Quebec's Entrepreneur Immigration Programs
The Quebec Entrepreneur Program grants qualified business owners and managers the opportunity to obtain permanent residence in Quebec provided that they can effectively create or acquire a business in the province.
Note: The Quebec government began accepting 25 new applications under Stream One of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program on November 1, 2021. The intake period for will continue until December 31, 2022. Stream Two of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program is suspended until December 31, 2022.
About the Quebec Entrepreneur Program
Entrepreneurs interested in immigration to Quebec can apply under one of the program's two streams.
Stream One is focused on new businesses or startups established in the province with the support of a business incubator / accelerator or university in the province.
Stream Two is focused on owner-funded and operated businesses.
The Quebec Immigration Ministry the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) says that entrepreneurs interested in obtaining permanent residence in Quebec must be 18 years of age or older and must operate a business in accordance with the requirements of the Entrepreneur Program. While candidates can obtain additional points for French language proficiency, it is not required in order to apply to the program.
All Quebec Entrepreneur Program applicants must submit a business project. This project is an important factor in the assessment of an application. Following the initial assessment of an application, Quebec entrepreneur candidates will be expected to attend a selection interview. The selection interview is the final step to completing the application process under the Quebec Entrepreneur Program.
All Quebec Entrepreneur applicants must demonstrate the intention to reside in Quebec.
Requirements for Quebec Entrepreneur Program: Stream One
Foreign nationals interested in applying under Stream One of the Entrepreneur Program will need to obtain the passing score of 41 points under all factors in the Quebec Economic Class selection grid for the Quebec Entrepreneur Program in order to be considered for selection.
Candidates under Stream One of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program can obtain points for factors such as education level, areas of training, age, language proficiency in French and English, and stay and family in Quebec. There are no additional points awarded for applicants with a spouse or common-law partner.
The following are the minimum requirements for meeting the cut-off threshold for the program:
Secondary school general diploma
Submit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency
Provide a service offer from an enterprise incubator / accelerator or university entrepreneurship centre and demonstrate successful evaluation of the business project
Requirements for Quebec Entrepreneur Program: Stream Two
NOTE: The intake of permanent selection applications under the Entrepreneur Program — Stream 2 has been temporarily suspended.
Foreign nationals interested in applying under Stream Two of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program will need to obtain the passing score of 81 points in all 13 factors under Quebec's Economic Class selection grid to be considered for selection.
Candidates under Stream Two of Quebec's Entrepreneur Program are awarded points for factors that include education level, areas of training, age, language proficiency in French and English, and stay and family in Quebec.
The following are the minimum requirements for meeting the cut-off threshold for Stream Two:
Secondary school general diploma
Submit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency.
Demonstrate a successful evaluation of the business project.
Holds and controls, alone or with the accompanying spouse or common-law partner, at least 25% of the equity of the enterprise he or she creates or at least 51% of the equity of the enterprise he or she acquires. The value of an applicant's financial contribution must be equal to or greater than the amount that must serve to start up the business project.
Minimum net worth
Have at least financial resources of $900,000
While the applicant can operate the business with a spouse or common-law partner, there are no additional points awarded for an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner.
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