Certain provinces have their own business immigration categories 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, or in applying to immigrate to Quebec or through the federal start-up entrepreneur program, please review and compare the eligibility requirements and application processes.

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.

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

Program Quebec Immigrant Investor Program - Currently Closed
Minimum Net Worth $1,600,000 
Minimum Investment $800,000 risk-free through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment. 
Experience Management experience in 2 of the past 5 years which involves the control of financial resources and material or human resources
EOI System NO
Managerial Role None
Business Plan None
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required or waived
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
Additional Requirements Medical examination and background check

Quebec Entrepreneur

Program Quebec Entrepreneur - Currently closed
Minimum Net Worth $300,000
Minimum Investment At least 25% of the capital equity of the business with a minimum value of $100,000
Experience 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)
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Not required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
Additional Requirements Create/acquire an agricultural, commercial or industrial business established in Québec

Quebec Business Immigration - Self-Employed

Program Quebec Business Immigration - Self-Employed - Currently closed
Minimum Net Worth $100,000
Minimum Investment Not required
Experience 2 years of self-employed experience in the profession or trade the applicant intends to practice in Quebec
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan None
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
Additional Requirements Find out if a preliminary evaluation of qualifications or licensing is required from the appropriate regulatory body

Start-Up Visa Program

Program Start-Up Visa Program
Minimum Net Worth None
Minimum Investment $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
Experience No specific requirement
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan None
Exploratory Visit Not required
Interview Required upon request of IRCC
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR immediately
Additional Requirements Have the support of a designated organization that will provide the applicant with a Letter of Support

Self-Employed Persons Federal Program

Program Self-Employed Persons Federal Program
Minimum Net Worth None
Minimum Investment Not required
Experience At least 2 years of relevant cultural, athletic, or farm ownership and management experience in the past 5 years
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan None
Exploratory Visit Not required
Interview Required upon request of IRCC
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR immediately
Additional Requirements English/French ability
Work in one of designated occupations

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Program Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Minimum Net Worth $500,000
Minimum Investment $500,000 in a primary production farming business
Experience Farm management experience in an existing farm business
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Canadian financial institution must finance the Alberta farming venture

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) - Entrepreneur Stream

Program British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $200,000 OR $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
Experience 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
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required upon request of BC PNP
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal
Additional Requirements Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian or permanent resident

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program - Business Investor Stream (Entrepreneur Pathway)

Program Manitoba Business Investor Stream - Entrepreneur Pathway
Minimum Net Worth $500,000
Minimum Investment $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).
Experience 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.
EOI System Yes (Remains closed for EOIs, will reopen in 2018.)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Business research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not Required
PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Score 60+ points on assessment grid
$100k refundable deposit is not a requirement anymore.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program - Business Investor Stream (Farm Investor Pathway)

Program Manitoba Business Investor Stream - Farm Investor Pathway
Minimum Net Worth $350,000
Minimum Investment $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.
Experience Minimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Farm Business Research Visit required.
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Score 60+ points on assessment grid
$100k refundable deposit is not a requirement anymore.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) - Entrepreneurial Stream

Program New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) - Entrepreneurial Stream
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $250,000
Experience 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
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required, must be of economic benefit to the province
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $75,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements S22-55 years old
Ability in English or French

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) - Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

Program New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) - Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
Minimum Net Worth N/A
Minimum Investment The applicant must have 100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business
Experience 6 or more years in the last 10 years in NOC O, A or B OR 1-5 years in the last 10 years in the NOC O, A or B
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Not specified
Business Plan May be requested (business must be of economic benefit to the province)
Exploratory Visit Not specified
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not specified
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements 22-40 years old
Ability in English or French Have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - Entrepreneur Stream

Program Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $150,000
Experience 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
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit Must operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional 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

Program Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth N/A
Minimum Investment 100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business
Experience 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
EOI System Yes (province may publish info on draws after future draws are made; EOI must be submitted while on valid work permit)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan None
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 5

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) - Entrepreneur Business

Program Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) - Entrepreneur Business
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in Yellowknife: $500,000 OR For businesses outside Yellowknife: $250,000
Minimum Investment In Yellowknife: $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR Outside Yellowknife: $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR $1,000,000 investment
Experience Relevant business experience required
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $75,000
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Priority business projects: those involving a product new to the NWT or a project that would generate significant benefits

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Corporate Stream

Program Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Corporate Stream
Minimum Net Worth None
Minimum Investment $5,000,000 OR $10,000,000 if the proposed business is a land development or a leasehold company
Experience The international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Encouraged
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit Applicant & key staff first obtain work permits; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Create 5 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents per key staff member seeking nomination

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Entrepreneur Stream

Program Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): $1,500,000 OR For businesses outside the GTA: $800,000 OR For businesses in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): $800,000
Minimum Investment 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
Experience At least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months as business owner or senior manager
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required upon request of OINP
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement with Ontario
English/French minimum CLB 4
Create 2 permanent, full-time jobs for Canadians or permanent residents

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) - 100% Ownership

Program Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) - 100% Ownership
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $150,000
Experience Management experience required
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial govt
Exploratory Visit Not specified
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $200,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit a purchase and sale agreement, if applicant is purchasing an eligible PEI business
IELTS minimum score of 4.0 within last 2 years
21-59 years old
Score 50+ points on assessment grid

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) - Partial Ownership

Program Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) - Partial Ownership
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $150,000 and at least 1/3 ownership OR $1,000,000 investment
Experience Management experience required
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial govt
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $200,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit an investment agreement
Minimum IELTS band score of 4.0 within the last 2 years
Score 50+ points on assessment grid

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Entrepreneur Category

Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Entrepreneur Category
Minimum Net Worth $500,000
Minimum Investment $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
Experience At least 3 years' experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities
Interview Required, either in person or online
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional 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

Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Farm Owner/Operator Category
Minimum Net Worth $500,000
Minimum Investment $150,000
Experience Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) required
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview May be required
Refundable Deposit $75,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit a Farm Establishment Plan
Sign a Performance Agreement

Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)

Program Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)
Minimum Net Worth $500,000 (including $300,000 in liquid assets)
Minimum Investment $300,000 and at least 1/3 ownership with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident partner
Experience Minimum of 3 years entrepreneurial/business management experience & minimum of 5 years relevant work experience
EOI System Yes (however, there is no points-based ranking system)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended, applicants are awarded points for past visits
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Business must be in a strategic sector, as identified by the territory
Must score 65+ points on assessment grid

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