Overview Overview

Canada Start-Up Visa Program

Overview

The Start-Up Visa Program grants Canadian permanent residence to qualified immigrant entrepreneurs. The program aims to recruit innovative entrepreneurs to Canada and link them with Canadian private sector businesses (angel investor groups, venture capital funds, or business incubators), and facilitate the establishment of their start-up business in Canada.  Confederation promotes both the Angel Investor and Business Incubator streams of the Start-Up Visa Program.

Confederation will develop a business concept for applicants to start a business in Canada. 

 

Why Choose Canada?

  1. G7 and NAFTA member.
  2. Unspoiled environment with environmental controls.
  3. World-class public health care system (one of the best in the world).
  4. Excellent education system (one of the most respected in the world).
  5. Cultural, ethnic and religious tolerance entrenched in the Constitution.
  6. One of the safest countries to live in, offering a high quality of life.
  7. One of the most valued passports for international travel (visa free travel to over 180 countries, including the USA and EU).
  8. Spouse and dependents are included in the application.
  9. Dual citizenship permitted.
Benefits Benefits

Benefits

Benefits of the CSUV include the following:

  1. Fast 24-hour initial client screening and approval (upon completion and submission of the Applicant Questionnaire to Confederation).
  2. Applicant qualifications are not difficult.
  3. Applicant and all dependents receive Canadian Permanent Residence.
  4. Small initial payment of $40,000 upon approval and upon signing the CSUV Professional Service Agreement.
  5. Balance of payment only required after a Letter of Support has been issued by the incubator.
  6. Fast federal processing is expected (9-12 months in most posts).
  7. Applicants can live anywhere in Canada.
Qualifications Qualifications

Qualifications

Angel Investor Stream

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have basic proficiency in English or French (CLB 5 or greater).
  2. Convince the angel investor to invest at least $75,000 in a start-up business.
  3. Incorporate a company and intend to develop a business concept or idea in conjunction with Confederation’s angel investor.
  4. Have minimum $750,000 in Net Worth (principal applicant's and spouse’s assets combined).
  5. Be between the age of 20 and 65 years.
  6. Business ownership or management experience are an asset, but not required.
  7. 2+ years of post-secondary education are an asset, but not required.

 

Business Incubator Stream

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have basic proficiency in English or French (CLB 5 or greater).
  2. Incorporate a company and intend to develop a business concept or idea in conjunction with Confederation’s business incubator.
  3. Have minimum $500,000 in Net Worth (principal applicant's and spouse’s assets combined).
  4. Be between the age of 20 and 50 years.
  5. Business ownership or management experience are an asset, but not required.
  6. 2+ years of post-secondary education are an asset, but not required.
Process Process

Process

Prepare application

Interview and approval

3 months

PR application

Receive PR

7-12 months