Establish a Business in Canada
There are different options available to foreign nationals who wish to start a business in Canada. A foreign national can immigrate to Canada or to the province of Quebec under one of the business immigration programs available, such as:
- Start-Up Visa program;
- Self-Employed program
- Quebec Investor program
- Quebec Entrepreneur program; and
- Quebec Self-Employed program.
The business immigration programs do not require a foreign national to run a successful business. There are no conditions attached to the permanent residence application – therefore if the business is not successful, and as long as all other requirements for permanent residence are met, a foreign national will still maintain their permanent residence status in Canada.
A foreign national does not necessarily need to immigrate to Canada and become a permanent resident to start a business. Depending on several considerations, including the percentage of ownership of the business, a foreign national may qualify for a work permit under the Owner-Operator work permit category.