Federal Immigration Programs in Canada

Federal Immigration Programs in Canada

Business immigration to Canada

The Canadian government offers great opportunities for investors, business people and self-employed individuals who wish to obtain a permanent residence permit in the country.

Promoting Business Class immigration programs, Canada is trying to attract experienced professionals to contribute into and develop the Canadian economy. Moreover, business immigration enables Canada to get a wider access to international markets through a systematic influx of qualified people who are familiar with these markets.

Canada provides quite flexible conditions to obtain a residence permit for both the applicant and all accompanying family members, and sometimes as well as for key employees of the company.

If you are an investor, a business person or a self-employed individual and consider moving to Canada for life and work, if you have enough funds and experience to set up a business in Canada, there are a few Canadian immigration business programs for you. Depending on your plans and available resources, you can either choose one of the federal programs for business immigration or turn to provincial programs, since each province tries to attract business people and investors offering favourable terms and conditions.

Start-Up Visa Program


If you have a start-up and it will be of interest to Canadian investors, you (and up to 4 co-owners) can apply for a permanent residence permit under the Start-Up Visa program.

General requirements for a Start-Up Visa applicant:

  • Meet the language requirements (CLB 5)
  • Have a formal education
  • Meet the finance requirements
  • Willing to live and work in Canada (except Quebec)
  • Meet health and safety requirements

Investor Program


If you have significant financial assets at your disposal and you are ready to invest some funds in Canada, you are eligible to get a permanent residence permit.

General requirements for an applicant:

  • Minimum personal net – CAD$ 10 million. All funds resources must be legal.
  • You should be willing to live in any province of Canada except Quebec.
  • You should be willing and be able to invest CAD$ 2 million in Canadian venture funds (non-guaranteed investment) for 15 years.
  • Compliance with the language requirements.
  • A diploma or certificate of Canadian post-secondary education or an international diploma or certificate recognized by the Canadian educational system. If your personal net is over CAD$ 50 million, you can ask to negotiate this requirement.
  • No criminal record, no ban on entering Canada, etc.


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