British Columbia

British Columbia Business Program

British Columbia is the warmest province, a hub of cultural diversity and economic growth.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Ontario Business Program is dedicated to international entrepreneurs who wish to invest in Ontario.

Start-Up Visa Program

Innovative and new ideas are eligible for the Start-Up Program

Self Employed Program

The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as self-employed persons.

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Innovative and new ideas are eligible for the Start-Up Program

Key Features


No investment required

Net Worth

No net worth required


Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program offers Canadian permanent residence to qualified immigrant entrepreneurs.

The Start-Up Visa Program offers PR status to qualified immigrant entrepreneurs. The program targets creative entrepreneurs and associates them with private sector investors in Canada who will help establish their start-up businesses.


  1. Qualifying business plan.
  2. Commitment Certificate and Letter of Support from the incubator.
  3. Sufficient settlement funds
  4. Proficiency in English or French at minimum Canadian Language Benchmark level 5

Business Ownership Requirements

For the candidate to qualify for permanent residence: 

  1. The intended business must be incorporated and carrying on business in Canada.
  2. The candidate must own at least 10 percent of the voting rights in the corporation.
  3. No other person can hold 50 percent or more of the voting rights in the corporation

Processing time of the program

If an entrepreneur has a feasible start-up business project, it will take about 6 months to secure a commitment letter of support from a designated entity.  Once the letter of support is received, the application for PR can be submitted.  It will take approximately 18-months to finalize the application to visa issuance.