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Business Migration in Canada

Canada's Start-Up Visa Program is the first of its kind in the world. With the Start-Up Visa, Canada is targeting a new type of immigrant entrepreneur who has the potential to build innovative companies that can compete on a global scale and create jobs.

Got a great business idea? If you can get support for your start-up from a designated Canadian organization, you can immigrate to Canada.

There are many reasons why Canada is the best place to build your business. Canada’s advantages include:

  • a strong economy
  • low taxes and low business costs
  • excellence in research and innovation
  • top quality of life

Determine your eligibility - Start-up visa

To be eligible to receive a start-up visa, you must:

Prove your business venture or idea is supported by a designated organization

Before you apply for the start-up visa, you must convince a designated organization to support your business idea. If the designated organization supports your business idea, it will give you a Letter of Support.

You must include your Letter of Support with your application as proof that a designated organization supports your business idea.

If you do not have a Letter of Support from a designated organization or do not meet any of the eligibility requirements below, your application will be refused.

Meet the language requirements

Being able to communicate and work in English, French or both will help your business in Canada.

You must prove your ability in English or French in these four areas:

  • speaking
  • reading
  • listening
  • writing

You must meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French for all four language abilities.

If you do not meet the minimum language skills, we will refuse your application.

You must take a language test from an agency approved by CIC and include the results when you apply. If you do not, we will not process your application and we will return your fees.

Use your test results to find your CLB level.

Have sufficient settlement funds

The Government of Canada does not provide financial support to new Start-up business visa immigrants.

You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada. You cannot borrow this money from another person. You must be able to use this money to support the costs of living for your family.

You will need to provide proof of your funds when you submit your application for immigration.

The amount of money you need depends on the size of your family. These amounts are updated every year.

How much money should you bring?

Find out how much it costs to live where you are planning to settle in Canada.

Bring as much money as possible to make moving and finding a home in Canada easier.

Disclosure of funds

If you are carrying more than C$10,000, tell a Canadian official when you arrive in Canada. If you do not tell an official, you may be fined or put in prison. These funds could be in the form of:

  • cash
  • securities in bearer form (for example, stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills) or
  • negotiable instruments in bearer form (for example, bankers’ drafts, cheques, travellers’ cheques or money orders).

Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program

The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program has reopened.

CIC will accept applications from May 25 to December 30, 2015, and will process the first 60 complete applications. CIC will also accept up to 60 additional applications that will be placed on a waiting list.

The program may close earlier if 60 immigrant investors are approved for permanent residence, or once 60 applications are in processing and 60 applications are on the waiting list.

More information can be found in the Ministerial Instructions.

If you are an international investor with the skills and abilities needed to contribute to our economy and integrate into Canadian society, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program.

Determine your eligibility – Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program

The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program has reopened.

CIC will accept applications from May 25 to December 30, 2015, and will process the first 60 complete applications. CIC will also accept up to 60 additional applications that will be placed on a waiting list.

The program may close earlier if 60 immigrant investors are approved for permanent residence, or once 60 applications are in processing and 60 applications are on the waiting list.

More information can be found in the Ministerial Instructions.

You must meet all of the requirements listed below to be eligible to apply under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program. You must also plan to live outside the province of Quebec.

Personal net worth

You must have a personal net worth of CDN $10 million or more. Your net worth must have been acquired through lawful, private sector business or investment activities.

Personal net worth acquired by inheritance or in the value of your primary residence will not count towards the personal net worth requirement.

Proof of personal net worth

CIC will require applicants whose applications can be considered for our second stage review to obtain a due diligence report at their expense from one of the following designated service providers:

  • BDO USA, LLP
  • Deloitte Forensic Inc.
  • EY
  • KPMG LLP
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP
  • Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting Inc.

The due diligence report is an independent examination and validation of your past business or investment experience, source of funds and personal net worth.

The report will include the service provider’s opinion as to whether your wealth was acquired through lawful, private sector business or investment activities. Their report would also flag any potentially negative information for a CIC officer to consider.

Notes:

  • If you are asked to obtain a due diligence report, you will be responsible for selecting a designated service provider, submitting the required documents to them, and paying the required fees. You will need to submit this report to CIC within the specified timeframe.
  • You do not need to obtain a due diligence report when applying to the IIVC Pilot Program. CIC will ask you to obtain this report only if your application can be considered for our second stage review.

