INVESTORS & ENTREPRENEURS

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream:

Farmers who want to invest in farming business in Alberta must have farming management skills and must meet the following conditions:

  • Financial documents of your existing farm business.

  • Documentation of your education, training and work experience.

  • Proposed business plan for a farming business.

  • Proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business.

  • Have enough financial resources for the farming business.

  • Invest at minimum CAD$500,000 in a primary production farming business in Alberta.

  • Have net worth of CAD$500,000 or confirmation that you have access to a similar amount of funds from other sources.

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration​:

Under this program, the government of British Columbia invites the highest-ranking candidates to apply. Ranks are decided by awarding points through the Entrepreneur Immigration Registration System when candidates register in it.

 

Conditions to be met:

  • Have net worth of CAD $600,000.

  • Demonstrate business and/or management experience.

  • Create a new business or acquire and improve an existing business.

  • Invest CAD $200,000 in a business in British Columbia (BC).

  • Create at least one new full-time job for Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the business.

  • Intend to reside in BC and actively manage the business with residency within 100km of the business you operate.

  • Demonstrate that you have been a resident in BC for at least 75% of the time while on a work permit.

  • Demonstrate they have enough knowledge and experience to successfully establish the proposed business in BC.

  • More than three years of experience as an active business owner-manager, or

    • More than four years of experience as a senior manager, or

    • A combination of at least one year of experience as an active business owner-manager and at least two years of experience as a senior manager.

Manitoba:

The applicants who wish to apply in the business program of Manitoba must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN $350,000;

  • Have a minimum three years of successful business ownership and management experience or a minimum three years of executive-level experience as senior manager of a business; and

  • Score a minimum of 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix.

 

The applicants will also be required to be prepared for:

  • Attending an interview with a PNP-B officer;

  • Making an Eligible Business Investment in Manitoba; and

  • Residing in Manitoba along with his/her dependent family members.

 

The applicant may have to conduct an exploratory visit to Manitoba and provide the results of a language competency test to demonstrate language proficiency.

 

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Business Applicants:

 

Eligibility requirements:​

  • Be between the ages of 22 to 55.

  • Have a verifiable personal net worth of at least CAD $600,000 of which CAD $300,000 must be liquid and unencumbered.

  • Make a minimum investment in a business of CAD $250,000 before tax, in eligible purchases and expenses (not considering items purchased for personal, like principal residence, motor vehicles, etc.); and control at least 33.33 percent equity in the business or make a minimum CAD $1 million equity investment in the business.

  • Meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or French.

  • Have a minimum of two-year post-secondary education after high school.

  • Intend to live and operate a business in New Brunswick.

  • Have been actively involved in a private sector, for-profit, as: the business owner for at least three out of the last five years; or as the senior manager in a business in five out of the last five years; and responsible for supervising at least two employees.

  • Demonstrate at least one of the following eligible connections to New Brunswick:

    • Have visited New Brunswick for at least five business days within the previous 12 months prior to submitting the application for the express purpose of conducting research for business; or

    • Have participated in an Entrepreneurial Stream information session offered by an official representative from the Government of New Brunswick.

    • Or, you or your spouse/common-law partner:

  • Have been awarded a diploma or certificate that required at least two years full-time study at a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick after completion of high school; or

    • Have worked 30 hours per week for at least 12 consecutive months in a high-skilled occupation (NOC O, A, B) for a company located in New Brunswick; or

  • Have family members (i.e., parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or child) who are permanent residents or citizens of Canada living in New Brunswick for at least 12 months.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the business environment in New Brunswick.

  • Prepare a business plan of economic benefit to New Brunswick.

  • Submit a signed copy of the Deposit Agreement and a conditionally refundable deposit of $100,000 CAD, prior to nomination.

  • Score a minimum of 65 points in the selection factors including age, language, education, adaptability, and management experience.

  • Participate in an interview with an immigration program officer.

 

Nova Scotia

Experienced businesspersons who want to start a new business or buy an existing business in Nova Scotia and run it successfully for a year are eligible to apply for permanent residency under this category. Other eligibility conditions are:

  • At least 21 years old.

  • Intend to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business.

  • Have a net worth of at least CAD$600,000.

