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Start a Business in Canada

Do you have a business venture or innovative idea that could benefit the Canadian economy? Immigrating through the Start-up Visa Program might be the best fit for you!

Assess your business
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Why Choose the Start-Up Visa Pathway?

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Become a Permanent Resident (PR)

If your business is both viable and scalable, you may be eligible to come to Canada as a landed PR with up to 4 other people. Or, you can choose to come on a work permit.

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Develop world-class skills

Canada’s dynamic and innovative environment produces highly skilled workers with diverse talents, who will help you rapidly expand your business worldwide, while also adding credibility to your brand.

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Get financial support

If you have an innovative and beneficial business idea with a feasible business plan, you can receive financial support from designated organizations such as venture capital funds, angel investor groups and business incubators.

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Protect your business

With effective intellectual property (IP) laws and regulations, you can trust that your business idea will always be protected from being stolen or copied.

How to Become a Permanent Resident with a Start-Up Visa

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Build a business idea

Contact a licensed immigration consultant or lawyer to increase your chances of acceptance from a designated organization. They will assess your business to ensure you meet all prerequisites, such as settlement funds and language.

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Apply for support

Apply and receive acceptance from a designated organization, such as a business incubator, who will assess and nurture your business idea. You may be eligible to receive funding or other helpful resources such as mentorship.

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If a designated organization chooses to support your business idea, you’ll receive a LOS, which should be included in your immigration application. You can then apply to come to Canada as a landed PR or under a work permit.

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Once you’ve established your business in Canada, and you’ve met all necessary immigration criteria, you can apply to become a PR in Canada. This entire process can take up to 16 months.

Find the Right Designated Organization

Every designated organization differs in its intake process and criteria. Finding the right support is essential to ensure your immigration journey is as smooth as possible.

Business Incubators

Business incubators are nonprofits and organizations that help start-up’s and individual entrepreneurs nurture their business idea by providing mentorship, resources and networking opportunities. Although they don’t provide direct funding, they can connect you with investors.

Venture Capital Funds

Venture capital funds identify and support startup founders with high potential by investing a minimum of $200,000 into the business, which goes towards scaling and growing the organization.

Angel Investor Groups

Angel investor groups provide management, guidance and networking opportunities to early stage enterprises while also investing a minimum of $75,000 into the business.

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How do the Designated Organizations Differ?

Business Incubators Angel Investor Groups Venture Capital Funds
Letter of support (LOS) Yes Yes Yes
Investing fund No $75,000 at minimum (From one or two investors) $200,000 at minimum (From one or two investors)
Landed immigration status Come with work permit Come as a PR Come as a PR
Processing time 12 to 16 months Faster processing Faster processing
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Looking to Purchase a Business in Canada?

Canada is a country that encourages innovative ideas that create jobs and positively contribute to the community. With over 1.2 million businesses throughout Canada, there’s something out there for everyone!

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