Discover your Canadian Business Immigration Options

Last updated: 25 May 2023


Canada offers a variety of immigration pathways for entrepreneurs, investors, and self-employed persons. These pathways are operated by the Canadian government, as well as by provincial and territorial governments.

This comprehensive CanadaVisa pages provides you with an overview of Canada's various business immigration options.

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Overview of Canadian Business Immigration

Through its various business immigration programs, Canada aims to attract individuals that have a significant ability to contribute to the economy. These programs are offered with the goal of promoting economic development by attracting investors, entrepreneurs, and self-employed individuals with available venture capital, significant business acumen, and entrepreneurial skills.

These programs also seek to develop new commercial opportunities in Canada and to improve Canada's access to growing international markets by welcoming immigrants who are familiar with those markets and their unique requirements and customs.

If business immigration sounds well-suited to your experience and goals, there are numerous 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. 

Available Business Immigration Programs


The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) is for individuals with a certain net worth and enough capital to make an investment in the Quebec economy.

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The Canadian government, province of Quebec, and other provinces and territories offer immigration pathways to those who want to start a business in Canada.

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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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Start-Up Visas

Entrepreneurs with an idea for a high potential business may be able to immigrate under Start-up Visa programs.

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Provincial Nomination

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) enables provinces and territories across Canada to welcome business immigrants.

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Work Permits

Canada offers temporary work permits to eligible individuals looking to start or operate a business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

You must demonstrate the origin and accumulation of your wealth through reliable, third-party documentary evidence: tax returns, pay stubs, deeds of purchase/sale, statements from stockbrokers, business/real estate valuations, etc. You must be able to demonstrate that your assets were gained through means, which are considered legal, including gifts or inheritances.

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