Federal

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta is one of Canada’s most economically and socially dynamic provinces.

Located in Western Canada, Alberta has a rapidly growing economy based in large part on its vast natural resources. Home to two of Canada’s largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta is the most populous of the country’s three ‘Prairie provinces’. It is also renowned as one of the most beautiful parts of North America, with famous national parks such as Banff and Jasper.

The AINP is Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will speed up the overall immigration process.

The AINP consists of three main immigration streams:

  • Strategic Recruitment Stream
  • Employer-Driven Stream
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream (opens early 2018)
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream (opens early 2018)

Strategic Recruitment Stream

This stream allows individuals to apply to the AINP without employer support. It consists of three different categories:

  • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category – Tradespersons who hold either an Alberta Qualification Certificate or a Recognized Trade Certificate may be eligible under this category. Individuals must be residing in Alberta on a valid work permit at the time of application and work in a compulsory or optional trade.
  • Engineering Occupations Category – This category was designed for engineers, designers and drafters with Alberta work experience. Applicants must work in one of the designated occupations.
  • Post Graduate Worker Category – Individuals who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta, and who are currently working in Alberta in an eligible occupation on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, may be eligible for this program.

Employer-Driven Stream

This stream allows employers to nominate workers to the AINP for Canadian immigration. In this way, applicants have the comfort of knowing that their job prospects are bright after becoming permanent residents, and employers can more easily retain the workers they need. This stream consists of three sub-categories:

  • Skilled Worker Category – For individuals with a permanent, full-time job offer in an eligible skilled occupation. Individuals are not required to be working in Alberta at the time of application.
  • International Graduate Category – For individuals who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, hold a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit, and have received a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer.
  • Semi-Skilled Worker Category – For temporary foreign workers who have received a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

This stream allows individuals with the farming experience and personal funds to purchase and develop a farm in Alberta and apply for permanent residence. Successful applicants are farm owners/operators who plan to live in Alberta in order to purchase and manage their farming business.

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British Columbia Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Immigration

Individuals who intend to settle and invest in British Columbia may be eligible for Canadian permanent residence under this immigration stream. This program is broken down into two categories:

  • Entrepreneur Immigration Category — This category is for senior managers or business owners who intend to invest funds into a proposed business in British Columbia

Minimum Requirements for Candidates

  • Personal net worth of at least $600,000 (including cash, assets in bank accounts, fixed deposits, real properties, investments, etc). The net worth must be legally obtained and may be under the spouse or common-law partner’s name. This net worth must verifiable if invited to apply;
  • Post-secondary credential or experience as an active business owner-manager with 100 percent ownership of the business for at least three of the past five years.
  • Eligible experience as an active business owner/manager and/or senior manager;
  • Submit a business concept that demonstrates an active and ongoing management role in the day-to-day operations of the proposed business and the creation of at least one new job in the proposed B.C. business; and
  • Personal investment of CAD $200,000 in eligible expenses.

Candidate Requirements

In order to be eligible to register, individuals must:

  • have a basic English or French language proficiency equal to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher.
  • have been lawfully admitted in the country where they are currently residing;
  • have at least a minimum of $600,000 in personal net worth. The personal net worth must be legally obtained and verifiable. The candidate must disclose personal net worth, including all your assets and those of your spouse or common-law partner, less any liabilities including mortgages and personal debts;

If invited to apply, individuals must obtain a verification report from BC PNP-qualified supplier. Failure to provide satisfactory evidence to verify personal net worth and source of funds may result in the refusal of an application.

  • have a minimum of three or more years as an active business owner-manager OR four or more years as a senior manager OR a combination of at least one year of experience as an active business owner-manager AND at least two years of experience as a senior manager (in the past 10 years);
  • have a post-secondary credential OR experience as an active business owner-manager with 100 per cent ownership of the business for at least three of the past five years. The percentage of ownership of the business may be shared between the candidate, the spouse or common-law partner, and/or his or her dependent child(ren);
  • provide details about the business concept specific to the proposal;

If invited to apply, individuals must demonstrate the proposed business is consistent with the registration business concept and show the potential for commercial viability to show how the proposed business will be successful in B.C.

