Business Immigration Information

Canada offers a variety of options for the qualified business immigrants to enter Canada both at the Federal and Provincial levels. In return, the qualified business applicant is granted Permanent Residency in Canada. Canadian provinces can nominate qualified business applicants for Permanent Residency under various provincial business programs.

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NBPNP – Entrepreneurial Stream

The Entrepreneurial Stream was developed for experienced business owners and senior managers who wish to become permanent residents by owning a business in New Brunswick (NB) and managing it, while residing in the Province.

Eligibility Requirements

  • have an eligible connection to New Brunswick; and
  • be between 22-55 years of age; and
  • have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark Test in speaking, listening, reading and writing competencies in English or French; and
  • have completed a minimum of two years of full-time post-secondary education after completing high school; and
  • have a verifiable personal net worth** of at least CAD $600,000 of which CAD $300,000must be liquid and unencumbered funds; and
  • have at least three out of five years of experience in  managing and owning a business(of at least 33.3%);
    or
    have five years out of five of experience in a senior business management role or more;
    and
  • want to live permanently in New Brunswick, while owning and  managing a local business; and
  • be able to invest at least $250,000 CAD of your own funds to establish a business in NB

Provincial Business Immigration Programs 2018

Program British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $200,000 OR $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
Experience 3 years of business ownership & management experience OR 4 years of senior management experience OR 1 year of business ownership & management experience and 2 years of senior management experience
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required upon request of BC PNP
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal
Additional Requirements Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian or permanent resident
Program Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $150,000
Experience At least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 years OR 
+5 years as senior manager in the last 10 years
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit Must operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) 
The business must meet additional criteria 
English/French minimum CLB 5
Program Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth N/A
Minimum Investment 100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business
Experience At least 1 continuous year of business ownership experience in Nova Scotia 
Completed a degree of at least 2 years' duration at a university/college in Nova Scotia
EOI System Yes (province may publish info on draws after future draws are made; EOI must be submitted while on valid work permit)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan None
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements The business must meet additional criteria 
English/French minimum CLB 5
Program Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) - Entrepreneur Business
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in Yellowknife: $500,000 OR For businesses outside Yellowknife: $250,000

 

Minimum Investment In Yellowknife: $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR Outside Yellowknife: $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR $1,000,000 investment

 

Experience Relevant business experience required

 

EOI System No

 

Managerial Role Required

 

Business Plan Required

 

Exploratory Visit Required

 

Interview Required

 

Refundable Deposit $75,000

 

PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

 

Additional Requirements Priority business projects: those involving a product new to the NWT or a project that would generate significant benefits

 

Program Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): $1,500,000 OR For businesses outside the GTA: $800,000 OR For businessesin the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): $800,000

 

Minimum Investment In the GTA: $1,000,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR Outside the GTA: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR In the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business

 

Experience At least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months as business owner or senior manager

 

EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)

 

Managerial Role Required

 

Business Plan Required

 

Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only

 

Interview Required upon request of OINP

 

Refundable Deposit Not required

 

PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

 

Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement with Ontario 
English/French minimum CLB 5 
Create 2 permanent, full-time jobs for Canadians or permanent residents

 

Program Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) - 100% Ownership
Minimum Net Worth $600,000

 

Minimum Investment $150,000

 

Experience Management experience required

 

EOI System Yes

 

Managerial Role Required

 

Business Plan Required, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial govt

 

Exploratory Visit Required

 

Interview Required

 

Refundable Deposit $200,000

 

PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate

 

Additional Requirements Submit a purchase and sale agreement, if applicant is purchasing an eligible PEI business 
IELTS minimum score of 4.0 within last 2 years 
21-59 years old 
Score 50+ points on assessment grid

 

Program Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) - Partial Ownership
Minimum Net Worth $600,000

 

Minimum Investment $150,000 and at least 1/3 ownership OR $1,000,000 investment

 

Experience Management experience required

 

EOI System Yes

 

Managerial Role Required

 

Business Plan Required, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial govt

 

Exploratory Visit Required

 

Interview Required

 

Refundable Deposit $200,000

 

PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate

 

Additional Requirements Submit an investment agreement 
Minimum IELTS band score of 4.0 within the last 2 years 
Score 50+ points on assessment grid

 

Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Entrepreneur Category
Minimum Net Worth $500,000

 

Minimum Investment $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownership OR $200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownership OR $1,000,000 investment

 

Experience At least 3 years' experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years

 

EOI System Yes

 

Managerial Role Required

 

Business Plan Required

 

Exploratory Visit Required for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities

 

Interview Required, either in person or online

 

Refundable Deposit Not required

 

PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

 

Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement 
Create 2+ employment opportunities in SK (if it's a new business)

 

Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Farm Owner/Operator Category
Minimum Net Worth $500,000

 

Minimum Investment $150,000

 

Experience Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming

 

EOI System No

 

Managerial Role Required

 

Business Plan Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) required

 

Exploratory Visit Required

 

Interview May be required

 

Refundable Deposit $75,000

 

PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate

 

Additional Requirements Submit a Farm Establishment Plan 
Sign a Performance Agreement

 

Program Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)
Minimum Net Worth $500,000 (including $300,000 in liquid assets)

 

Minimum Investment $300,000 and at least 1/3 ownership with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident partner

 

Experience Minimum of 3 years entrepreneurial/business management experience & minimum of 5 years relevant work experience

 

EOI System Yes (however, there is no points-based ranking system)

 

Managerial Role Required

 

Business Plan Required

 

Exploratory Visit Recommended, applicants are awarded points for past visits

 

Interview Required

 

Refundable Deposit Not required

 

PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

 

Additional Requirements Business must be in a strategic sector, as identified by the territory 
Must score 65+ points on assessment grid