request to MPNP to have a work permit support letter so you can apply for or extend your work permit (➨Page) while your application for permanent residence is in process.

If your PR application is not finalized, you may also be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨Page). This will let you to stay and continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

You may apply for BOWP only if your PR application is approved in principle meaning you have passed the eligibility stage and still have to pass the medical, security and background checks.

Step 11: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

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