  • demonstrate an eligible personal investment of at least $200,000 in the proposed business within 610 days (approximately 20 months) of arriving in B.C. on a BC PNP-supported work permit;
  • demonstrate that the business will create at least one permanent, new full-time equivalent job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada within 365 days (12 months) of the arrival date.
  • Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot — This new pilot is for international entrepreneurs looking to establish a new business in a small community in British Columbia.

The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot is a new immigration pathway for foreign nationals looking to start and run a new business in smaller communities across British Columbia.

The business must be established in a community of fewer than 75,000 people located more than 30 kilometres from a larger city.

The two-year pilot is designed to help address demographic challenges in these communities, including the movement of young people to more densely populated cities in B.C. in search of better opportunities.

In order to be eligible, the B.C. community must have a population under 75,000 and must be located 30 kilometres away from a city with more than 75,000 inhabitants.

The community must prove that it can offer the newcomer entrepreneur a network of settlement and business agencies. It is the responsibility of community representatives to attend immigration and pilot-specific training prior to hosting exploratory visits and referring prospective EI Regional Pilot applicants.

To be considered eligible for the BC PNP EI Regional pilot, a potential entrepreneur applicant must:

  • have a minimum personal net worth of $300,000;
  • have active business ownership and senior management experience within the last 5 years that includes:
    • 3 or more years of experience as an active business owner-manager; or
    • 4 or more years of experience as a senior manager; or
    • a combination of 1 or more years of experience as an active business owner/manager and 2 or more years of experience as a senior manager.
  • demonstrate a minimum language proficiency equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4;
  • provide a business plan to establish a new eligible business in an enrolled B.C. community;
  • have either a post-secondary credential OR experience as a business owner/manager with 100% ownership of the business for at least 3 out of 5 years;
  • demonstrate that he or she will hold at least 51 percent ownership of the proposed business; and
  • be able to make a minimum of $100,000 in eligible business investments in the proposed business (only if invited to apply). The BC PNP will not consider any investment made prior to the date of invitation.

B. Conduct a Community Exploratory Visit

All potential applicants must conduct an exploratory visit to the community in which they are hoping to establish their business. During the exploratory visit, the prospective EI Regional Pilot candidate is expected to present a business proposal to the community representative. The purpose of the visit is to obtain a community referral, which is a requirement to register to the BC PNP’s EI Regional Pilot.

Business proposal and referral request 

In the business proposal, the applicant must provide a business plan to establish a new business in the participating B.C. community. The business must be established with the sole purpose of earning profits by providing products and/or services to the local community. The business must also demonstrate the potential for long-term financial success.

Ineligible businesses include bed and breakfasts, hobby farms and home-based business, real estate development /brokerage, insurance or business brokerage.

For the community referral, the applicant must:

  1. Learn about the enrolled community and their priority industry sub-sectors;
  2. Understand the business conditions, local market and support services available to establish the business;
  3. Propose and develop a business concept that aligns with a priority industry sub-sector identified by the enrolled community;
  4. Meet with the designated community representative to discuss the business concept; and
  5. Request a referral from the enrolled community so they can submit an online registration with the BC PNP.
  • Strategic Projects Category — Through this category, foreign-controlled companies can set up an operation in British Columbia. Up to five key foreign managerial, professional or technical staff members can be nominated for permanent residence in the province.

The Strategic Projects Category functions as a Canadian immigration pathway for key staff of successful foreign corporations that have identified strategic investment opportunities in B.C. for the growth and expansion of their core businesses. 

In the process, the company can propose up to five key staff members to work and settle in the province to manage the company’s operations in British Columbia.

If nominated successfully under this category, the key staff members running the enterprise in B.C. may apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

Industries that have made use of the BC PNP Strategic Projects category advanced manufacturing, technology, new media, specialized engineering, forestry and scientific research and development. In most cases, these businesses have created high-impact occupations in British Columbia.

