Canada Business Immigration Programs – Federal, Quebec & PNP’s

Many provinces have business immigration options that are part of their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). In addition, Quebec and the Government of Canada operate popular business immigration programs.

Provinces can nominate eligible business immigration candidates for permanent residence. If you are interested in business immigration options in one of the provinces listed below or are considering applying to Quebec or through the federal government’s Start-Up Visa Program, you can review and compare the eligibility requirements and application processes below in order to learn which is best suited to your circumstances

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

Program

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program – The Investor Program has been suspended from November 1, 2019, until July 1, 2020, in order to allow time for the program to be reviewed. 

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $2,000,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $1,200,000 risk-free through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment. 

Experience

2 years of business management experience in the past 5 years prior to the submission of an application in a specific enterprise (agricultural, commercial, or industrial, OR management experience in a governmental or international organization) and in a position defined as full-time.

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

No active managerial role required to apply

Business Plan

None

Exploratory Visit

Recommended

Interview

May be required as part of the application review. 

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)

Additional Requirements

Background check and medical examination

Quebec Entrepreneur Program

Program

Quebec Entrepreneur Program — A new application intake period began on November 1, 2019, and is scheduled to run until September 30, 2020.

Minimum Net Worth*

CAD $900,000 of financial resources. 

Business ownership/operation*

Holds and controls, alone or with the accompanying spouse or common-law partner at minimum 25% of the equity of the enterprise he or she creates or at least 51% of the equity of the enterprise he or she acquires.

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

Required

Business Project

Required

Exploratory Visit

Recommended

Interview

Required as a final step in the application process

Start-up deposit*

CAD $300,000 for a business in the metropolitan area of Montreal or CAD $200,000 for a business outside the metropolitan area of Montreal. 

PR/Work permit

PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)

Additional Requirements

Submit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency and demonstrate a secondary school general diploma level of education.

Provide a performance guarantee deposit of $200,000 that is refundable if certain conditions are met.*

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Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

Program

Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program — Application intake period from November 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020.

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $100,000

Minimum Investment

Not required

Experience

2 years of self-employed experience in the profession or trade the applicant intends to practice in Quebec

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

None

Exploratory Visit

Recommended

Interview

May be required as part of the application review

Start-up deposit

Register a start-up deposit of at least CAD $50,000 at a local financial institution if based in the metropolitan area of Montreal or at least CAD $25,000 if based outside of Montreal. 

PR/Work permit

PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)

Additional Requirements

Submit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency and demonstrate a secondary school general diploma level of education.

Federal Start-Up Visa Program

Program

Start-Up Visa Program 

Minimum Net Worth

N/A

Minimum Investment

CAD $200,000 if the investment comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or designated incubators OR CAD $75,000 if it comes from a designated Canadian angel investor group

Experience

No specific requirement

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

None

Exploratory Visit

Not required

Interview

Upon request by IRCC

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

PR immediately

Additional Requirements

Have the support of a designated organization that will provide the applicant with a Letter of Support.

Start-up visa applicants must give proof that they sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependants after they arrive in Canada. The amount required depends on the size of the family.

 Federal Self-Employed Persons Program

Program

Self-Employed Person Program 

Minimum Net Worth

N/A

Minimum Investment

Not required

Experience

At least 2 years of relevant cultural or athletic experience in the past 5 years

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

None

Exploratory Visit

Not required

Interview

Upon request by IRCC

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

PR immediately

Additional Requirements

English/French ability and work experience in a designated occupation

All self-employed persons must establish that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their family members for at least one year after they arrive in Canada. 

Self-employed immigrants must obtain a minimum of 35 points out of 100 based on the five selection criteria and the program’s unique point system.

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Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Program

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $500,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $500,000 in a primary production farming business

Experience

Farm management experience in an existing farm business

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Recommended

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate

Additional Requirements

Canadian financial institution must finance the proposed Alberta farming business

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) — Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

Program

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $600,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $200,000 OR CAD $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member

Experience

3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.

EOI System

Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Recommended

Interview

Upon request of BC PNP

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

2-year work period before Letter of Acceptance to apply for Permanent Residence (PR); PR contingent on implementation of the business proposal

Additional Requirements

Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with the proposed business

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) — Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot

Program

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot (launched on March 14, 2019)

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $300,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $100,000

Experience

3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years. 

EOI System

Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Strongly Recommended

Interview

Upon request of BC PNP

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

Minimum 12-month work permit period before nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal

Additional Requirements

Community referral required to register; Must create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program — Business Investor Stream (Entrepreneur Pathway)

Program

Manitoba Business Investor Stream — Entrepreneur Pathway

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $500,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $250,000 for businesses in the Manitoba Capital Region. OR CAD $150,000 if a business is outside of the Manitoba Capital Region AND must be made in an eligible business AND must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).

Experience

Business ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years. AND Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers. AND Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.

EOI System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Business research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

Not Required

PR/Work permit

Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

Score 60+ points on assessment grid
CAD $100,000 refundable deposit is not a requirement anymore.

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program — Business Investor Stream (Farm Investor Pathway)

Program

Manitoba Business Investor Stream — Farm Investor Pathway

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $500,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $300,000 tangible assets to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba AND investments in a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.

Experience

Minimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.

EOI System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Farm Business Research Visit required.

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

CAD $75,000

PR/Work permit

Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

CAD $100,000 refundable deposit is no longer required.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Entrepreneurial Stream

Program

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Entrepreneurial Stream

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $600,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $250,000

Experience

3 out of 5 years or more in owning a business OR 5 out of 5 years or more in a senior business management role

EOI System

Yes 

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required, must be of economic benefit to the province

Exploratory Visit

Required

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

CAD $100,000

PR/Work permit

PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate

Additional Requirements

22-55 years old
CLB 5 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

Program

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

Minimum Net Worth

N/A

Minimum Investment

The applicant must have 100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business

Experience

6 or more years in the last 10 years in NOC O, A or B OR 1-5 years in the last 10 years in the NOC O, A or B

EOI System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

May be requested (business must be of economic benefit to the province)

Exploratory Visit

Not specified

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

Not specified

PR/Work permit

PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate

Additional Requirements

22-40 years old
CLB 7 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking
Have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit

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Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — Entrepreneur Stream

Program

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — Entrepreneur Stream

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $600,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $150,000

Experience

At least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 years OR
+5 years as senior manager in the last 10 years

EOI System

Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Required for business succession only

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

Must operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 5

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Program

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Minimum Net Worth

N/A

Minimum Investment

100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business

Experience

At least 1 continuous year of business ownership experience in Nova Scotia prior to EOI submission 
Completed a degree of at least 2 years’ duration at a university/college in Nova Scotia

EOI System

Yes (province may publish info on draws after future draws are made; EOI must be submitted while on valid work permit)

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

None

Exploratory Visit

Required

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate

Additional Requirements

The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 7

Northwest Territories Nominee Program — Entrepreneur Business Stream

Program

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) — Entrepreneur Business Stream

Minimum Net Worth

For businesses in Yellowknife: CAD $500,000 OR for businesses outside Yellowknife: CAD $250,000

Minimum Investment

In Yellowknife: CAD $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR outside Yellowknife: CAD $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment

Experience

Relevant business experience required

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Required

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

CAD $75,000

PR/Work permit

2-year work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

CLB 4 in English or French

Business must generate significant benefits for the Northwest Territories, including jobs for local residents.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Corporate Stream

Program

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)   Corporate Stream

Minimum Net Worth

None

Minimum Investment

CAD $5,000,000 OR CAD $10,000,000 if the proposed business is a land development or a leasehold company

Experience

The international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Encouraged

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

Applicant & key staff first obtain work permits; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

Create 5 new jobs for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident per key staff member seeking nomination

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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Entrepreneur Stream

Program

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Entrepreneur Stream

Minimum Net Worth

For businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): CAD $1,500,000 OR for businesses outside the GTA: CAD $800,000 OR for businesses in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): CAD $800,000

Minimum Investment

In the GTA: CAD $1,000,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR Outside the GTA: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR In the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business

Experience

At least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last five years as business owner or senior manager

EOI System

Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Required for business succession only

Interview

Required upon request of OINP

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

Sign a Performance Agreement with Ontario
English/French minimum CLB 4
Create at least 2 permanent, full-time jobs for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) – Work Permit Stream

Program

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) – Work Permit Stream

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $600,000

Minimum Investment

N/A

Experience

Management experience required

EOI System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Recommended

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

CAD $7,500 of $10,000 application fee is refunded if the application is declined or withdrawn.

PR/Work permit

Letter of support from the province to apply for a work permit; Obtain nomination once all of the terms and conditions of Performance Agreement are met.

Additional Requirements

CLB 4 in English or French; minimum education of secondary school equivalent

21-59 years old

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category

Program

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $500,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownership OR $200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment or more

Experience

At least 3 years’ experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years

EOI System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Required for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities

Interview

Upon request by SINP

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

2-year work permit; PR contingent upon meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

Sign a Performance Agreement
Create 2+ employment opportunities if establishing a business in Regina or Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Farm Owner/Operator Category

Program

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Farm Owner/Operator Category

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $500,000

Minimum Investment

N/A

Experience

Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming

EOI System

No

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) required

Exploratory Visit

Required

Interview

Upon request

Refundable Deposit

CAD $75,000

PR/Work permit

PR after obtaining nomination certificate

Additional Requirements

Submit a Farm Establishment Plan
Sign a Performance Agreement

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Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)

Program

Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $500,000 (including CAD $300,000 in liquid assets)

Minimum Investment

CAD $300,000 and at least 1/3 ownership with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident partner

Experience

Minimum of 3 years entrepreneurial/business management experience & minimum of 5 years relevant work experience

EOI System

Yes 

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Recommended, applicants are awarded points for past visits

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work permit

2-year work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

Business must be in a strategic sector, as identified by the territory
Must score 65+ points on the assessment grid