Canada’s Start-up Visa Program

Start-up Visa Program for Entrepreneurs

An Opportunity for Innovative Entrepreneurs

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program is an exciting opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs from around the world, along with their families, to live in Canada.

This program is intended to promote economic growth and job creation by attracting foreign entrepreneurs who have the skills and financial backing to launch and operate successful businesses in Canada. It offers a fast-track pathway to permanent residency for entrepreneurs who can demonstrate that their business idea has the potential for significant growth and job creation.

Why Launch your Venture in Canada?

As an entrepreneur, you may find Canada particularly enticing for the following reasons:

The Canadian business landscape thrives in a stable and supportive environment. The country’s stable economy, low taxes, and access to capital provide an advantageous platform for business growth. Additionally, Canada boasts a highly educated workforce, which can be instrumental in realizing your entrepreneurial vision.

Canada’s extensive trade network plays a pivotal role for entrepreneurs aiming to access global markets. The country’s strong trade relationships with numerous nations facilitate international business expansion. This global reach can be a game-changer for entrepreneurs looking to tap into diverse markets.

Furthermore, Canada fosters an innovation-friendly ecosystem. The government’s substantial support for research and development combined with a wealth of highly skilled talent provides a fertile ground for innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Finally, with its high standard of living, excellent healthcare system, and safe and peaceful environment, Canada is a great place for entrepreneurs to live and raise a family.

Why Choose Ferreira-Wells as your Counsel?

We offer a completely integrated service that draws on the expertise of industry experts. Our approach ensures that entrepreneurs receive comprehensive support throughout the entire process, from preparing the application to representation before immigration authorities. Our team will ensure that your application is complete and meets all requirements, and we will represent the entrepreneur’s case to immigration authorities, if necessary.

We are a highly ethical firm that entrepreneurs can trust. Our RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are authorized to represent you. We are members of CICC (College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants), recognized as industry leaders, and have received high client ratings within CAPIC (the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants).

As a trusted partner for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow, their business in Canada, we adhere to strict ethical standards in providing immigration advice and assistance. Our commitment to ethics and professionalism ensures that our clients receive the highest level of service and the best possible outcome for their immigration goals.

Complete our confidential Start-up Visa eligibility questionnaire below to get started:

SUV Program Checklist

To be eligible for the Start-up Visa program in Canada, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an innovative business idea that meets certain criteria, including being innovative, having the potential for high growth, and contributing positively to the Canadian economy.
  • Have business experience and relevant education.
  • Meet intermediate language requirements in English or French.
  • Have enough settlement funds to support yourself and any dependents without relying on government assistance.
  • Have a plan to settle in Canada, in any province other than Quebec.
  • Meet the criteria of the designated organization; such as a Canadian venture capital fund, angel investor, or business incubator; you are applying through.
  • Been accepted by and received a Letter of Support by the designated organization.
  • Own at least 10% of the shares in the start-up.
  • Up to 5 applicants and their families can apply who share equity in the start-up venture.