Minimum Requirements for Companies

To be eligible under the BC PNP Strategic Projects category, companies must:

  • be in excellent financial health; provide evidence of good business practices and successful business operations outside Canada that are relevant to the proposed B.C. business.
  • identify investment opportunities in B.C. based on commercial decisions and credible foundations.
  • demonstrate that the proposed key employees are qualified senior employees who are essential to establishing and operating the business

In most cases, successful corporate applicants typically have at least 150 staff members and annual revenues of at least $20,000,000.

The company will be required to:

  • 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 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.

Minimum Requirements for Key Staff Members

The BC PNP requires key staff members to have, or be eligible for, immigration status in Canada. The BC PNP will not accept applications of key staff members who:

  • Are prohibited from entering Canada,
  • Have not been lawfully admitted in their country of current residence,
  • Are in Canada without authorization or are out of status,
  • Are working in Canada without authorization,
  • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada,
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada.

After Application Approval

If an application is approved, the company must perform the following:

  • Sign a Performance Agreement with the Government of British Columbia;
    • If the application is approved, a Performance Agreement must be signed with the Province of British Columbia by the company’s designated signing authority. Each key staff member will be issued a work permit support letter by the BC PNP in order to apply for a two-year work permit from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • Submit a final report to the BC PNP to demonstrate how the company has met the terms and conditions of the Performance Agreement; and
  • (Key staff members) must apply to IRCC for a Canadian permanent resident visa within 180 days from the date of nomination (if the company has met the terms and conditions of the Performance Agreement).

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Saskatchewan Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs

  • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s Entrepreneur stream is a three-stage process:
    • Expression of interest
    • Invitation to submit application
    • Nomination

    The expression of interest must meet the following minimum entry requirements:

    • Minimum net worth of $500,000 legally acquired.
    • Minimum of three years of entrepreneurial or relevant management experience.
    • Investment of at least $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon, or $200,000 is any other Saskatchewan area.

    Candidates enter a pool where they receive a score. The top scoring candidates are invited to submit an application.

    Applications must include:

    • Business Establishment Plan confirming figures in expression of interest, and including at least one third ownership of a company in Saskatchewan, unless investment is $1 million or higher.
    • Commitment to be active in day-to-day management of business.
    • Creation of two or more jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents if the business is located in Regina or Saskatoon.

Farm Owners/Operators

One of two streams geared towards individuals with experience in farming who wish to purchase and operate a farm in Saskatchewan. The main criteria are:

  • Net worth of $500,000 CAD;
  • Deposit of $75,000 with the province, refundable upon meeting the terms of a performance agreement with the province;
  • Exploratory visit to Saskatchewan prior to the application;
  • Documented farm operation knowledge and experience.

Young Farmer Stream

As the title indicates, this stream is aimed at young individuals capable of operating a farm in the province. The requirements to apply are:

  • Minimum net worth of $300,000 CAD;
  • Under the age of 40 at the time of application;
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in farm ownership, management or practical farming;
  • Make a viable proposal for a commercial farming opportunity in Saskatchewan with a reasonable expectation of profit;
  • Have other marketable skills that will supplement a farming income;
  • Conduct an exploratory visit prior to the application;
  • Invest a minimum of $150,000 CAD into a farming operation in Saskatchewan;
  • Make a $75,000 refundable deposit with the Province.

 

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MANITOBA Business Entrepreneur

The Business Investor Stream is aimed at qualified international business investors and entrepreneurs. Candidates are initially issued with a temporary work permit, and must have the intent and ability to start or purchase a business in Manitoba within two years of arrival. The stream abolishes a previous requirement for a $100,000 deposit with the Manitoba government. There are pathways for entrepreneurs and for farm investors.

a) Entrepreneur Pathway

For applicants wanting to open a business in Manitoba. Candidates are initially issued with a temporary work permit. They are nominated for permanent residence after establishing a business meeting the conditions of a Business Performance Agreement. Priority is given to candidates starting businesses outside Winnipeg.

b) Farm Investor Pathway

For applicants wanting to open and operate a farm in rural Manitoba. Candidates are initially issued with a temporary work permit. They are nominated for permanent residence after establishing a business meeting the conditions of a Business Performance Agreement.

