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Canada Business Immigration

Canada has an immigration pathway for those interested in doing business in Canada. If you are interested in bringing your business to 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 Canada Business Immigration? ||

Canada offers tremendous opportunities to foreigners who want to do business in Canada. Thousands of  business people come into Canada every year and if this pathway is right for you, you are more than welcome to apply! The Business Immigration Program’s aim is to encourage  employment and investment in Canada through business minded people migrating to Canada to successfully establish or invest in a Canadian business.

|| 5 Main Categories To Business Migration ||


# of Immigrants Receiving PR Through Federal Business







1. Start-Up Visa Investor Program

Investor's Requirements

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

  • Have a business that qualifies
  • Demonstrate an intermediate knowledge in both English and French (CBL5)
  • Receipt of a support letter from a designated institution; with a minimum funding commitment of $200,000 CDN from a designated Venture Capital Organization, receipt of an approved Angel Investor or Business Incubator’s $75,000 in funding
  • Have enough settlement funds for stay in Canada

2. Entrepreneur Program

Entrepreneurs's Requirements

To qualify for the Entrepreneur Program, applicants must:

  • Within 2 years of landing in Canada, entrepreneur must establish, purchase or make a substantial investment in a business in Canada, which will result in a significant contribution to the economy
  • Engage in active and ongoing participation in the management of the business
  • At least employ one Canadian citizen or Permanent resident other than the entrepreneur and his dependents.

Immigration officers expect entrepreneurs to report their progress on a regular basis within this two year period, in other to ensure that the conditions of their stay are met. 

3. Self Employed Person Program

For those planning to establish or purchase a business in Canada that will make a valuable contribution to the economy or the cultural or artistic life of Canada, may use this business immigration stream.

Self-employed persons program eligibility:
  • In the last 5 years, the individual must have at least 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Must show willingness and ability to be self-employed in Canada
  • The program’s selection criteria is minimum 35 points and must be met
  • Medicals, security background checks and other conditions must be met

Selection criteria is based on: 

  • experience
  • education
  • age
  • language abilities
  • adaptability

4. PNP Business Programs

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

Entrepreneur Farm Program

Requirements: Minimum of $500,000 as Net worth but if under 40 then $300,000 net worth, plus a deposit of $75,000 as an agreement cashwhich would be returned upon completion of the agreement, and  3 years experience managing a farm.

Entrepreneur Program

Requirements: Minimum $500,000 as Net worth , 3 years of business management or entrepreneurial experience, plus an investment of $300,000 in Regina & Saskatoon areas (but only $200,000 in other communities).

Business Work Permit Stream

Requirements: Minimum of $600,000 as Net worth; plus an endorsement by the community is a MUST and this is also known as “community endorsement”.

Entrepreneur pathway:

Requirements: Minimum investment of $250,000, have 3 years of work experience as business owner/manager and net-worth of $500,000.

Farm Investor

Requirements: $300,000 investment, net-worth of $500,000, 3 years experience of farm ownership or operation

Entrepreneur Requirements: $600,000 CAD net worth, 3 years experience being a business owner/manager, must invest $200,000 & create a full time job for at least 1 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: A community in BC with a population less than 75,000 is where the business must be located in. 


Requirements: $500,000 net worth but if you choose to live outside of Yellowknife, then only $250,000 net worth is required. Also $300,000 minimum investment within Yellow knife (outside requires only $150,000), plus 3 years of work experience as business owner/manager

Quebec Entrepreneur Program

Requirements: $900,000 Net worth, start-up deposit is $200,000 as minimum (except Montreal where it is $300,000)

Quebec Investor Program

Currently closed from November 2019 until July 2020

Requirements:  $2 million dollars Net assets worth & a compulsory 5-year term investment of $1.2 million.


Requirements:  $600,000 as Net worth, $250,000 investment, plus 3 years of work experience as a business owner/manager.


Requirements: $600,000 as Net worth, a minimum investment of $150,000, plus 3 years of work experience as business owner/manager


Requirements: If outside the GTA, a $400,000 net worth is required, within the GTA  a net worth of $800,000 is required. If outside the GTA, a minimum investment of $200,000 is required, otherwise $600,000 is required. For employment, if outside the GTA then 1 full time position must be created, otherwise 2 full time positions must be created.

Note: A minimum of $400,000 can be the net worth and a minimum of $200,000 can be the investment if the proposed business is in the ICT / Digital Communications Sector.



Requirements: An establishment of the International corporation for at least 36 months must exist. It must be linked to both its parent corporation abroad and new business in Ontario. The primary income source must be from the business’s active earned income.

  • 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.

5. Corporate Immigration

For those who have started a business and are looking to expand their business to Canada, Corporate Immigration is the perfect option . This immigration category was specifically designed for large, medium, and small companies that need to transfer their employees seamlessly across borders. There are legal steps to take which are vital when transferring employees to Canada. Through a variety of services, we will assist in coordinating the logistics of your employee(s) so that their arrival to their destination is without complications.

Why Seeking Professional Immigration Help is Essential

Obtaining Canadian immigration under the “Business Class” has its advantages. If you apply, you will not necessarily be required to meet stringent educational requirements. Also as a business immigrant, in some cases, 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. Knowing how to properly represent yourself when applying is key. An immigration professional who has experience with each business person’s unique situation can be of great help.

Why Hire Us to Help with Your Business Visa Application?

Canada’s economy encourages businesses to thrive, and your foreign business can be among the count. Our experienced immigration consultants will be able to assess your case and recommend what course of action best serves your needs.

|| Get in touch with us today ||

The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Call us today at +1.416.417.1903 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.

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