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Canadian Business Immigration

How to Apply for Canadian Business Immigration Program

While immigration to Canada is mostly the jurisdiction of the Federal Government in Canada, each of Canada’s provinces has its own small immigration program whereby the provincial government can nominate individuals for immigration to their province based on their own specific criteria. Once nominated by a province, the individual can apply for permanent residence through the federal immigration program. These Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP’s) usually break down into a skilled worker category and a business immigration category.

This summary will describe the different business immigration programs currently available by province.

  • Quebec Investor Program
  • British Columbia Nominee – Regional Entrepreneur
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program – Business Applicant
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) – Business Applicant
  • Prince Edward Island Business Impact Stream for 100% Ownership
  • Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program – Entrepreneur (SINP-E)
  • North West Territories Immigration Nominee Program – Entrepreneur Stream

Federal Government Requirements

Applicable to all Provincial Nominations

It is important to be aware that any permanent residency application is subject to a final decision by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and a nomination from a province is not a guarantee that CIC will approve the applicant’s request for permanent residency. CIC will review admissibility criteria such as an applicant’s criminal history and medical condition, and can refuse an application if they find the applicant to be inadmissible based on the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.