Business Research Visit | Business Intent | Guidelines for Preparation of the Summary of Business Intent | Eligible Business Investments | Deposits & Agreements | Accumulation of Net Worth | Notarized/Certified Document Copies | Substituted Evaluation
What is a Business Research Visit?
If you are considering immigrating to Manitoba through the MPNP-B, you may choose to strengthen your knowledge of and connection to the province by making a Business Research Visit to investigate business and lifestyle opportunities.
The Business Research Visit is an optional initiative for an applicant, but is recommended and should be completed prior to submitting an EOI or applying to the MPNP-B. You are encouraged to conduct a Business Research Visit to Manitoba. The MPNP-B allots an additional 15 points under the “Enhanced Settlement Factors” section of the Adaptability Assessment Matrix for such Business Research Visits.
The Business Research Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to submission of an EOI. You can also conduct an Business Research Visit after submission of the EOI and update your EOI with this information to enhance your point score.
You must visit Manitoba for a period of not less than consecutive five working days (excluding the days of arrival and departure), to conduct extensive business and lifestyle-related research. Although a Business Research Visit to Manitoba must be for a minimum of consecutive five (5) working days, longer visits are also recommended as they provide the applicant with a better opportunity to explore Manitoba.
A Business Research Visit provides you with time to research business opportunities available, as well as the lifestyle in Manitoba. It is expected that you will conduct research activities such as, but not limited to:
- Collecting necessary information to prepare his/her Statement of Business Intent, which may include identifying business, general start-up costs, as well as the costs of leasing or purchasing business space, purchasing tools and equipment, hiring skilled labour, analyzing the competition, targeted customers and suppliers.
- Researching information related to moving to and living in Manitoba such as schooling for children, the costs and availability of housing (rent or purchase), recreational activities, services available for newcomers and the general cost of living.
During a Business Research Visit, you must dedicate a significant portion of time to conducting business-related research and meeting with various stakeholders and business advisors. You are expected to provide details of your business and lifestyle research through a Business Research Visit Report which forms part of a Nomination Application.
How to Request and be Approved for an Business Research Visit
You are not required to send a request to the MPNP-B or require any approval from the MPNP-B to conduct this visit. The MPNP-B will not issue a letter of support for a Business Research Visit to Manitoba. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary travel documents (such as a Visitor’s Visa) required for travel to Manitoba, Canada. The MPNP-B does not provide letters of support for you to obtain a Visitor’s Visa and cannot intervene in cases in which a potential applicant is denied a Temporary Resident Visa.
Weekly Information Seminar
The Business Settlement Office is hosting weekly information seminars on “Business Investment through Business Immigration“. This seminar is designed to serve the needs of potential foreign business investors who wish to explore the opportunity to immigrate and invest in Manitoba through the MPNP-B. Please view the detailed information about this seminar here.
Submitting a Business Research Visit Report with the Nomination Application
If you have conducted a Business Research Visit to Manitoba, you are required to submit a report of this visit with the Nomination Application. There is no prescribed format for this report; however, you must describe all the activities you have undertaken during this visit. This report must cover the entire period of stay in Canada starting from the first day of entry to the day of leaving Canada and also including time spent in other provinces, if any. You should include pictures, airline tickets, boarding passes, hotel receipts, business cards and all other relevant details to describe the activities undertaken during the visit. Please do not attach brochures, flyers, maps or information booklets collected during the Business Research Visit with this report.
Additional information is included in the General Program Processes and Policies section.