Business/Investor Class


The mandate of Canadian business/investor category is to stimulate economic development and labour market of Canada by engaging foreign investors, self-employed persons or entrepreneurs. By involving people from different cultural and business backgrounds, Canada gets access to untapped foreign markets thereby, boosting its economy. Individuals with some previous business or managerial experience and having minimum threshold of net worth and investment can easily get a pathway to settle in Canada as a permanent resident through business category. There are different business programs at federal level and provincial.

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    Federal Programs

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Start-up VisaNone$200,000 ( Canadian Venture Capital) Or $75,000 (Angel Investor)No RequirementnoRequired Not RequiredRequiredPRHave Letter of support from Canadian designated organization

    Self- EmployedNoneNone2 years in last 5 years Cultural, athletic or farm ownership and managementnoRequired Not RequiredRequiredPRLanguage Requirements (English/French)

    Alberta

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Self-Employed Farmer$500,000$500,000Farm management experience requiredNoRequired RequiredNot required But RecommendedPR after obtaining nomination certificateProve that Canadian financial institution is willing to finance the project

    British Columbia

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Entrepreneur Stream$600,000$200,000 Or $400,000 (if proposing a key staff member)3 years as active business owner-manager Or 4 years as senior manager Or 1 year as active business owner manager and 2 years as senior managerYesRequired RequiredNot required But Recommended2 year work permit after nominationReside within 100 km of business location And Create at least one permanent full-time job for a Canadian or permanent resident.

    Manitoba

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Business Applicant$350,000$150,000 in tangible assets And Own 33.33% equity in existing business Or Invest $1,000,0003 years of relevant experience in past 5 yearsYesRequired RequiredNot required But RecommendedPR after obtaining nomination certificateScore minimum 60 points on assessment grid Sign $100,000 refundable deposit agreement

    New Brunswick

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Business Applicant (SUSPENDED)$300,000$125,0003 years of management experience in past 5 yearsNoRequired RequiredRequiredPR after obtaining nomination certificate22-55 years of age Score minimum 50 points on selection grid Sign $75,000 refundable deposit agreement

    Northwest Territories

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Entrepreneur Business$500,000 ( in Yellowknife) Or $250,000(outside )$300,000 (in Yellowknife) Or $150,000 (outside Yellowknife)Relevant business experience requiredNoRequired RequiredRequired2 year work permit after nomination33.3% ownership Or $1,000,000 investment $75,000
    Yellowknife)refundable deposit

    Nova Scotia

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Entrepreneur Stream$600,000$150,0003 years in past 5 years (business owner with 33.33% ownership) Or 5 years in past 10 years (senior manager)YesRequired RequiredRequiredOperate business for 1 year on work permit following nomination Submit Expression of Interest (EOI) English/French (CLB 5)
    International Graduate EntrepreneurN/A100% ownership of the equity Completed 2 year degree at NS University/college 1 year of business ownership experience in NSYes RequiredNoneRequiredPR after obtaining nomination certificateThe business must meet additional criteria English/French (CLB 5)

    Ontario

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Corporate StreamN/A$5,000,000Corporation must have been established for at 3 years at the time of application No Required RequiredNot required But encouragedWork Permit issued first; PR on meeting program requirementsCreate 5 full-time jobs per key staff member
    Entrepreneur Stream $1,500,000 (in GTA) Or $800,000 (outside GTA) Or $800,000 ( ICT/Digital communications, regardless of location)$1,000,000 (in GTA) and 33.3% ownership Or $500,000 (outside GTA) and 33.3% ownership Or $500,000 (ICT/DC) and 33.3% ownership 3 years in past 5 years (business owner or senior manager)Yes RequiredRequiredRequiredWork Permit issued first; PR on meeting program requirementsEnglish/French (CLB 5) Create 2 full-time, permanentjobs for Canadians or PR Interviews and Performance agreement

    Prince Edward Island

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    100% Ownership$600,000$150,000Management experience requiredNo Required RequiredRequiredPR after obtaining nomination certificate21-59 years old IELTS (4.0) Score minimum 50 points on selection grid $200,000 refundable deposit
    Partial Ownership$600,000$150,000 (33.3% ownership) Or $1,000,000 investment Management experience requiredNo RequiredRequiredRequiredPR after obtaining nomination certificateIELTS (4.0) Score minimum 50 points on selection grid Additional criteria

    Saskatchewan

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Entrepreneur $500,000$300,000 (in Regina or Saskatoon) Or $200,000 (outside Regina and Saskatoon) Or $1,000,000 investment3 years of relevant experience in past 10 yearsYes Required RequiredRequired2 year work permit after nomination33.3% ownership Create two jobs (if business in Regina or Saskatoon) Sign Performance agreement
    Farm owner/operator$500,000$150,000 Farm operation knowledge and experienceNo RequiredRequiredRequiredPR after obtaining nomination certificateSign Performance agreement Submit Farm Establishment Plan

    Yukon

    ProgramMinimum Net WorthMinimum InvestmentExperienceEOI SystemManagerial Role RequiredBusiness PlanExploratory VisitPR/ Work PermitAdditional Requirements
    Business Applicant$500,000 (including $300,000 in liquid assets)$300,000(with 33.3% ownership)3 years of business management experience Or 5 years of relevant work experienceYes Required RequiredHighly encouraged (applicants are awarded points for past visits2 year work permit after nominationScore minimum 65 points on selection grid Business must in strategic sector (as identified by the territory)