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A wide range of immigration opportunites through the Provincial Entrepreneur Programs of Canada

 

Entrepreneur Immigration Programs of Canada

 

 Most provinces run their own entrepreneur immigration programs. Eligible candidates must be able to manage a business, create jobs depending on the type of the enterprise.  There is a wide range of investment programs, but the minimum investment amount is $350,000 with relevant management experience. Some of the programs require a significant investment amount which is refundable after the business has been established.

 To apply through entrepreneur immigration programs, candidates first must be nominated by a province. Once nominated, they become eligible for permanent residence. To obtain a permanent residence, applicants will have to pass medical and criminal record checks.

 

Alberta Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 If you have an existing farm business, proof of relevant education and work experience and a proposed business plan for the farming enterprise, you might apply for the Self-Employed Farmer Stream under the Alberta Entrepreneur Immigration Programs.

 Self-employed Farmer Stream applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • You must demonstrate the farm management skills by providing:
    • Financial proof of an existing farm business;
    • Documentation stating that you have relevant education, training, and work experience;
    • A proposed business plan of the Alberta farming business you plan to be in charge of; and
    • Documentation that a Canadian bank will finance your farming business operations in Alberta.
  • Prove that you have required financial resources for this enterprise:
    • Must invest at least CAD $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta; and
    • Demonstrate a minimum net worth of CAD $500,000 or documentation that you have available funds from other sources;
  • When investing in a primary production farming business in Alberta:
    •  A proposed business plan with documentation showing your intention to set up a farming business in the province;
    • The Government of Alberta will select applications that demonstrate the greatest potential for development based on Alberta’s agri-food targets.

 

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 If you want to immigrate to B.C., you can do that through an investment opportunity and managing your business in the province.

  • Entrepreneur Immigration Program – Base category;
  • Entrepreneur Immigration Program – Regional Pilot.

 If you are an experienced entrepreneur who seeks to open a new business or invest in the existing business in B.C., then you should apply for the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category.

 First of all, you’ll have to apply for the BC PNP nomination. These are the following requirement you must meet:

  • Active management – you must either demonstrate your intention to manage the business in British Columbia or you must demonstrate that you have been actively managing your business in B.C.
  • Residency – you must prove you are planning to live within 100 kilometers of the business you plan to run in B.C.
  • Immigration Eligibility – you must have valid immigration status to operate a business in Canada;
  • Personal Assets – you must have at least $600,000 in personal assets, including your spouse or common-law partner, and your dependent children, if applicable.
  • Experience – you must have three years of experience as an active business owner-manager if have been actively involved in the management and operations of a company for which you have held 10 percent or more ownership during the past 10 years; or more than four years of experience as a senior manager that has worked the last ten years for a company as an active manager supervising at least three full-time employees;
  • Education – you must have graduated from a post-secondary institution or have experience as an active business owner-manager for at least 3 of the last five years with 100% ownership in the business;
  • Ownership percentage – at least one-third;
  • Business proposal;
  • Investment – you must demonstrate a commitment to invest at least $200,000;
  • Job creation – minimum one full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;

The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Requirements:

  • Active management – you must either demonstrate your intention to manage the business in British Columbia or you must demonstrate that you have been actively managing your business in B.C.
  • Residency – you must prove you are planning to live within the boundaries of the community that has supported you EI;
  • Immigration Eligibility – you must have valid immigration status to operate your business in Canada;
  • Personal Assets – you must have at least $300,000 in personal assets, including your spouse or common-law partner, and your dependent children, if applicable.
  • Experience – you must have three years of experience as an active business owner-manager if have been actively involved in the management and operations of a company for which you have held 10 percent or more ownership during the past 10 years; or more than four years of experience as a senior manager that has worked the last ten years for a company as an active manager supervising at least three full-time employees;
  • Education – you must have graduated from a post-secondary institution or have experience as an active business owner-manager for at least 3 of the last five years with 100% ownership in the business;
  • Ownership percentage – at least 51%;
  • Business proposal;
  • Investment – you must demonstrate a commitment to invest at least $100,000;
  • Job creation – minimum one full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;

 The EI – Base Category doesn’t require a language test if official language skills claimed, while under the EI Regional Pilot, you will be required to submit a copy of English or French proficiency test at the registration. Both programs allow partnerships with local business, but only EI – Base Category allows a partnership with a core-registrant and engagement of key staff.

