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An individual with business management experience and a certain net worth, who plans to run a business in Canada may be able to submit an application. Each province has its own Entrepreneur Program. British Columbia Offers special British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program for Entrepreneurs. The Base Category and the Regional Pilot Program.

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Self-employed Immigration

Self-employed individuals with significant world class experience in Cultural or Athletic activities may be eligible to apply through the Canadian Self-employed immigration program.

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Owner Operator LMIA

You may be able to own and operate a business in Canada. There is a special type of LMIA variation under which a person owning a majority share by either being a sole proprietor or holding a 50.1% share in the business. Suitable for ndividuals looking to add points to their Express Entry profiles by being a manager or CEO in their business.

Intra-Company Transfer

If you would like to transfer your employees from the branch, parent, subsidiary or your company, you may be able to apply through the Intra-Company Transfer Program. If you are looking to open a Branch, Subsidiary, Affiliate of your company in Canada, you may be able to apply for a work permit under the Intra-Company Transfer Program.



Options for entrepreneurs who want to immigrate to Canada

A business person or manager looking to immigrate to Canada may be able to fast-track the Canadian immigration process, through options set out by the Canadian federal and provincial governments.

Introduction to: Canada Business Immigration for Entrepreneurs

Canada aims to attract individuals that are significantly able to contribute to the Canadian economy, through its Business Class immigration programs. These programs have the goal of promoting economic development and bettering the job market, through attracting investors, entrepreneurs, and self-employed individuals from overseas with available venture capital, significant business acumen, and entrepreneurial skills.

By welcoming foreign nationals who are familiar with growing foreign markets and their unique requirements and customs, Business Class immigration also seeks to develop new commercial opportunities in Canada and to improve Canada’s access to markets overseas.

If this option sounds of interest to you, there are several possible pathways to choose from. Depending on where you plan to reside, you may choose to apply using one of the programs offered by a particular province, such as the Quebec business immigration programs, or by using the federal government. Get started exploring your options by starting a free assessment, and we will be pleased to discuss your Business Class immigration options with you.


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Canadian Start-Up Visa Program

The Start-Up Visa Program is designed to encourage immigrant entrepreneurs to grow their companies in Canada. It is for companies that are innovative, will create jobs in Canada, and can compete on a global scale.

Quebec Entrepreneur Program

The Quebec Entrepreneur Program was created to allow qualified business owners and managers to create or acquire business, specifically in the province of Quebec.

Provincal Entrepreneur Program

There are a number of entrepreneurial categories offered by Canada’s provinces within the Provincial Nominee Programs. Immigrant entrepreneurs can settle in a specific province through one of these categories.

Quebec Investor Program

Option for investors who want to immigrate to Canada

Investing in Canada could be a route to permanent residence within the country, depending on your net worth, ability and willingness to invest in Canada, managerial skills and business acumen.

Introduction to : Quebec Investor Program

Qualified immigrant investors who intend to reside in Quebec may use the Quebec Investor category of Canadian immigration. By investing CAD$1,200,000 risk free through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment, immigrants are able to obtain a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa.

 To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Have net assets of at least CAN$2,000,000 obtained legally, alone or with an accompanying spouse (including de facto spouse). This excludes amounts received by donation less than six months before the date on which the application was filed.
  • Have management experience in a legal commercial, industrial or farming business, or in a professional legal business, in which the staff (not including the investor) occupy at least the equivalent of two full-time jobs, or for an international agency or a government or one of its departments or agencies;
  • Have at least two years management experience in the five years preceding the application for a selection certificate, with duties involving or related to the planning, management and control of financial resources and of human or material resources. This experience does not include experience gained in an apprenticeship, through training or specialization process attested to by a diploma.
  • Intend to settle in Quebec, signing an agreement to invest CAN$1,200,000 with an authorised financial intermediary, who is able to take part in the investor program.

Your application will also be assessed on factors such as your age, the nature and duration of your professional training and your language skills.

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Options for self employed individuals who want to immigrate to Canada

Immigration programs for individuals who are self-employed in certain industries are provided by the Canadian government, as well as the government of the province of Quebec.

Introduction to : Federal Self-Employed Persons Program

To qualify for this program, you must demonstrate the ability to not only be successfully self-employed in Canada, but also make a significant contribution to your field. An applicant must demonstrate that they have relevant agricultural, artistic or athletic experience.

Introduction to : Quebec Self-Employed Category

This program of Canadian immigration was created to allow qualified individuals to obtain Canadian permanent residence, through successfully establishing themselves in the Province of Quebec, practicing a trade or profession for their own account.

BUSINESS VISITORS | Work without a permit

Option for business visitors who want to temporary work in Canada

Often business visitors will not require a Canadian work permit. As well as this, a situation may come about where an individual could perform work in Canada without the need for a Temporary Work Permit.

Introduction to : Business Visitors

When a foreign national visits Canada to take part in business activities, but does not enter the Canadian labour market, they are known as a business visitor and may work without a work permit.

Due to it being one of the worlds largest and strongest economies, a member of the OECD and G7, thousands of short-term business visitors travel to Canada every year and Canada strives to ensure that business trips can be made to Canada. Some of these visitors can conduct business or trade activity without needing a work permit, depending on the nationality and type of work.

Introduction to : Working without a Permit

A Temporary Resident Visa may still be required for an individual who is eligible to eligible to work without a permit, to allow them to enter Canada on a temporary basis.

Shown below are some examples of situations where nationals may work in Canada without a work permit:

  • Business Visitors
  • Foreign Representatives and their Family Members
  • Foreign Government Officers
  • Military Personnel

Read more about the Temporary Resident Visa


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