Residency in Canada

Canada is well known for a high standard of living, a clean environment, a low crime rate and excellent infrastructure, and scores very highly in reputation and quality of life in the world.

Canada is a G7 country with one of the world’s best performing economies over the past decade. As the world’s second largest country, it is also rich in natural resources, including the world’s second largest oil reserves and fourth largest supply of fresh water.

Canada provides a family-friendly lifestyle, with several world-class cities that provide well diversified business environments, vibrant social scenes and cultural events. It has an excellent education system with numerous private schools and elite universities. Five of the world’s top 100 business schools are also in Canada.

  • World-class healthcare & education
  • Low crime rates & Low level of corruption
  • Attractive business environment
  • Canadian citizenship after four years
  • Full family residency
  • High standard of living

If you are a businessperson or manager looking to immigrate to Canada, the Business/Investor/Entrepreneur Immigration Programs may be an important fast-track Canadian immigration option for you. Business immigration seeks to attract individuals with business and/or managerial experience who will contribute to the development of the Canadian economy.

Many provinces like British Colombia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have business immigration options that are part of their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). In addition, Quebec and the Government of Canada operate popular business immigration programs like Quebec Investor Immigrant and Federal Start-Up Visa programs.


Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $2,000,000
Minimum Investment CAD $1,200,000 risk-free through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment.
Experience 2 years of business management experience in the past 5 years prior to the submission of an application in a specific enterprise (agricultural, commercial, or industrial, OR management experience in a governmental or international organization) and in a position defined as full-time.
EOI System No
Managerial Role Not Required
Business Plan Not Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview May be required as part of the application review.
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
Additional Requirements Background check and medical examination

Federal Start-Up Visa Program

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth Not Applicable
Minimum Investment CAD $200,000 if the investment comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or designated incubators OR CAD $75,000 if it comes from a designated Canadian angel investor group.
Experience Not Required
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Not Required
Exploratory Visit Not Required
Interview Upon request by IRCC
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit PR immediately
Additional Requirements Have the support of a designated organization that will provide the applicant with a Letter of Support. Start-up visa applicants must give proof that they sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependants after they arrive in Canada. The amount required depends on the size of the family.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) - Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $600,000
Minimum Investment CAD $200,000 OR CAD $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
Experience 3+ years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Upon request by BC PNP
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit 2-year work period before Letter of Acceptance to apply for Permanent Residence (PR); PR contingent on implementation of the business proposal.
Additional Requirements Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with the proposed business.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) - Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $300,000
Minimum Investment CAD $100,000
Experience 3+ years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Strongly Recommended
Interview Upon request by BC PNP
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit Minimum 12-month work permit period before nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal.
Additional Requirements Community referral required to register; Must create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program - Business Investor Stream (Entrepreneur Pathway)

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $250,000 for businesses in the Manitoba Capital Region. OR CAD $150,000 if a business is outside of the Manitoba Capital Region AND must be made in an eligible business AND must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).
Experience Business ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years. AND Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers. AND Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Business research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements.
Additional Requirements Score 60+ points on assessment grid and CAD $100,000 refundable deposit is not a requirement anymore.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program - Business Investor Stream (Farm Investor Pathway)

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $300,000 tangible assets to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba AND investments in a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.
Experience Minimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Farm Business Research Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit CAD $75,000
PR/Work Permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements.
Additional Requirements CAD $100,000 refundable deposit is no longer required.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) - Entrepreneurial Stream

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $600,000
Minimum Investment CAD $250,000
Experience 3 out of 5 years or more in owning a business OR 5 out of 5 years or more in a senior business management role.
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required, must be of economic benefit to the province
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit CAD $100,000
PR/Work Permit PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements 22-55 years old; and, CLB 5 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - Entrepreneur Stream

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $600,000
Minimum Investment CAD $150,000
Experience At least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 years OR +5 years as senior manager in the last 10 years.
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit Must operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements.
Additional Requirements Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI); The business must meet additional criteria; and, English/French minimum CLB 5

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Corporate Stream

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth Not Applicable
Minimum Investment CAD $5,000,000 OR CAD $10,000,000 if the proposed business is a land development or a leasehold company
Experience The international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application.
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit Applicant & key staff first obtain work permits; PR contingent on meeting program requirements.
Additional Requirements Create 5 new jobs for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident per key staff member seeking nomination.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Entrepreneur Stream

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): CAD $1,500,000 OR for businesses outside the GTA: CAD $800,000 OR for businesses in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): CAD $800,000
Minimum Investment In the GTA: CAD $1,000,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR Outside the GTA: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR In the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business.
Experience At least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last five years as business owner or senior manager.
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required upon request by OINP
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements.
Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement with Ontario; English/French minimum CLB 4; and, Create at least 2 permanent, full-time jobs for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Entrepreneur Category

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownership OR $200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment or more
Experience At least 3 years' experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities
Interview Required upon request by SINP
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work Permit 2-year work permit; PR contingent upon meeting program requirements.
Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement; and, Create 2+ employment opportunities if establishing a business in Regina or Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Farm Owner/Operator Category

Criteria Description
Minimum Net Worth CAD $500,000
Minimum Investment Not Required
Experience Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming.
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) Required
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required upon request by SINP
Refundable Deposit CAD $75,000
PR/Work Permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit a Farm Establishment Plan; and, Sign a Performance Agreement

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