Start-up visa

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.

Find out if you are eligible

Come to Canada

The Start-Up Visa Program: Canada wants entrepreneurs!

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