International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot is one pathway of the Manitoba International Education Stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Manitoba. The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot is targeting foreign nationals who have recently graduated from a Manitoba post-secondary institution and who have at least 6-months experience owning and managing a business in Manitoba.

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Candidates who are successfully nominated through the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence. Please note that student entrepreneurs from Canadian post-secondary programs located outside of Manitoba are not eligible for this stream. However, they may be eligible to apply through one of the Business Investor streams. 

Program Requirements

Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceStudy & Business Ownership
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyCLB 7
Level of EducationTwo-Year Post-Secondary Program
Work Experience6-months, business owner in Manitoba
Investment RequirementNone

Connection to Manitoba

In order to be eligible for the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot, a candidate must have completed post-secondary education program at a designated institution in Manitoba. This program must have been a minimum of two-years in length. Candidates must also currently own and operate a business in Manitoba. 

Language Proficiency

All candidates for this program must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French consistent with the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of level 7. Language tests must have been taken within the two years prior to applying to the program. Note: both the General and the Academic IELTS exam are accepted for this program.

Work Experience

All candidates must own a business in Manitoba with equity ownership of at least 51%. They must operate the business as a senior manager on a daily basis for at least 6 months prior to nomination on a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit. Candidates will be required to submit a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) as part of the application.

Settlement in Manitoba

All candidates for this stream must have resided in Manitoba continuously since graduation and must show the intent to continue to reside in Manitoba after the nomination. 

Settlement Funds

Candidates for this stream must demonstrate liquid funds equivalent to Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) requirements as outlined by Canada’s federal immigration authorities.  Candidates for this stream will have their personal net worth assessed as part of the application process. There is no minimum net worth requirement, however, net worth will be considered when assessing the feasibility of the candidate’s business plan.


Candidates must be between the ages of 21 and 35 years old.

Application Procedure

Those interested in applying to the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot must first contact the MPNP by email at Manitoba will invite qualified candidates to attend an information session for the MPNP where full details will be provided about the application procedure. Applicants must attend an information session in order to be eligible to apply for this pathway.

MPNP Recent Draws - International Education Stream

Below is the history of Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) issued for all MPNP streams for the International Education Stream.

DateNumber of LAAs Issued
24 February 202233
10 February 202240
27 January 202240
13 January 202233
30 December, 202126
16 December, 202140
2 December, 202129
18 November, 202130
4 November, 202133
21 October, 202137
7 October, 202155
23 September 202154
2 September 202155
12 August 202131
29 July 202143
9 July 202123
18 June 202122
7 June 202122
25 May 202120
6 May 202113
26 April 202155
8 April 202121
25 March 202141
26 February 202128
12 February 202133
28 January 202123
14 January 202129
30 December 202018
17 December 202040
19 November 202030
5 November 202023
22 October 202030
8 October 202025
24 September 202025
10 September 202035
27 August 202034
13 August 202023
30 July 202021
16 July 202029
2 July 202018
19 June 202012
4 June 202019
21 May 202012
7 May 202015
23 April 202014
9 April 202014
26 March 202020
12 March 202018
27 February 202032
13 February 202033
30 January 202018
17 January 202023
2 January 202022
19 December 201917
9 December 201933
21 November 201929
7 November 201923
24 October 201916
10 October 201924
27 September 201925
12 September 201940
15 August 201936
19 July 201923
5 July 201921
20 June 201926
7 June 201928
23 May 201917
9 May 201917
25 April 201925
28 March 201944
1 March 201920
15 February 201934
31 January 201917
17 January 201932
20 December 201835

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