Canada Business Immigration and Visas
For further information click the relevant Canadian Business Immigration links above and see our Frequently Asked Questions.
The Entrepreneur Program seeks to attract experienced persons that will own and actively manage businesses in Canada that will contribute to the economy and create jobs. Entrepreneurs must demonstrate business experience, a minimum net worth of CDN $300,000 and are subject to conditions upon arrival in Canada.
Entrepreneurs must have at least two years business experience immediately before making an application to CIC. They must evidence their ability to:
- control and manage a percentage of equity in a qualifying business equal to or grater than 33%
- develop and maintain the management of a qualifying business
- create at least one full time position within that qualifying business for one or more Canadian Citizens (not including family members)
The Entrepreneurs Program is also a points tested visa and requires a pass mark of 35 out of 100 points and is assessed on six main factors including age, education, business experience, language ability and adaptability.
Self-employed persons must have the intention and ability to create their own employment. They are expected to contribute to the cultural, artistic or athletic life of Canada. For example, they may create their own employment by purchasing and managing a farm in Canada, etc.
You must have at least two years business experience immediately before making an application to CIC. You must evidence your ability to:
- Create a business that focuses on befitting the cultural and leisure/athletic sector in Canada
- Create at least one full time position for yourself in that business
- Purchase, manage and maintain a farm in Canada
This program is also a points tested and requires a pass mark of 35 out of 100 points and is assessed on six main factors including age, education, business experience, language ability and adaptability.