Canada PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Streams


Business immigrants are people who can make an investment in Canada thereby supporting the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy. Most provinces have their own immigration streams including the Business Immigration under Business Entrepreneur Stream.

The immigrants upon acceptance are issued a certificate called Provincial Nominee (PNP) Certificate. The person nominated by the province can then apply to the Federal government for Permanent Resident status.

Each province has its own unique Business Immigration Stream. We are providing you the summary of Entrepreneur Stream of most popular programs offered by the provinces. You can carefully review the Eligibility Criteria and Program Requirements and see which program is good for you. You can also choose a program based on your decision to settle in that particular province.

You can also use our Free Online Assessment tool to see if you meet the eligibility criteria or you can contact us easily by completing our Contact US form. You can also call us or send us an email at info@visaonecanada.com for more information

If you have decided to settle and establish your business in B.C., then you may qualify for Entrepreneur Stream either in the Base Category or in the Pilot Project for rural areas.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) — Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

Program                                  BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration

Minimum Net Worth            CAD $600,000

Minimum Investment           CAD $200,000

Experience                              3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of

                                                  senior management experience in the last 10 years.

EOI System                              Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)

Managerial Role                      Required

Business Plan                           Required

Exploratory Visit                      Recommended

Interview                                  Upon request of BC PNP

Refundable Deposit                Not required

PR/Work permit                       2-year work period before Letter of Acceptance to apply for Permanent

                                                     Residence (PR); PR contingent on implementation of the business proposal

Additional Requirements         Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or

                                                      permanent resident with the proposed business

Following steps are involved in order to apply for this program: This section provides detailed information for the general process to immigrate under the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category.

1-Preparation

(A)Preparation and business research

(B)B.C.’s regions

(C)Online resources

(D)Purchasing an existing business (if applicable)

2-BC PNP Registration

(A)Registration Overview

(B)Creating your Profile

(C)Completing the Registration

(D)Submitting your Registration

(E) Registration Scoring

(F) Qualified Pool

(G)Invitation to Apply

3-BC PNP application

(A) Net Worth Review

(B) Submitting your Application

(C) Application Processing Fee

(D)Application Assessment

(E) Interview

(F) Performance Agreement

 4-Work Permit

(A)Arrival

(B)Building your Business in B.C.

5-Nomination

(A) Final Report

(B)Nomination

(C)Conditions of Nomination

6-Permanent Residency

(A)Applying for Permanent Residency

(B)Work Permit Extensionside (PDF, 1MB).

Manitoba Business Investor Stream-Entrepreneur Pathway

Criterion Minimum Requirements
Business Experience Minimum of three years of full time work experience in the past five years either as an active business owner or working in a senior management role of a successful business. Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers.   Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.
Official Languages Proficiency Minimum CLB/NCLC 5
Education Minimum Canadian high school certificate equivalent
Age No minimum or maximum age; however, ranking points are allocated to candidates 25 to 49 years of age.
Business Investment Minimum investment is $250,000 for businesses situated in the Manitoba Capital Region. Minimum investment is $150,000 if a business is situated outside of the Manitoba Capital Region.   Business Investment must be made in an eligible business as defined by the MPNP.   The proposed business must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).
Business Research Visit A Business Plan is required and is an integral part of the application. A business research visit allows the applicant to conduct extensive research of their future business investment or proposal. The Business Research Visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of your EOI.
Adaptability Points will be allocated to you if: Your spouse has CLB/NCLC 5 or higher; You or your spouse have CLB/NCLC 5 or higher in the Second Official Language; You or your spouse or common-law partner have a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year; Your child is enrolled in an accredited Manitoba educational institution and is actively pursuing academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis for at least six months prior to the date of submission of EOI; and/or You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a program of full-time study for at least one year at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba. You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner must have done this after you turned 17 years old and with a valid study permit; OR You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed at least six months of continuous full time employment in Manitoba. A letter of reference from the employer and a copy of the work permit must be provided.
Networth Minimum of $500,000 Your personal net worth will be verified by a third-party supplier approved by the MPNP. A verification report, along with the application, must be submitted to the MPNP within 120 days of receiving your LAA.
Business Performance Agreement After an application is approved, a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) must be signed prior to the MPNP issuing you a letter of support for applying for a work permit.

New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream

Your business must have a real eligible connection to the province.
You must be between 22 and 55 years old.
You must have reached Canadian Language Benchmark level 5 or higher in all four categories of the test in either French or English.
You must have finished at least two years of tertiary education after completing high school.
Your personal net worth must be verified and it should be a minimum of $600,000 CAD.
During the past 5 years you must have at least 3 years of work experience in managing and owning at least 33.3% of a business or you must have 5 consecutive years of work experience in a senior business management role.
You need to have the intention of living in the province permanently while owning and managing your local business.
You must be able to make a minimum investment of at least $250,000 CAD in starting your business.

Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

You need to be at least 21 years old.
You must have the intention to live in the province permanently while actively managing and owning your business.
Your personal net worth must be $600,000 CAD minimum.
You need to be able to make a $150,000 CAD investment in your intended business.
You must have a minimum of three years of experience in managing and owning at least one-third of a business or you must have at least five years of experience in a senior management position.
You must have reached Canadian Language Benchmark level 5 or higher in all four categories of the test in either French or English.
You need to complete your online Expression of Interest in the province.
You must receive an Invitation to Apply from Nova Scotia Immigration.

Ontario Entrepreneur Stream

Experience      You must have 3 years of business experience within the last 5 years.

     Your business experience must be as a senior manager or business          owner with an active role in the business.
Net worth I           f your proposed business is: in the Greater Toronto Area, you must have a net worth of at least $1,500,000 CAD; anywhere else in Ontario, you must have a net worth of at least $800,000 CAD; or in the information and communications sector, you must have a net worth of at least $800,000 CAD regardless of its location.
Investment requirements              If your proposed business is: in the Greater Toronto Area, you must control at least a third of the company and you need to invest a minimum of $1,000,000 CAD in it; anywhere else in Ontario, you must control at least a third of the company and you need to invest a minimum of $500,000 CAD in it; or the information and communications sector, you must control at least a third of the company and you need to invest a minimum of $500,000 CAD in it regardless of its location.
Involvement             You must be actively involved in the daily management of the               business.
Business requirements              Your business must: be a for-profit business that generates income through the sale of goods and services; meet all the legal requirements of Canada and Ontario; be a permanent business; be located in the province at all times; and create a minimum of two permanent full-time jobs for permanent residents or citizens of Canada within its first 20 months and they must be paid according to wage standards of Ontario.
Additional requirements for buying an existing business              If you want to buy an existing business in the province, you must: make a business visit to the province within a year of submitting your expression of interest; buy a business that has been owned by the same owner(s) for the past five years; ensure that the business is completely transferred to you or any other business partner; use some of your personal investment in improving and expanding your business in the province; and continue to employ all the employees who worked in the business before you bought it.