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Investor Program (Ontraio)

This stream is for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start, acquire or invest in a business in Canada. Investors who meet all the requirements of this program, along with their immediate family members, may obtain their Canadian permanent resident visas.


The following requirements are for entrepreneurs from outside Canada interested in starting a new business or buying an existing business in Ontario. It gives an entrepreneur (and up to one foreign national business partner) the opportunity to be nominated for permanent residence once their business has been established in Ontario.


Application Requirements

  • Register an expression of interest

  • Attend a mandatory interview

  • Meet minimum language levels (English / French)

  • The applicant must have at least 2 years of full-time business experience(in the past 5years) 

  • The applicant must have a minimum net worth of $800,000 CAD within the GTA, or $400,000 CAD outside of the GTA (Proof of legally obtained)

  • Meet the minimum investments in your business, $600,000 CAD within the GTA, or $200,000 CAD outside of the GTA

  • The applicant must create at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the GTA, or at least one permanent full-time job outside of the GTA

  • The applicant must control at least one-third of the equity in the business (actively involved)

  • Meet additional requirements (If plan to purchase an existing business)

List of Documents

  • A passport / Travel document

  • Language test results (English/French)

  • Background declaration

  • Family information

  • Proof of funds

  • Most current resume 

  • Business plan & report

  • Police certificates 

  • Medical exams

  • Proof of funds

  • Birth certificate

  • Digital photos

  • Property Tax (If needed)

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