Start-up Visa Program
Canada’s Start-up Visa Program is for immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:
- are innovative
- can create jobs for Canadians
- can compete on a global scale
Prove your business is supported by a designated organization
Before you can apply for the Start-up Visa Program, you must have the support of a chosen organization. These are business groups that have been approved to invest in or support the possible start-ups.
If a designated organization decides to support your business, it will give you a Letter of Support.
You must include the Letter of Support with your application. If you do not include the letter or do not meet any of the requirements below, your application will be refused.
Show that your business meets the ownership requirements
Up to five people can apply for the Start-up Visa Program as owners of a single business. However, to meet the ownership requirements:
- each applicant must hold at least 10 percent of the voting rights in the business and
- the designated organization and the applicants must together hold more than 50 per cent of the voting rights in the business.
Meet the language requirements
The ability to communicate and work in English, French, or both will help your business do well in Canada.
You must take a language test from an approved agency either IELTS or TEF and include the results with your application, or IRCC will not process it.
You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French in these four areas:
If you do not meet the minimum language skills, we will refuse your application.
Bring enough money to settle
The Government of Canada does not give financial support to new Start-up Visa immigrants.
You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependents after you arrive in Canada. You cannot borrow this money from another person. You will need to give proof of settlement funds when you apply.
The amount you will need depends on the size of your family. The table given below shows the right amount of settlement funds required for you and your family to settle in Canada.
(in Canadian dollars)
|For each additional family member||$3,361|
Disclosure of funds
If you are bringing more than CAN $10,000 across the Canadian border, you must tell a Canadian official when you arrive or you may have to pay a fine, and your funds could be seized. These funds could be in the form of:
- securities that belong to you (such as, stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills) or
- bankers’ drafts, cheques, travellers’ cheques or money orders.
Contact Us to discuss your profile and eligibility.