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ABOUT CANADA

Canada is a large, diverse country known for its welcoming attitude and beautiful nature. Canada is one of the most scenic countries in the world, full of picturesque forests, mountains, and lakes with beautiful landscapes almost everywhere you look.

GLOBAL RANKINGS:

  • Rank 10 – UNDP Human Development Index.
  • Rank 6 – Passport Power Index (2019).
  • Rank 7 – World Happiness Report (2018).
  • Rank 14 – Global Competitiveness Index.
  • Rank 9 – Index of Economic Freedom.
  • Rank 18 – Ease of Doing Business (2018).

BENEFITS OF CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP

  • The right to live, work and start a business in Canada.
  • The ability to travel visa-free to 166 countries including the United States, UK, European Union and UAE.
  • Citizenship can be passed on to your children whether born in Canada or internationally.
  • You are eligible for social benefits, such as health care and education.
  • As a permanent resident, you are required to be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days in every 5 year period to maintain your status. But as a citizen, there are no residency requirements. You are free to leave and re-enter Canada at will.
LOCATION: North America
CAPITAL CITY: Ottawa
TOTAL AREA: 9,984,670 sq km
TIME DIFFERENCE: UTC -3:30 (East), UTC -8 (West)

LANGUAGE:

English (Official) and French (Official)

GOVERNMENT TYPE: Federal Parliamentary Democracy
CURRENCY: Canadian Dollar
GDP (PER CAPITA): $48,400 (USD)
POPULATION: 35,881,659
AGE STRUCTURE:
0-14 years: 15.43%
15-24 years: 11,62%
25-54 years: 39,62%
55-64 years: 14.24%
65+ years: 19.08%

CITIZENSHIP PROCESS

To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen:
PHYSICAL RESIDENCY – Must have been physically resident in Canada for at least 1095 days during the 5 year period prior to applying.
INCOME TAX – Must have filed income taxes in Canada for at least 3 years of the 5 year period prior to applying
LANGUAGE SKILLS – If you are aged 18 to 54 years of age, you must show that you can speak and listen at a minimum of Canadaian Language Benchmark Level 4.
CANADIAN KNOWLEDGE – If you are 18 to 54 years of age, you need to take a citizenship test demonstrating knowledge of history, geography, economy, government, laws and symbols.

Designated organizations are business groups that are approved to invest in or support possible start-ups through the Start-up Visa Program.

Canada Startup Visa

Organizations choose which business proposals to review. Each organization has its own intake process for proposals and criteria used to assess them. If a designated organization decides to review your business idea, it’ll assess the potential of your proposal and whether or not it will succeed. They will then provide a Letter of Support and an investment.

Canada Startup Visa Criteria

VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS

Minimum Investment – $200,000 USD
If your investment comes from a designated Canadian Venture Capital Fund you must secure a minimum investment of $200,000.

ANGEL INVESTORS

Minimum Investment – $75,000 USD
If your investment comes from a designated Canadian Angel Investor you must secure a minimum investment of $75,000. The required amount is lower because angel investors usually invest their own money into a start-up business at an earlier stage of development.

BUSINESS INCUBATOR PROGRAM

Minimum Investment – N/A
You do not need to secure a financial investment from a business incubator, but you must be accepted into a designated program.

The Atlantic Provincial Nominee Program is an economic immigration program for experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to establish, operate and actively manage a business while living and settling in Canada permanently.

NEW BRUNSWICK

Each province has it’s own set of requirements. Applicants to the Entrepreneur Stream in New Brunswick must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Must be between the age of 22 and 55 years of age.
  • Want to live permanently in New Brunswick while owning and actively managing a New Brunswick business.
  • Have a net worth of at least $500,000 CAD.
  • Be able to invest at least $150,000 CAD of your own money to establish the business in New Brunswick. Only eligible business expenses will be considered part of the $150,000 investment.
  • Have at least 3 years experience actively managing and owning a business (minimum of 1/3 ownership) OR more than 5 years experience in a senior business management role.
  • Have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French.
  • Have a minimum of two-year post-secondary education equal to Canadian credential.

Canada Atlantic Provincial Nominee

NOVA SCOTIA

Each province has it’s own set of requirements. Applicants to the Entrepreneur. Stream in Nova Scotia must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotian business.
  • Have a net worth of at least $600,000 CAD.
  • Be able to invest at least $150,000 CAD of your own money to establish the business in Nova Scotia.
  • Have at least 3 years experience actively managing and owning a business (minimum of 1/3 ownership) OR more than 5 years experience in a senior business management role.
  • Have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French.
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