 

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Ontario Investors Immigration

The government of Ontario has authority to nominate certain applicants for Canadian permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Individuals with a nomination certificate issued by the province may apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Ontario Business Immigration program has two immigration programs directed to applicants with a successful business background. The programs are:

The Ontario Corporate Stream (OCS)
The Ontario Entrepreneur Stream (OES)

1) Ontario Corporate Stream (OCS) – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

The government of Ontario has authority to nominate certain applicants for Canadian permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The Ontario Corporate Stream (OCS) business program is aimed at established international corporations that want to expand into Ontario or buy an existing Ontario business.

If an international corporation establishes itself in Ontario and abides by the rules of the program, five key members of the corporation that are essential to the establishment, operation and success of the business may be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence. Once nominated, an applicant qualifies to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Corporation Requirements

Must have been established for at least 36 months.
Can be a public corporation, sole ownership or partnership.
Investment Requirements

Minimum $5 million to expand into Ontario or purchase an existing business.
Funds must be legally acquired.
Activity must be of significant economic benefit to Ontario.
Local Job Creation Requirements

Create five new permanent and full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents per key staff applicant.
Positions must be paid at or above the prevailing wage level.

Ontario Entrepreneur Stream (OES) – Ontario Nominee Program

The government of Ontario has authority to nominate certain applicants for Canadian permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

The OES business program is aimed at individuals from outside Canada who want to start a business or buy an already existing business in Ontario. Those who are approved for the program will be nominated for Canadian permanent residence. Once nominated, an applicant qualifies to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Ontario Entrepreneur Stream: Financial Requirements
1) Net Worth

Minimum net worth of $1,500,000 if your proposed business will be in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Outside the GTA, minimum net worth is $800,000.
Proposed business in either ICT or digital communications, minimum net worth is $800,000 anywhere in province.
2) Investment and Ownership

Invest at least $1 million in an Ontario business and own at least 33 per cent if business is in GTA.
Outside GTA, invest at least $500,000 and own at least 33 per cent.
Proposed business in either ICT or digital communications, invest at least $500,000 and own at least 33 per cent anywhere in province.

 

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Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur stream targets candidates with business ownership or senior management experience. They must live in Nova Scotia, either start a new business or buy an existing business, and actively participate in the day-to-day management of that business.

Under the Entrepreneur stream, candidates are first issued a temporary work permit before applying for permanent residence after operating the business for a year. The stream uses an Expression of Interest format, where candidates in a pool are invited to apply.

Candidate Requirements

  • Be aged 21 or older.
  • Want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business.
  • Minimum net worth of $600,000.
  • Minimum investment of $150,000 to establish or purchase a business in Nova Scotia.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience actively managing and owning a business (33 per cent ownership minimum) OR more than 5 years of experience in a senior business management role.
  • Score minimum of 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French.

 

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New Brunswick Entrepreneur

This category of New Brunswick’s Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) targets qualified foreign entrepreneurs who are interested in owning and actively managing a business that will contribute to New Brunswick’s economy.

This stream functions as an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. The first step in this process is the submission of an EOI to the New Brunswick Department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

Once an application is reviewed and assessed based on the eligibility requirements, an applicant is assigned a score based on various factors.

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible for the New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream, individuals must:

  • Be between 22 and 55 years of age;
  • Have a minimum of a two-year post-secondary education after high school;
  • Have a minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or French;
  • Demonstrate an intention to live and operate a business in New Brunswick;
    • The applicant must assume a day-to-day management role in the business.
  • Provide a business plan, approved by a New Brunswick government official, that will show how the business will benefit New Brunswick;
  • Have a personal net worth of at least $600,000 CAD of which $300,000 must be unaffected by debts or other obligations;
  • Have at least three out of five years of experience in managing and owning a business (of at least 33.3%) or have five years out of five of experience in a senior business management role or moreand be responsible for supervising at least two employees;
  • Want to live permanently in New Brunswick, while owning and managing a local business;
  • Present a business concept that demonstrates the potential to provide significant economic benefit to the province; and
  • Score at least 65 points on New Brunswick’s unique selection grid.

