Business Immigration

Business immigration is a category of persons selected primarily on their ability to create jobs for themselves and other Canadians. Requirements vary depending on the subclass of business immigration.

The regulations provide for four categories of business immigration:

Start-up Business Class

Start-up applicants do not have to invest their own money. The program links immigrant entrepreneurs with private Canadian business incubators, angel investor groups, or venture capital fund organizations that have experience working with start-ups and can provide essential resources. It must be a new business (less than six months old on the date on which their application for a PR visa is made) intended to be operated in Canada that meets the criteria of a qualifying business and that has received a letter of support from a designated business organization, namely a business incubator, angel investor group, or venture capital fund organization, to invest in or support the start-up. 

Self-Employed Persons Class

An applicant in this category must meet the definition of a self-employed person described in section 88(1) of the IRPR as someone who "has relevant experience and has the intention and ability to be self-employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution to specified economic activities in Canada."

The key phrase is "specified economic activities", which are defined as "cultural activities, athletics or the purchase and management of a farm" under the regulations.

Quebec Investor Class

Applicants must apply directly to Quebec.

Quebec Entrepreneur Class

Applicants must apply directly to Quebec.