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Business Provincial Nominee Programs

Business Provincial Nominee Programs

 

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BC operates three business streams:

  • Entrepreneur Immigration
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Strategic Projects

 

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

 

ProgramBC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $200,000 OR CAD $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
Experience3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewUpon request of BC PNP
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permit2-year work period before Letter of Acceptance to apply for Permanent Residence (PR); PR contingent on implementation of the business proposal
Additional RequirementsCreate at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with the proposed business

 

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

 

ProgramBC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot (open March 2019)
Minimum Net WorthCAD $300,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $100,000
Experience3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 5 years.
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewUpon request of BC PNP
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitMinimum 12-month work permit period before nomination; PR contingent on implementation of the business proposal
Additional RequirementsCreate at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with the proposed business

 

 

 

B.C. Entrepreneur Immigration – Strategic Projects

 

The B.C. Entrepreneur Immigration – Strategic Projects stream assists foreign-controlled companies establishing an eligible business in B.C. with the timely entry of foreign key managerial, professional or technical staff who intend to become permanent residents of Canada and settle in B.C.

 

Company Requirements

Make a minimum equity investment of $500,000 to establish or purchase and expand an eligible business in B.C.
Create at least three new jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents for each foreign key staff member proposed (to a maximum of five key staff).

Establish or purchase and expand a company in B.C.

ProgramAlberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $500,000 in a primary production farming business
ExperienceFarm management experience in an existing farm business
EOI SystemNo
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional RequirementsCanadian financial institution must finance the proposed Alberta farming business
ProgramSaskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownership OR $200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment or more
ExperienceAt least 3 years’ experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities
InterviewUpon request by SINP
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permit2-year work permit; PR contingent upon meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSign a Performance Agreement
Create 2+ employment opportunities if establishing a business in Regina or Saskatoon
ProgramManitoba Business Investor Stream — Entrepreneur Pathway
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentAD $250,000 for businesses in the Manitoba Capital Region. OR CAD $150,000 if a business is outside of the Manitoba Capital Region AND must be made in an eligible business AND 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).
ExperienceBusiness ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years. AND Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers. AND Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitBusiness research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permit2-year work permit; PR contingent upon meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsScore 60+ points on the assessment grid
CAD $100,000 refundable deposit is not a requirement anymore.
ProgramOntario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worthwithin the Greater Toronto Area: 800,000 CAD.
outside of the Greater Toronto: 400,000 CAD.
If proposed business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications secto: $400,000 CAD.
Minimum Investmentwithin the Greater Toronto Area: $600,000 CAD
outside of the Greater Toronto Area: $200,000 CAD
If proposed business is in the information and communications technology/digital communications sector: $200,000 CAD
ExperienceAt least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last five years as a business owner or senior manager
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession only
InterviewRequired upon request of OINP
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitTemporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSign a Performance Agreement with Ontario
English/French minimum CLB 4
Create at least 2 permanents, full-time jobs for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
ProgramQuebec Immigrant Investor Program
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $1,200,000 risk-free through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment.
Experience2 years of business management experience in the past 5 years prior to the submission of an application in a specific enterprise (agricultural, commercial, or industrial, OR management experience in a governmental or international organization) and in a position defined as full-time.
EOI SystemNo
Managerial RoleNo active managerial role required to apply
Business PlanNone
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewMay be required as part of the application review.
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitPR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
Additional RequirementsBackground check and medical examination

 

 

 

ProgramQuebec Entrepreneur Program
Minimum Net WorthCAD $900,000 of financial resources.
Business ownership/operation*Holds and controls, alone or with the accompanying spouse or common-law partner at minimum 25% of the equity of the enterprise he or she creates or at least 51% of the equity of the enterprise he or she acquires.
EOI SystemNo
Managerial RoleRequired
Business ProjectRequired
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewRequired as a final step in the application process
Start-up deposit*CAD $300,000 for a business in the metropolitan area of Montreal or CAD $200,000 for business outside the metropolitan area of Montreal.
PR/Work permitPR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
Additional RequirementsSubmit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency and demonstrate a secondary school general diploma level of education.
Provide a performance guarantee deposit of $200,000 that is refundable if certain conditions are met. *

* This requirement applies only to Component Two of the Entrepreneur program.

 

 

 

ProgramQuebec Self-Employed Worker Program
Minimum Net WorthCAD $100,000
Minimum InvestmentNot required
Experience2 years of self-employed experience in the profession or trade the applicant intends to practice in Quebec
EOI SystemNo
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanNone
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewMay be required as part of the application review
Start-up deposit*Register a start-up deposit of at least CAD $50,000 at a local financial institution if based in the metropolitan area of Montreal or at least CAD $25,000 if based outside of Montreal.
PR/Work permitPR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
Additional RequirementsSubmit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency and demonstrate a secondary school general diploma level of education.

* This requirement applies only to Component Two of the Entrepreneur program.

ProgramNew Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Entrepreneurial Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $250,000
Experience3 out of 5 years or more in owning a business OR 5 out of 5 years or more in a senior business management role
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired, must be of economic benefit to the province
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositCAD $100,000
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements22-55 years old
CLB 5 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking
ProgramPrince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) – Work Permit Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentN/A
ExperienceManagement experience required
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business Plan Required
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositCAD $7,500 of $10,000 application fee is refunded if the application is declined or withdrawn.
PR/Work permitLetter of support from the province to apply for a work permit; Obtain nomination once all of the terms and conditions of Performance Agreement are met.
Additional RequirementsCLB 4 in English or French; minimum education of secondary school equivalent
21-59 years’ old
ProgramNova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $150,000
ExperienceAt least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 years OR
+5 years as a senior manager in the last 10 years
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business Plan Required
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession only
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitMust operate the business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSubmit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 5