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Canada welcomes successful business people seeking entrepreneurial opportunities. The Business Class Immigrant program is designed to attract business immigrants who have abilities and resources to invest or establish business in Canada and make a positive contribution to the Canadian economy.

They may accomplish this by applying their capital and know-how to Canadian business ventures, which will create jobs for Canadians and help the Canadian economy. The Self-employed category facilitates the entry of individuals who can contribute towards Canada's cultural and artistic life.

The objective of the selection of business immigrants will be established use of previous business experience and net-worth as the threshold for selection, using common elements in the Investor and Entrepreneur definitions to assess business experience (entrepreneurs need to demonstrate experience in ownership or management of a business). It also allows for the inclusion of spousal assets when assessing net worth.

The business immigration program comprises of:

  • Investors

  • Start Up Visa

  • Provincial Nominee Program for businesses

  • Self-employed


This program is currently suspended until further notice.

Investors are encouraged to apply through various provincial nominee programs

Start Up Visa

This program is designed to match immigrants with innovative projects to Canadian private investors/funds


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