Canadian Business Immigration Programs at a Glance

Canadian provincial governments, as well as the federal government, promote business immigration through investment and entrepreneurship.

The following table shows the current basic information for the full range of currently Canadian business immigration programs. To learn more about a specific program, click on the title in the left column. This table is best viewed on a desktop; if you are using a mobile or tablet device, the information displayed on this page may be reviewed more easily by clicking here.

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Canadian business immigration programs (investor, entrepreneur, and self-employment programs)

  • Expression of Interest = EOI (this denotes a system whereby eligible candidates formally express their interest in the program but must be invited before submitting an application)
  • Permanent Residence = PR

Quebec programs

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Quebec Immigrant Investor Program - Individuals who can demonstrate an advanced intermediate level of French are exempt from the quota. $2,000,000 $1.2-million guaranteed investment with Investment Quebec (IQ) Management experience in 2 of the past 5 years which involves the control of financial resources and material or human resources No None None Recommended PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) Medical examination and background check 
Quebec Entrepreneur - Capped out (individuals who can demonstrate an advanced intermediate level of French may continue to apply) To be confirmed. At least 25% of the capital equity of the business with a minimum value of $100,000 At least 2 years of business management experience in the past 5 years and controlled at least 25% of the capital equity

Experience must have been acquired in a lawful or profitable business (agricultural, industrial, or commercial)
No Required Required Not required PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) Create/acquire an agricultural, commercial or industrial business established in Québec
Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program - Capped out $100,000 Not required 2 years of self-employed experience in the profession or trade the applicant intends to practice in Quebec No Required None Recommended PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) Find out if a preliminary evaluation of qualifications or licensing is required from the appropriate regulatory body

Federal programs

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Start-Up Visa Program None $200,000 if the investment comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or designated incubators
OR
$75,000 if it comes from a designated Canadian angel investor group
No specific requirement No Required None Not required PR immediately Have the support of a designated organization that will provide the applicant with a Letter of Support
Self-Employed Persons Federal Program None Not required At least 2 years of relevant cultural, athletic, or farm ownership and management experience in the past 5 years No Required None Not required PR immediately English/French ability

Work in one of designated occupations

Alberta

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream $500,000 $500,000 in a primary production farming business Farm management experience in an existing farm business No Required Required Recommended PR after obtaining nomination certificate Canadian financial institution must finance the Alberta farming venture

British Columbia

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) - Entrepreneur Stream $600,000 $200,000
OR
$400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
3 years of business ownership &management experience
OR
4 years of senior management experience
OR
1 year of business ownership &management experience and 2 years of senior management experience
Yes (province publishes info on previous draws) Required Required Recommended 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian or permanent resident

Manitoba

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Business Investor Stream (BIS): Entrepreneur Pathway

Note: Remains closed for EOIs, will reopen once renewed criteria come into effect in Q1 of 2018.
$500,000 $250,000 for businesses in the Manitoba Capital Region.
OR
$150,000 if a business is outside of the Manitoba Capital Region.
AND
Must be made in an eligible business
AND
Must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).
Business ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years.
AND
Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers.
AND
Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.
Yes Unknown Required Business research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI. Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements Score 60+ points on assessment grid

$100k refundable deposit is not a requirement anymore.
BIS: Farm Investor Pathway $350,000 $150,000 tangible assets to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba.
AND
Investments in a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.
Minimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents. Yes Required Required Farm Business Research Visit required. Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements Score 60+ points on assessment grid

$100k refundable deposit is not a requirement anymore.

New Brunswick

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) - Entrepreneurial Stream $600,000 $250,000

3 out of 5 years or more in owning a business OR

5 out of 5 years or more in a senior business management role

Yes Required Required, must be of economic benefit to the province Required PR after obtaining nomination certificate 22-55 years old

Ability in English or French

Nova Scotia

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - Entrepreneur Stream $600,000 $150,000 At least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 years
OR
+5 years as senior manager in the last 10 years
Yes (province publishes info on previous draws) Required Required Required for business succession only Must operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

The business must meet additional criteria

English/French minimum CLB 5
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream N/A 100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business At least 1 continuous year of business ownership experience in Nova Scotia

Completed a degree of at least 2 years' duration at a university/college in Nova Scotia
Yes (province may publish info on draws after future draws are made; EOI must be submitted while on valid work permit) Required None Required PR after obtaining nomination certificate The business must meet additional criteria

English/French minimum CLB 5

Northwest Territories

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) - Entrepreneur Business For businesses in Yellowknife: $500,000
OR
For businesses outside Yellowknife: $250,000
In Yellowknife: $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownership
OR
Outside Yellowknife: $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownership
OR
$1,000,000 investment
Relevant business experience required No Required Required Required 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements Priority business projects: those involving a product new to the NWT or a project that would generate significant benefits

$75k refundable deposit

Ontario

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Corporate Stream None $5,000,000
OR
$10,000,000 if the proposed business is a land development or a leasehold company
The international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application No Required Required  Encouraged Applicant & key staff first obtain work permits; PR contingent on meeting program requirements Create 5 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents per key staff member seeking nomination
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Entrepreneur Stream For businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): $1,500,000
OR
For businesses outside the GTA: $800,000
OR
For businessesin the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): $800,000
In the GTA: $1,000,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business
OR
Outside the GTA: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business
OR
In the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business
At least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months as business owner or senior manager Yes (province publishes info on previous draws) Required Required Required for business succession only Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements Sign a Performance Agreement with Ontario

English/French minimum CLB 5

Create 2 permanent, full-time jobs for Canadians or permanent residents

Prince Edward Island

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) - 100% Ownership $600,000 $150,000 Management experience required Yes Required Required, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial govt Required PR after obtaining nomination certificate Submit a purchase and sale agreement, if purchasing an eligible PEI business

CLB 4 minimum

21-59 years old

$200k refundable deposit
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) - Partial Ownership $600,000 $150,000 and at least 1/3 ownership
OR
$1,000,000 investment
Management experience required Yes Required Required, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial govt Required PR after obtaining nomination certificate Submit an investment agreement

CLB 4 minimum

21-59 years old


$200k refundable deposit

Saskatchewan

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Entrepreneur Category $500,000 $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownership
OR
$200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownership
OR
$1,000,000 investment
3+ years experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years Yes (province publishes info on previous draws) Required Required Required for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements Sign a Performance Agreement

Create 2+ employment opportunities in SK (if it's a new business)
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Farm Owner/Operator Category $500,000 $150,000 Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming No Required Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) required Required PR after obtaining nomination certificate Submit a Farm Establishment Plan

Sign a Performance Agreement

Yukon

Program Minimum Net Worth Minimum Investment Experience EOI System Managerial Role Business Plan Exploratory Visit PR/Work permit Additional Requirements
Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)  $500,000 (including $300,000 in liquid assets) $300,000 and at least 1/3 ownership with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident partner Minimum of 3 years entrepreneurial/business management experience & minimum of 5 years relevant work experience Yes (however, there is no points-based ranking system; the govt allows candidates to remain in the pool for up to 6 months) Required Required Recommended, applicants are awarded points for past visits 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements Business must be in a strategic sector, as identified by the territory

Must score 65+ points on assessment grid