Certain provinces have their own Business Immigration programs within their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). In addition, Quebec and the government of Canada operate popular business immigration programs.

Certain Canadian provinces will nominate applicants for permanent residence under their respective business immigration programs. If you are interested in living in one of the provinces listed below, you may wish to make a business investment as part of the immigration process.

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) - Business Immigration

Use the series of slides below to compare the programs and learn which is best suited to your circumstances or start your free assessment today and we will determine which programs are available to you based on your unique qualifications and interests.

You can also review the following information on the provincial investor immigration programs in a table format by clicking here.

To compare the following entrepreneur and self-employed immigration programs in a table format, click here.

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $500,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $500,000.
  • Farm management experience required.
  • Business plan required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Interview with an Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) official required.
  • Exploratory visit not required.
  • No deposit required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream, click here.

BC PNP - Entrepreneur Immigration

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $600,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $200,000 OR $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member.
  • Three years of business ownership & management experience OR four years of senior management experience OR one year of business ownership & management experience and two years of senior management experience
  • Business plan required.
  • No government deposit required
  • Performance agreement required in order to obtain a work permit: If the requirements are met within 20 months, the BC PNP will nominate the individual for permanent residence.
  • Exploratory visit not required, but strongly encouraged.
  • Interview with a British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) officer required upon BC PNP's request.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in English and/or French required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration category, click here.

British Columbia Strategic Projects

The following criteria must be met before a business may move forward with an application:

  • Evidence of good business practices and success outside of Canada required.
  • Minimum investment required: $500,000.
  • Performance Agreement with the provincial government required.
  • Exploratory visit not required, but strongly recommended.
  • Interview with BC PNP official required for all key staff members.
  • Creation of at least three new jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents for each proposed key staff member required.

To learn more about the BC PNP Strategic Projects category, click here.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B)

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $350,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $150,000 OR control at least 1/3 of equity (if investing in an existing business) OR $1,000,000 (if investing in an existing business).
  • Minimum three years of business ownership and management experience or executive-level experience within the past five years.
  • $100,000 refundable good-faith deposit required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Exploratory visit recommended.
  • Business Intent required.
  • Interview with a Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B) officer required.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in English and/or French and test result required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the MPNP-B, click here.

New Brunswick Business Applicants - suspended

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $300,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $125,000.
  • Previous management experience in three of the last five years required.
  • Business plan required.
  • $75,000 refundable government deposit required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Exploratory visit required for a minimum of five days.
  • Interview with a New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP) official required following exploratory visit.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in English and/or French required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the New Brunswick Business Applicants stream, click here

NSNP Entrepreneur Stream

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may submit an Expression of Interest:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $600,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $150,000.
  • At least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership OR more than 5 years as senior manager, both in the past 10 years.
  • Business plan required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Interview required.
  • Submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) required.
  • Exploratory visit required for business succession only.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Entrepreneur stream, click here.

NSNP International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may submit an Expression of Interest:

  • Ownership of 100 percent of the equity of the eligible business required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • At least one continuous year of business ownership experience in Nova Scotia required.
  • Exploratory visit required.
  • Interview required.
  • No deposit required.
  • Submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the NSNP International Graduate Entrepreneur stream, click here.

Ontario Entrepreneur 

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $1,500,000 for businesses to be located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) OR $800,000 for businesses to be located outside the GTA OR $800,000 for businesses in the ICT/Digital Communications sector, regardless of location.
  • Minimum investment required: $1,000,000 for businesses to be located in the GTA OR $500,000 for businesses to be located outside the GTA OR $500,000 for businesses in the ICT/Digital Communications sector, regardless of location, as well as ownership of 33.3 percent of the business for all three options.
  • At least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months as business owner or senior manager.
  • Business plan required.
  • No government deposit required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Exploratory visit required for business succession only.
  • Interview with an Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) officer required upon OINP's request.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the OINP Entrepreneur stream, click here.