 Applicants enter a pool where they receive scores. Applicants with the highest scores receive an invitation to apply.

 

Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 The province of Saskatchewan offers its Entrepreneur Immigration Programs, which are aligned to the Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP). While residing in Saskatchewan, you can open, purchase or partner in a business in Saskatchewan.

 So if you want to open a business, the first step is to demonstrate your desire to engage in the province business by applying via the Expression of Interest (EOI). All candidates receive a score and only high scoring candidates get an invitation to apply.

 Before submitting an EOI, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least $500,000 in Net Business and Personal Assets;
  • Have at least three years of relevant business management or entrepreneurial experience gained in the past ten years; and,
  • Demonstrate intention to invest at least $300,000 in Regina and Saskatoon or at least $200,000 in all other Saskatchewan communities.
  • Invitees must submit a Business Establishment Plan (BEP);
  • Have a minimum 1/3 percent of the ownership;
  • Create two jobs in Saskatchewan for Canadians or permanent residents who aren’t related to you;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to engage in business on an everyday basis.

 

Manitoba Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 Manitoba has two entrepreneur immigration programs:

  • Entrepreneur Pathway
  • Farm Investor Pathway

 

Entrepreneur Pathway

 If you have an ability to move to Canada and set up a new or develop an existing business within the first 24 months of arrival in Canada on a temporary work permit, then Entrepreneur Pathway is a good choice.

 Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least three years of full-time work experience in the past five years or you must have been an active senior manager of a successful business;
  • Meet the minimum language proficiency level of CLB/NCLC 5;
  • Have at least a high school certificate;
  • A minimum investment of $250,000 for a business located in the Manitoba Capital Region;
  • A minimum investment of $150,000 for a business located outside of the Manitoba Capital Region;
  • Business Research Visit;
  • Once invited, submit a business plan;
  • Have a personal asset of at least $500, 000.

 

Farm Investor Pathway

 Eligible candidates of this stream which runs under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program are expected to engage in the farm business of rural Manitoba producing primary products that go in line with the province’s current farm industry. If your business is rather in agri-business operations that don’t produce primary goods, then instead you can apply for the Entrepreneur Pathway.

 Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least three years of farm ownership and management;
  • You are not required to submit an official language test, but if invited, you will be required to speak either French or English during the interview;
  • Have at least a high school certificate;
  • Minimum investment of $300,000 in rural Manitoba;
  • Farm Business Research Visit;
  • Once invited, submit a farm business plan;
  • Have a personal asset of at least $500, 000.

 

Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Entrepreneur Immigration Programs are designed for experienced business owners or senior business managers who intend to live in Nova Scotia. They must open a new business or purchase an existing business and must actively engage in the day-to-day management of the business. After operating the business for a year, the entrepreneur can apply for a permanent residency. Interested applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

 Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years;
  • Intent to reside permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively running a Nova Scotia business;
  • Have a personal asset worth of at least $600,000;
  • A minimum investment of $150,000 to establish a business in Nova Scotia;
  • Have at least three years of experience in managing and owning a business with at least 1/3 percent of ownership OR more than five years of experience in a senior business management role;
  • Meet the minimum language proficiency level of CLB/NCLC 5;

 

Ontario Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 As with the above-mentioned entrepreneur streams, the Entrepreneur Immigration Programs under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) gives a foreign entrepreneur the opportunity to be nominated for permanent residence after their business has been successfully set up in the province. Interested candidates apply through an Expression of Interest.

 Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least three years of experience in the past five years as a business owner or a senior manager;
  • A minimum investment of $1,000,000 for business situated in the Greater Toronto Area;
  • A minimum investment of $500,000 for business situated outside of the Greater Toronto Area;
  • Conduct a Business Research Visit;
  • Once invited, submit a business plan;
  • Have a personal asset of at least $1,500,000 within the Greater Toronto Area or 800,000 outside of the Greater Toronto Area;
  • Create at least two jobs for Canadians or permanent residents within the first two years of establishing or acquiring the business;
  • If you have a business partner, he must also meet all the eligibility requirements.

 

New Brunswick Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 Eligible candidates for the New Brunswick Entrepreneur Immigration Programs must submit an Expression of Interest Form by email. Only candidates with the highest scores receive an invitation to apply. This program is aligned to the New Brunswick Nominee Program (NBPNP).

 The New Brunswick Entrepreneur Immigration Programs cover two streams:

 

NB Entrepreneur Stream

 Under the NB Entrepreneur Stream, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 22-55 years of age;
  • Intent to reside permanently in New Brunswick while owning and actively running a business;
  • Have at least three years of full-time work experience in owning or managing a business in the past five years or five years of experience as a senior manager of a successful business;
  • You must have completed at least two years of university or college (post-secondary education);
  • Have a personal asset worth of at least $600,000;
  • A minimum investment of $250,000 to establish a business in Nova Scotia;
  • Have at least three years of experience in managing and owning a business with at least 1/3 percent of ownership OR more than five years of experience in a senior business management role;
  • Meet the minimum language proficiency level of CLB/NCLC 5;
  • Conduct a Business Research Visit;
  • Submit a business plan.

Postgraduate Entrepreneur Stream

 This program is designed for international students who have graduated from a post-secondary institution of New Brunswick. The graduates must have started or purchase a business in the province and operated it for at least one year while on a valid Postgraduate Work Permit.

 Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 22-40 years of age;
  • Meet the minimum language proficiency level of CLB/NCLC 7;
  • Have acquired a New Brunswick post-secondary degree for at least two years of full-time study;
  • Have owned or operated a business for at least one year with 100% of ownership;
  • Prove they intend to reside in NB.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) includes two streams for entrepreneurs: The International Entrepreneur Category and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Category.

 If you are an experienced entrepreneur who wants to open or acquire a business in Newfoundland and Labrador. The key of the International Entrepreneur Category is that this is a program that leads to Canadian permanent residency.

The International Entrepreneur Category Requirements

  • Be between 21 - 59 years of age;
  • Present a business plan with supporting financial documentation verified by a recognized third-party professional;
  • Have at least a high school diploma recognized by an Education Credential Assessment (ECA), taken in the last five years before the date the EOI (Expression of Interest) is submitted;
  • Intend to live permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador while owning and actively operating a local business that has the potential to contribute significantly to the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Have at least $600,000 CAD in net business and personal assets that can readily be allocated to Canada;
  • Be ready to invest at least $200,000 CAD of your own funds to set up a business in the Newfoundland and Labrador with minimum ownership of 33.3%, or $1 million in capital investment;
  • Prove that you can create at least one full-time equivalent job for the local population;
  • Prove that the venture is a for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services;
  • Have at least two years of experience in managing and owning a business (at least 25% of ownership) in the last five years OR five and more years of experience in a senior business management role in the last ten years;
  • Score at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French (acceptable tests are Canadian English Language Proficiency Program (CELPIP) General Test, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), General Training Test; or Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF);

 Once you have all these documents ready, you should submit your application in the Expression of Interest. Eligible candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply from the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

 

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

 The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category under the Business Immigration Program of the NLPNP is available only for graduates from Memorial University of Newfoundland or College of the North Atlantic.

 Here are the eligibility criteria for the International Graduate Entrepreneur Category:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Present a business plan with supporting financial documentation verified by a recognized third-party professional service;
  • Have completed a degree or diploma after at least two academic years of full-time at Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic with the degree or diploma having been completed within two years of submission of the Expression of Interest;
  • Obtain a valid post-graduate work permit;
  • Intend to reside permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador while owning and actively operating a local business that has the potential to contribute significantly to the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Have at least one year of non-stop experience actively running and owning the existing business (with at least 33.3j% of ownership);
  • Prove that you can create at least one full-time equivalent job for the local population;
  • Prove that your venture is a for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services;
  • Score of at least seven (7) on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French;

 Once you have all these documents ready, you should submit your application in the Expression of Interest. Eligible candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply from the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

 

Northwest Territories Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 The Business Stream is one of the entrepreneur immigration programs under the Northwest Nominee Program. The Business Stream aims to attract international entrepreneurs who have the capital and want to settle in the Northwest Territories. Eligible candidates are welcome to open or purchase a business through the Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment.

