Business Immigrants can apply in any of the following categories:

  • Start-up Visa
  • Self Employed
  • Immigrant Investors
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 (Venture capital funds, Angel investor groups or Business incubators) and you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

Canada’s Self-Employed Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.

If you’re interested in this program, you must:
  • have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics
  • Has the intention and ability to be self-employed in Canada, and
  • be willing and able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada

A candidate must obtain a minimum of 35 points if they wish to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person. The selection criteria is given below:

Self-Employed Selection criteria Maximum Points
Education 25 points
Experience 35 points
Age 10 points
Ability in English/French 24 points
Adaptability 6 points
Total 100 points

Canada’s Immigrant Investors Program is currently closed. The intent of this program is to attract experienced business immigrants who wish to invest in the Canadian economy which will stimulate innovation, economic growth and job creation.