PNP Investor

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) – Investor

Provincial nomination offers an additional option to applicants to seek Canada permanent residence.

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.

If you are a business person or manager looking to immigrate to Canada, the Business/Investor Immigration Programs may be an important fast-track Canadian immigration option for you.

Business immigration seeks to attract individuals with business and/or managerial experience who will contribute to the development of the Canadian economy.

If you’re looking to make an investment in Canada or to start/acquire a business in Canada, there may be several avenues for you to choose from. You can either apply under the federal start-up visa program

or, if you know which province/territory in which you plan to reside, you can look at the different investor or entrepreneur options under the provincial business immigration programs.

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

ProgramQuebec Immigrant Investor Program – A new application intake period began on September 10, 2018, and is scheduled to run until March 15, 2019.
Minimum Net WorthCAD $2,000,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $1,200,000 risk-free through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment.
Experience2 years of business management experience in the past 5 years prior to the submission of an application in a specific enterprise (agricultural, commercial, or industrial, OR management experience in a governmental or international organization) and in a position defined as full-time.
EOI SystemNo
Managerial RoleNo active managerial role required to apply
Business PlanNone
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewMay be required as part of the application review.
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitPR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
Additional RequirementsBackground check and medical examination

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) — Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

ProgramBC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $200,000 OR CAD $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
Experience 3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewUpon request of BC PNP
Refundable DepositNot required

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program — Business Investor Stream (Entrepreneur Pathway)

ProgramManitoba Business Investor Stream — Entrepreneur Pathway
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $250,000 for businesses in the Manitoba Capital Region. OR CAD $150,000 if a business is outside of the Manitoba Capital Region AND must be made in an eligible business AND must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).
ExperienceBusiness ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years. AND Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers. AND Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitBusiness research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositNot Required
PR/Work permitTemporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsScore 60+ points on assessment grid
CAD $100,000 refundable deposit is not a requirement anymore.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Entrepreneurial Stream

ProgramNew Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Entrepreneurial Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $250,000
Experience3 out of 5 years or more in owning a business OR 5 out of 5 years or more in a senior business management role
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired, must be of economic benefit to the province
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositCAD $100,000
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements22-55 years old
CLB 5 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — Entrepreneur Stream

ProgramNova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $150,000
ExperienceAt least 3 years of business ownership Experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 years OR +5 years as senior manager in the last 10 years
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession only
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitMust operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSubmit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 5

Northwest Territories Nominee Program — Entrepreneur Business Stream

ProgramNorthwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) — Entrepreneur Business Stream
Minimum Net WorthFor businesses in Yellowknife: CAD $500,000 OR for businesses outside Yellowknife: CAD $250,000
Minimum InvestmentIn Yellowknife: CAD $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR outside Yellowknife: CAD $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment
ExperienceRelevant business Experience required
EOI SystemNo

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Entrepreneur Stream

ProgramOntario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net WorthFor businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): CAD $1,500,000 OR for businesses outside the GTA: CAD $800,000 OR for businesses in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): CAD $800,000
Minimum InvestmentIn the GTA: CAD $1,000,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR Outside the GTA: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR In the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $500,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business
ExperienceAt least 36 months of full-time business Experience in the last five years as business owner or senior manager
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession only
InterviewRequired upon request of OINP
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permitTemporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSign a Performance Agreement with Ontario
English/French minimum CLB 4
Create at least 2 permanent, full-time jobs for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category

ProgramSaskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownership OR $200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment or more
ExperienceAt least 3 years’ Experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities
InterviewUpon request by SINP
Refundable DepositNot required
PR/Work permit2-year work permit; PR contingent upon meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSign a Performance Agreement
Create 2+ employment opportunities if establishing a business in Regina or Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Farm Owner/Operator Category

ProgramSaskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Farm Owner/Operator Category
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentN/A
ExperienceFarming operation ownership Experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming
EOI SystemNo
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanFarm Establishment Plan (FEP) required
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewUpon request
Refundable DepositCAD $75,000
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional RequirementsSubmit a Farm Establishment Plan
Sign a Performance Agreement

Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)

ProgramYukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000 (including CAD $300,000 in liquid assets)
Minimum InvestmentCAD $300,000 and at least 1/3 ownership with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident partner
ExperienceMinimum of 3 years entrepreneurial/business management Experience & minimum of 5 years relevant work Experience
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRecommended, applicants are awarded points for past visits
InterviewRequired