Start-up Visa Program


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


Do you have an innovative business idea? If you can get support for your idea from one of the designated organizations, you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

There are many reasons why Canada is the best place to build your business. Canada's advantages include:

  • a strong economy

  • low taxes

  • low business costs

  • excellence in research and innovation

  • a high quality of life

Self-employed people


The Self-Employed Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada. They must have either:

  • relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics, and

    • intend and be able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada, or

  • experience in managing a farm, and

    • intend and be able to buy and manage a farm in Canada.

Business Stream

If you are a business person or manager looking to immigrate to Canada, the Canadian federal and provincial governments offer a number of options that may allow you to fast-track the Canadian immigration process.

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