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International Student Pathways Announcement

  • Kelvin Goertzen, Author
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly, Steinbach

This past week, the Government of Manitoba announced that there are two new streams for international students studying in Manitoba to move towards permanent residency and building a life in our great province. The International Student Entrepreneur Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway are now open to international students & graduates in Manitoba. These programs will help keep students with community connections here in Manitoba.

The International Student Entrepreneur pathway is designed to help graduates establish a business in Manitoba. It will allow international students looking to run their own businesses in Manitoba to receive a temporary work permit after having completed a minimum two-year program at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. This will help international students start businesses, contribute to our economy, and create jobs while starting their lives here in Manitoba.

The Graduate Internship pathway is focused on Master’s and PhD students. Program graduates who have internships through Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that builds relationships with industry and education partners. It will help keep quality, highly-educated graduates here in Manitoba, further contributing to our economy. Both of these programs will keep highly-skilled individuals here in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program continues to be a Canadian leader in recruiting excellent economic-class immigrants to Manitoba with viable employment opportunities and community connections. These two new pathways will help keep students who have already made ties to their communities and networks here in Manitoba and want to continue building their lives here. The Provincial Nominee Program has set the bar for 20 years in helping Manitoba recruit the very best from abroad, and these two pathways build on the success of international student recruitment to Manitoba.