  • Invest at least CAD$150,000 to establish a business in Nova Scotia.

  • Have at least 3 year’s experience actively managing and owning a business (1/3 ownership minimum) OR more than 5 year’s experience in a senior business management role.

  • Have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French.

  • Complete an online Expression of Interest.

  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

 

Students who have recently graduated from a Nova Scotia university or community college and have already started or bought a running business and operated it for at least a year there may apply under this stream.

 

Eligibility Conditions:

  • Intend to settle in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business.

  • Have at least one year of continuous experience actively managing and owning your current Nova Scotia business (100% ownership minimum).

  • Have completed a degree or diploma after at least 2 academic years of full-time, in-person study at a university in Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia community college.

  • Have a valid post-graduation work permit.

  • Have a score of at least 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French.

  • Complete an online Expression of Interest.

  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.


 

Ontario

 

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Corporate Stream

 

This stream is for the key staff of any international corporation which is expanded into Ontario. The corporation and key staff must meet the following eligibility criteria:

 

Corporation:

 

•Invest at least CAD $5 million in a new or existing business.

•Create five full-time, permanent positions for Canadian citizens or permanent residents per key staff.

 

Key staff:

•Currently employed with the corporation and essential to the establishment, continued operation and success of the business in Ontario.

•Meet a minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB 5) level or equivalent in order to be nominated after your business has been established in Ontario.

 

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Entrepreneur

 

An online Expression of Interest is mandatory to register, to apply under this category. The government of Ontario periodically invites the highest-ranking candidates to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream from a pool of candidates. The invited applicants are requested to submit a complete application. When approved, applicants and their business partners (if applicable), may apply for a work permit to establish business in Ontario.

 

To be eligible, applicants and their business partners must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Have at least 36 months of full-time business experience as a business owner or a senior manager in the last 60 months.

  • Have a minimum net worth of CAD $1.5 million for proposed business within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or CAD $800,000 for a business outside of the GTA or in the ICT/Digital Communications sector.

  • Have the minimum investment and equity ownership in the proposed business.

  • GTA: at least CAD $1 million and 33.3% equity ownership.

  • Outside GTA: at least CAD $500,000 and 33.3% equity ownership.

  • The proposed business will be in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of where you set up the business): at least CAD $500,000 and 33.3% equity ownership.

  • Create at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

  • Conduct exploratory visits to Ontario at least once in the last 12 months prior to submitting your application.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island offers business immigration programs with benefits of small initial investment and fast processing.

 

The Business Impact Category includes three streams, all leading to permanent residency in Canada. The below information is relative to the 100% ownership and partial ownership streams.

 

In the 100% ownership stream, the applicant intends to purchase an existing business or start a new business in PEI as the only owner.

 

In the partial ownership stream, the applicant intends to purchase at least 33.33% of voting shares of an existing business in PEI.

For both the streams, applicants must:

 

  • Intend to settle in PEI, and to manage, invest in, or own a business in PEI.

  • Make a minimum $150,000 investment in a PEI business.

  • Have minimum $600,000 in net worth.

  • Be able to document the source of funds for $600,000 (it must be earned through the applicants own endeavours; loans, inheritance, and gifts cannot be used).

  • Submit a business plan that falls within an eligible sector and meets all criteria.

  • Be between 21 and 59 years old.

  • Have completed at least 12 years of school (completed secondary school).

  • Have minimum 3 years (in the past 5 years) of transferable management or business ownership experience, directly managing at least three employees.

  • Provide active and on-going management of the business form within PEI.

  • Have basic proficiency in English or French (CLB 4 or greater).

  • Syrians must obtain a DFAIT permit before applying.

 

Prince Edward Island also offers the Work Permit Stream, under which applicants can come and begin working and learning about the business they will be investing in prior to nomination by the Province of Prince Edward Island.

 

Prince Edward Island will be giving priority to applications involving:

  • The starting or expanding of an export-oriented business.

  • Businesses that utilize primary sector resources from the following sectors (agriculture, fishery and forestry).

  • Businesses that help economically diversify rural communities in Prince Edward Island.

  • Businesses that develop the province’s emerging innovative sectors: bioscience, information technology, aerospace and renewable energy.

