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Canada's Golden Visa: Investor Visa and Other Economic Business Immigration Programs in 2024

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Immigration, Immigration Law and Economic Immigration

Canada's Golden Visa: Investor Visa and Other Economic Business Immigration Programs in 2024

Golden visas unlock residency and even citizenship in a foreign country by investing in its economy. A golden visa is a "fast track" for individuals and families to live abroad by approved investments in real estate, bonds, businesses and other approved economic contributions. There are many benefits to individuals who obtain a golden visa including residency, education, healthcare, tax advantages, investment rewards and easier international travel. Many countries offer golden visas to attract high-net-worth individuals, foreign investment and stimulate economic growth.


    Does Canada Have A Golden Visa?

    Over 100 countries on five continents have implemented golden visa programs; Canada has not yet implemented a golden visa or golden passport. However, Canada does offer investor visas and other economic business immigration programs that offer the same or similar benefits to countries with official golden visa programs.

    Who Qualifies for Canada's Investor Visa Programs?

    To qualify for Canada's golden visa programs:

    • You must actively operate a business in the country, either by expanding your existing one or purchasing an established business. While no minimum investment is officially set, expect to invest between CAD $250,000 and $350,000 for a viable business presence.
    • Language proficiency in English or French may be required, but the focus lies on demonstrating sufficient skills to run your business.
    • A well-crafted business plan showcasing your venture's potential and relevant business experience is crucial.
    • Depending on the program, residency requirements vary from temporary visits to full commitment in certain regions.
    • Choosing the program that aligns with your business and residency goals is key to a successful application. Consider consulting immigration specialists to ensure you're on the right track.

    Canada Investor Visa and Economic Business Immigration Programs

    1. Canada Start-Up Visa Program

    The Start-up Visa Program makes it easier for high-impact entrepreneurs to immigrate to Canada and build successful businesses.

    Key benefits:

    • Fast-track Permanent Residence: Gain the right to live, work and study in Canada indefinitely.
    • Designated Support: Connect with Canadian organizations for funding, guidance and business expertise.
    • Economic Driver: Grow your company and create jobs, contributing to Canada's economy.
    • Access to Canadian markets and resources: As a permanent resident of Canada, you will be able to reach a large customer base and take advantage of the country's strong economy.


    • Have a qualifying business with innovative potential.
    • Secure support from a designated Canadian organization.

    Applying for a Start-Up Visa can be confusing; an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer can help you assess your eligibility, determine your best options and manage your immigration journey.

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    2. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

    Canada's diverse provinces and territories, each with unique needs and economies, offer targeted incentives for businesses through their PNP programs. Aligning your business plan with solutions for these regional needs can significantly boost your chances of PNP acceptance and immigration success.

    Key benefits:

    • Faster Processing Times: Compared to the federal Express Entry system, PNPs often boast faster processing times, sometimes taking as little as 6 months compared to the federal system's potential wait of several years. This can be a significant advantage for investor immigrants eager to establish themselves in Canada.
    • Tailored Selection Criteria: Each Canadian province and territory has its own PNP with specific selection criteria tailored to its unique economic needs and priorities. This can be beneficial for investor immigrants with businesses or investment plans aligned with those needs, increasing their chances of receiving a nomination.
    • Lower Investment Thresholds: While investment amounts can vary, some PNPs may have lower investment thresholds compared to the federal Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) program. This can be appealing for investor immigrants with limited capital or those seeking a more diversified investment approach.
    • Flexibility in Investment Options: PNPs can offer more flexibility in terms of permitted investment options compared to the federal IIVC program, which primarily focuses on designated venture capital funds. This allows investor immigrants to explore a wider range of investment possibilities that align with their risk tolerance and financial goals.
    • Potential for Provincial Support: Some PNPs offer additional support services for nominated immigrants, such as business development assistance, mentorship programs, and networking opportunities. This can be valuable for investor immigrants seeking to navigate the Canadian business landscape and achieve success.
    • Pathway to Permanent Residency: Ultimately, receiving a provincial nomination significantly increases your chances of obtaining Canadian permanent residency through the Express Entry system. This opens doors to living, working, and studying in Canada permanently, enjoying all the benefits of Canadian citizenship.


    • Each province has its own PNP programs and eligibility criteria. An experienced Canadian immigration lawyer can advise you on the best options for your specific situation.

      3. Treaty Traders and Investor Visas for Americans and Mexicans

      The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA, formerly NAFTA) facilitates cross-border labour mobility for Americans to work in Canada by streamlining regulations, removing barriers that previously hindered the process and expediting the work permit process. Treaty trader and investor visas under CUSMA allow citizens of the U.S. or Mexico to enter Canada temporarily for work that involves investment or the trade of goods or services.

      Key benefits:

      • Traders and investors who either facilitate substantial trade between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico and Canada or have a substantial amount of capital invested in Canada, do not need an LMIA, but they do need a work permit.


      • To apply to immigrate to Canada under CUSMA, you will need to provide the following documentation:
        • A valid passport
        • A job offer from a Canadian employer
        • A work permit application form
        • Proof of eligibility under CUSMA

      If you are interested in moving to and investing in Canada under CUSMA, an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer can help you assess your eligibility and applications.

      Other Canada Golden Visa Alternatives

      Canada offers additional golden visa alternatives and investor visa opportunities for foreigners to live and work in Canada as a permanent resident with a pathway to citizenship. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur who wants to launch a high-impact business in Canada or a savvy international investor seeking strategic investment opportunities, Canada's immigration landscape has many opportunities. Canada welcomes your expertise and invites you to become an integral part of its vibrant tapestry and make Canada your new home.

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      Ackah Business Immigration Law: Your Partner for Business Ventures and Canadian Residency

      Don't let complex immigration processes delay your entrepreneurial journey. Our expert lawyers help you navigate Canada's business immigration programs, access government incentives, and unlock a world of exciting opportunities. Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards your Canadian dream.

      Ackah Law is headquartered in Calgary with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. If you need Canadian business immigration advice and guidance, Ackah Law can help.

      Contact Ackah Law today at (587) 854‑3821 or email us directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.

      Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

      Founder/Managing Lawyer

      Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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