Canada

Business Immigration Program

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP)

 The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program allows business people and their families to gain residency in Quebec based upon a passive investment. It is the only investor program available for Canada and in high demand.

Quick Facts
Population 36.29 Million
Language English, French
Currency Canadian Dollar
Total Area 9,984,670 km²
Capital City Ottawa
Nearest Country US

Benefits

  • Free healthcare & education
  • High Standard of Living
  • Apply for Canadian citizenship after 3 years
  • Strong passport with visa free entry to 165 countries
  • Safe and secure environment

Investment Options

Applicants must invest CAD $1.2 million in a government bond for five years. After 5 years, the guaranteed investment amount is returned to the investor without interest. The investment amount can also be financed by an approved financial intermediary.

The financing option involves a one-time fee of CAD $350,000 payable by the applicant to the financial intermediary who will then finance the CAD 1.2million investment amount. The one-time fee is not returned to the investor.

Requirements:

  • A legally acquired Net Worth of CAD $2 million
  • Have at least two years of business experience in the last five years preceding the application
  • Demonstrate the intention to settle in Quebec

Business Immigration Programs

Through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, foreign nationals can attain permanent residency by establishing a new business or purchasing an existing business in Canada. These programs have been successful in developing new commercial opportunities in Canada, innovation and opportunity for foreign nationals wishing to make Canada their homes.

Each province and territory have their own set of requirements and investment amounts, and applicants are assessed based upon various factors such as their age, education, business experience and business idea.

Programs List

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Program Alberta Self Employed Farmer Stream
Minimum Net Worth $500,000
Minimum Investment $500,000 in a primary production farming business
Experience Farm management experience in an existing farm business
EOI System NO
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Canadian financial institution must finance the Alberta farming venture
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) - Entrepreneur Stream
Program British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) – Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $200,000OR$400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
Experience 3 years of business ownership & management experienceOR4 years of senior management experienceOR1 year of business ownership & management experience and 2 years of senior management experience
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required upon request of BC PNP
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal
Additional Requirements Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian or permanent resident
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B)
Program Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B)
Minimum Net Worth $350,000
Minimum Investment $150,000 tangible assetsANDControl at least 1/3 of equity (if investing in an existing business)OR$1,000,000 equity investment (if investing in an existing business)
Experience Business ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years, in a successful business
EOI System Yes (province does not publish info on previous draws, but may do so in the future)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Submission of Summary of Business Intent required
Exploratory Visit Recommended
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $100,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit a mandatory Expression of Interest
Score 60+ points on assessment grid
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) – Business Applicants(suspended)
Program New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) – Business Applicants(suspended)
Minimum Net Worth $300,000
Minimum Investment $125,000 tangible assets
Experience Management experience in 3 of the past 5 years required
EOI System No (program suspended)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required, must be of economic benefit to the province
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $75,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Score at least 50 points on the selection grid
22-55 years old
Ability in English or French
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) – Entrepreneur Stream
Program Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) – Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $150,000
Experience At least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 yearsOR
+5 years as senior manager in the last 10 years
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit Must operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 5
Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) – Entrepreneur Business
Program Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) – Entrepreneur Business
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in Yellowknife: $500,000ORFor businesses outside Yellowknife: $250,000
Minimum Investment In Yellowknife: $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownershipOROutside Yellowknife: $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownershipOR$1,000,000 investment
Experience Relevant business experience required
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $75,000
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Priority business projects: those involving a product new to the NWT or a project that would generate significant benefits
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Corporate Stream
Program Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Corporate Stream
Minimum Net Worth None
Minimum Investment $5,000,000OR$10,000,000 if the proposed business is a land development or a leasehold company
Experience The international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Encouraged
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit Applicant & key staff first obtain work permits; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Create 5 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents per key staff member seeking nomination
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Entrepreneur Stream
Program Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net Worth For businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): $1,500,000ORFor businesses outside the GTA: $800,000ORFor businessesin the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): $800,000
Minimum Investment In the GTA: $1,000,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the businessOROutside the GTA: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the businessORIn the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business
Experience At least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months as business owner or senior manager
EOI System Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession only
Interview Required upon request of OINP
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement with Ontario
English/French minimum CLB 5
Create 2 permanent, full-time jobs for Canadians or permanent residents
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) – 100% Ownership
Program Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) – 100% Ownership
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $150,000
Experience Management experience required
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial govt
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $200,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit a purchase and sale agreement, if applicant is purchasing an eligible PEI business
IELTS minimum score of 4.0 within last 2 years
21-59 years old
Score 50+ points on assessment grid
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) – Partial Ownership
Program Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI-PNP) – Partial Ownership
Minimum Net Worth $600,000
Minimum Investment $150,000 and at least 1/3 ownershipOR$1,000,000 investment
Experience Management experience required
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required, must fall within an eligible sector of business set out by the provincial govt
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit $200,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit an investment agreement
Minimum IELTS band score of 4.0 within the last 2 years
Score 50+ points on assessment grid
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category
Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category
Minimum Net Worth $500,000
Minimum Investment $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownershipOR$200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownershipOR$1,000,000 investment
Experience At least 3 years’ experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years
EOI System Yes
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Required for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities
Interview Required, either in person or online
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Sign a Performance Agreement
Create 2+ employment opportunities in SK (if it’s a new business)
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Farm Owner/Operator Category
Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Farm Owner/Operator Category
Minimum Net Worth $500,000
Minimum Investment $150,000
Experience Farming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming
EOI System No
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Farm Establishment Plan (FEP) required
Exploratory Visit Required
Interview May be required
Refundable Deposit $75,000
PR/Work permit PR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional Requirements Submit a Farm Establishment Plan
Sign a Performance Agreement
Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)
Program Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)
Minimum Net Worth $500,000 (including $300,000 in liquid assets)
Minimum Investment $300,000 and at least 1/3 ownership with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident partner
Experience Minimum of 3 years entrepreneurial/business management experience & minimum of 5 years relevant work experience
EOI System Yes (however, there is no points-based ranking system)
Managerial Role Required
Business Plan Required
Exploratory Visit Recommended, applicants are awarded points for past visits
Interview Required
Refundable Deposit Not required
PR/Work permit 2-year work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional Requirements Business must be in a strategic sector, as identified by the territory
Must score 65+ points on assessment grid

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