Provincial Nominee Business Programs:

Quebec

Eligibility Requirements

  • have net assets of at least C$300,000 that have been legally obtained.
  • have at least two years business management experience during the last five years in a profitable business with at least 25% of the capital equity and assuming of the responsibilities and duties related to the planning, management and control of material, financial and human resources.
  • Ability to carry out a business project component: submit a business proposed project in Québec in which you will control at least 25% of the capital equity with a value of at least C$100,000.
  • Acquisition of a business in Québec component: have purchased in Québec at least 25% of capital equity in a business with a value of at least C$100,000 which you are actively managing.
  • You meet the required score in selection factor.

Selection factors

1 Education Up to 14 points
2 Management Experience Up to 12 points
3 Age Up to 10 points
4 French Proficiency Up to 16 points
4.2 English Proficiency Up to 06 points
5 Stay and Family in Quebec Up to 08 points
6 Financial Self-sufficiency Up to 1 point
7 Adaptability Up to 0 point
8 Financial Resources Up to 10 point
9 Business Project Up to30 point

Qualifying score for Proposed Business Project Stream is 50 points

Qualifying score for Business Purchase Stream is 60 points

British Columbia
British Columbia

Entrepreneur Immigration Requirements:

  • Personal net worth of at least $600,000
  • Demonstrated business and/or management experience of three years.
  • Establish a new business or purchase and improve an existing business
  • Make an eligible personal investment of at least $200,000 in the business in Quebec.
  • Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen / permanent resident in the business
  • Active and ongoing management of the day-to-day business operations
  • Demonstrated residence in B.C.

Strategic Business Project

The Strategic Projects category enables foreign-controlled companies to set up a B.C.-based operation (such as a branch office, subsidiary or operating facility). This category allows you to propose up to five key foreign managerial, professional or technical staff who intends to become permanent residents of Canada and settle in the province

Is my company eligible?

To apply in the Strategic Projects category, your company must:

  • provide evidence of good business practices and successful business operations outside of Canada that are relevant to the proposed B.C. business
  • demonstrate that the key staff members proposed are qualified senior personnel who are essential to establishing and operating the proposed business in B.C.
  • the key staff members must have or be eligible for immigration status in Canada.
  • sign a Performance Agreement with the province of Quebec.
  • make a minimum equity investment of at least $500,000 to establish or purchase and expand an eligible business in B.C.
  • create at least three new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents for each foreign key staff member proposed.
  • establish or purchase and expand a company in B.C. that is incorporated or federally incorporated and registered extra-provincially in B.C.
Manitoba
Manitoba

To qualify for the MPNP-B, interested applicants must:

  • have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN$350,000;
  • have a minimum three years of successful business ownership and management experience or a minimum three years of executive-level experience as senior manager of a business; and
  • score a minimum of 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix.
Selection criteria Maximum points Your score
Age 15
Business Knowledge 15
Business Experience 15
Net Worth 15
English / French proficiency 20
Enhanced Settlement Factors 20
TOTAL 100

The applicant must also be prepared to:

  • attend an interview with a MPNP-B officer;
  • make an Eligible Business Investment in Manitoba; and
  • reside in Manitoba along with his/her dependent family members.
New Brunswick
New Brunswick

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are between 22 and 55 years of age.
  • You have sufficient English and, or French language ability to actively manage a business in New Brunswick.
  • You have, at a minimum, been awarded a high school diploma for education completed after junior/middle school and before college, university and other formal training.
  • You will live, and operate a business in New Brunswick.
  • You have relevant and proven management experience in three of the last five years.
  • You demonstrate an understanding of the business environment in New Brunswick.
  • You will prepare a business plan of economic benefit to New Brunswick.
  • You have a personal net worth of at least $300,000 CAD.
  • You will submit a signed copy of the Deposit Agreement and a conditionally refundable deposit of $75,000 CAD, prior to nomination.
  • You score a minimum of 50 points in the selection factors.
Selection criteria Maximum points Your score
Age 10
Language 15
Education 18
Adaptability 25
Management Experience 25
TOTAL 93
Ontario

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Entrepreneur

Ontario

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s Entrepreneur Stream is designed to support individuals from countries outside Canada who are looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in our province. The program offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to be nominated for permanent resident status once their new business has been successfully established in Ontario.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for this program if you have a viable business activity that will bring significant economic benefit to our province. If we approve your proposal, you and one additional business partner (if applicable) may apply for a temporary work permit in order to establish your business. Once your business has been successfully established, you and your business partner (if applicable) may be eligible for nomination by OINP.

You must meet all eligibility criteria in order to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream. If you are applying with a business partner, your business partner must also meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria include the following:

  • You and your business partner (if applicable) must each make a minimum investment of $500,000 depending on the location and sector of your proposed business
  • You and your business partner (if applicable) must each create at least two full-time permanent jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • You and your business partner (if applicable) must both meet a minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 or equivalent in order to be nominated after your business has been established in Ontario

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Corporate Stream

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s Corporate Stream helps and supports established international corporations looking to expand into Ontario or buy an existing business. Once your business has been successfully established, key staff are eligible to apply for nomination that could lead to permanent resident status.

OINP is now accepting complete applications to the Corporate Stream.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for this program if you have a viable business activity that will bring significant economic benefit to our province. If we approve your proposal, your key staff may apply for a temporary work permit in order to establish your business.

