Peace Bridge connecting Fort Erie, Ontario to Buffalo, New York

Ensuring a successful application

To support Canada’s economy, the federal government invites business immigration applications for those who are either self-employed or investors. These applications require significant supporting documentation and the rules are rigidly applied.

Self-employed immigrants must have the intention and ability to work for themselves, and recent relevant experience within specific industries. Applicants must demonstrate they have enough money to get a business off the ground and cover their own cost of living. A key theme here is that they must be able to make a "significant contribution" to the economy or to Canadian culture.

Business immigrants who are investors can apply via the Start-up Visa Program. Eligible applicants must speaker in either English or French, have sufficient funds to settle and handle their cost of living, and be officially supported by a Canadian business incubator, venture capital fund or angel investor group.