Business Immigration under Provincial Programs

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In Canada, Certain provinces nominate applicants for permanent residence under their respective business immigration (immigration based on investment in a business) programs. If you are interested in living in one of such provinces, or are interested in applying to immigrate to Quebec or through the federal start-up entrepreneur program, you must meet one of our designated officers to understand your background, requirements and eligibility for such programs.

Provinces offering Business Immigration:

  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario – Corporate Stream
  • Ontario Immigration – Entrepreneur Stream
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan

We are ICCRC Members with over 15 years of healthy experience in the field of Overseas Education and Immigration matters. Our director has resolved number of complex immigration issues and has dealt with Canadian Immigration offices on number of visa issues.

We will be pleased to assist you by offering a very sincere and stringent analysis on your application in order to ensure the best, smoothest and the most economical solution for your career or migration goal.

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British Columbia

ProgramBritish 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
Experience3 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 SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewRequired upon request of BC PNP
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permit2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal
Additional RequirementsCreate at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian or permanent resident

Manitoba

ProgramManitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B)
Minimum Net Worth$350,000
Minimum Investment$150,000 tangible assets AND Control at least 1/3 of equity (if investing in an existing business) OR $1,000,000 equity investment (if investing in an existing business)
ExperienceBusiness ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years, in a successful business
EOI SystemYes (province does not publish info on previous draws, but may do so in the future)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanSubmission of Summary of Business Intent required
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewRequired
Refundable Deposit$100,000
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining nomination certificate
AdditionalSubmit a mandatory Expression of Interest
RequirementsScore 60+ points on assessment grid

New Brunswick

ProgramNew Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) - Business Applicants (suspended)
Minimum Net Worth$300,000
Minimum Investment$125,000 tangible assets
ExperienceManagement experience in 3 of the past 5 years required
EOI SystemNo (program suspended)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired, must be of economic benefit to the province
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewRequired
Refundable Deposit$75,000
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional RequirementsScore at least 50 points on the selection grid
22-55 years old
Ability in English or French

Nova Scotia

ProgramNova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth$600,000
Minimum Investment$150,000
ExperienceAt 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 SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession only
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitMust operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSubmit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 5

Northwest Territories

ProgramNorthwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) - Entrepreneur Business
Minimum Net WorthFor businesses in Yellowknife: $500,000 OR For businesses outside Yellowknife: $250,000
Minimum InvestmentIn Yellowknife: $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR Outside Yellowknife: $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR $1,000,000 investment
ExperienceRelevant business experience required
EOI SystemNo
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewRequired
Refundable Deposit$75,000
PR/Work permit2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsPriority business projects: those involving a product new to the NWT or a project that would generate significant benefits

Ontario – Corporate Stream

ProgramOntario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Corporate Stream
Minimum Net WorthNone
Minimum Investment$5,000,000 OR $10,000,000 if the proposed business is a land development or a leasehold company
ExperienceThe international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application
EOI SystemNo
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitEncouraged
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitApplicant & key staff first obtain work permits; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsCreate 5 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents per key staff member seeking nomination

Ontario Immigration – Entrepreneur Stream

ProgramOntario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net WorthFor 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 InvestmentIn 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
ExperienceAt least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months as business owner or senior manager
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession only
InterviewRequired upon request of OINP
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitTemporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSign a Performance Agreement with Ontario
English/French minimum CLB 5
Create 2 permanent, full-time jobs for Canadians or permanent residents

Prince Edward Island

ProgramOntario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth$600,000
Minimum Investment$150,000
ExperienceManagement experience required
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial government
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewRequired
Refundable Deposit$200,000
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional RequirementsSubmit 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

Saskatchewan

ProgramOntario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - Entrepreneur Stream
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
ExperienceAt least 3 years' experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities
InterviewRequired, either in person or online
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permit2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSign a Performance Agreement
Create 2+ employment opportunities in SK (if it's a new business)
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