Canada's Start-up Visa Program

SUPPORT MECHANISM:

Successful applicants to this program will be able to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents with no conditions attached to the success of their business.

IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Timeline:

Canada’s new Start-Up Visa is linking immigrant entrepreneurs with experienced private sector organizations that have expertise in working with start-ups.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has designated a number of venture capital funds, angel investor groups, and business incubator organizations to participate in the Start-Up Visa program.

Successful applicants are required to secure a minimum investment for their Canadian start-up. If coming from a designated Canadian venture capital fund, the investment must be at least $200,000. If coming from an angel investor group, it should be at least $75,000. 

Applicants do not need to secure any investment from a business incubator. However, applicants must be accepted into a Canadian business incubator program.

Applicants are not required to invest any of their own money. If their Canadian start-up is unsuccessful, individuals granted permanent residence through this program will retain their permanent resident status.

CURATED BY

Global Entrepreneurship Network
United States
Global Entrepreneurship Network
United States
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