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Ontario Business Immigration Programs
Companies making an investment in Ontario can recruit or relocate up to 25 key employees to Canada. Investments must meet the following criteria:
The investment is at least C$3,000,000.
The investment must create at least five permanent full-time jobs for Canadians (citizens or permanent residents) in Ontario.
Be of significant importance to Ontario and create jobs. New investments and expansions to current operations are eligible.
Receive an official endorsement from an Ontario ministry at the Deputy Minister level for the investment and the number of key positions requested.
Eligibility for Individual Investors
Individual investors seeking nomination can also qualify for the program if they:
Actively are involved, on an ongoing basis, in the management of the business.
Control, or will control, at least a third of the equity in the business, or make a minimum C$1 million investment in the business
Don’t have the option of redeeming the investment after a specified period.
Invest the capital in the business not for the primary purpose of deriving interest, dividends or capital gains.
There is a non-refundable application fee of C$3,500
Note: Applicants who are part of an immigration-linked investment scheme, where the promoters are seeking to raise capital or the agreement was entered into primarily for immigration 
Prince Edward Island (PEI) Business Immigration Program
There are two different streams of the Business Impact Category:
The 100% Ownership Stream; and
The Partial Ownership Stream.
100% Ownership Stream
PEI is looking for businesspeople who will contribute to its economy. The 100% Ownership Stream attracts experienced business managers and entrepreneurs.
You must plan to invest in and actively manage an eligible business in PEI and satisfy the following specific criteria:
Have a net worth of CAD$600,000;
Have, at minimum, a high-school diploma;
Be 21-59 years of age at the time of application;
Have transferable management skills and past employment;
Have taken the IELTS test and scored at least 4 within the last 2 years;
Provide a detailed business plan;
Actively manage the business from within PEI;
Sign an escrow agreement to allow PEI to hold CAD$200,000 until the terms of the business plan have been met; and
Make a minimum of CAD$150,000 investment into a new or existing PEI business.
Escrow Agreement
The CAD$200,000 that is held in escrow will be returned to you as follows:
CAD$25,000 will be refunded after 6 months of residency in PEI;
CAD$25,000 will be refunded after 1 year of residency in PEI;
The remaining CAD$150,000 will be released when you fulfill the requirements outlined in the escrow agreement.
New Brunswick Business Immigration Program
Note: New Brunswick has met its quota for this program.
Eligibility criteria:
Between 22-55 years of age;
Sufficient English and/or French language skills;
High school diploma;
You will live in and operate a business in New Brunswick;
Relevant management experience in 3 of the last 5 years before your application;
Exploratory visit to New Brunswick;
Business plan of economic benefit to New Brunswick;
Personal net worth of at least CAD$300,000;
Sign the Deposit Agreement and make a conditionally refundable deposit of CAD$75,000; and
At least 50 points in the selection factors.
Selection Factors
Age; Language; Education; Adaptability;  Management Experience;
Business Investment
You must invest at least CAD$125,000 in a business in New Brunswick. Eligible investments include:
Purchase of appropriately-zoned land/buildings for business purposes;
Purchase of business property or leasehold improvements;
Moving costs for business-related devices, equipment and goods;
Buying manufacturing equipment, raw materials, tools or a business vehicle;
Purchase of furniture for a hospitality business;
Professional services in connection with establishing the business;
Marketing and promotions;
Intellectual property; and
Home-based business ventures up to 10% of the total home purchase price, to a maximum of CAD$20,000 (including home improvements and renovations).
Business Trip/Exploratory Visit to New Brunswick
You must make at least one business trip (for a minimum of 5 full business days) to New Brunswick and conduct extensive research on the province’s business situation. After the business trip, you must participate in an interview with an NBPNP officer who will discuss and identify the knowledge that you gained on your exploratory visit.
British Columbia Business Immigration Programs
The British Columbia Entrepreneur Program Summary
Each month BC PNP will only accept a maximum of 200 initial Entrepreneur Immigration Registrations per month. Applicants who meet the minimum registration requirements will be entered into a selection pool. Periodically, the BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants to submit an application. If invited to apply, you will have four months to submit a complete application. If the application is approved, you will sign a Performance Agreement and will have up to 20 months to implement your business proposal in B.C.
If you meet the requirements of the Performance Agreement within the 20 months, the BC PNP will nominate you for permanent residence. You and your dependent family members can then apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee class with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Register with the BC PNP: If successful get an invitation to apply
Applying to the BC PNP: Submit Application, pass interview, sign Performance Agreement, obtain Work Permit
Operate Business: Arrive in B.C., run business, submit Final Report, get Nomination
Applying For Permanent Residence
The BC PNP will consider registrations to establish a new business, purchase an existing business, form a partnership with an existing business, and partner with a local or foreign entrepreneur to establish a new business. You must decide on a specific type of business you intend to establish or purchase in B.C. before you register. You cannot change your business proposal after you submit your registration.
The minimum personal investment must be at least $200,000 in the proposed business. You may use external financing from a business partner or financial institutions, however, you must identify how you will obtain the financing and how it will be applied in your proposed investment.
If you are bringing a Key Staff member the minimum investment is at least $400,000.
Personal Net Worth Requirements: Applicants must have at least a minimum of $600,000 in personal net worth, which includes all your assets and those of your spouse or common-law partner, less any liabilities including mortgages and personal debts:
Residency Requirements: You must demonstrate that you reside within 100 kilometres of the business you intend to operate in B.C. and that you have been a resident in B.C. for at least 75% of the time while on a work permit.