Eligibility Requirements for the New Brunswick Business

In order to be considered eligible, the business must be:

  • of significant economic benefit to New Brunswick;
  • established as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation; (in the case of a partnership, the other partner(s) must be a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen);
  • the continued operation of an existing business or the establishment of a new business;
  • a private-sector, for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services; and
  • considered a “permanent establishment” as defined under subsection 400(2) of the Canadian Income Tax Regulations, 1985.

Business Investment and acquisition/ownership

Applicants must be prepared to make a minimum business investment of CAD $250,000 in New Brunswick. In addition, the applicant must have 33.33 percent ownership and assume an active senior management role in the daily operations of the business.

Purchasing an established New Brunswick business

If an entrepreneur intends to purchase a pre-existing business, he or she must prove that the business:

  • has been in continuous operation by the same owner for the three years prior to the purchase date; and that the owner is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada;
  • will be purchased at a proven fair market value;
  • has achieved a proven net profit for at least two of the previous three years as demonstrated by audited financial statements;
  • will provide for the continued employment to existing staff on similar terms and conditions; and
  • is not in receivership and/or has not filed for bankruptcy for the three years prior to the date of purchase.

Operating the business and providing active management

When operating the business, the applicant must ensure the business:

  • has all the necessary licenses and permits from the applicable municipal, provincial and/or federal authorities;
  • pays income taxes on taxable income earned in the province, regardless of income or other taxes that may also be payable in other jurisdictions as a result of income earned or other business activities;
  • complies with all legislation in the province including, but not limited to, the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  • follows all Canadian laws in establishing, purchasing and maintaining the business; and
  • be in operation for two years from the date of the refund and release of the deposit of CAD $100,000 to the applicant.

The applicant must assume active management of the business by:

  • assuming risks and determining the direction of the business;
  • providing ongoing and active management to the business from within New Brunswick; and
  • being present at the business premises on a daily basis.

Creating jobs in New Brunswick 

The business must create at least two full-time jobs for permanent residents or citizens of Canada living in New Brunswick. The two full-time jobs cannot be for the applicant, his or her spouse/common-law partner dependant children and/or other family members.

Participating in site visits 

The NBPNP may organize two site visits to the business grounds to ensure the applicant is in compliance with the terms and conditions outlined in the Business Performance Agreement. Provincial representatives may require an applicant to provide additional information and/or documents including but not limited to: proof of business registration and incorporation; business permits and licences; bank statements; invoices showing proof of eligible investment; financial statements prepared by a certified or chartered accountant; business income tax assessments; and payroll documents.

The site visit may take place on:

  • the start of the business commencement date;
  • 12 months after the business commencement date;
  • the date the department receives your written request for the refund of the deposit of CAD $100,000, without interest.

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Prince Edwards Island

APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS
-Intend to settle in PEI, and to manage, invest in, or own a business in PEI
-Minimum 3 years, out of the last 5 years, of business management and/or ownership experience:
  • business ownership:  minimum 20% ownership (the principal’s and spouse’s % ownership may be combined) with active management of the company; OR
  • management:  the principal applicant must directly manage at least 3 employees
-Minimum English or French score of CLB 4 (see the below website for converting IELTS to CLB:
-Between age 18-59
-Earned net worth of CAD $600,000 (principal’s and spouse’s assets combined)
-Completed high school
On Sep-12th-2018, the PEI Government has on  announced an important change to the PEIPNP.  It will be eliminating the 100% and Partial Ownership Streams of the Business Impact Category, and moving to a Work Permit stream (where applicants would come to PEI and run a business for 1 year before being nominated and later receiving permanent residency).
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Northwest Territories Entrepreneur

In order to qualify under this program, the applicant must:

  • Invest:
    • A minimum of $300,000 CDN equity into starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT, or
    • 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.

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