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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

-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).

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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Start-up Visa

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:

  • are innovative
  • can create jobs for Canadians
  • can compete on a global scale

Before you can apply for the Start-up Visa Program, you must have the support of a designated organization. These are business groups that have been approved to invest in or support possible start-ups.

If a designated organization decides to support your business, it will give you a Letter of Support.

You must include the Letter of Support with your application. If you do not include the letter or do not meet any of the requirements below, we will refuse your application.

The ability to communicate and work in English, French, or both will help your business succeed in Canada.

You must take a language test from an approved agency and include the results with your application, or we will not process it.

You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French in all of these four areas:

  • speaking
  • reading
  • listening
  • writing

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Did you know that Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are at least 18 have the opportunity to sponsor their spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, dependent or adapted child and even their relatives from outside of Canada?

 An eligible Canadian for this commitment:

–         Pledges in writing to provide financial support to the sponsored relative

–         Has clean record

–         Has not received government financial assistance

–         Has not declared bankruptcy


Quebec residents are to settle their balance with Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS) and provide the sponsored with basic needs for the entire duration of the undertaking

Tips of Spouse Sponsorship Cases:

1-      Beginning from March 2, 2012 the Canadian regulations do not allow sponsored people marry anyone else on the condition of divorcing the sponsor up to 5 years.

2-      The sponsor is officially required to fulfill the basic needs of the sponsored person for 3 years. This includes the needs of education, accommodation, food, health and etc.

3-      Being married to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, Sponsored people have the privilege of being considered a conditional Canadian permanent resident no matter being in or out of Canada.

If one breaks any of above-mentioned commitments, for example if the sponsored asks for welfare, it is the sponsor’s duty to meet the sponsored needs.

If your sponsorship case is accepted you must submit your signed commitment, it is crucial to have an aid of a competent consultant in this process.

Basic conditions for opening a sponsorship application:

1-      Sponsor must be over 18

2-      Sponsor must be Canadian citizen or permanent resident

3-      Sponsor must be in Canada when the process is started and during the process

4-      Sponsor must sign the “Undertaking” commitment form in order to provide their spouse initial financial needs

5-      Sponsored is allowed to have just one spouse at the time

6-      Proving proof of funds in case of presence of sponsored person’s children is necessary (children must be under 19)

7-      Sponsored must be at least 16

8-      Sponsored must have a valid travel document (passport)

9-      The couple must provide the Marriage Certificate (Canadian or foreign)

Sponsorship application cannot be open if:

1-      Sponsor aims to marry their family (siblings, grandparents, niece or nephews)

2-      You are planning a fake marriage to obtain Canadian citizenship

The details of requirements are stated in IMM 5289 form which is accessible in CIC website. Be highly careful that any false or wrong information can cause penalties against you. We excessively recommend doing the process under consultation of an experience immigration consultant.

Sponsorship Processing time:

At the present time it is hard to provide a fixed processing time, but to best of our experience:

1-      It takes about 28 days to have your application reviewed in a Canada Visa Office.

2-      There is an additional 30 days for Quebec residence for having the Quebec’s confirmation on the case

3-      It takes about less than 15 months to have your file assessed in out of Canada designated Visa Office

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a new feature in the Canadian immigration landscape.

Through this program, the federal government — together with the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island — aim to welcome nearly 7,000 newcomers and their families to the Atlantic region of Eastern Canada in the next three years. Much of this region is sometimes referred to as ‘the Maritimes’.



In July, 2016, Canada’s Minister of Immigration met with the provincial premiers (heads of government) of the four Atlantic provinces. Together, they worked to establish a new immigration pilot program for the region. The federal and provincial government alike recognize that these provinces need more newcomers who can establish themselves in the labour market and local communities.

The three-year pilot program has been established to help address resource gaps that sectors are facing, and to help businesses attract and retain global talent. The program will also support population growth, help to develop a skilled workforce, and increase employment rates in the region.

The pilot program forms part of an overall Atlantic Growth Strategy that will focus on the following five priority areas:

  • skilled workforce and immigration;
  • innovation;
  • clean growth and climate change;
  • trade and investment; and
  • infrastructure.

On November 1, 2017, the Government of Canada announced multi-year immigration targets for 2018-2020 with specific allocations for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: the next steps

All principal applicants arriving in Canada under the pilot program will have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their family.

How the pilot program works

This is an employer-driven program, with significant involvement from employers in the provinces.

Once a designated employer finds a candidate who meets their employment needs and the program criteria, that employer will need to first offer them a job. Employers do not need to go through the process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under this program.

Once the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and to develop a settlement plan. Employers will also support the long-term integration of the new immigrant and his or her family, if applicable, so they can reach the goals of their settlement plan once they arrive in Canada.

Employers that need to fill a job vacancy quickly will have access to a temporary work permit, so that the candidate and his or her family can come to Canada as soon as possible. In order to obtain this work permit, candidates will need:

  • a valid job offer;
  • a letter from the province; and
  • a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.

Employer designation

Employers that would like to hire skilled immigrants under the pilot program must apply to the province(s) in order to receive designation. Employers with locations in multiple provinces will require separate a designation for each province. Employers must meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the newcomer and his or her family as they integrate into their new life in Atlantic Canada.



Candidate requirements

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has two programs for skilled workers:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

and one program for international student graduates:

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

The work experience, education, and job offer required will depend on whether the individual is applying as a worker or as an international student graduate. The other requirements are the same for both.



Other ways to immigrate to Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic provinces have already been active in immigration over recent years, principally through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these programs, the provinces have been able to welcome a wide range of skilled workers, graduates who have studied in Canada, and business immigrants such as entrepreneurs.

Since 2015, each Atlantic province has created at least one PNP stream aligned with the federal Express Entry system, allowing candidates in the Express Entry pool who are also eligible to immigrate through one of these streams to submit an application to immigrate to the given province.

Currently, the Atlantic PNP options include:

  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
  • Newfoundland And Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

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Federal Self Employed

The Self-Employed Persons Program is open to individuals with self-employed experience as farmers, athletes (at an international level), or artisans.

To qualify for business immigration to Canada under the Self-Employed Persons Program, an applicant must demonstrate that he or she has relevant artistic, or athletic experience that will allow the applicant to be successfully self-employed in Canada and to make a significant contribution to his or her field.

Relevant experience consists of at least two years of experience either self-employed or participating at a world class level in art, culture, recreation, or sport activities designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (see the list below).


Applicants are also assessed based on their education, experience, age, English/French language ability, and adaptability.


Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
5111 Librarians
5112 Conservators and Curators
5113 Archivists
5121 Authors and Writers
5122 Editors
5123 Journalists
5124 Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
5125 Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
5132 Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
5133 Musicians and Singers
5134 Dancers
5135 Actors and Comedians
5136 Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
5211 Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
5212 Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
5221 Photographers
5222 Film and Video Camera Operators
5223 Graphic Arts Technicians
5224 Broadcast Technicians
5225 Audio and Video Recording Technicians
5226 Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5227 Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5231 Announcers and Other Broadcasters
5232 Other Performers
5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
5242 Interior Designers
5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
5245 Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
5251 Athletes
5252 Coaches
5253 Sports Officials and Referees
5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitne


***As of March 10, 2018, CIC is no longer accepting new applications under the farm management stream of the Self-Employed Person Program.***


Individuals interested in immigrating to the Province of Quebec should note that the province has a separate selection system for self-employed persons.


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