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How to Start a Business in Canada as an Immigrant

Establishing a business in Canada offers a promising opportunity for immigrants with innovative ideas. This guide outlines the key steps to navigate the startup visa process and start your business in Canada.

Canada offers a unique visa pathway known as the Startup Visa, tailored specifically for immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to create businesses that benefit the Canadian economy. This program seeks individuals who are innovative, can generate jobs for Canadians, and have the capability to compete globally.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualifying Business

To be eligible for the Startup Visa, your business must meet certain criteria:

  • At the time you receive a commitment from a designated organization, you must hold at least 10% of the voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time.
  • Up to five individuals can apply as owners, but each must possess at least 10% of the voting rights. Support from a Designated Organization

A crucial step in the process is obtaining a letter of support from a designated organization. These organizations are set up in Canada to nominate potential entrepreneurs. Your business idea will be assessed and voted on by these organizations. A successful nomination is essential for your application.

Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet language requirements in either English or French. You must pass a language test to demonstrate your proficiency, which is essential for conducting business in Canada.

Proof of Funds

You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any accompanying family members. The required amounts are similar to those for the Express Entry program:

  • Individual: $13,757 CAD
  • Couple: $17,000 CAD
  • Couple with one child: $21,000 CAD
  • Couple with two children: $25,000 CAD
  • Couple with three children: $28,000 CAD
  • Couple with five children: $36,000 CAD

Application Process

Step 1: Gather Necessary Documents

Collect all required documents, including:

  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Proof of funds
  • A valid passport
Step 2: Apply Online

Submit your application online through the permanent resident application portal. Ensure all information is accurate and complete.

Step 3: Biometrics and Fees

You will need to complete your biometrics and pay the application fee, which is approximately $1,200 CAD.

Step 4: Wait for Processing

The processing time for the Startup Visa is about 37 months. During this period, your application will be reviewed, and you may be asked to provide additional information or attend an interview.

Step 5: Medical Examination

A medical examination is required to ensure you meet the health standards for immigration to Canada.

Step 6: Final Decision and Confirmation

Once your application is approved, you will receive confirmation of permanent residence (PR). If you are already in Canada, you can finalize your status by crossing the nearest border (e.g., US-Canada border) and returning to have your PR status confirmed.

Entry Requirements

Upon arrival in Canada, you will be greeted by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). You must present:

  • A valid passport
  • A valid permanent resident visa
  • Confirmation of permanent residence

Ensure you have sufficient funds to support yourself. If you are carrying more than $10,000 CAD, you must declare it to the border officers. This can include cash, stocks, bonds, treasury bills, bankers’ drafts, cheques, travelers’ cheques, or money orders.


The Startup Visa program offers a valuable opportunity for immigrant entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses in Canada. By meeting the eligibility criteria, obtaining support from a designated organization, and fulfilling the application requirements, you can embark on an exciting entrepreneurial journey in one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse economies. If you qualify, take advantage of this pathway to contribute to the Canadian economy and build a successful future.
Source IRCC

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