For business immigration options there are both federal and provincial programs available. Certain provinces have their own individual business immigration categories under their provincial nomination program. Please see below about the federal and business PNP programs.
Start-Up Visa Program
Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that are innovative, can create jobs for Canadians, and can compete on a global scale. Advantages to having a business in Canada include a strong economy, low taxes, low business costs, excellence in research and innovation, and a high quality of life.
In addition, at the time you receive your permanent residence:
The Self-Employed Program
The Self-Employed Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada. They must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics, and intend and be able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.
Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Self-Employed Farmer Stream criteria (include but are not limited to):
Meeting the criteria listed above does not guarantee a nomination or permanent residence.
British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration
Personal requirements to qualify:
Business, job and investment requirements to qualify:
The renewed Entrepreneur Pathway replaces the previous MPNP-B stream. It allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business.
Business Investor Stream – Entrepreneur Pathway
Criteria and Minimum Requirement
Official Languages Proficiency
Business Investment Minimum investment
Business Research Visit
Business Performance Agreement
Adaptability Points will be allocated to you if:
Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway
The Pathway is for individuals with proven farm business experience, sufficient available capital to invest, and who intend to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.
It is expected that successful applicants of the FIP will establish a farm business in rural Manitoba producing primary products that is consistent with the province’s current farm industry. The type of operation and investment must correlate with Provincial statistics and be relevant to Manitoba’s farm industry. Agri-business operations not producing primary products may qualify under the Entrepreneur Pathway.
Business Investor Stream – Farm Investor Pathway
Farm Business Experience
Official Languages Proficiency
Farm Business Investment
Farm Business Research Visit
Economic Establishment Adaptability
NBPNP – Entrepreneurial Stream
The Entrepreneurial Stream was developed for experienced business owners and senior managers who wish to become permanent residents by owning a business in New Brunswick (NB) and managing it, while residing in the Province.
Nove Scotia Entrepreneur
The Entrepreneur Stream is for experienced business owners or senior business managers who want to live in Nova Scotia. They must start a new business or buy an existing business and must actively participate in the day-to-day management of the business. After operating the business for a year, the entrepreneur may be nominated for permanent resident status. Application to the stream is by invitation only.
Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is for recent graduates of a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College. They must have already started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least a year. If they intend to settle in Nova Scotia, the graduate may be nominated for permanent resident status. Application to the stream is by invitation only.
The NWT Immigration Nominee Program Business Stream
The Northwest Territories (NWT) Nominee Program Business Stream offers a path to Canadian Permanent Residency for those interested in establishing, purchasing, or investing in a business in the NWT. There are a number of benefits to starting a business in the NWT and choosing the NWT Nominee Program.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria for the Business Stream:
The prospective applicant must provide proof of a personal net worth of:
The prospective applicant must also:
In addition to financial means, an applicant also needs to demonstrate the following knowledge and abilities:
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Entrepreneur Stream
You may be eligible for this program if you have a viable business activity that will bring significant economic benefit to Ontario. If approved, you and your business partner (if applicable) may apply for a temporary work permit in order to establish your business. Once your business has been successfully established, you and your business partner (if applicable) may be eligible for nomination by the OINP. You must meet all eligibility criteria in order to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream. If you are applying with a business partner, your business partner must also meet the eligibility criteria.
Personal Investment Funds
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program- Corporate Stream
The Corporate Stream application is a two-stage process. You may be eligible for this program if you have a viable business activity that will bring significant economic benefit to Ontario. If the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) approves your proposal, your key staff may apply for a temporary work permit in order to establish the business. Your corporation and your key staff must meet all eligibility criteria in order to qualify under the Corporate Stream. A decision will be made based on an assessment of all parties.
Local Job Creation Requirements:
Key Staff and Position Requirements:
Prince Edward Island (PEI)
100% Ownership Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program
If you are interested in immigrating to Prince Edward Island and would like to own your own business, you may be eligible for a nomination for permanent residency through the 100% Ownership Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). This stream is for foreign nationals with business-ownership or extensive management experience who would like to own and operate their own business in PEI.
Partial Ownership Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program
If you are interested in immigrating to Prince Edward Island and would like to invest in and run a business, you may be eligible for a nomination for permanent residency through the Partial Ownership Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). This stream is for foreign nationals with extensive management or business-ownership experience who would like to invest in and participate in the management of a PEI business.
Work Permit Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program
If you are interested in immigrating to Prince Edward Island and would like to invest in and run a business, you may be eligible for a nomination for permanent residency through the Work Permit Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). This stream is for foreign nationals with business ownership or extensive management experience who would like to move to PEI to start their business, and eventually become a permanent resident.
Approval of permanent residence applications is the final decision of IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). A nomination from a province does not guarantee that a permanent residence application will be approved by IRCC. If an applicant is deemed to be inadmissible, due to the applicants history such as medical or criminal reasons, then the application can be refused.