Canada's Start-Up Visa Program is the first of its kind in the world. With the Start-Up Visa, Canada is targeting a new type of immigrant entrepreneur who has the potential to build innovative companies that can compete on a global scale and create jobs.
Got a great business idea? If you can get support for your start-up from a designated Canadian organization, you can 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 and low business costs
- excellence in research and innovation
- top quality of life
Determine your eligibility
Find out if you are eligible to get a start-up visa and immigrate permanently to Canada.
Follow the steps to apply for a start-up visa.
Check processing times
Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.
After you apply: get next steps
Learn what you should do after you apply to come to Canada as an immigrant entrepreneur.
Prepare for arrival
Be prepared and know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.
Want to live in Quebec?
If you plan to settle in Quebec as a business immigrant, you must first apply to the Government of Québec for a Selection Certificate.
- How can I qualify to get a start up business visa?
- How do I show that I have the support of Canadian investors?
- What is the minimum investment that I would need to apply for a start-up visa?
- Will I have to invest my own money if I want to apply for a start-up visa?
- What happens if my business fails?
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