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Atlantic Provincial Nominee Program


This exciting new program represents an outstanding opportunity for immigrant entrepreneurs who have the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada. The Canadian authorities are particularly interested in business ideas that are innovative, can compete on a global basis and will generate jobs for Canadians.

Who Can Apply?

If you have an idea that qualifies and providing you can gain the support from a designated venture capital fund, angel investor or business incubator, you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • each applicant must hold 10% or more of the voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding (up to five people can apply as owners).
  • applicants and the designated organization jointly hold more than 50% of the total voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding.
  • you provide active and ongoing management of this business from within Canada.
  • an essential part of the business operations happens in Canada.
  • this business is incorporated in Canada.

You must get a letter of support from a designated organization that has been approved to invest in or support possible start-ups (venture capital fund, angel investor group, or business incubator). The process will be different for each organization.

The letter of support, must be submitted with your application. The organization will also provide a commitment certificate directly to the immigration authorities.

The ability to communicate and work in English, French or both will help your business succeed in Canada. You must take a language test from an approved agency and meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English of French or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 5. The results must be included with your application.

You will need to supply proof that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependents after you arrive in Canada.

Program Highlights

Processing Time

12-16 months


Spouse and dependent children may be included

Lifestyle Benefits

Ability to live, work, start a business and study in Canada

Residency Requirements

To maintain permanent residency status, you must be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days in every 5 year period

Citizenship Eligibility

After 5 years of permanent residency. You must have been physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days in the five year period.

Visa-free Travel

166 countries after obtaining citizenship

Language Requirements

Language test is required. Must meet minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 in English or French or International English Language Testing System score of 5

Permanent Residency with Incredible Economic Opportunity

The Canadian Start-Up Visa Program offers permanent residency with the ability to establish your business in one of the top-ranked countries for doing business.

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Designated organizations are business groups that are approved to invest in or support possible start-ups through the Start-up Visa Program.

Organizations choose which business proposals to review. Each organization has its own intake process for proposals and criteria used to assess them. If a designated organization decides to review your business idea, it’ll assess the potential of your proposal and whether or not it will succeed. They will then provide a Letter of Support and an investment which meets the requirement outlined below:

Option 1

Venture Capital Funds

Minimum Investment – $200,000
If your investment comes from a designated Canadian Venture Capital Fund you must secure a minimum investment of $200,000.

Option 2

Angel Investors

Minimum Investment – $75,000
If your investment comes from a designated Canadian Angel Investor you must secure a minimum investment of $75,000. The required amount is lower because angel investors usually invest their own money into a start-up business at an earlier stage of development.

Option 3

Business Incubator Program

Minimum Investment – N/A
You do not need to secure a financial investment from a business incubator, but you must be accepted into a designated program.

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  • A firm belief that rather than just a product or service we are assisting people to change and improve their lives forever.

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