Canada opened immigrant investor scheme in 1984, one of the oldest and most popular golden visa schemes in the world. Canada is the most popular immigrant destination for High Net Worth families. Canada offers the best quality of living, with world class health care and education. Canada is a diverse multicultural country with strong economy. Some of the best universities in the world are in Canada.

Country Information

  • 38,048,738
  • English
  • Mixed Economy
  • CAD
  • CAD 150,000
  • 2 years


The Start-up Visa program was launched in 2013 five-year pilot program. On March 31, 2018 this program became permanent. The program has admitted hundreds of immigrant business owners to Canada. This Start-up Visa program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that are innovative, create jobs for Canadians and can compete on a global scale. A single viable, innovative business idea could lead to Canadian permanent residence for the applicant and dependent family members. The beneficiaries of an application are the investor, spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 at the time of the application. Application process from preparing a business plan, receiving letter of support from a designated organization to submitting a PR application can take up 2 years.

Program Requirements

You must meet the language requirements

Bring enough money to settle

Have a “Qualifying business”

Prove your business is supported by a ‘Designated Organization’

Cost CAD 150,000 over 2 years.


Universal Health Care

Welfare (unemployment benefits, etc.)

Retirement Benefits

Rights and Freedoms

Free education (K-12)

Discounted post-secondary tuition

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