Startup Visa Canada 2019

startup visa Canada 2019

Startup Visa Canada 2019Here are some very exciting news that we want to bring to you regarding start-up visa program update 2019.When Start-Up Visa Program first launched in 2013, it was a novelty.
It was announced as a business immigration program that didn’t require any minimum investment or minimum net worth.

In other words, it means that if you have a good business idea, you might secure Canadian permanent residence for yourself and the members of your family.

In March-April 2019, after an analysis was performed on the program’s performance, the Canadian government declared that it would remain a permanent item on the immigration menu.

The program was deemed a success after it managed to attract talented entrepreneurs from all over the world and 3.75 million in funding from designated entities.

The recent federal budget allocated 4.5 million to keep the program running for the next five years. It is expected that the program will become more applicant-friendly and easier to navigate.

Eligibility requirements:

If you want to participate in the program, you must make sure you meet four eligibility requirements:

  1. Obtain a Commitment Certificate or Letter of Support from a designated entity;
  2. Have sufficient settlement funds in your possession;
  3. Have at least one year of post-secondary education;
  4. Demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English or French through standard testing (equal to Canadian Language Benchmark level 5).

What should you start with?

At first, you should prepare a careful and detailed business plan, describing your venture, and how you plan to make it successful. You should then send the business plan to more than 50 designated Canadian entities, including venture capital funds, angel investor groups and Canadian business incubator programs.

To qualify for Canadian PR under this program, you must also secure at least $75,000 from angel investors or $200,000 from venture capital funds. If your start-up is supported by a business incubator program, there is no minimum funding requirement.

After you have obtained the support of designated entities, they are required to issue a letter of support to you and submit a commitment letter to the authorities. You must submit the letter of support from a Canadian entity to IRCC.

At the final stage, IRCC will evaluate your application. They will check if you have fulfilled minimum funding requirements and if you have submitted sufficient proof of funds to support yourself and your family members while you are setting up your business in Canada.

The proof of funds requirements are as follows:

Number of
Family Members
Funds Required
(in Canadian dollars)
1 $12,475
2 $15,531
3 $19,093
4 $23,181
5 $26,292
6 $29,652
7 $33,014

How is Start-Up Visa Program in Canada different from the other countries?

Canada is not the only country to run this kind of program. Yet, it has its upsides as compared to other countries. Other countries usually provide permanent residence only when the venture has succeeded. The time frames for such success are usually narrow.

In contrast, Canada will give you permanent residence as long as you fulfill the above requirements. Your permanent residence will not be taken away from you if the venture fails. It is in your own best interests to make sure that your venture brings profit and is a success.

Canadian Start-Up Visa Program aims to attract global entrepreneurial talent, expand startup geography, create jobs for Canadians, boost the country’s economy, and turn it into a robust leader in cutting-edge state-of-the-art technologies. Keep this in mind, as you prepare your business plan.

Read more about Start-Up Visa Canada.

Please write to us at: [email protected] or call (416) 661-4487 to learn how we can help in Start-Up Visa.

2019-05-23T20:16:37+00:00 April 19th, 2018|


  1. DUONG THI THU THUY June 23, 2018 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Dear All,

    Thanks for your saving valuable to read my message, I am Duong Thi Thu Thuy , in Viet Nam. iI am interesting to come to Canada,
    2008 I submitted to Canada with program Self Employee. but It was refuse. After interviewing at Hon Kong 2 years, I had to explain more detail about my Tax, Prudential in Viet Nam helped me to sent them some letter to explain about my tax, because in Viet Nam, company had to submit tax for worker, ( life insurance agency).
    Unlucky to me some more months later I got information that I was refused.
    But I really want to move our business to Canada so much. So I find out Start up visa program so good for my recently business.

    After reading all the eligibility, I have all .I finished Pedagogy University 2001, English department. Teaching 10 year, during teaching I worked for prudential group.
    2008 I opened my own company. I managed it to now. .
    2014 I opened branch, small supplement food factory, in HCMC, viet Nam. It is good, after 3 years, I recognized that the vietnamese mentality that they really like import supplement. foor, especial from Canada, America, or Europe.
    The same quality, but the price is 10 times compare to local products, even more up to 20, 30 times.
    I had 3 distributed and 10 wholesales in Viet Nam.
    we had 10 products, but main products are Spirulina algae , Glucosamine, Liver detoxify, Ginkobiola, Stomach. they are good quality, our customers using with good coment.
    Moreover, my husband is a pharmacist, he is a manager of factory and chief of R& D of factory.
    It is so advantage when I move our business to Canada with start up program. I have customer, I have key people to operate our new factory. I have experience in this fields . Just star small arount 250.000 usd
    That is my story, Please help me to begin with Start up visa program

    Best regards,

    Duong Thi Thu Thuy

    • Support June 26, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Hello, thanks for your comment. We will respond to you by email address you provided.

  2. Solanki piyush d June 26, 2018 at 7:04 am - Reply


  3. rajinder kumar July 20, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    start-up visa 2018 CLB 5 Score requirement must or not

  4. Fred August 23, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Hi there,
    I am curious to know if you have had any successful Start-Up Visa applicants who were successful in getting a visa? Thanks

    • Support August 24, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Yes, we had success with startup visa applicants.
      Please contact us directly by a contact form, email or call and we’ll be able to discuss more details.

  5. Rosie August 27, 2018 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Please give me full information to my email Thanks

    • Support August 30, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your message Rosie.
      Please contact us through one of the form or by phone and we will contact you directly.


  6. Shie February 27, 2019 at 7:01 am - Reply

    After getting the letter of support from an Angel Investor, should the business be incorporated first before applying for Permanent Residence? How does it affect the PR application?

    • Support February 27, 2019 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comment Shie.
      Please send us a message in the form on the site or email us and one of our specialists will be able to help you.

  7. Hassan March 22, 2019 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    My name is Hassan Mumin. I am interested in this start up visa program as i have an innovative business idea. I would like to know the success rate of this program and the time it takes to move to Canada. And can you start working with temporary residence instead of the permanent residence which takes longer. And do they accept manufacturing startups. Thank you.

    • Support March 22, 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Hello Hassan,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Please contact us directly by either filling out a form or calling us and one of our immigration specialists will help you.

  8. Ali May 24, 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I’m an entrepreneur with stack of successes and failure , we are working with my friends on a start up here in Canada and we have a paying customer already based on my observations we fit in the start up visa program , we were thinking to apply through but i need to receive some consultation in this regard , first of all i need to know that on the 10 percent share that each candidate should hold , can be a vested share ? how should the shareholders agreement and share certificates look like ?

    • Support May 27, 2019 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Ali, Thanks for your message. I sent your information to our immigration specialists and one of them will be contacting you shortly.

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