Business and/or work experience: The BC PNP assigns points for business and/or work experience from the last 10 years and must have a minimum of:
Three years of experience as an active business owner-manager (owning more than 10%), or
More than four years of experience as a senior manager (supervising at least 3 people), or
A combination of at least one year of experience as an active business owner-manager and at least two years of experience as a senior manager.
English language proficiency:  English language is NOT a mandatory requirement of the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration stream, however, points are assigned for self-declared English language proficiency. Test scores are NOT required when you register but may be requested later.
Education: To register, you must have a minimum of two-years of post-secondary education, or experience as an active business owner-manager with 100% ownership of the business for at least three of the past five years.
Previous visit(s) to B.C.: If you have previously visited British Columbia, you must provide details of your visits, including cities/municipalities visited, and the dates when you entered and exited B.C. If you are invited to apply, you will be required to provide evidence of your previous visit(s) to B.C.
Age: While the BC PNP does not have any age requirements or age limit, your age will be assigned points under the Entrepreneur Immigration Registration.
Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
For farm owners/operators with proven management skills and the financial resources to develop a sustainable growth-oriented primary production farming business in Alberta, Canada.
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development will help assess the eligibility of applicants in this category.
Self-Employed Farmer Stream criteria:
Farm management skills
Financial documentation of your existing farm business
Documentation of your education, training and work experience
Proposed business plan for the farming enterprise you are considering in Alberta
Proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business
Sufficient financial resources to develop a sustainable farming operation
Ability to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta
Minimum net worth of CDN $500,000 or confirmation of access to a similar amount of funds from other sources
Must invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta
Document your investment intentions in primary production farming in your proposed business plan
Applications representing the best opportunity for growth relevant to Alberta’s agri-food targets will be given priority
Saskatchewan Business Immigration Programs
Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Program
The new Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Program opened for applications in early 2015.
Now you and your family can establish, acquire or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in its management.
General Nomination Criteria
Net worth of CAD$500,000;
3 years’ entrepreneurial experience or relevant business management experience out of last 10 years.
Minimum investment of CAD$200,000 in Saskatchewan (If business in Regina or Saskatoon, minimum investment must be $300,000)
If you own less than 1/3 of the business, then your total investment must be worth at least CAD$1 million;
Involvement in the day-to-day management of your business
Intend to reside and actively invest in Saskatchewan.
If establishing a business in Regina or Saskatoon then must hire 2 Canadians or if buying a business there must maintain staff level.
Business plan may be assessed by third party

Applicants are first asked to file an Expression of Interest (EOI) and are scored based on a point grid and are ranked for selection.
IF you are approved for nomination under the Entrepreneur Program, you require:
A CAD$75,000 Good Faith Deposit
Must operate the business for 6 months before being nominated
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Business Stream (MPNP-B)
On February 4, 2015, the MPNP launched its Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions system. To qualify, you must create an online profile and be ranked against other candidates based on the Adaptability Assessment Matrix. From time to time, top-scoring candidates will be issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).
Nominated applicants will be required to submit a good-faith deposit in the amount of CDN $100,000. This deposit is refundable to applicants, without interest, once they have met the terms and conditions of their Deposit Agreement
Update: on February 26, 2015, the Manitoba Government announced that it had issued 683 LAAs to applicants whose EOI score ranged from 60-92, and the MPNP has received 304 Nomination Applications from applicants who were issued an LAA.
The MPNP-B will only nominate individuals who intend to reside in Manitoba with their dependent family members, make an investment into a new or existing business and assume an active managerial role in that business.
Eligibility Criteria
Interested applicants must:
Have a minimum net worth of CAD$350,000;
Make a business investment of at least CAD$150,000 in tangible assets (such as land, buildings, motor vehicles, furniture, office equipment, computers, fixtures and fittings, machinery and inventory) in Manitoba. Note: Investments into personal items such as a principal residence and motor vehicles for personal use will not be counted as part of a business investment;
Have at least 3 years’ experience of business management and ownership or 3 years of executive-level experience; and
Score at least 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix.
Exploratory Visit
If you made an exploratory visit to Manitoba within 6 months before your application, you will be given extra points.
Applicants with close relatives and/or children residing in other Canadian provinces may be rejected
Federal Investor
The Canadian Federal Immigrant Investor Program is presently closed.
General Investor Requirements
Experienced business people must have a minimum net worth of C$1,600,000 and make a qualified investment.
Investment Options
1. C$800,000 Investment: Refundable, without interest, after 5 years, or
2. C$220,000 Investment: No refund given on investment: (investment amount may vary slightly)
Business Experience
The applicant must have one of the following qualifications:
2 years’ experience within the last 5 years (beginning 5 years before the date of application and ending on the date of the interview decision) managing a “qualifying business” and controlling a percentage of equity of the qualifying business
managed the equivalent of at least 5 full-time employees per year in a business for at least 2 years in the period beginning 5 years before the date of application
A combination of one year of experience described in the first point, plus one year of experience described in the second point above
“Net assets” means the assets of the business, minus the liabilities of the business, plus shareholder loans
“Net income” means after tax profit or loss of the business plus remuneration by the business to the applicant
“Net worth” means the fair market value of all of the assets of the investor and their spouse minus liabilities. Only the applicant’s inheritances can be included
“Percentage of equity” means the amount of shares the applicant owns
Qualifying business” means the percentage of equity multiplied by the following points of which an applicant must fulfill two:
Two full-time job equivalents per year;
The total annual sales is equal to or greater than $500,000;
The net income in the year is equal to or greater than $50,000, and;
The net assets at the end of the year are equal to or greater than $125,000.
Note: Although Investor applicants are assessed according to a point system, most investors easily pass the minimum requirements. Investor
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