Start-up Visa Program

Canada's Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:

  • are innovative
  • can create jobs for Canadians
  • can compete on a global scale

Do you have an innovative business idea? If you can get support for your idea from one of the designated organizations, you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

There are many reasons why Canada is the best place to build your business. Canada's advantages include:

  • a strong economy
  • low taxes
  • low business costs
  • excellence in research and innovation
  • a high quality of life

Find out if you’re eligible

Find out if you are eligible for the Start-up Visa Program and immigrate permanently to Canada.


Follow the steps to apply for the Start-up Visa Program.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take us to process your application.

Find out what to do after you apply

Learn what you should do after you apply to come to Canada as an immigrant entrepreneur.

Prepare to arrive

Be prepared and know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

Want to live in Quebec?

The Province of Quebec is in charge of its own business immigration program. If you plan to live in Quebec, visit Quebec’s immigration website.

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