Canada Investor Visa

Canada is one of the top easiest countries to start a business in. This is because, the country being extremely rich in natural resources, having an immensely skilled labours force and a stable government. If you want to immigrate to Canada as an Entrepreneur or Investor, you have several Entrepreneur and Investor Visa options available to you, including the general Start-up Visa Program and the provincial-specific Nominee Program. If you successfully get your visa application done, you and your family can settlein Canada together. Canada is one of the best options for new applicants who have the entrepreneurial experience to start, manage or buy a business in the country. With new foreign investment, Canada can ensure the continued success of its economy through diversification and development.

Canada Start-up Visa Program

Canada Start-up Visa Program is a general Investor Visa option that allows applicant to immigrate to Canada by starting a business anywhere in the country. Applicant and his business will have to meet a set of requirements in order to apply for the Start-up visa program. In general, the business has to be innovative, create jobs for Canadians and be able to compete internationally. While waiting for the application’s approval, Applicant can also apply for a temporary work permit to keep himself busy in Canada.

Start-up Visa Program Requirements
Business requirements

Once a designated organization commits to your business:

  • all applicants (up to 5 people can apply as owners) must each hold at least 10% of the voting rights attached to all outstanding shares of the business; and
  • together with the designated organization, they must hold more than 50% of the voting rights attached to all outstanding shares of the business.

Once you receive permanent residence, you must make sure that:

  • you play an active role in the ongoing management of your business while living in Canada;
  • the essential operations of the business must partly take place in Canada; and
  • your business is incorporated in Canada.
Letter of support

You must get a letter of support from a designated organization that proves they are willing to invest in and support your start-up. These organizations include:

  • Venture Capital Firms ($200,000 investment);
  • Angel Investor Groups ($75,000 investment); and
  • Business Incubators.
Language requirements You must score a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark level 5 in speaking, reading, listening and writing in either English or French.
Settlement money Because the Canadian government doesn’t give financial support to this investor visa, you will have to be able to prove that you have enough money to settle you and your family in Canada.

Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur and Investor Visa

Under Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur and Investor Visa, applicant can invest  or start their business in any state. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) gives every province and territory of Canada the power to invite applicants to come and live in their borders if they have the right skills and work experience. Most of the PNPs have at least one entrepreneur or investor visa category dedicated to people who want to who would like to expand or start their business in Canada.before you Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur and Investor Visa, you need to decide which province you want to invest in.

Alberta – Self Employed Farmer Stream

Alberta has great opportunities to start a business. Though it is home the world’s 3rd most liveable city, Calgary, Alberta’s farmlands are where your investment options truly lie. The province is Canada’s second largest agricultural producer and its diverse landscapes make the land perfect for crop production, livestock production etc.

British Columbia Investor visa

British Columbia is rich in business resources, including a well-educated workforce of over 2, 4 million.The province’s capital, Vancouver is conveniently located to assist with global trade routes including the U.S., Asia and Mexico. Businesses are also heavily supported by our fiscally responsible government, making it easier and cheaper to start a business in our province.

British Columbia currently has two Investor Visas.

  • Entrepreneur Immigration Stream
  • Regional Pilot Program

Manitoba PNP Investor visa

If you are looking to start your business in smaller, welcoming communities, this is the province for you. Manitoba is a land of natural beauty filled with safe, clean and friendly towns. The capital city, Winnipeg, is becoming known throughout the world for its strong economy, low cost of living and opportunities for quality careers.

New Brunswick investor visa

The province has the highest graduation rate and the fastest internet in the country making it a prime spot for productivity. New businesses flourish in the province due to having the lowest operating costs in Canada and the U.S., for this reason.

New Brunswick has two types of investor visa

  • Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

Nova Scotia Province investor visa

Nova Scotia is in great need of innovative newcomers to start businesses in the province. If you are looking forward a good combination of work, family and relaxation in your life look no further than Nova Scotia one of Canada’s Atlantic Provinces. There are currently two Entrepreneur Visa options available in Nova Scotia.

  • Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories is home to an eager and well-trained workforce, in fact, the territory has the lowest unemployment rate in all of Canada. The government here recognizes the importance of business investment and has since created several incentive programs for business and investment.In the last few years we have seen growth and success in the sectors of Agriculture, Fishery, and Manufacturing and with one of the lowest business tax rates and fastest growing GDP’s in Canada, we will surely see continued success.

If you want to start your business in Northwest Territories, you will need to qualify for the Business Stream.

Newfoundland and Labrador Investor visa

Newfoundland and Labrador have developing tech industries and the landscape lends itself to adventure and ecotourism opportunities.There are currently two new Investor and Entrepreneur visa options available to those hoping to start a business in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • International Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur streams

Ontario investor visa

Starting a business here will ensure that your employees come backed with some serious qualifications. For this reason, and many others, two of Ontario’s biggest cities, Toronto and Ottawa, rank among the best places to live and work in the world. Starting, investing or purchasing a business in Ontario, you will have two visa options

  • Ontario Corporate Stream
  • Ontario Entrepreneur Stream

Prince Edward Island investor visa

The Government of PEI, recognizing the importance of new business development, offers many supportive initiatives, like the Ignition Fund, to entrepreneurs looking to start a new business in the province. With plenty of resources at your disposal and the relaxed atmosphere of the coastal towns, your business in PEI will surely flourish.

Saskatchewan investor visa

Saskatchewan is conveniently located in the center of Canada, two days journey from the United States. You should also consider starting a business in this prairie province because it has the third largest percentage of young workers in Canada. Unlike other provinces that are suffering heavily from an aging workforce, in Saskatchewan, you will have your pick of skilled workers to help your business succeed.

Yukon investor visa

Starting a business in Yukon gives you access to an abundance of resources and a terrain that is still largely untapped for business innovation. The Government of Yukon has identified the film, forestry, technology, mining, oil, gas and tourism sectors as the primary business sectors of the province.

Immigrant Investor Program (Permanently Closed)

The Federal Immigrant Investor Program is no longer in operation. On June 19, 2014, this immigration program has ended and all applications that were left in the backlog have also been terminated.