Mid-range net worth individuals with suitable entrepreneurial experience may be eligible to apply under the one of many Provincial Entrepreneur programs. Currently, entrepreneur programs are administered by individual provinces and follow a two-step process to permanent residence. Applicants are first selected or nominated by a province if they meet program requirements. Based on that selection or nomination, they may then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for permanent residence.
There are a number of provinces which manage their own business immigration programs which require active participation in the management of a business based on a specified investment and job creation. The programs vary in the requirements to qualify but generally refer to a minimum net worth in the area of $350,000 with relevant management experience. Some of the programs require a good will deposit which is refundable once the business has been established. Under provincial nominee programs, applicants first apply to be nominated by a province, and on the basis of that nomination may obtain permanent residence following Federal health and criminality checks.
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British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program has three streams aimed at entrepreneurs with distinct requirements. Net worth requirements range from $400,000 to $800,000 CAD and investment requirements from $200,000 to $500,000 CAD. Unlike other entrepreneur immigration programs, British Columbia first supports applicants in the issuance of a Work Permit. The province will only nominate an applicant for permanent residence once they have successfully established and operated the intended business while in Canada as a work permit holder. Read more >>
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s Entrepreneur category requires applicants to have a minimum net worth of $300,000 CAD legally acquired, a minimum of three years of entrepreneurial or relevant management experience and a demonstrated intention to settle and invest in Saskatchewan. Applicants are required to invest at least $150,000 CAD into a business in the province which they will actively manage. They must also make a $75,000 CAD deposit with the province which is returned if they meet certain conditions, which include making the required investment into the province and demonstrating active management for a period of six months or more. Read more >>
**The Saskatchewan Entrepreneur category is currently under review.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business nominates applicants who have a minimum net worth of $350,000 CAD, three years of business ownership and management experience or senior managerial experience and who score a sufficient number of points according to an adaptability matrix which takes into account such factors as age, business experience, financial resources, language abilities, and ties to the province of Manitoba. Successful applicants must make an investment into a Manitoba business of at least $150,000 CAD and provide active management. Applicants must first make an “Expression of Interest” submission to the province wherein they provide their profile without supporting documentation. The top “Expression of Interest” profiles will be invited to make a full application to the business program. Successful applicants will be required to make a $100,000 CAD deposit with the province upon nomination, which is returned if they meet certain conditions, which include making the required investment into the province and demonstrating active management of the business. Read more >>
**The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for business is not accepting new applications until further notice.
Ontario’s provincial nominee program, known as Opportunities Ontario, includes options for foreign businesses making large-scale investments into the province and who wish to obtain permanent residence for up to 25 key skilled employees. The minimum investment required is of $3,000,000 CAD and must be approved by an Ontario ministry. It must also lead to the creation of at least five full time jobs for Ontario residents. Read more >>
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program for Business’ primary requirements are that applicants demonstrate a legally acquired personal net worth of at least $300,000 CAD, have at least three years of relevant business management experience within the five years preceding the application and intend to make an eligible investment of $125,000 CAD and provide active management of a New Brunswick business. Applicants are also evaluated on the basis of their age, language abilities, education, and ties to the province. Successful applicants are required to make a deposit of $75,000 CAD with the province upon nomination by the province, which is returned upon meeting established criteria regarding the intended business investment. Read more >>
**The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program for business is not accepting new applications until further notice.
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program for Business requires that applicants demonstrate a legitimately acquired personal net worth of at least $600,000 CAD, have relevant business experience, and make an active investment into a local business of at least $150,000 CAD. Age, language and educational requirements are also applicable. Successful candidates will be required to make a deposit with the province of $200,000 CAD upon nomination which will be returned in installments as various conditions are met. Read more >>
The North West Territories’ Entrepreneur Program requires applicants to demonstrate a minimum personal net worth of $250,000 CAD, have relevant managerial experience, and make an active investment of at least $150,000 CAD into a local business. As in other entrepreneur programs, a refundable good faith deposit of $75,000 CAD is required from successful applicants. Read more >>
Yukon’s Business Nominee program first nominates successful applicants for a two year work permit. During the validity period of the work permit, applicants are required to establish their intended business in the Yukon. Only then are they nominated for permanent residence. Successfully applicants must demonstrate a legally acquired personal net worth of $250,000 CAD, have relevant business management experience, and make an active investment of at least $150,000 into a local business. Applicants are also evaluated based on factors such as age, language abilities, education, and prior visits to the Yukon. Read more >>
Interested readers are invited to complete our Free Assessment to determine whether they qualify for immigration to Canada as an Investor or Entrepreneur.