Canada Business and Investment Immigration Overview

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Canada offers the most established and widely-used investment based immigration programs conferring permanent resident status.

Canada Business and Investment Immigration Overview

The Canadian confederation system of government and the country’s social norms offer a “European alternative” to the more unabashed capitalism of the USA. Canada offers European-style social benefits with fairly high levels of taxation and unparalleled quality of life. Under the Canadian model, business immigrants can enjoy the benefits of a national health care program, affordable first-class education and a national pension system that provides measurable annual income upon retirement.

Business immigration offering permanent admission to Canada comprise of the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP), Quebec Entrepreneur program, Quebec Self-Employed, several Provincial Nominee Entrepreneur programs, the Federal Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program and the Federal Start-Up Visa program. While the various entrepreneur and self-employed programs are aimed at individuals with a mid-range personal net worth who intend to establish and operate a business in Canada, the investor programs are suited for high net worth individuals who wish to make a passive investment with no obligation to establish a business.

As well, wealthy business immigrants may buy or establish a new businesses in Canada and qualify for a temporary work visa, under federal ‘owner-operator’ policies.  After a period of time, applicants may qualify for permanent residence under a suitable immigration program.

Below is a summary of what Canada offers at the federal and provincial levels.

More information about each program is available at the links below:

Quebec InvestorQuebec EntrepreneurSelf-EmployedStart-up Visa
British ColumbiaManitobaSaskatchewanOntario
New BrunswickPrince Edward IslandNorthwest TerritoriesYukon

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