  • Preference will be given to applications that can demonstrate the ability to increase or maintain employment levels within the business.

 

 

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Farm Owner/Operator

 

You may be eligible to immigrate to Canada under this category if you have both experience as well as capital to invest and run a farm in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Farm Owners and Operators Category

This category is strictly for business in primary agricultural production like crops and livestock.

 

Eligibility:

 

  • Have net assets of CAD $500,000.

  • Provide a good faith deposit of CAD $75,000. (This amount will be returned to you when you have met the terms of the Performance Agreement, committing to purchase and actively operating a farm operation in Saskatchewan.)

  • Make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for five working days and meet an SINP representative on your visit.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience as a farm operator.

  • Have a practical, well-thought-out proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity.

 

SINP Farm Owners and Operators Young Farmer Stream

Families who are willing to dedicate their lives to farming and establishing farming operations in rural areas of Saskatchewan can apply under this category.

 

To get a provincial nomination, candidates must:

 

  • Have a personal net worth of at least CAD $300,000 (CAD) obtained legally.

  • Be under the age of 40 at the time of your application.

  • Have at least three years’ experience in farm ownership, management, or practical farming experience.

  • Provide a documented proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity.

  • You or your spouse must have marketable employment skills, based on education and experience that allows you to supplement your farming income.

 

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Entrepreneur Category

 

To be eligible to apply for permanent residency under this category, applicants must:

  • Have CAD $500,000 net business and personal assets.

  • Have a minimum of three years of relevant business management experience in the past 10 years.

  • Intend to invest a minimum of CAD $300,000 in Regina and Saskatoon or CAD $200,000 in all other communities.

  • Once invited to apply, applicants are required to submit a Business Establishment Plan (BEP). It must contain:

  • Your plan to establish a business that aligns with the points assigned in the Entrepreneur Category Points Grid, if applicable (for investment amount and sector)

  • Your ownership of at least 33.3% of the equity of a business in Saskatchewan, unless your total investment is $1 million CAD or higher.

  • Your commitment to actively participate in management and direction of the business.

  • The creation of two employment opportunities in Saskatchewan for Canadians or permanent residents who are not related to you.

 

Yukon

Yukon Business Nominee Program

The applicants who are nominated under this stream will get a two-year work permit to establish their business and families in Yukon. The Yukon government may support the applicants who meet the minimum requirements for permanent residency, at the end of the two-year work permit period. The candidates who are selected from a pool are required to submit documents for verification. If the information in the initial application is verified with the submitted documents, then the candidates may get an interview invite in Yukon.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have obtained a minimum score of 65 points on the assessment grid (including a minimum of 10 on language ability).

  • Have at least high school education.

  • Have a minimum of three years of entrepreneurial or business management experience.

  • Have five years of relevant work experiences

  • Have a minimum of level 6 on IELTS or level 4 on TEF.

  • Have net worth of CAD $500,000 obtained legally and verified by a Yukon accounting firm.

  • Have a minimum of CAD $300,000 in liquid assets (cash, bonds, cash derivatives etc.) obtained legally and verified by a Yukon accounting firm.

  • Intend to settle in Yukon and actively participate in the operations of the business.

  • Invest CAD $300,000 in an eligible business in the first two years with full ownership by the applicant or a minimum of one third partnership with Canadian or permanent resident partners.

  • Not a refugee and has not been refused immigration by the Government of Canada.

  • Have no applications with other provinces or territories.

  • Have not yet purchased or started the business.

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Nominee Program for Entrepreneurs

Eligibility

  • Invest to start or buy a business in Northwest Territories.

  •  CAD $300,000 for business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife.

  • CAD $150,000 for business outside the corporate boundaries of YellowknifeHave net worth of 

    • CAD $500,000 for business investment within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife

    • CAD250,000 for business investment outside the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife

  • Own at least 33.33% shares of the business or invest at least CAD $1 million.

  • Provide $75,000 refundable government deposit.

  • Have knowledge and understanding of the Northwest Territories and its economy.

  • Have enough English or French language skills to conduct business and integrate into the Northwest Territories.

  • Make at least one in-person business trip to Northwest Territories.

  • Have the necessary experience and education to successfully implement the proposed business plan.