Canada Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

Canada wants Entrepreneurs! If you have a business idea in your mind, and if you want to give your business a global face, then think no further. The Forbes magazine has rated Canada as the best among all G-20 nations to do business. Another fact you may want to consider is that Canada has the strongest fiscal position among the G-7 nations.


Federal Start-Up Visa Program

This program welcomes entrepreneur immigrants to come to Canada and start their own companies. The applicants must secure or obtain funding from IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) designated Canadian investment organizations to be eligible to apply under this program. These organizations could be any one of the following:


To see the complete list of IRCC designated organizations, click here. The government of Canada, through this program, targets new entrepreneurs to come to Canada, and start their own businesses that are innovative in nature and can compete at a global scale. It also targets the creation of new employments for Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents. To know more about federal start-up visa program, click here.


 Federal Entrepreneur Program (Terminated)

This program offers permanent residency status for applicants who wishes to settle anywhere in Canada except the province of Quebec, wherein the applicant has a minimum net worth of C$300,000. Under this program, the applicant must establish (or acquire) at least 33.33% of the total equity. The business thus established (or acquired) by the applicant must create at least 1 new job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. To know more about the Federal Entrepreneur Program, click here.


Quebec Entrepreneur Program

Applicants who have a genuine entrepreneurial interest in the province of Quebec can apply under this program. Unlike the federal program, the Quebec Entrepreneur Program targets immigrant entrepreneurship in select sectors. They are agriculture, commercial, industrial, and other related sectors. In addition to the applicant’s (along with family, if applicable) intention to settle in the province of Quebec, he or she needs to satisfy certain additional criteria also. To know more about Quebec Entrepreneur Program, click here.


Provincial Entrepreneur Programs

In addition to the federal and Quebec Entrepreneur immigration programs, Canada’s provinces offer their own entrepreneur immigration options through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). These programs allow immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in the province or territory of his or her choice. To know more about the various provincial entrepreneur programs, click here.


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