Your corporation and your key staff must meet all eligibility criteria in order to apply to the Corporate Stream, including:

  • Your corporation must invest a minimum of $5 million CDN in a new or existing business
  • Your corporation must create five full-time, permanent positions for Canadian citizens or permanent residents per key staff
  • Key staff seeking nomination must be currently employed with the corporation and be essential to the establishment, continued operation and success of the business in Ontario
  • Key staff must meet a minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB 5) level or equivalent in order to be nominated after your business has been established in Ontario
Prince Edward Island (Business Impact Category)

The Business Impact Category provides the opportunity for foreign nationals to be nominated by Prince Edward Island to become permanent residents of Canada providing they invest in and actively manage a business in Prince Edward Island.

A) 100% Ownership Stream

The 100% Ownership Stream of the PEI PNP considers experienced business managers and entrepreneur applicants.  The applicants must plan to invest in and actively manage an eligible business in Prince Edward Island. Furthermore, specific criteria must be satisfied to be nominated under the program.

Under the 100% Ownership Stream, the applicant must:

  • Possess a minimum verifiable personal net worth of $600,000 which has been accumulated through legal and legitimate sources in their own right.
  • Possess a minimum education of high-school equivalent
  • Be within 21-59 years of age at the time of application.
  • Have transferable management skills and past employment.
  • Have scored a minimum band score of 4.0 on the IELTS within the last 2 years.
  • Provide a detailed business plan for 100% business ownership that falls within an eligible sector and meets all program criteria in place at the time of application.
  • Provide active and on-going management of the business from within Prince Edward Island.
  • Sign an escrow agreement containing stipulations on a deposit of $200,000 to be held by the Province until terms of the agreement have been met.
  • Make a minimum of $150,000 investment into a new or existing Prince Edward Island owned and operated business.

The $200,000 CAD will be returned without interest, as follow, $25,000 CAD will be refunded after 6 months of residency on Prince Edward Island another $25,000 CAD will be refunded after 1 year of residency on Prince Edward Island and the remaining $150,000 CAD will be released upon the applicant meeting the requirements outlined in the escrow agreement.

B) Partial Ownership Stream

The Partial Ownership Stream of the PEI PNP considers applications from experienced business managers and entrepreneurs.  The applicants must plan to become a partial owner of an existing and eligible Prince Edward Island business, through investing in that business and being involved in its day to day operations in Prince Edward Island.  Furthermore, specific criteria must be satisfied to be nominated under the program. Under the Partial Ownership Stream, the applicant must:

  • Possess a minimum verifiable personal net worth of $600,000 which has been accumulated through legal and legitimate sources in their own right.
  • Possess a minimum education of high-school equivalent.
  • Be within 21-59 years of age at the time of application.
  • Have transferable management skills and past employment.
  • Have scored a minimum band score of 4.0 on the IELTS within the last 2 years.
  • Provide a detailed business plan for partial business ownership that falls within an eligible sector and meets all program criteria in place at the time of application.
  • Provide active and on-going management of the business from within Prince Edward Island.
  • Sign a escrow agreement containing stipulations on a deposit of $200,000 to be held by the Province until terms of the agreement have been met.
  • Make a minimum of $150,000 investment into an existing Prince Edward Island owned and operated business for a partial ownership interest of a minimum of 33 1/3% of voting shares; or make a minimum $1 million investment.

The $200,000 CAD will be returned without interest, as follow, $25,000 CAD will be refunded after 6 months of residency on Prince Edward Island another $25,000 CAD will be refunded after 1 year of residency on Prince Edward Island and the remaining $150,000 CAD will be released upon the applicant meeting the requirements outlined in the escrow agreement.

Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan

Eligibility:

  • To meet the minimum entry criteria you must:
  • Have $500,000 (CAD) at minimum in Net Business and Personal Assets;
  • Have a minimum of three years of relevant business management or entrepreneurial experience gained in the past ten years; and,
  • Intend to invest a minimum of $300,000 (CAD) in Regina and Saskatoon or a minimum of $200,000 (CAD) in all other Saskatchewan communities.
  • If you are invited to apply you must submit a Business Establishment Plan (BEP) that corresponds to the information in your EOI. Your BEP must include:
  • Your plan to establish a business that aligns with the points assigned in the Entrepreneur Category Points Grid, if applicable (for investment amount and sector);
  • Your ownership of at least one third (33 1/3 per cent) of the equity of a business in Saskatchewan, unless your total investment is $1 million CAD or higher;
  • Your commitment to provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business; and
  • The creation of two employment opportunities in Saskatchewan for Canadians or permanent residents who are not related to you.
  • This only applies if you're establishing a new business in Regina or Saskatoon.

Selection factors ( Total of 160 points)

1 Age Up to 15 points
2 Exploratory Visit Up to 15 points
3 Official language ability Up to 15 points
4 Education Qualification Up to 15 points
5 Net Business and Personal Assets Up to 15 points
6 Business Experience Up to 20 points
7 Business Revenues Up to 20 point
8 Innovation Up to 10 point
9 Investment Amount Up to 20 point
10 Investment in Key Economic Sector Up to 15 point

Candidates are then selected from the EOI system based on their score, with top scoring EOIs being prioritized for selection. Selected candidates are invited to apply to the SINP.

Northwest Territories

Eligibility:

  • A minimum of $300,000 CDN equity into starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT
  • A minimum of $150,000 CDN equity into starting or buying a business outside of the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT
  • Have a personal net worth of: at least $500,000 CDN if starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT OR at least $250,000 CDN if starting or buying a business outside the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT
  • Have an additional $75,000 kept in a trust account and released upon completion of a Performance Agreement based on a business proposal
  • Demonstrate a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the NWT and its economy
  • Be able to demonstrate reasonable communication skills appropriate to the NWT
  • Have the necessary experience and education to successfully implement the business plan