Business Immigration Program

1- Quebec Investor program:

As an Immigrant Investor, you and your immediate family can obtain Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visas by investing CAD$800,000 for five years under the Quebec Program. The program is Government guaranteed, assuring that your CAD$800,000 will be reimbursed in full, without interest, at the end of five years.

The table below summarizes the eligibility requirements for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.


Requirements

Quebec Program

Intended destination

Quebec

Minimum net worth

CAD $1.6 million, legally obtained

Business and/or
Management Experience

Management and ownership of a qualifying business, as defined under the Regulations, OR Management of 5 employees in a business

Investment

CAD $800,000 for 5 years, Government guaranteed 0% interest. Financing is available from Canadian banks.*

Miscellaneous

Medical examination and security background check

When making your investment under this program, you can choose one of two options:

  • Investment of CAD$800,000 of your own funds: In order to meet the investment requirement, you may choose to make a government-guaranteed investment of CAD$800,000  of your own funds with the Government of Canada. These funds are then kept with the government for a period of five years, after which they are returned to you in full with 0% interest; OR
  • *Payment of a financing fee: Instead of depositing CAD$800,000, you may choose to pay a one-time financing fee to a government-approved financial institution. This fee will not be returned to you. The financial institution will then invest CAD$800,000 with the government on your behalf.

2- Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) - Business Immigration
Certain provinces have their own Business Immigration programs within their Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP).
Certain Canadian provinces will nominate applicants for Permanent Residency under their Business Immigration Programs. If you are interested in living in one of these provinces, you may want to make your business investment there.

Use the table below to compare the programs and learn which is best suited to your circumstances.


Provincial Nomination Programs with a Business Immigration (Entrepreneur) Category:


Province

Minimum personal net worth

Minimum investment required

Business management experience required?

Business plan required?

Government deposit required?

Performance agreement required?

Exploratory visit required?

Additional selection criteria?

Manitoba

$350,000

$150,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of an eligible business

Yes: Previous business ownership or a minimum of 3 years of senior management experience

Yes

$75,000 refundable deposit

Participate in day-to-day management of business

Yes, for a minimum of 7 days

Yes

Saskatchewan

$300,000

$150,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of an eligible business

Yes: minimum of 3 years of business management experience

Yes

$75,000 refundable deposit

Participate in day-to-day management of business & create new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents

No, but recommended

Yes

British Columbia: Vancouver & Abbotsford

$800,000

$400,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of an eligible business

Yes

Yes

Optional Fast Track Option: $125,000 refundable deposit - SUSPENDED

Yes, in order to obtain a work permit
create at least 3 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents

Strongly recommended

Yes

British Columbia: outside Vancouver & Abbotsford

$400,000

$200,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of an eligible business

Yes

Yes

Optional Fast Track Option: $125,000 refundable deposit
- SUSPENDED

Yes, in order to obtain a work permit
create at least 1 new job for a Canadian or permanent resident

Strongly recommended

Yes

New Brunswick

$300,000

$125,000

Yes: previous business ownership or senior management experience

Yes

$75,000 refundable deposit

Participate in day-to-day management of business

Yes, for a minimum of 5 days

Yes - basic proficiency in one of Canada's official languages

Quebec

$300,000

$100,000 - representing at least 25% of capital equity

Yes: minimum of 2 years of business management experience in the last 5 years

Yes

No

Participate in day-to-day management of business

Strongly recommended

Yes

Prince Edward Island
100% Ownership

$600,000

$150,000

Yes

Yes

$150,000 refundable deposit

Participate in day-to-day management of business

Yes

Yes

Prince Edward Island
Partial Ownership

$600,000

$150,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of a business OR make an investment of $1,000,000

Yes

Yes

$100,000

Participate in day-to-day management of business

Yes

Yes

Ontario

-

$3,000,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of a business OR make an investment of $1,000,000

Yes

Yes

No

Participate in day-to-day management of business & create at least 5 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents

No

Yes

Northwest Territories

$500,000 (if buying a business in the city of Yellowknife)

$300,000 in a business in the city of Yellowknife

Yes

Yes

$75,000 refundable deposit

Yes, in order to obtain a work permit

Yes

Yes

Yukon

$250,000 (including $150,000 in liquid assets)

$150,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of a business

Yes: minimum of 5 years of business management experience

Yes

$75,000 refundable deposit

Yes, in order to obtain a work permit

Yes

Yes - basic proficiency in one of Canada's official languages

**additional deposit of $10,000 if language results are below Canadian Language Benchmark 5