Ontario Corporate

The following criteria must be met before a business may move forward with an application:

  • The international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application.
  • Minimum investment required: $5,000,000.
  • Current employment of key staff members seeking nominations required. These key staff must be essential to the business operation in Ontario.
  • Creation of five new full-time permanent jobs for Canadians or permanent residents per key staff member required.
  • Clear structural linkage between the proposed business in Ontario and the Parent Corporation required.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in English and/or French required for all proposed key staff members.
  • If the business to be established in Ontario is a land development or a leasehold company: $10 million investment required - the investment must cover more than the purchase price of the land and construction costs.

To learn more about the OINP Corporate stream, click here.

PEI PNP 100% Ownership 

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $600,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $150,000.
  • Business management experience required.
  • Business plan required.
  • Refundable government deposit of $200,000 required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in English and/or French required.
  • Exploratory visit required.
  • Interview with PEI Office of Immigration required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the PEI 100% Ownership stream, click here.

PEI PNP Partial Ownership

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $600,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $150,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of a business OR make an investment of $1,000,000
  • Business management experience required.
  • Business plan required.
  • Refundable government deposit of $200,000 required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in English and/or French required.
  • Exploratory visit required.
  • Interview with PEI Office of Immigration required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the PEI Partial Ownership stream, click here.

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $1,600,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $800,000 invested with the government.
  • Minimum two years of business management experience in the last five years.
  • No government deposit required.
  • In-person interview may be required or waived.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in French required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, click here

Quebec Entrepreneur

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $300,000.
  • Minimum investment required: at least 25 percent of the capital equity of the business with a minimum value of $100,000.
  • Minimum two years of business management experience, having controlled at least 25 percent of the business' capital equity, in the five years prior to submitting an application.
  • No government deposit required.
  • In-person interview required.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in French required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the Quebec Entrepreneur category, click here.

Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $100,000.
  • No minimum investment required.
  • Minimum two years of self-employed experience in the profession or trade the applicant intends to practice in Quebec.
  • No government deposit required.
  • In-person interview may required.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in French required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the Quebec Self-Employed category, click here.

SINP Entrepreneur Program

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $500,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $300,000 in Saskatoon or Regina and at least 33.33 percent ownership of an eligible business OR $200,000 in any other community and at least 33.33 percent ownership of an eligible business OR $1,000,000.
  • Minimum three years' experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business required.
  • Business plan required.
  • No government deposit required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Exploratory visit required for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the SINP Entrepreneur sub-category, click here.

Saskatchewan Farm Owners and Operators

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $500,000.
  • Minimum investment required: $150,000.
  • Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming required.
  • Business plan required.
  • Refundable government deposit of $75,000 required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.

To learn more about the SINP Farm Owners and Operators sub-category, click here.

NTNP Entrepreneur Business

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $500,000 (if starting or buying a business in the city of Yellowknife) OR $250,000 (if starting or buying a business outside Yellowknife)
  • Minimum investment required: $300,000 and at least 33.33 percent ownership of a business in the city of Yellowknife OR $150,000 and at least 33.33 percent ownership of a business outside Yellowknife OR $1,000,000.
  • Relevant business experience required.
  • Business plan required.
  • $75,000 refundable government deposit required.
  • Exploratory visit required.
  • Interview with a Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) officer required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the NTNP Entrepreneur Business stream, click here.

NTNP Self Employed

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • No minimum personal net worth requirement.
  • Investment must be sufficient to start and operate the professional practice in the Northwest Territories, no specific minimum dollar value required.
  • Relevant business experience required.
  • Business plan required.
  • $75,000 refundable government deposit required.
  • Exploratory visit required.
  • Interview with a Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) officer required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • Additional selection criteria.

To learn more about the NTNP Self Employed stream, click here.

Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)

The following criteria must be met before a candidate may move forward with an application:

  • Minimum personal net worth: $250,000 (including $150,000 in liquid assets).
  • Minimum investment required: $150,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of a business OR $1,000,000 equity investment.
  • Relevant business management and/or entrepreneurial experience required.
  • Business plan required.
  • Participation in day-to-day management of business required.
  • $75,000 refundable government deposit required.
  • Exploratory visit recommended, but not required. Applicants are awarded points for visits to the territory.
  • In-person interview with Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP) officer required.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in English and/or French required.
  • Yukon business must be in one of the strategic sectors identified by the territory.

To learn more about the YBNP, click here.

 

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