start-up Visa (Federal)

The Start-Up Visa program grants permanent residence to immigrant entrepreneurs. Canada’s Start-up Visa Program provides a stream that focuses on immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada who are innovative, can create jobs for Canadians, and compete on a global scale as well.
Eligibility to the Program
In order for you to be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you have five main requirements that you need to fulfill:

  1. Prove that your business is supported by a designated organization. Those are Canadian venture capital firms, angel investors groups and business incubators, that need to issue you a Letter of Support.
  2. Show that the designated organization(s) that supports you hold(s) at least 50% of voting rights in the business and that you and a maximum of 4 others persons, hold the remaining 50% of voting rights, each one having at least 10% of voting rights.
  3. Prove that you meet the minimum language requirements, either in French or in English. You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in all of these four areas: speaking, reading, listening, and writing. You can learn more about the French test and the English test requirement here.
  4. Bring enough money to settle. The amount needed, updated every year, depends on the number of family members that are coming with you.
  5. You must not intend to live in the province of Quebec.