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Start-Up Visa Program

Canada Start Up Visa program grants Canadian permanent residence to qualified immigrant entrepreneurs. The program aims to recruit innovative entrepreneurs to Canada and link them with the Canadian private sector businesses, (angel investor groups, venture capital funds or business incubators) and facilitate the establishment of their start-up business in Canada.

Types of Non-immigrant Visas:


Successful candidates will receive a letter of support from a government-designated entity (angel investor group, venture capital fund or business incubator).

Government Support

The government-designated entity is primarily responsible to determine the viability of the applicant’s intended business and present an approved project along with a Commitment Certificate to immigration authorities. Applications are assessed on a pass-fail basis.


Have a qualifying business; Obtain a commitment from a designated entity in the form of a Commitment Certificate and Letter of Support; Have sufficient unencumbered, available and transferable settlement funds, updated each year (the requirements identical to those for skilled workers); Demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English or French through standardized testing (Canadian Language Benchmark level 5)

Required commitment from a designated entity

  • A designated angel investor group must confirm that it is investing at least $75,000 into the qualifying business, or two or more commitments from designated angel investor groups totaling $75,000; OR
  • A designated venture capital fund must confirm that it is investing at least $200,000 into the qualifying business or two or more commitments from designated venture capital funds totaling $200,000; OR
  • A designated business incubator must confirm that it is accepting the applicant into its business incubator Program.

To receive a work permit, an applicant must provide:

  • A letter of support from the designated entity; and
  • Proof they have sufficient funds to meet the low-income cut-off (LICO) for their family size, for one year.

Intended business must be incorporated

  • The applicant owns a least 10 percent of the voting rights in the corporation; AND
  • No other person holds 50 percent or more of the total amount of voting rights in the corporation.

Up to five applicants may have their application for permanent residence supported by the same business investment. However, certain applicants may be designated essential to the intended business. If any of the essential applicants withdraw their application or are refused for other reasons, all other applicants under the same business investment will see their applications terminated.

Applicants who have secured a Commitment Certificate from a designated entity, and who wish to begin working in the business during the processing of their permanent residence application may be able to apply for a short-term work permit

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