The Provincial Nomination Programs allow individuals to be nominated by a province based on investment and business activity in that particular territory. Following that nomination, qualified applicants can apply for permanent residency granted by the Canadian government.

As of January 2019, investment immigration programs are available in Quebec and Manitoba. Each province has instituted various net worth, investment and business requirements and interested applicants are encouraged to consult provincial webpages. The provinces each have their own selection criteria in order to best fulfill the immediate and long-term needs of their respective region.

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

In order to immigrate to Quebec as an investor, interested parties must first be nominated by the Government of Quebec before being admitted as a permanent resident by the Government of Canada. In order to obtain a nomination, qualifying applicants must submit an Application for a Selection Certificate. If an applicant passes the selection process, he or she can then apply for permanent residence in order to be admitted to Canada.

The following chart explains the requirements and what to have prepared when applying for the Quebec program:

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $2,000,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $1,200,000 risk-free through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment.

Experience

2 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 System

No

Managerial Role

No active managerial role required to apply

Business Plan

None

Exploratory Visit

Recommended

Interview

May be required as part of the application review.

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work Permit

PR after first obtaining Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)

Additional Requirements

Background check and medical examination

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

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) allows the province of Manitoba to nominate qualified business investors to be admitted to Canada as permanent residents. The purpose of the program is to attract investors that intend to live in the province, and facilitate their immigration process so that they can invest and run businesses in Manitoba.

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $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).

Experience

Business ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years. Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers. Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.

EOI System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Business research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work Permit

Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements.

Additional Requirements

Score 60+ points on assessment grid.

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

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program’s Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) replaces the Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative (FSRI). The pathway is part of Manitoba’s Business Investor Stream and allows individuals with farm business experience and sufficient capital to immigrate in order to establish and operate a farm in the province.

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $500,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $300,000 tangible assets to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba AND investments in a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.

Experience

Minimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.

EOI System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Farm Business Research Visit required.

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

CAD $75,000

PR/Work Permit

Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements.

Additional Requirements

CAD $100,000 refundable deposit is no longer required.

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

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $600,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $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 System

Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Recommended

Interview

Upon request of BC PNP

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work Permit

2-year work period before Letter of Acceptance to apply for Permanent Residence (PR); PR contingent on implementation of the business proposal

Additional Requirements

Create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with the proposed business

Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OPNP)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract individuals who are looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in Ontario.

Minimum Net Worth

For 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 Investment

In 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

Experience

At least 36 months of full-time business experience in the last five years as business owner or senior manager

EOI System

Yes (province publishes info on previous draws)

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Required for business succession only

Interview

Required upon request of OINP

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work Permit

Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

Sign 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

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

This category of New Brunswick’s Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) targets qualified foreign entrepreneurs who are interested in owning and actively managing a business that will contribute to New Brunswick’s economy.

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $600,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $250,000

Experience

3 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 System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required, must be of economic benefit to the province

Exploratory Visit

Required

Interview

Required

Refundable Deposit

CAD $100,000

PR/Work Permit

PR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate

Additional Requirements

22-55 years old

CLB 5 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) offers candidates the opportunity to establish, acquire, or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in its management.

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $500,000

Minimum Investment

CAD $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

Experience

At least 3 years' experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years

EOI System

Yes

Managerial Role

Required

Business Plan

Required

Exploratory Visit

Required, for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities

Interview

Upon request by SINP

Refundable Deposit

Not required

PR/Work Permit

2-year work permit; PR contingent upon meeting program requirements

Additional Requirements

Sign a Performance Agreement

Create 2+ employment opportunities if establishing a business in Regina or Saskatoon

Why Seeking Professional Help with Canada’s Provincial Investor Programs is Important

The Canada Provincial Investor Program is a great opportunity for foreign nationals to gain permanent residence in Canada. However, since the criteria for this program differs in every province or territory, an applicant cannot afford to make a single error. Consulting with a legal expert from Canada will help you understand what province might be the best option for your application bid, and what specific requirements are necessary.

The first step towards your Provincial Nominee Program application is getting an assessment of your case. Fill out our immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.

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