Canada Business Immigration - Investor Category 

Citizenship and Immigration Canada established the Immigrant Investor Program to promote economic development and employment in Canada by attracting people with capital, business acumen and/or solid managerial skills for business immigration to Canada.

 

Starting on July 1, 2011, a maximum of 700 Federal Immigrant Investor applications will be considered for processing before June 30, 2012.

 

*NOTE: The maximum cap has been reached. No new Federal Immigrant Investor applications will be accepted until July 1, 2012.

 

As an Immigrant Investor, you and your immediate family can obtain Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visas by investing CAD$800,000 for five years under the Federal Program (applicants intending to reside anywhere in Canada, except Quebec). The program is Government guaranteed, assuring that your CAD$800,000 will be reimbursed in full, without interest, at the end of five years.

 

The table below summarizes the eligibility requirements for the Federal Immigrant Investor Program.

Requirements

Federal Program

Intended destination

Anywhere in Canada, except Quebec

Minimum net worth

CAD $1.6 million, legally obtained

Business and/or
Management Experience

Management and ownership of a qualifying business, as defined under the Regulations, OR Management of 5 employees in a business

Investment

CAD $800,000 for 5 years, Government guaranteed 0% interest. Financing is available from Canadian banks.*

Miscellaneous

Medical examination and security background check

 

When making your investment under this program, you can choose one of two options:

  • Investment of CAD$800,000 of your own funds: In order to meet the investment requirement, you may choose to make a government-guaranteed investment of CAD$800,000 of your own funds with the Government of Canada. These funds are then kept with the government for a period of five years, after which they are returned to you in full with 0% interest; OR
  • *Payment of a financing fee: Instead of depositing CAD$800,000, you may choose to pay a one-time financing fee to a government-approved financial institution. This fee will not be returned to you. The financial institution will then invest CAD$800,000 with the government on your behalf.

    Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) - Business Immigration

    Certain provinces have their own Business Immigration programs within their Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP).

    Certain Canadian provinces will nominate applicants for fast-track Permanent Residency under their Business Immigration Programs. If you are interested in living in one of these provinces, you may want to make your business investment there.

     

    If you are thinking about immigration to Vancouver, Victoria or any other city in British Columbia (BC), consider the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

     

    Successful applicants will receive a British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will speed-up the Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa application process.

    Under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you may qualify under one of two streams:

British Columbia PNP Business Immigrant Stream

Applications to establish or purchase and expand a business in BC must meet the following eligibility criteria and meet the requirements of one of the three categories of the Business Immigrants Stream (Business Skills, Regional Business, Strategic Projects):More...
Applications to establish or purchase and expand a business in BC must meet the following eligibility criteria and meet the requirements of one of the three categories of the Business Immigrants Stream (Business Skills, Regional Business, Strategic Projects):

 

  • The primary purpose of the business is to earn profits from active income from the supply of products/services;
  • The business' sustained commercial viability must be probable;
  • The business must provide economic benefit to BC by contributing to one of the following:
    • increasing the exports of goods/services;
    • increasing value-added manufacturing, processing, or primary resource activity;
    • increasing BC tourism;
    • increasing research and development and technology commercialization;
    • creating innovative approaches to traditional businesses;
    • servicing an unserved regional market;
    • transferring skills, technology, and know-how to BC.

Applicants in the Business Skills Category must have:
  • A minimum net worth of CDN $800,000;
  • A minimum investment of CDN $400,000 to establish the eligible business;
  • A minimum ownership of 1/3 of the equity of the business;
  • A business plan to create a minimum of 3 new jobs for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents;
  • The skills and experience necessary, successful business experience, and an active on-going management role in the business.

Applicants in the Regional Business Category must have:
  • A business project located outside the Vancouver and the Abbotsford Metropolitan Areas;
  • A minimum net worth of CDN $400,000;
  • A minimum investment of CDN $200,000 to establish the eligible business;
  • A minimum ownership of 1/3 of the equity of the business;
  • A business plan to create a minimum of 1 new job for a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • The skills and experience necessary, successful business experience, and an active on-going management role in the business.

The Strategic Projects Category allows foreign companies establishing a presence in BC to bring in key foreign professional, managerial, or technical staff (up to 5) who intend to become Canadian Permanent Residents. Companies in this category must:
  • Make a minimum equity investment of CDN $500,000;
  • Create a minimum of 3 new jobs for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents for every nominee applicant put forward by the company;
  • Demonstrate that the nominee applicants are essential to the proposed business;
  • Demonstrate that they have a record of good business practices.

Note: Business Skills and Regional Business applicants can seek fast-track nomination by posting a $125,000 performance deposit and signing a Deposit Agreement with the Province of British Columbia.

British Columbia PNP Strategic Occupations Stream

To qualify you must have a job offer from an employer in British Columbia that cannot be filled by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and be either:More...

To qualify you must have a job offer from an employer in British Columbia that cannot be filled by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and be either:

 

  • A skilled worker: Applications in the Skilled Worker category must have a job offer in an eligible occupation in skill type 0 or skill levels A, and B of Canada's National Occupational Classification Matrix (NOC);
  • A health care professional, specifically physicians, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, and midwives; or
  • An international graduate of a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • A semi-skilled worker in select Tourism/Hospitality occupations, Long-Haul Trucking occupations, and Food Processing occupations.


The province of British Columbia recently added the International Post-Graduates Pilot Project to its PNP. Under this category, international students who have obtained masters or doctorate degrees in the natural, applied or health sciences from eligible, recognized BC institutions within the last two years may apply even if they have not obtained a job offer from a BC employer. 

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