Entrepreneur Visa Guide

Entrepreneur Visa Guide

Entrepreneur Visa Guide

The Entrepreneur Program seeks to attract experienced business persons who will own and actively manage businesses in Canada that contribute to the economy and create jobs. Entrepreneurs must:

  • show that they have business experience

  • have a minimum net worth of C$300,000 that was obtained legally and

  • respect the conditions for entrepreneurs after they arrive in Canada.

Business experience: You must have managed a qualifying business and have had control of a percentage of equity of the qualifying business for at least two years in the period that begins five years before you submit your application and ends when a decision is made on your application.

Your business must not be operated primarily for the purpose of deriving investment income, such as interest, dividends or capital gains.

Net worth requirements

You must be able to satisfy a visa officer that the fair market value of all your assets and the assets of your spouse or common-law partner were obtained legally. Your assets must exceed the fair market value of all your liabilities and the liabilities of your spouse or common-law partner by at least C$300,000.

You must be able to prove that no portion of your net worth was obtained through criminal activity. You will be asked to explain any discrepancies between your net income over the years and your present net worth. The visa officer who assesses your net worth may ask you for documents to confirm both your income sources and your net worth.

Selection criteria

You will be assessed based on selection criteria that include your experience, education, age, language abilities and adaptability.

Medical, security and other requirements

You and your family members must pass a medical examination and security and criminal checks.