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What are your options for Canadian Business Immigration?

If you are a business person or manager looking to immigrate to Canada, the Canadian federal and provincial governments offer a number of options that may allow you to fast-track the Canadian immigration process.

For an at-a-glance overview of currently available business immigration programs in Canada, view this comparative table.

Business immigration to Canada: An Introduction

Through Canada's Business Class immigration programs, Canada aims to attract individuals that have a significant ability to contribute to the Canadian economy. These programs are offered with the goal of promoting economic development and bettering the job market by attracting investors, entrepreneurs, and self-employed individuals from outside Canada with available venture capital, significant business acumen, and entrepreneurial skills.

Business Class immigration also seeks to develop new commercial opportunities in Canada and to improve Canada's access to growing foreign markets by welcoming foreign nationals who are familiar with those markets and their unique requirements and customs.

If this option sounds well-suited to your experience and goals, there are several immigration pathways from which to choose. Depending on where you plan to reside, you may choose to apply through one of the programs offered by a particular province, such as the Quebec business immigration programs, or by the federal government. Get started exploring your options by starting a free assessment, and we will be pleased to discuss your Business Class immigration options with you.

Which Canadian Business Class immigration program is best for you?

  • I have a significant net worth and am ready to invest in a Canadian business

    Depending on the amount of funds that you have available to invest in Canada, there may be a number of options available to you. For instance, the Quebec Immigrant Investor program allows individuals to immigrate to Canada by making a government-secured, passive investment. If you are looking for a more active investment, there are a number of Entrepreneur and Provincial Nominee programs available for immigration, which will require you to invest in and operate a business in Canada. You may also wish to explore the Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program. Since there are so many options available to you, we encourage you to fill out a free assessment to take advantage of our extensive experience and discuss your options with a specialist.

  • I am looking to operate a business in Canada

    Your business management and ownership experience may make you eligible for a number of entrepreneur categories within the Provincial Nominee Programs and at the federal level, or for the business immigration programs offered by Quebec. Take advantage of our intimate knowledge of these programs by starting a free assessment.

  • I am looking to move to the province of Quebec

    The province of Quebec offers the most well-established Business Immigration programs. If you are considering living in the province of Quebec, we encourage you to explore Quebec's Investor Immigration Program, as well as its Entrepreneur Immigration Program. Since these programs are based on points and your qualifications require some specialized analysis, we encourage you to fill out a free assessment so that we can walk you through the requirements for each of these programs and explore other viable immigration options available to you.

  • I would like to move to one of the other provinces in Canada

    Each province encourages the immigration of entrepreneurs and business managers through their Provincial Nominee Programs. These programs require that you make an active investment of either your capital or management abilities in a business located in one of Canada's provinces. There are a number of programs available depending on which province you are considering for your new Canadian home. We welcome you to start your free assessment so that we can determine the best option for you.

  • I am self-employed and well-established in my field

    Canada welcomes self-employed individuals in a variety of fields based on their success and the reputation that they have established in their field. These fields range from farming to athletics to the arts. Start your free assessment today to find out if your self-employed experience would make you eligible for one of the Self-Employed Immigration Programs.

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Available Business Immigration programs

Investor Immigration

These immigration programs are for individuals with a certain net worth and enough capital to make an investment in the Canadian economy.

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Entrepreneur Immigration

Individuals with a certain net worth and business management experience who plan to run a business in Canada may be able to submit an application.

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Self-Employed Immigration

These programs allow self-employed individuals with significant experience in certain trades and professions to make an application for Canadian immigration.

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Entrepreneur Start-Up Visas

With funding and support from a designated Canadian investment organization, individuals with a plan for a unique business may be able to acquire this visa.

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Provincial Nomination

Depending upon the Province, a number of immigration programs may be available for those looking to operate a business in that province.

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Latest News

  • Manitoba Invited 40 Candidates to Apply to Business Immigration Stream in July

    Manitoba issued 40 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) in July, 2017 under the Manitoba Business Stream (MPNP-B), part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Candidates invited to apply for immigration to Manitoba on this occasion had between 89 and 97 points under the unique MPNP-B points grid.

  • Start-Up Visa Program to Become a Regular Feature of Canada's Immigration Landscape

    The government of Canada has announced that the Start-Up Visa program, a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for entrepreneurs launching a company in Canada, will become a regular feature of Canada's immigration landscape in 2018. In the months ahead, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will work to finalize regulations for the permanent program in order to have a seamless transition when the current pilot expires on March 31, 2018.