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Canada Business Investor Program

Canada Investor Visa: Canada Investment and Business Immigration

If you are interested in doing business in Canada, you may be eligible for a permanent residence through the Canada Business Immigration Program. Fill out our immigration assessment form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.

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Who Qualifies for a Canada Business Visa?

Canada offers tremendous opportunities to foreigners who want to do business in Canada. Every year, thousands of ambitious businesspeople grace our shores and there is certainly no reason why you can not be among them.

The objective of the Business Immigration Program is to encourage investment and employment in Canada through the migration of people who have the ability to successfully establish or invest in a business in Canada.

5 Main Categories to Business Visas in Canada

Individuals with business/managerial experience and relatively high net-worth may apply for a Canadian permanent residence under the Canada Business Immigration Program in one of the following four sub-categories:

  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Self Employed Persons
  • PNP Business Programs
  • Corporate Immigration
Year # of Immigrants Receiving PR Through Federal Business
2020 91800
2021 91150
2022 91550

1. Start-Up Visa Investor Program

When looking to immigrate to Canada as an investor, the best option available is to apply for the general Start-up Visa Program. You will have to meet certain requirements for your application to be successful by being innovative, creating jobs for Canadians and being able to compete internationally.

Requirements for Investors

To qualify for the Start-up Visa, applicants must:

  • Have a qualifying business
  • Demonstrate intermediate knowledge in both English and French (CBL5)
  • Get a letter of support from a designated institution (Receive a minimum funding commitment of $200,000 CDN from a designated Venture Capital Organization, $75,000 from an approved Angel Investor, or Business Incubator) 
  • Bring enough money to settle in Canada
 

2. Entrepreneur Program

Because they create employment opportunities and contribute to the Canadian economy, entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for this immigration stream. Successful applicants are able to open a business in Canada, as well as gain permanent residence status in the country.

Requirements for Entrepreneurs

To qualify for the Entrepreneur Program, applicants must:

  • Establish, purchase or make a substantial investment in a business in Canada within 2 years of landing in Canada which will result in a significant contribution to the economy
  • Engage in active and ongoing participation in the management of the business
  • Employ at least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident other than the entrepreneur and his dependents.

To ensure that these conditions are met, entrepreneurs are required to report to immigration officials their progress, on a regular basis within this two year period.

3. Self-Employed Person Program

This business immigration stream is for those who will either establish or purchase a business in Canada that will make a “significant” contribution to the economy or the cultural or artistic life of Canada

Eligibility under Self-employed persons program:
  • have relevant experience (at least 2 years experience in the last 5 years)
  • be willing and able to be self-employed in Canada
  • meet the program’s selection criteria (minimum 35 points) and
  • meet medical, security and other conditions
 

Selection criteria is based on: 

  • experience
  • education
  • age
  • language abilities
  • adaptability

4. Business PNP Programs

There are several business investment avenues through PNP programs across Canada:

  • Saskatchewan PNP
  • British Columbia PNP
  • Manitoba PNP
  • New Brunswick PNP
  • Northwest Territories PNP
  • Nova Scotia PNP
  • Ontario PNP
  • Prince Edward Island PNP
  • Quebec PNP
  • Entrepreneur Farm Program

    • Requirements: Net worth $500,000 (If under 40 than $300,000), agreement cash deposit of $75,000 (Once the agreement finishes you get this money back), 3 years experience managing a farm
  • Entrepreneur Program

    • Requirements: Net worth $500,000, 3 years of business management or entrepreneurial experience, invest $300,000 in Regina & Saskatoon area (in all other communities only $200,000)
  • Get Free Assessment
  • Entrepreneur

    • Requirements: $600,000 CAD net worth, 3 years experience being a business owner/manager, invest $200,000 & create at least 1 full time job for Canadian citizens or PR.
  • Entrepreneur Regional Pilot