Non-guaranteed investment in a venture capital fund

You must be willing and able to make an at-risk investment (non-guaranteed) of CDN $2 million in the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Fund.

If you are one of the immigrant investors approved under this program, you will be required to enter into an agreement with CIC committing a sum of CDN $2 million to the IIVC Fund for approximately 15 years.

As with any venture capital investment, you could receive proceeds over time or at the end of the investment term. Proceeds will depend on the fund's performance and will be based on its gains or losses, including expenses and fees incurred to manage it.

However, this would be an at-risk investment. This means that there is no guarantee of a return and it is possible that you could lose some or all of your investment.

Find out more about how investments to the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund will be managed.

Language skills

You must:

  • prove your proficiency in English or French in all four language abilities (speaking, reading, listening and writing)
  • take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC);
  • meet the minimum language levels of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French for all four language abilities (you can use your test results to find your CLB level); and
  • include the original language test results when you apply
  • your language test results must be less than two years old on the day CIC receives your application.
  • If you do not provide original language test results that show you meet the minimum language levels when you apply, your application will not be considered for the next steps.

Education

You must have:

  • a completed Canadian post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate of at least one year
  • OR
  • a foreign equivalent, as validated by an original Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a CIC-designated organization. The ECA report must indicate that your completed foreign education credential is equal to a completed Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year.

The outcome stated in your ECA report must match one of the acceptable assessment outcomes for you to be eligible to apply.

An original ECA report is required from all applicants with a foreign education credential, and will be used to determine whether you meet the education requirement. If you do not submit the original ECA report when you apply, your application will not be considered for the next steps.

If you can demonstrate that you have a personal net worth of $50 million or more acquired through lawful, private sector business or investment activities, you can request an exemption from the education requirement when you apply, using the form provided by CIC.

Inadmissibility

Some people are inadmissible – they are not allowed to come to Canada. Many things can make you inadmissible, such as being involved in criminal activity, in human rights violations or in organized crime.

You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons.

If you are inadmissible to Canada, you cannot apply under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program as your application will be refused.

Business Migration in province or territory

To be nominated by a province or territory, you must follow the instructions on their website and contact them directly:

British Columbia (Entrepreneur Immigration)
Manitoba (MPNP for Business)
Nova Scotia (Starting a business)
Ontario (Opportunities Ontario: Investors)
Saskatchewan (Entrepreneurs)

Québec Business Migration

Do you wish to immigrate to Québec and do business there? A typical immigration procedure, based on the actual experience of numerous immigrants, is described below. Take the time to read it carefully and learn about the steps you can take to make your immigration a success.

If you have not yet decided to immigrate to Québec, you will find a wealth of information to help you make an informed decision.

If you have already made up your mind, take advantage of this opportunity to save both time and energy. You will find plenty of tips to make your immigration and integration easier, but also to assist you in investing in Quebec or establishing or buying a business there.

Your 7-step procedure!

Here is an overview of the steps you will have to take to achieve your immigration and business goals. You can carry them out in any order you see fit.

  • Finding out about Québec and the business environment Discover Québec and its diversified, modern and dynamic economy. It will be useful for you to know about its most promising sectors, competitive operating costs, corporate taxation system, quality labour force and open and stimulating business environment. Québec offers you a wealth of potential! Find out more.

  • Applying as a business immigrant You’re planning to immigrate to Québec and want to file an official application form. Please note that no priority or special consideration is given to the file of an applicant who uses the services of animmigration intermediary. To directly submit your application for the immigration program of your choice, find out about the appropriateprocedure.

  • Making an exploratory trip to Québec The experience of many business immigrants has shown that it is a preferable to devote one or two years to carefully preparing your immigration plan. This is the ideal time to make one or moreexploratory trips to Québec.

  • Developing your business project A number of resources are available to help you develop, evaluate and put down on paper your business project. Don’t hesitate to use them. Preparing a business project is among the conditions for your business to succeed in Québec.

  • Preparing for you life in Québec Take advantage of the time it will take to receive your permanent resident visa to prepare yourself. This will make you and your family’s integration that much easier.

  • Going into business or acquiring a business You will have to complete a number of formalities to establish your business in Québec. Do not hesitate to use the assistance available to guide you in your business endeavour in Québec.

  • If you’re looking for a business opportunity, there are a variety of sources that can provide information on attractive options.

  • Getting settled and facilitating your family's integration Find out about the first steps you should take as soon as you arrive and the services offered by the government and its partner organizations to facilitate your integration and that of your family.