Canada Business Immigration

There are permits in place for those who want to develop the Canadian economy through business. These professionals can choose from a few available programs. They can be focussed on the general federal category or more focused on provinces or territories.


This work permit is for the employer to hire a foreign worker. The permit is used to make sure that anyone coming to work in Canada can add to the labor market. Part of this permit includes making sure that no Canadian citizen was over-looked.

Employers would need to show that they tried to hire a Canadian for the job first. If this is shown in the work permit, the foreign worker can be formally hired. There are two types of positions within this permit.

Federal Start-Up Visa

Canada Business ImmigrationA Federal Start-up Visa Program is one of the best options for ambitious entrepreneurs. If you have a solid growth mindset and are determined to establish and scale your startup, this is program is for you. Professionals applying for the Federal Start-up Program must be able to demonstrate that they have the financial backing and stability to be eligible for this program. Professionals should also meet the requirements of business ownership. Professionals of all kinds are welcome to apply. A score of CLB 5 in English or French is required.

Federal Self-Employed

Self-employed foreigners proficient in arts, cultural activities, and sports can immigrate to Canada through the Federal Self-Employed Program. This is a unique program that encourages diverse growth.

There are several categories under the Federal Self-employed Program. If you are a qualified professional in cultural, artistic, or sports areas, this program might be the one best suited for you. Click here to see the various National Occupational Classifications.

For this kind of permit, a self-employed professional has to have 35 points. Several factors can contribute to the overall points. These include experience, language ability, education, and years of experience. The higher your rank, the stronger your application.

There is also a section for adaptability. For example, if you are an international student who studied in Canada, you score a point for being able to adapt well to Canadian culture. This will rank you higher in the points system.

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