    • Requirements: $100,000 investment, personal net worth of $300,000, have minimum 51% ownership & create 1 full time job in the local community.
    • Criteria: The business must be located in a community in BC with a population less than 75,000
  • Get Free Assessment
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  • Entrepreneur pathway

    • Requirements: Minimum investment of $250,000, networth of $500,000 & have 3 years of work experience as business owner/manager 
  • Farm Investor

    • Requirements: $300,000 investment, $500,000 net worth, 3 years experience of farm ownership or operation
  • Get Free Assessment
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  • Entrepreneur

    • Requirements: Net worth $600,000 & must invest $250,000, 3 years of work experience as business owner/manager
  • Get Free Assessment
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  • Northwest Territory Business Stream

    • Requirements: $500,000 net worth (if you want to live outside of Yellowknife than req is only $250,000), $300,000 minimum investment (outside yellowknife is only 150k), 3 years of work experience as business owner/manager
  • Get Free Assessment
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  • Entrepreneur

    • Requirements: Net worth of $600,000, $150,000 minimum investment, 3 years of work experience as business owner/manager
  • Get Free Assessment
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  • Entrepreneur

    • Requirements: Net worth $800,000 (outside GTA is only $400,000), minimum investment of $600,000 (outside GTA is only $200,000) & must create 2 full time positions (If outside GTA than only 1 full time position)
      • If the proposed business is ICT / Digital Communications Sector than networth can be min. $400,000 and investment min $200,000
  • Corporate

    • Requirements: International corporation must be established for at least 36 months, must be linked to parent corporation abroad and new business in Ontario, primary income source must be from active earned income from the business
      • Corporation must make an investment of 5 million dollars to expand into Ontario
      • Must create 5 new jobs for Canadian citizens or PR’s for every “key staff” being nominated at the company
      • Get Free Assessment
  • Business Work Permit Stream

    • Requirements: Net worth $600,000
    • Must get endorsed by the community (Known as “community endorsement”)
  • Get Free Assessment
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  • Quebec Entrepreneur Program

    • Requirements: Net worth $900,000, minimum start-up deposit is $200,000 (In Montreal is $300,000)
  • Quebec Investor Program

    • Currently closed from November 2019 until July 2020
    • Requirements: Net assets worth 2 million dollars & must make a 1.2 million, 5-year term investment
  • Get Free Assessment

*All of the successful PNP program applicants will get a work permit and will need to invest the monetary amount above within 1-2 years. Once job creation is completed then the applicant can apply for PR*

5. Corporate Immigration

Corporate Immigration is the perfect option for those who have started a business and are looking to expand their business to Canada. This immigration category was specifically designed for large, medium, and small companies that need to transfer their employees seamlessly across borders. There are vital legal steps to take when transferring employees to Canada. Through a variety of services, we help to coordinate the logistics of your travelers so that every employee arrives at their destination without any complications.

Learn more about Corporate Immigration in Canada!

Why Seeking Professional Immigration Help is Essential

Obtaining Canadian immigration under the “Business Class” has its advantages. If you apply, you will not necessarily require a working level of English or French nor have to meet stringent educational requirements.

Also in some cases, as a business immigrant, your permanent residence status in Canada will be unconditional, meaning that you do not have to meet harsh terms and conditions requiring you to actively manage a business in order to maintain your status. However, to take advantage of these opportunities, you must know how to properly represent yourself when applying. This is best achieved with the help of a legal expert who has experience with each businessperson”s unique situation.

Why Hire Us to Help with Your Business Visa Application?

Canada is rich with opportunity for budding businesses, and it can be a great place for you to realize your potential. The Canadian market is thriving thanks, in large part, to foreign businesses, and you too can count yourself among them, but only through the proper immigration channels. We have helped thousands of business owners and investors successfully immigrate to Canada. Our experienced immigration lawyers will be able to assess your case and recommend a course of action to best serve your needs.

The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Call us today at 1.780-666-6025 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.