•   5 years’ pilot program commence on April 1st 2013

•   Economic prosperity and growing job market

•   Safe living environment, highest standard of living

•   Multicultural society that promotes freedom of expression, equal rights and respect for diversity

•   High quality subsidized education

•   Advanced health and welfare systems

•   Opportunity to sponsor your family relatives who want to immigrate to Canada

•   Immediate permanent residence for successful applicants

•   Right to apply for Canadian citizenship after 3 years of permanent residence



•   An intention to settle in Canada with the goal of establishing a business there

•   Have acquired training and occupational skills

•   The applicant and family members must be in good health and have no criminal record

•   The applicant must demonstrate that they are innovative immigrant investors who will create jobs and spur economic growth

•   Must meet strict eligibility requirements in terms of 3rd party commitment to the venture, Language skills, education and funds


•   Applicant and dependents must pass a medical examination



To be eligible to receive a startup visa for a business venture the applicant must meet some key requirements

•   Obtain a commitment from designated entities:

•   Business incubator confirming that the applicant’s business is currently participating in or has been accepted into its business incubator program, or

•   Angel investor group confirming that it is investing at least CAD 75,000 in the applicant’s business; or

•   Venture Capital Fund confirming that it is investing at least CAD 200,000 in the applicant’s  business

•   The applicant must hold at least 10% of the shares in the business and no other person or entity may hold more than 50% of the shares

•   The applicant must meet a minimum of level 5 in the Canadian Language Benchmark Test in English or French, in speaking, reading, listening, and writing

•   The applicant must have successfully completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education

•   The applicant must show that he/she has enough funds to support himself/herself and any dependents after they arrive in Canada



•   Appointment of an authorised representative to submit the application

•   Obtain commitment from angel investor, venture capital fund or business incubator

•   Submission of application form, supporting documents and fees

•   Provide proof of language proficiency, and other eligibility criteria

•   Typical processing time is within 6-8 months

Successful applicants will immediately receive permanent residence visas





•   Stable political system

•   Dynamic economy

•   Multicultural society

•   Advanced education and welfare systems

•   Safe living environment and outstanding quality of life

•   No education or age requirements

•   Government guaranteed investment return

•   The only Investor Immigration Program in the world managed and guaranteed by the government



•   Legitimately acquired net assets of at least CAD1,600,000 (excluding donations in the last 6 months)

•   Managerial experience of 2 years during the past 5 years in a qualifying business such as a:

•   Lawful farming, commercial or industrial business;

•   Lawful professional business employing at least 2 full time workers;

•   International agency, government, government agency or deparment

•   The managerial experience must involve planning, management and control of financial, human and material resources. Excluding apprenticeship, training or any work experience during university education

•   Proof of no criminal record


Investment options

•   Applicants have a choice of 2 investment options:

•   Commit to making an interest free investment of CAD800,000 in a prescribed (government guaranteed) investment for 5 years

•   Making a non-refundable one-time payment of CAD220,000 in order to finance the CAD800,000 investment



•   The application process varies during each year

•   The Quebec government will now only process applications with ‘complete files’

•   Applicants that have an intermediate to advanced level of French can submit applications at any time up to March 31, 2015 and are not subject to any quota

•   Applicants that do not have an intermediate to advanced level of French must submit applications between Jan 19, 2015 to March 20, 2015, and will be subject to a worldwide quota of 1,750 (including a limit of 1,200 for P.R China)

•   Successful applicants and their qualifying dependents will be granted a permanent residency visa valid for 5 years, that is renewable as long as the holder resides in Canada for 2 years during each 5 year period

•   Permanent residents can apply for Canadian Citizenship after 3 years of continuous residency in Canada subject to demonstrating fluency in English or French