International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot will provide up to 20 (per calendar year) international students who have graduated in Manitoba the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship rather than employment. Once the applicant meets the conditions of their Business Performance Agreement, they are nominated for permanent residence.

Business Experience

A business plan is required as part of your application to MPNP.


Applicant must operate the business as a senior manager on a daily basis from the place of business in Manitoba for at least 6 months prior to nomination while on a valid temporary work permit, consistent with the requirements of your Business Performance Agreement (BPA).

Business equity ownership of at least 51%.

Official Languages Proficiency

Minimum CLB/NCLC 7


Complete a full-time post-secondary program in Manitoba that is at least 2 years in duration. (distance learning or compressed academic programs are not eligible)


Studies and/or work/business experience outside of Canada will be considered as beneficial but not are not an eligibility requirement




Applicant must:


  • Have a valid open work permit or post-graduation work permit (PGWP) at the time of application;

  • Have continuously resided in MB since graduation; and

  • Show intent to continue to reside in MB after nomination.

Net Worth / Settlement Funds

A deposit is not required.


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

Applicant must demonstrate liquid funds equivalent to Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) requirements for independent financial resources for a twelve-month period.

Applicant's personal net worth will be verified by a third-party supplier approved by the MPNP. A verification report, along with the application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your LAA.

Business Performance Agreement

After an application is approved, a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) must be signed prior to the MPNP issuing an approval-in-principle letter to implement your business plan.