 The NT Business Stream Requirements:

  • Have the relevant experience and education to own or operate a business;
  • A minimum investment of $300,000 or business in launching a business located within Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; or
  • A minimum investment of $150,000 located outside of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories;
  • Have a personal asset of at least $500,000 for launching a business located within Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; or
  • Have a personal asset of $250,000 outside of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories;
  • Meet the minimum language proficiency level of CLB/NCLC 4;
  • Have at least 1/3 percent of the ownership or less if investment accounts for $1,000,000;
  • Make at least one business trip followed by the interview where a prospective candidate must present his business plan.

 Nominated candidates receive an invitation to apply for the permanent residency.

 

Prince Edward Island Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

 If you want to immigrate to Prince Edward Island and would like to create your own business, you might be eligible for permanent residency through the 100% Ownership Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Programs (PEI PNP).

 Check the following eligibility criteria for the 100% Ownership Stream:

  • A personal net worth of $600,000 which has been accumulated through legal and legitimate sources in your own right;
  • At least a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Be between 21-59 years of age at the time of application;
  • Management skills and previous work or business ownership experience;
  • Score at least 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, writing, listening, and writing in English or French;
  • Want to reside and work in PEI while providing everyday active and unceasing operation of your PEI-based company;
  • Attend an interview with staff from the Office of Immigration

 You will have to attend an interview with an immigration officer and once selected, you will need to sign an escrow agreement with the province and submit a refundable $200,000 deposit. You will get your money back after meeting the terms and conditions of the agreement.

Partial Ownership Stream

 If you don’t have a 100 ownership in a business, you might consider another option – a Partial Ownership Stream of the Prince Edward Provincial Nominee Program. See if you are eligible to apply:

  • A personal net worth of $600,000 which has been accumulated through legal and legitimate sources in your own right;
  • At least a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Be between 21-59 years of age at the time of application;
  • Management skills and previous work or business ownership experience;
  • Score at least 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, writing, listening, and writing in English or French;
  • Want to reside and work in PEI while providing everyday active and unceasing operation of your PEI-based company;
  • Attend an interview with staff from the Office of Immigration

As with the 100% Ownership Streams, qualified candidates will attend the interview, submit a deposit and sign the escrow agreement with the province of Prince Edward Island.

 Important: In the future, both entrepreneur immigration programs will close and the province will invite entrepreneurs only through the Work Permit Stream

 

Quebec Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

To apply for the Quebec Entrepreneur Immigration Programs eligible candidates must meet two main requirements. Under the first requirement, applicants must demonstrate proof of sufficient assets. Under the second requirement, they must have the managerial experience to operate a business.

Quebec offers a few paths for international entrepreneurs and one of the popular ones is the Quebec Investor Entrepreneur Program. To find out more on Quebec business immigration, follow this link and see which program suits you best.

 

Yukon Entrepreneur Immigration Programs

 

Foreign nationals can apply to run their own business in Yukon. The province encourages investments in information technology, manufacturing, value-added processing, forestry, tourism products, attractions, energy, agriculture, cultural industries, film, and video production.

General Requirements:

  • At least two years of work experience in an operating business;
  • Minimum of five years of work experience in the relevant business;
  • Have at least a high school certificate;
  • A minimum investment of $300,000 (legally acquired);
  • Have a personal asset of at least $500, 000.
  • Demonstrate intention to live in Yukon, including dependents;
  • Provide a business plan;
  • Once invited, submit a business plan;

If you are interested in either of the entrepreneur immigration programs, contact Solid Visa immigration agents for further details about available entrepreneur streams.