Investment Visa Overview

Canada Residency & Citizenship options

Most residency by investment programs are active and directed at entrepreneurs or active investors. In order to apply for Canadian citizenship, the investor must have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1095 days in the four years prior to the application date. Additionally, he must be physically present for at least 183 days in each of the last four calendar years.

Program 1
  • Name
    BC Nominee Entrepreneur
  • Description

    The Canada BC Nominee Entrepreneur program is designed to attract individuals who are interested in starting or purchasing a business in the province. You can establish a new business in an eligible field or acquire and improve an existing business. The program is based on points, so the actual investment required can range from $200,000 to $1,000,000

  • Requirements

    In order to be eligible, applicants must have a minimum investment of $600,000 CAD and create at least three full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

  • Validity
    Two-year work permit
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    15 to 19 months
  • Investment Amount
    300,000 CAD
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $10,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Canada Federal Start-up Visa
  • Description

    The Canada Federal Start-up Visa is a visa for entrepreneurs who want to start a business in Canada. The program is designed to attract talented and innovative entrepreneurs from around the world. To be eligible for the visa, applicants must have a validated letter of support from a designated Canadian organization.

  • Requirements

    Obtain a minimum investment of $200,000 from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or funds OR Obtain a minimum investment of $75,000 from investors associated with one or more of the designated Canadian angel investor groups OR Be accepted into one of the designated incubator programs in Canada.

  • Validity
    5 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    12-16 months
  • Investment Amount
    $200,000 CAD
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $5,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    At least 730 days during that five-year period. Absence includes time spent working full-time for a Canadian business and accompanying a spouse, common-law partner, or parent who is employed or accompanied full-time by a Canadian business.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    Ontario Nominee Entrepreneur
  • Description

    Ontario Nominee Entrepreneurs are people who have been nominated by the Ontario government to start a new business or buy an existing business in Ontario. They must meet certain criteria, including having a business plan, minimum investment requirements, and experience in owning and operating a business. Ontario Nominee Entrepreneurs can benefit from a number of programs and services, including mentorship, funding, and networking opportunities.

  • Requirements

    If your proposed business will be located in the Greater Toronto Area, you must make a minimum personal investment of $600,000 CAD and hold a minimum equity stake of 33.3%. If your proposed business will be located outside of the Greater Toronto Area, you must make a minimum personal investment of $400,000 CAD and hold at least 33.3% of the company's equity. If your proposed business will be in the ICT/Digital Communications sector, you must make a minimum personal investment of $400,000 CDN and have a minimum equity ownership of 33.3%.

  • Validity
    2 year work permit
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    12-16 months
  • Investment Amount
    1,000,000 CAD
  • Avg. Agent fee
    1,000,000 CAD
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Be physically residing in Ontario for 75 per cent of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 4
  • Name
    Quebec Immigrant Investor
  • Description

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is a great way to invest in the province while also getting permanent residency. The program offers a number of benefits, including the ability to live and work anywhere in Ontario, access to high-quality education and health care, and the opportunity to apply for Canadian citizenship.

  • Requirements

    Transfer the investment of $1,200,000 CAN to authorized intermediaries. The investment is for a five year term and is guaranteed by the Gouvernement du Québec.

  • Validity
    5 years
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    1 year for Certificat de Selection of Qc (fster for french speaking applicants) + 49 months at the federal level.
  • Investment Amount
    1,200,000 CAD
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $25,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Be present in Canada for at least 730 days in the five-year period. Absence includes time spent out of the contry and working on a full-time basis by a Canadian business and accompanying a Canadian or Permanent Resident citizen who is their spouse or common-law partner or parent.
  • Can Family be included?
    Yes
Program 5
  • Name
    Quebec Immigrant Entrepreneur - Stream 1 & 2
  • Description

    Quebec Immigrant Entrepreneur (PEQ - Quebec Experience Program) is a Quebec immigration program for businesspeople. The Quebec Immigrant Entrepreneur Program seeks to attract experienced businesspeople who will invest in and manage a business in Quebec. The Program is based on Quebec's economic development needs.

  • Requirements

    Stream 1: To create and operate a business for which you have received a service offer from a business accelerator, incubator, or university entrepreneurship center, you must relocate to Québec. You may carry out your project on your own or in collaboration with up to three foreign nationals who submitted selection applications as entrepreneurs for the same project.

    Stream 2: If you decide to establish a business, you must own and control at least 25% of its equity capital. If you decide to acquire a business, you are required to own and control at least 51 percent of its equity capital.

  • Validity
    5 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    12 months
  • Investment Amount
    Stream 1: No minimum, Stream 2: CAD $200,000-$300,000
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirements
    Yes
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 6
  • Name
    BC Nominee Entrepreneur - Regional Pilot
  • Description

    The Regional Pilot is designed for entrepreneurs who are launching a new enterprise. Entrepreneurs wishing to acquire existing businesses may register/apply for the program under the Entrepreneur Immigration category. The criteria are geared toward entrepreneurs who wish to establish a business and live in regional communities (populations of fewer than 75,000).

  • Requirements

    Minimum investment of $100,000 CAD in eligible business investments

  • Validity
    2 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    4 months
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $15,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Mobility Options
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Canadian passport is now ranked 9th. It allows access to 188 countries without the need for a visa. It is one of the most sought-after passports in the world because to its high mobility score. Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to Canadian passport holders in countries such as Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the European Union as a whole. This enables for almost instantaneous travel opportunities all around the world. Canadian passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 41 countries around the world. China, India, Russia, and Turkey are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank

9

Visa Free Countries

188

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    138
  • Visa on Arrival
    45
  • Visa Online
    5
  • Visa Required
    12
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    59%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    45%
Passport Ranking Factors

Canada Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Canada passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Canada passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 138 visa-free countries for Canadian passport holders, 45 visa-on-arrival countries for Canadian passport holders, and 5 eTA destinations. In total, Canadian passport holders can visit 188 countries without a visa, via visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the Canada passport is ranked 9th in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Canada passport holders must also apply for a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 41 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

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    No
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