With friendly business regulations, competitive tax environment, easy access to the American and Pacific Rim markets, an educated workforce and renowned legal and financial systems, Canada is one of the most attractive destinations in the world for entrepreneurs to set up and grow their businesses.
The majority of Canada’s thirteen provinces have their own entrepreneur visa programs and investment requirements.

 

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B)

 

The renewed Entrepreneur Pathway replaces the previous MPNP-B stream. It allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business within the first 24 months of arrival in Canada.

Minimum Net Worth C$ 350,000 (Principal or in accumulation with spouse).
Minimum Investment C$ 250,000 in Manitoba Capital Region.
C$ 150,000 outside Manitoba Capital Region.
Experience Full time 3 years from last 5 years in a successful business.
Refundable Deposit Not Required
IELTS Required CLB 5 IELTS 5 (General Test) no more than 2 years
Business Plan Must provide
Business Performance Agreement After an application is approved, a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) must be signed.


Prince Edwards Island Nominee Program (PEI-PNP)

 

The Business Impact Category of PEI has been composed in the following three streams, each with their own set of eligibility requirements:

  • 100% Ownership Stream
  • Partial Ownership Stream
  • Work Permit Stream
100% Ownership Stream

Investors who plan to assume full ownership of a PEI business by investing in and actively managing the business are eligible for this stream. This stream allows you 100% management control of the business.

Minimum Net Worth CAD 600,000.
Minimum Investment CAD 150,000.
Experience Management experience is required.
Refundable Deposit CAD 200,000, which will be refunded upon meeting the terms and conditions of the escrow agreement.
IELTS Required CLB 4 IELTS 4 (General Test) no more than 2 years.
Business Plan Required

 

Partial Ownership Stream

Applicants who plan to assume partial ownership (at least one-third) of a PEI business through investment and involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business are eligible for this stream.

Minimum Net Worth CAD 600,000.
Minimum Investment CAD 150,000 in a PEI business for a partial ownership interest of at least 33.33 percent (one-third) of voting shares, or make a minimum $1,000,000 CAD investment in the company.
Experience Management experience is required.
Refundable Deposit CAD 200,000, which will be refunded upon meeting the terms and conditions of the escrow agreement.
IELTS Required CLB 4 IELTS 4 (General Test) no more than 2 years.
Business Plan Required

 

Work Permit Stream

The Work Permit Stream targets applicants seeking to transition faster to life in PEI. Applicants under this stream can start a new life and business using a temporary work permit, which enables them to enter Canada and become familiar with the business in which they will be investing prior to being nominated by Prince Edward Island. The temporary work permit is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), not the PEI PNP.

Minimum Net Worth CAD 600,000.
Minimum Investment CAD 150,000 in a PEI business for a partial ownership interest of at least 33.33 percent (one-third) of voting shares, or make a minimum $1,000,000 CAD investment in the company.
Experience Management experience is required.
IELTS Required CLB 4 IELTS 4 (General Test) no more than 2 years.
Business Plan Required


Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

 

The Entrepreneur Stream is for experienced business owners or senior business managers who want to live in Nova Scotia. They must start a new business or buy an existing business and must actively participate in the day-to-day management of the business. After operating the business for a year, the entrepreneur may be nominated for permanent resident status. Application to the stream is by invitation only.

Minimum Net Worth C$ 600,000.
Minimum Investment C$ 150,000 in Manitoba Capital Region
Experience At least 3 years experience actively managing and owning a business (1/3 ownership minimum) OR more than 5 years experience in a senior business management role.
Refundable Deposit Not Required
IELTS Required CLB 5 IELTS 5 in each of four components (General Test) no more than 2 years.
Business Plan Must provide


Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

 

The SINP is Saskatchewan’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian permanent residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes. This program has two sub-catagories:

  • Entrepreneur Category
  • Farm Owner/Operator Category
Entrepreneur Category

This sub-category is for individuals who wish to invest management talent and capital in Saskatchewan by establishing, acquiring, or partnering in a business the province. Candidates are expected to take on an active management role in the business.

Minimum Net Worth C$ 500,000.
Minimum Investment C$ 300,000 in Regina and Saskatoon
C$ 200,000 in all other Saskatchewan communities.
Experience Full time 3 years from last 10 years in a successful business.
Refundable Deposit Not Required
IELTS Required CLB 4 (General Test) no more than 2 years.
Business Plan Must provide

 

Farm Owner/Operator Category

This sub-category is designed to attract potential immigrants with proven experience in farming, considerable capital to invest in a farming operation, and a genuine intention to reside in the province of Saskatchewan.

Minimum Net Worth C$ 500,000.
Minimum Investment C$ 150,000.
Experience Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming .
Refundable Deposit CAD 75,000.
Business Plan Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) required.


British Columbia Nomination Program (BC-PNP)

 

Minimum Net Worth C$ 600,000 (Principal or in accumulation with spouse).
Minimum Investment C$ 200,000.
Experience • more than three years of experience as an active business owner-manager. OR
• more than four years of experience as a senior manager. OR
• a combination of at least one year of experience as an active business owner-manager and at least two years of
experience as a senior manager.
Refundable Deposit Not Required
Business Plan Must provide