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Business Start-up Visa Program

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Visa pour démarrage d’entreprise
Visa pour démarrage d’entreprise

This program targets immigrant entrepreneurs who want to start up an innovative business in Canada that can compete on a global scale.

Status Open
Program Benefits
  • Canadian permanent resident status for the immigrant entrepreneur and family (spouse and children under the age of 22);
  • Temporary work permit possible prior to submitting the permanent residence application.
  • Under this program, up to five persons can apply as owners of a single business.
  • The immigrant entrepreneur is not required to invest personal money in the business.
  • No impact on the permanent resident status if the immigrant entrepreneur’s business fails.
Our services include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop a business plan that reflects the entrepreneur’s vision and meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Connect the entrepreneur with a designated organization (venture capital fund, investor group or business incubator). These organizations will support you in your business’s start up and success.
  • Provide a report confirming that you have enough money to support your family.
  • Apply for a work permit after obtaining the certificate of commitment issued by the designated organization.
  • Incorporate the business.
  • Connect the company with financial institutions for the financing.
  • Complete and submit the application with the various governments.
  • Have an eligible business:
    • Each immigrant entrepreneur holds at least 10% of the voting rights of the company’s shares.
    • The designated organization and the immigrant entrepreneurs together hold more than 50% of the voting rights of the company’s shares.
    • The business must be actively managed in Canada.
    • A portion of the company’s core business must be conducted in Canada.
    • The business must be incorporated in Canada.
  • Obtain a letter of support from a designated organization. To do so, the immigrant entrepreneur must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Obtain a total investment of at least $200,000 from one or more designated venture capital funds.
    • Obtain a total investment of at least $75,000 from one or more designated angel investors.
    • Be accepted into one of the designated business incubator programs.
  • Language requirements: The immigrant investor must achieve a minimum Canadian language proficiency (CLB) level of 5 in French or English in the following categories: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • The immigrant entrepreneur must have sufficient funds to provide for him/herself and his/her dependents upon arrival in Canada.
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About the Program

Status Open
Program Benefits
  • Canadian permanent resident status for the immigrant entrepreneur and family (spouse and children under the age of 22);
  • Temporary work permit possible prior to submitting the permanent residence application.
  • Under this program, up to five persons can apply as owners of a single business.
  • The immigrant entrepreneur is not required to invest personal money in the business.
  • No impact on the permanent resident status if the immigrant entrepreneur’s business fails.
Our services include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop a business plan that reflects the entrepreneur’s vision and meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Connect the entrepreneur with a designated organization (venture capital fund, investor group or business incubator). These organizations will support you in your business’s start up and success.
  • Provide a report confirming that you have enough money to support your family.
  • Apply for a work permit after obtaining the certificate of commitment issued by the designated organization.
  • Incorporate the business.
  • Connect the company with financial institutions for the financing.
  • Complete and submit the application with the various governments.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Have an eligible business:
    • Each immigrant entrepreneur holds at least 10% of the voting rights of the company’s shares.
    • The designated organization and the immigrant entrepreneurs together hold more than 50% of the voting rights of the company’s shares.
    • The business must be actively managed in Canada.
    • A portion of the company’s core business must be conducted in Canada.
    • The business must be incorporated in Canada.
  • Obtain a letter of support from a designated organization. To do so, the immigrant entrepreneur must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Obtain a total investment of at least $200,000 from one or more designated venture capital funds.
    • Obtain a total investment of at least $75,000 from one or more designated angel investors.
    • Be accepted into one of the designated business incubator programs.
  • Language requirements: The immigrant investor must achieve a minimum Canadian language proficiency (CLB) level of 5 in French or English in the following categories: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • The immigrant entrepreneur must have sufficient funds to provide for him/herself and his/her dependents upon arrival in Canada.
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The value of Canadian permanent residence

  • Democratic system: full democracy with a history of equality and inclusion of all its citizens.
  • Bilingualism: Canada’s two official languages are English and French, a fundamental characteristic of the Canadian identity.
  • Health: You are entitled to use the Canadian universal health care system at no cost.
  • Education: Your children will be immediately eligible to continue their education and apply to one of our schools or universities.
  • Quality of life: Metropolitan cities close to cottages and ski hills.
  • Multiculturalism: Multicultural destination with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a rich history.

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