Update on the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, this is Michael Niren, Immigration Lawyer and Founder of Today, I want to talk to you once again, about the new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program. That’s a mouthful. I looked into it in more detail. We have more information about it. I can say, unfortunately, I don’t think it’s a serious program. Why I say that is because I believe 99% of prospective applicants who were interested won’t qualify.

Requirements for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Program

First of all, you need an enormous $10 million net worth to qualify. Not only that, the wealth that you’ve accumulated cannot be from inheritance. It has to be from your own business acumen, if you will, your own efforts. Not only that, you have to commit $2 million to an approved venture fund for potentially 15 years. You have to have a minimum education, a post-secondary education, of at least one year. You have to have proficiency in either English or French.

So how many people will qualify? Well, the government makes it even more difficult because they’re accepting 500 applicants and will only choose 60 within a very short time frame. I believe from the end of January till mid-February. This is not a serious program at all. It’s very disappointing. I feel that it’s unlikely that anybody will qualify for this.

If Canada wants to attract investment and investors, this is definitely not the way to do it. This threshold, it’s just completely on a different planet in my opinion. Once the government realizes that they’re not going to have very much interest, perhaps, they’ll get down to reality and come up with a more reasonable program.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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