Gautam and Sonali Kapoor and their two young sons originally from India, heard about the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) through an acquaintance, and decided to apply to it to come and open a business in Manitoba. They began the long process in 2016 of meeting the standards to becoming accepted to the program by the provincial government that included international English language testing system (IELTS), medical exams and many documents to be filled out.
Finally, in 2018 the Kapoor family was accepted to the MPNP-Business Investor Stream, where they will have an opportunity to locate and buy an established business or create a new business in Manitoba. Upon arriving in Winnipeg as Permanent Residents, in July 2018, they began exploring their options of finding housing and a business to buy and it brought them to Portage la Prairie.
Portage la Prairie attracted the Kapoors on account of its beauty and there was growth and opportunities happening locally. They decided to make Portage la Prairie their home and raise their two boys here. First off, they purchased a house and in their words, “Met the most wonderful people and the boys made friends very quickly.”
Sonali applied for two jobs right away and ended up being the successful applicant in each of them, however, she decided to accept the job of Skills Up Assistant at the Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC). She began her job at PCRC in December 2018 and she states, “I’ve met such great co-workers at PCRC and have never felt like an outsider.”
From the moment that the Kapoors came to Portage la Prairie, they have been feeling so embraced by the community and their boys are experiencing many activities in the area. They are enjoying soccer, swimming lessons, volleyball and ice skating classes. It seems that everything is falling into place with their family but the last piece of the puzzle will be figuring out what sort of business to either buy or establish in Portage la Prairie. Gautam is seriously searching with the assistance of Warren Neufeld of Royal Lepage, for viable opportunities that will be an option for the creation of a business in Portage la Prairie. The Kapoor family wants to stay in Portage la Prairie, so if there are any businesses that are going to be sold in the near future due to retirement or expansion, they are open to discussions. Finding that last piece of the puzzle is what this Indian family wants to accomplish to make their journey from India to Portage la Prairie a total success
Former Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator