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Study & Work, later apply for Permanent Residence Visa in Canada

How to apply a Study Permit?

  • Select a University to apply to and get your acknowledgment letter
  • You needn’t to apply a Study Visa for Canada if you are in one of the accompanying circumstances –
  • You are a family or staff individual of a Foreign Representatives in Canada, who is authorize by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • You select in a program which lasts less than a half year
  • If you are a member of foreign armed forces from the Visiting Forces Act
  • If you are a citizen of another nation, however you have an Indian status registered in Canada
  • Right after receiving the acknowledgment letter apply for a Student Visa by preparing all required and correct documents which is must to apply for a Study Permit
  • Language requirements – Submit a proof of English language proficiency. You can opt any one of the following test:
  • IELTS
  • Cambridge English: Advanced
  • TOEFL
  • Visa Interview and Biometrics

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Canada Student Visa holders can help your Spouse or Common law partner to work in Canada

Your Spouse or common-law partner may choose to apply for an Open work in case you meet the following conditions-

YOU ARE A FULL TIME STUDENT AT

  • Public post-secondary school, such as a college or university, or CEGEP in Quebec
  • Private college-level school in Quebec or
  • Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law (for example, Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree)

And hold a valid Study Permit

WHAT IS AN OPEN WORK PERMIT & HOW LONG THESE PERMIT VALID FOR?

An open work permit is work permit for the applicant and which is not job- specific. Therefore, the applicant does not require the followings while applying for an Open Work Permit-

  • A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada; or
  • Proof that an employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee.

Open Work Permit is valid for the same number of years as your Study Permit.

Education offers a route to Canadian permanent resident status.

There are a range of programs whereby international students may apply for permanent immigration. In some cases, this can be done without obtaining a job offer from a Canadian employer.

In addition, international students in Canada may:

  • work for up to 20 hours per week while in school, and on a full-time basis during school breaks;
  • obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit for the equivalent duration of the studies once the program is successfully completed, allowing students to remain in Canada for many years before becoming a permanent resident;
  • bring an accompanying spouse or common-law partner to Canada on an open full-time work permit, allowing him or her to work for any employer;
  • bring accompanying minor children to study in Canada at the same rate that Canadians pay; and
  • become eligible for Canadian permanent residence, either through a Provincial Nominee Program, through Quebec’s immigration system, or through the Express Entry immigration selection system.
  • The steps to becoming a Canadian permanent resident through education are outlined below.

Step 1: Learn the basics and begin your search

Beginning your search

CanadaVisa.com offers FREE tools and resources available to help you get to grips with the process.

  • CanadaVisa School Search

The CanadaVisa School Search helps you find the institution best suited to your needs. This resource provides detailed, up-to-date information on each institution’s location, cost, admission requirements, signature programs, and more.

Use the CanadaVisa School Search to browse the best Canadian University, College or institution.

  • SchoolMatch Canada

SchoolMatch provides you with a FREE personalized report to show which Canadian schools match your expectations and goals. Using advanced algorithms, SchoolMatch has helped thousands of students find the right education institution in Canada.

  • Canada Study News

Canada Study News focuses on every aspect of studying in Canada as an international student, from preparation to immigration. With the latest news and analysis, you can get the free Canada Study Newsletter delivered straight to your email inbox each month.

Step 2: Gain admission to a Canadian designated institution

Once you have identified a particular study program, or a shortlist of potential study programs, you will need to gain admission by obtaining what is known as a Letter of Acceptance. While the exact admission requirements and procedures vary between institutions across Canada, our dedicated ‘Get Admission to a Canadian Educational Institution’ page outlines potential requirements for gaining admission to a Canadian designated institution.

Step 3: Apply for a Canadian Study Permit

Once you have gained admission to a study program at a Canadian designated institution. you may begin to apply for a Canadian Study Permit. A Study Permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows a foreign individual to study in Canada for a designated period of time. In addition to having already obtained a Letter of Acceptance, an applicant for a Study Permit also needs to satisfy the Canadian Visa Officer that he or she has sufficient funds to pay tuition fees and cover living expenses while in Canada.

Applicants from certain countries may also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).

Step 4: Complete your study program and obtain an open work permit

Once you are studying in Canada, it is important to maintain your status in the country. This may entail renewing or changing your study permit. After completing your study program in Canada, a typical path from student to permanent resident status in Canada is through taking advantage of something Canada offers that is not available, or more difficult to obtain, in other countries — an open Post-Graduation Work Permit.

This work permit, which allows its bearer to work for any employer in Canada, may be issued upon completion of the study program and is equal in length to the duration of that program, up to a maximum of three years. Thus, a graduate who completed a three- or four-year study program may be eligible for a three-year work permit, allowing him or her to remain in Canada for a total of six years.

Step 5. Become a permanent resident of Canada 

Individuals who have obtained a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate and built up professional experience in Canada may have multiple immigration options through the available federal and provincial programs. There is only one place where you can get an assessment of your immigration options across the more than 80 programs that lead to Canadian permanent resident status — the CanadaVisa immigration assessment form.

Even if you have submitted this form before and been informed that you are likely ineligible to immigrate to Canada, remember that things may change. New programs may be created for which you may be eligible, or existing programs may be amended, which also has the potential to make previously-ineligible individuals eligible.

Individuals who are currently ineligible to immigrate to Canada can take control of their own destiny and begin the pathway to Canadian immigration through education — it may be your best chance to achieve your Canadian immigration goals.

The objective of the Family Class of immigration is to reunite close family members in Canada.

The Family Class allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their dependent children, parents and grandparents, and spouse or common-law/conjugal partner. Canada strongly supports keeping families together whenever possible. As such, the processing of Family Class applications is given the highest priority at Canadian Visa Offices.

The Spousal Sponsorship Category

The Spousal Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class immigration category. Under this program, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor a spouse or common-law partner for Canadian permanent residence.

Both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor’) and the foreign national (the ‘sponsored person’) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

In order to receive a visa through this immigration program, the sponsor and sponsored person must prove that their relationship qualifies under one of three categories:

  • Spouse
  • Common-law Partner
  • Conjugal Partner

 Canada recognizes same-sex marriage, and same-sex partners may be eligible to apply under any of the above three categories, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.

Outland Sponsorship

An Outland application is generally pursued when the sponsored partner is living outside of Canada. However, Outland applicants can still be in Canada and apply through the Outland program, and may be permitted to travel in and out of Canada throughout the application process. Outland applications are processed through the visa office that serves the applicant’s country of origin, or where they have resided legally for at least one year.

Inland Sponsorship

The other potential option for Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship is the Inland route. Inland sponsorship is when the couple is together in Canada and the foreign spouse/common-law partner has temporary status in Canada, either as a worker, student, or visitor. The person being sponsored may be eligible for an Open Work Permit, allowing him or her to work for any employer in Canada while the sponsorship application is being processed.

After Sponsorship

Permanent residence granted under the Spousal Sponsorship program carries certain conditions that must be met:

  • The sponsor is financially responsible for the person sponsored for three years after the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident.
  • Individuals who come to Canada as spouses are themselves barred from sponsoring a spouse in turn for five years after receiving Canadian permanent residence.

Business immigration seeks to attract individuals with business and/or managerial experience who will contribute to the development of the Canadian economy.

If you’re looking to make an investment in Canada or to start/acquire a business in Canada, there may be several avenues for you to choose from. You can either apply under the federal start-up visa program or, if you know which province/territory in which you plan to reside, you can look at the different investor or entrepreneur options under the provincial business immigration programs.

  • Federal Start-Up Visa Program

If you plan to build an innovative business in Canada, the start-up visa program could be an option for you.

  • Quebec Business Immigration

If you’re planning on living in the province of Quebec as an investor or entrepreneur, there are several options under the Quebec business immigration programs.

  • PNP Business Immigration

Many other Canadian provinces have business immigration programs under their Provincial Nominee Programs.

Canada Federal Business/Investor Immigration

The goal of Canada’s business immigration programs is to promote economic development and employment by attracting investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals from outside Canada with venture capital, business acumen and entrepreneurial skills.

Federal programs

Canada’s Investor Business Immigration Program.

The Canadian business immigration programs also seek to develop new commercial opportunities and improve access to growing foreign markets by welcoming people who are familiar with those markets and their special requirements and customs. Individuals with business/managerial experience and relatively high net worth may be eligible to apply for a Canada Immigration (permanent resident) Visa under one of the Canadian business immigration programs under one of the following three sub-categories:

Entrepreneur Start-up Visa Program: Start-Up Visa Entrepreneurs must secure funding and support from a designated Canadian investment organization. To do so, they must have a plan for a unique business that will be created in Canada.

Self-Employed Persons Program: To qualify as a self-employed person, an individual must be willing and able to support him/herself and any dependents with self-employed income as a farmer, athlete, or artisan.

Processing Fees

Business immigration processing fees also vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another.

Quebec Business Immigration

The Quebec Business Immigration programs are available to individuals with the required entrepreneurial, investor, or self-employed experience who wish to settle in the province of Quebec.

Entrepreneurial, investor, or self-employed investors who wish to settle in the province of Quebec.

All applicants under the Quebec Business Immigration programs must show that they are capable of becoming economically established in Canada and have the intention of settling in the province of Quebec following acceptance. Successful applicants will receive a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) and will then have to meet Government of Canada requirements before being approved for permanent residence.

There are three Quebec Business Immigration programs, each with its own requirements and selection process:

  • Quebec Investor Program

To qualify as an investor, an individual must have a specified net worth, managerial experience and be willing to make a government-secured investment for a period of five years. Financing of this investment is available through Canadian financial institutions. NOTE: This program is suspended from November 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020.

  • Quebec Entrepreneur Program

To qualify as an entrepreneur, an individual must have a specified net worth, business project, deposit amount (start-up and security) and be willing and able to establish or acquire a business in Quebec and participate actively in a managerial role.

  • Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

To qualify as a self-employed worker, an individual must have a specified net worth, have work experience in the profession or trade that he or she intends to practice in Quebec and deposit a specified amount based on the region where they will be working

Business Visitors – Work Without A Work Permit

In many cases, business visitors to Canada do not require a Canadian work permit.

A business visitor is a foreign national who comes to Canada to participate in international business activities, but who will not enter the Canadian labour market.

Canada is one of the world’s largest economies, attracting thousands of short-term business visitors each year. With an international market-oriented economy and as a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) and the Group of 7 (G7), as well as signatory to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada strives to ensure that international business visitors can come to Canada on business trips.

Business visitors must demonstrate the following:

  • they plan to stay for less than six months,
  • they do not plan to enter the Canadian labour market,
  • the main place of business, and source of income and profits, is outside Canada,
  • they have documents that support their application and
  • they meet Canada’s basic entry requirements, because they
  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
  • have enough money for their stay and to return home,
  • plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
  • are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians.

There are a number of reasons why an individual may come to Canada as a business visitor, including:

  • Attending business meetings, conferences, conventions, fairs, etc;
  • Buying Canadian goods or services on behalf of a foreign entity;
  • Taking orders for goods or services;
  • Providing after-sales service, excluding hands-on work in the construction trades;
  • Being trained by a Canadian parent company for work outside of Canada; and
  • Training employees of a Canadian subsidiary of a foreign company.

Business visitors to Canada may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Allowing international business people to do business in Canada is important for the continued economic success of the country. Similarly, countries that have trade agreements and strong economic partnerships with Canada generally allow Canadian business visitors to enter their countries as smoothly as possible. Visa reciprocity is an important aspect of Canada’s business outlook and economic success.

After-sales or lease services

Individual repairing and servicing, supervising installers, and setting up and testing commercial or industrial equipment (including computer software) may be considered business visitors, and as such may not require a Canadian work permit.

Setting up does not include hands-on installation generally performed by construction or building trades, such as electricians or pipe fitters.

This provision also applies to individuals seeking entry to repair or service specialized equipment purchased or leased outside Canada, provided the service is being performed as part of the original or extended sales agreement, lease/rental agreement, warranty or service contract.

After-sales and lease services also include situations where the sales or lease agreement or purchase order is for a software upgrade to operate previously sold or leased equipment. A service person coming to Canada to install, configure or give training on the upgraded software may be considered a business visitor. A sales or lease agreement or purchase order for upgraded software is a new contract for a new product. Please note that hands-on building and construction work is not covered by this provision.

Warranty or service agreement

For warranty or service agreements, contracts must have been negotiated as part of the original sales or lease/rental agreements or be an extension of the original agreement in order for the foreign national to be considered a business visitor.

Service contracts negotiated with third parties after the signing of the sales or lease/rental agreement are not covered by this provision. Where the work to be performed in Canada is not covered under a warranty, a work permit and a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is generally required.

Individuals not considered business visitors

In situations where a Canadian employer has directly contracted for services from a non-Canadian company, the employee of the foreign company performing the services for the Canadian company requires a Canadian work permit.

This situation arises most often in the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The service provider is not to be considered a business visitor simply because he or she is not directly receiving remuneration from a Canadian source. Since there is a contract between the Canadian company and the foreign worker’s employer, there is an entry to the Canadian labour market. And because the foreign employer is receiving payment for the service that is being provided, it is deemed that the worker is receiving payment from a Canadian source. Consequently, the worker cannot be considered a business visitor.

For example, an infrastructure project in Canada contracts the services of a U.S.-based urban planning firm, which sends a small team to Canada work on site. The team members are working in Canada, and the firm is receiving compensation for being engaged on the project. Therefore, the team members do not meet the criteria as business visitors to Canada.

Individuals who plan to enter the Canadian labour market may require a Temporary Work Permit.

Other individuals working in Canada for short-term periods and in certain situations may work work in Canada without a work permit, while not necessarily being considered business visitors.

Business Investor Programs

Depending on your net worth, ability and willingness to invest in Canada, managerial skills and business acumen, investing in Canada could be a route to permanent residence.

Investing in Quebec as a business person.

Quebec Business Immigration – Investor Program

The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) allows investors to obtain Canadian permanent residence by investing CAD $1.2 million risk-free through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment.

 Quebec Immigrant Investor Program allows investors to obtain Canadian permanent residence by investing an amount.

 As of November 1, 2019, this program will be suspended until July 1, 2020.

Candidates for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program are awarded points based on six factors under the Quebec Economic Class selection grid for the program. A minimum passing score of 40 points is required and the mandatory cut-off scores of 10 points and 25 points for management experience and financial investment, respectively, must be satisfied.

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program candidates are evaluated based on factors that include education level/areas of training, experience in management, age, language proficiency in French or English, stay and family in Quebec, and the Investment Agreement. The maximum points available are 94 points for applicants with or without a spouse or common-law partner.

Candidates who satisfy the required minimums for management experience and financial investment will only need five additional points to meet the passing score of 40.

Those points could be met if candidates satisfy only one of the following example requirements:

  • A post-secondary school technical diploma attesting to one OR two years of full-time studies (value: 6 points)
  • An undergraduate university degree attesting to two years of full-time studies (value: 6 points)

Quebec investor program candidates may be invited to a selection interview following a review of their application.

Advantages of the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

  • Investment without risk: The investment of CAD $1,200,000 is guaranteed by the Quebec government and returned in full after five years.
  • Passive investment: No active managerial role is required after the investment is made.

Criteria

Requirement

Minimum Net Worth

A minimum of CAD $2,000,000 in legally acquired net worth, alone or with the help of their spouse or common-law partner if accompanying the applicant.  Assets such as property, bank accounts, pension funds, stocks and shares may be included.

Business or Management Experience

A minimum of two years of management experience over the course of five years prior to the submission of the candidate’s application. The experience must have been acquired in a specific enterprise (agricultural, commercial, industrial), or in a government or international agency, and in a position defined as full-time. The company does not necessarily have to be profitable. If the management experience is claimed as a professional, the company must have at least two full-time employees (excluding the candidate).

The candidate can be retired at the time of the submission of the application as long as he/she can demonstrate a recent management experience of two years within the five past years.The candidate must be able to demonstrate the planning, supervision and control of financial resources AND human resources OR material resources, under his/her authority. Experience acquired in the context of an apprenticeship, training or specialization process attested to by a diploma cannot be included.

Investment

Agreement to invest the sum of CAD $1,200,000 through an approved financial intermediary (this investment can be financed).

  • Family included in the application: All immediate members of the candidate’s family (spouse and dependent children) are included in the application and have the same status as the candidate.
  • Benefits of permanent resident statusEnjoy the same benefits provided to Canadians (universal health care, free public education, access to world-class universities, etc.)

Canada, with one of the most business-friendly economies in the world, is a hugely attractive country in which to develop and build a new business idea.

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as an entrepreneur in the Canadian economy, the government of Canada, as well as certain Canadian provinces, present some enticing options.

  • Start-up Visa Program

The Start-Up Visa Program encourages immigrant entrepreneurs to grow their companies in Canada. Successful applicants link with private sector organizations in Canada, where they can receive funding, guidance and expertise in opening and operating their enterprise in Canada. With the Start-Up Visa, Canada is targeting entrepreneurs who have the potential to build innovative companies that can compete on a global scale and create jobs.

  • Quebec Entrepreneur Program

The Quebec Entrepreneur category of Canadian immigration was designed to allow qualified business owners and managers the opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence, provided that they can effectively create or acquire an agricultural, commercial or industrial business in the province of Quebec.

  • Provincial Entrepreneur Programs

Canada’s provinces offer a range of entrepreneur categories within their Provincial Nominee Programs. Through one of these categories, immigrant entrepreneurs can settle in a specific province.

FEDERAL STARTUP VISA

The Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program

The Start-Up Visa program grants permanent residence to immigrant entrepreneurs while assisting them to become established in Canada.

The program encourages immigrant entrepreneurs to grow their companies in Canada. Successful applicants link with private sector organizations in Canada, where they can receive funding, guidance and expertise in opening and operating their enterprise in Canada.

Eligibility Requirements

The purpose of this program is to recruit innovative foreign national entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and drive economic growth.

In order to be eligible, applicants for a Start-Up Visa must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet minimum language requirements in English or French (CLB 5 in all abilities);
  • Have sufficient funds to settle in Canada;
  • Plan to settle in a province other than the Province of Quebec;
  • Pass Canadian security and medical clearances;
  • Prove your business is supported through a designated organization; and
  • Show your business meets ownership requirements.

No more than five foreign nationals may apply for permanent residence as part of the same business venture under the Start-Up Visa Program.

Investment Details

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has designated a number of venture capital funds, angel investor groups, and business incubator organizations to participate in the Start-Up Visa program.

Successful applicants are required to secure a minimum investment for their Canadian start-up. If coming from a designated Canadian venture capital fund, the investment must be at least $200,000. If coming from an angel investor group, it should be at least $75,000.

Applicants do not need to secure any investment from a business incubator. However, applicants must be accepted into a Canadian business incubator program.

Applicants are not required to invest any of their own money. If their Canadian start-up is unsuccessful, individuals granted permanent residence through this program will retain their permanent resident status.

Evidence of Commitment

In order to demonstrate that the applicant has obtained support from either a venture capital fund, angel investor group, or business incubator, the investor organization must submit a completed Commitment Certificate directly to IRCC. This document includes information regarding the agreement between the applicant and the investment organization. Its purpose is to summarize the relevant details of the commitment between the investment organization and the applicant.

In addition, the applicant will receive a letter of support from the investment organization, which the applicant will need to submit with their application for permanent residence. If there are two or more applicants as part of the same business venture, the commitment by the investment organization can be conditional upon one or more “essential persons” receiving their permanent residence. An essential person is someone who has been specifically identified as essential to the business by the investment organization. If for any reason the application of an essential person is refused, the applications of all others included in the Commitment Certificate will also be refused.

If there are two or more applicants as part of the same business venture, the commitment by the investment organization can be conditional upon one or more “essential person(s)” receiving their permanent residence. An essential person is someone who has been specifically identified as essential to the business by the investment organization. If for any reason the application of an essential person is refused, the applications of all others included in the Commitment Certificate will also be refused.

Support from Multiple Organizations

Applicants may receive support from multiple designated organizations, known as syndication. In this instance, all entities involved must be identified. Together, the designated organizations will provide IRCC with a single Commitment Certificate and one Letter of Support will be provided to the applicant(s).

As soon as a designated venture capital firm invests in a business, the minimum total investment amount that must be invested in that business is $200,000, even if a designated angel group also invests in the same business.

If the business receives support from at least one designated angel group, but not designated venture capital groups, then the minimum total investment amount that must be invested in that business is $75,000.

Peer Review Process

In order to protect this pilot program against fraud, a peer review process has been included. It is designed to make sure that the deals made between the investment organizations and foreign national entrepreneurs are legitimate. An immigration officer may ask for a commitment to be independently assessed by a peer review panel. These panels have been established by an industry association that represents the type of investment organization making the commitment. For example, in the case of an angel investor group, the National Angel Capital Organization would be responsible for establishing the peer review panel.

Alternatively, if the group making the commitment is a venture capital fund, Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association would be responsible. While the peer review can be requested if the immigration officer believes that it would assist them in making a decision, they can also be initiated on a random basis. The assessment made by the peer review panel is not considered binding on the immigration officer. It will only confirm that the investment organization has carried out the proper checks and investigations according to industry standards. It will not provide an opinion on the wisdom or feasibility of the proposal in question.

The Peer review examines the level of due diligence that was performed by the designated organization and:

  • ensures that the company has been or will be incorporated in Canada;
  • ensures that business ownership has been verified and satisfies program requirements;
  • ensures that the designated organization has considered the viability of the proposed business model, assessed the business venture’s management team and verified the ownership of the intellectual property;
  • makes sure the focus of the business is on a high-growth potential product and/or service; and
  • validates, for business incubator applicants, acceptance into an incubator program.

As this is a pilot program, it will only process a maximum of 2,750 applications per year. Moreover, the duration of the program is limited to five years. If this pilot program proves successful, the Canadian Government may choose to establish the Start-Up Visa Program permanently before the end of the five-year period.

Quebec Business Immigration – Entrepreneur

The Quebec Entrepreneur Program grants qualified business owners and managers the opportunity to obtain permanent residence in Quebec provided that they can effectively create or acquire a business in the province.

 The Quebec government began accepting 25 new applications under Stream One and 35 new applications under Stream Two of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program on November 1, 2019. The in-take period will continue until September 30, 2020.

Quebec’s Entrepreneur Program selects eligible foreign nationals with a business in Quebec.

About the Quebec Entrepreneur Program

Entrepreneurs interested in immigration to Quebec can apply under one of the program’s two streams.

Stream One is focused on new businesses or startups established in the province with the support of a business incubator / accelerator or university in the province.

Stream Two is focused on owner-funded and operated businesses.

The Quebec Immigration Ministry the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) says that entrepreneurs interested in obtaining permanent residence in Quebec must be 18 years of age or older and must operate a business in accordance with the requirements of the Entrepreneur Program. While candidates can obtain additional points for French language proficiency, it is not required in order to apply to the program.

All Quebec Entrepreneur Program applicants must submit a business project. This project is an important factor in the assessment of an application. Following the initial assessment of an application, Quebec entrepreneur candidates will be expected to attend a selection interview. The selection interview is the final step to completing the application process under the Quebec Entrepreneur Program.

All Quebec Entrepreneur applicants must demonstrate the intention to reside in Quebec.

Requirements for Quebec Entrepreneur Program: Stream One

Foreign nationals interested in applying under Stream One of the Entrepreneur Program will need to obtain the passing score of 41 points under all factors in the Quebec Economic Class selection grid for the Quebec Entrepreneur Program in order to be considered for selection.

Candidates under Stream One of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program can obtain points for factors such as education level, areas of training, age, language proficiency in French and English, and stay and family in Quebec. There are no additional points awarded for applicants with a spouse or common-law partner.

The following are the minimum requirements for meeting the cut-off threshold for the program:

Factor

Minimum requirements

Education level

Secondary school general diploma

Financial Self-sufficiency  

Submit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency 

Business project

Provide a service offer from an enterprise incubator / accelerator or university entrepreneurship centre and demonstrate successful evaluation of the business project

Requirements for Quebec Entrepreneur Program: Stream Two

Foreign nationals interested in applying under Stream Two of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program will need to obtain the passing score of 81 points in all 13 factors under Quebec’s Economic Class selection grid to be considered for selection.

Candidates under Stream Two of Quebec’s Entrepreneur Program are awarded points for factors that include education level, areas of training, age, language proficiency in French and English, and stay and family in Quebec.

The following are the minimum requirements for meeting the cut-off threshold for Stream Two:

Factor

Requirements

Education level

Secondary school general diploma

Financial self-sufficiency

Submit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency.

Business project

Demonstrate a successful evaluation of the business project.

Deposit for startup 

Provide a start-up deposit of $300,000 for a business in the metropolitan area of Montreal and a deposit of $200,000 for a business outside the metropolitan area of Montreal. 

Business ownership/operation

Holds and controls, alone or with the accompanying spouse or common-law partner, at least 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. The value of an applicant’s financial contribution must be equal to or greater than the amount that must serve to start up the business project.

Minimum net worth

Have at least financial resources of $900,000

While the applicant can operate the business with a spouse or common-law partner, there are no additional points awarded for an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner.

The MIFI requires candidates applying under Stream Two to provide a performance guarantee deposit of $200,000 that is refundable if certain conditions are met.

The government of Canada, as well as the government of the province of Quebec, provide immigration programs for individuals who are self-employed in certain industries.

 

  • Federal Self-Employed Persons Program

To qualify for business immigration to Canada under the Self-Employed Persons Program, an applicant must demonstrate that he or she has relevant agricultural, artistic, or athletic experience that will allow the applicant to be successfully self-employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution to his or her field.

  • Quebec Self-Employed Category

The Quebec Self-Employed category of Canadian immigration was designed to allow qualified individuals the opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence provided that they can effectively establish themselves in the Province of Quebec by practicing a trade or profession for their own account.

FEDERAL SELF EMPLOYED

Canada’s Self-Employed Persons Program allows eligible self-employed foreign nationals with relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics to establish themselves in Canada as permanent residents.

Candidates for the Self-Employed Persons Program must have the experience, intention and ability to make a “significant contribution” to Canada’s cultural life or sports in Canada.

Interested candidates must meet both the eligibility requirements and achieve at minimum a passing mark under the program’s selection criteria in order to be considered for immigration as a self-employed person.

There is no regulated minimum net worth requirement for the Self-Employed Persons Program. However, self-employed applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to settle in Canada along with their dependents and finance the work for which their selection is based.

Eligibility Requirements for the Self-Employed Persons Program

A foreign national must first meet the Government of Canada’s definition of a self-employed person in order to be considered eligible for assessment.

A self-employed person is defined as someone with relevant self-employed experience in a cultural or athletic activity.

Relevant experience consists of at least two years of experience either self-employed in or participating at a world-class level in cultural activities or athletics as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Under the Self-Employed Persons Program, eligible occupations within Canada’s artistic, cultural and athletic fields include:

Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
5111Librarians
5112Conservators and Curators
5113Archivists
5121Authors and Writers
5122Editors
5123Journalists
5124Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
5125Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
5131Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
5132Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
5133Musicians and Singers
5134Dancers
5135Actors and Comedians
5136Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
5211Library and Public Archive Technicians
5212Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
5221Photographers
5222Film and Video Camera Operators
5223Graphic Arts Technicians
5224Broadcast Technicians
5225Audio and Video Recording Technicians
5226Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5227Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5231Announcers and Other Broadcasters
5232Other Performers
5241Graphic Designers and Illustrators
5242Interior Designers and Interior Decorators
5243Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244Artisans and Craftspersons
5245Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
5251Athletes
5252Coaches
5253Sports Officials and Referees
5254Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness

Self-Employed Persons Program: Selection Criteria

Applications from interested candidates are assessed against the points assessment for self-employed business immigration to Canada. The pass mark for the self-employed persons program is 35 points out of 100.

Selection FactorsPoints
ExperienceMaximum 35 points
AgeMaximum 10 points
EducationMaximum 25 points
Ability in English or FrenchMaximum 24 points
AdaptabilityMaximum 6 points
TotalMaximum 100 points
Pass Mark35 points

Factor 1: Experience

Relevant experience must have been obtained within the five-year period before an application is signed and ends when a decision is made on an application. Applicants may obtain up to 35 points under the experience factor.

Years of experiencePoints
Two years of relevant experience20
Three years of relevant experience25
Four years of relevant experience30
Five years of relevant experience35

Factor 2: Age

Applicants will be awarded selection points based on their age at the time of application.

AgePoints
16 or under0
172
184
196
208
21-4910
508
516
524
532
54+0

Factor 3: Education

Self-employed applicants can be awarded up to 25 points under the education factor.

EducationPoints
Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study25
Two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study22
Three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study22
University degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study20
Two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study20
One-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study15
One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study15
One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study12
High school diploma5

Factor 4: Language Ability

Self-employed persons may be awarded up to 24 points depending on their proficiency in English or French.

Proficiency LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
HIGH: Individual can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.Speaking: HighListening: HighReading: HighWriting: High
MODERATE: Individual can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.Speaking: ModerateListening: ModerateReading: ModerateWriting: Moderate
BASIC: Individual can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.Speaking: BasicListening: BasicReading: BasicWriting: Basic
NO: Individual does not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.Does not meet Basic LevelDoes not meet Basic LevelDoes not meet Basic LevelDoes not meet Basic Level

Factor 5: Adaptability

Self-employed individuals may obtain up to six (6) points for adaptability based on the following:

AdaptabilityPoints

Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education

·        Secondary school (high school) diploma or less: 0 points

·        A one-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 3 points

·        A two or three-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 4 points

·        A master’s degree or PhD and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 5 points

3-5

Previous work in Canada

Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed a minimum of one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit.

5

Previous study in Canada

Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration at a post-secondary institution in Canada. Applicant must have done this after 17 years of age and with a valid study permit.

Note: There’s no need to have obtained a degree or diploma for these two years of study to earn these points.

5
Relatives in Canada
Applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner has a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
5

QUEBEC SELF EMPLOYED

The Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program grants qualified individuals the opportunity to obtain permanent residence provided they can effectively establish themselves as an independent tradesperson or professional in the province.

Quebec will accept 50 applications for selection under its Self-Employed Worker Program between November 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. Candidates who can demonstrate advanced intermediate abilities in French oral expression and French oral comprehension by way of a MIFI-recognized language test are exempt from this cap and can apply at any time between November 1, 2019, and October 31, 2020.

Quebec accepts applications from self-employed from foreign nationals who meet the requirements of the program.

About the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

Quebec welcomes self-employed foreign nationals interested in coming to Quebec to work as an independent tradesperson or professional. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for the program, the Government of Quebec says the self-employed worker must accept the following conditions:

  • choose the means of work performance;
  • organize the work;
  • provide the required tools and equipment;
  • carry out most of the specialized duties; and
  • collect the profits and support the loss risks resulting from the work.

Requirements for the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

Quebec’s Immigration Ministry, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), says that foreign nationals interested in obtaining permanent residence in Quebec under the Self-Employed Worker Program must be at least 18 years of age and meet other program requirements.

To be considered for selection, self-employed workers based in Montreal must register a start-up deposit of $50,000 or more at a local financial institution. Candidates based in regions outside of Montreal will have to deposit at least $25,000.

All Self-Employed Worker Program candidates must meet the passing score under the Quebec Economic Class selection grid for the Quebec Self-Employed Program. Candidates will be awarded up to 99 points (112 points if accompanied by a spouse or common-law partner) for factors that include education level, professional experience, language proficiency in French and English, stay and family in Quebec, age, financial self-sufficiency, amount of deposit, and financial resources.

All Quebec Self-Employed Worker applicants must demonstrate the intention to reside in Quebec. During the review of an application, Quebec Self-employed candidates may be invited to attend a selection interview.

The following are the minimum requirements for the program:

FactorMinimum requirements 
Education levelSecondary school general diploma
Professional experience as a self-employed workerHave acquired a minimum of two years of experience in the profession or trade that they intend to practice after establishing themselves in Quebec.
Financial self-sufficiencySubmit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency.
Deposit for startupRegister a start-up deposit of at least $50,000 at a local financial institution if based in the metropolitan area of Montreal. Candidates based outside of Montreal will be required to deposit at least $25,000.
Minimum net worthHave legally acquired a minimum of CAD$100,000 in net worth, alone or with the help of their spouse or common-law partner in the event that the spouse or common-law partner is accompanying.

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.*

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.

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

 

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.

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

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

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

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