Welcome to Investor Quotient Canada

What Is The Start-Up Visa Program?

Canada’s  Start-Up Visa Program is designed to tie the country’s immigration policies to its economic goals. This program is one of the very view business immigration programs that provides a fsstraightforward path to permanent-resident status and citizenship — for foreign entrepreneurs. The Owner Operator LMIA and C-11 and almost all PNP programs are work permits that may lead to PR.

Under the Start-Up Visa Program, would-be immigrants apply after having received support of a designated entity being either a venture capitalist, angel investor, or incubator in Canada.


Obtain Permanent Residence before landing Canada

Fast processing time: 12 – 16 months

Up to 5 applicants business ownership are able to apply

No need for net worth valuation

No minimum investment required


One of five applicants will be appointed to present on behalf of the whole group

If he/she fails, applications of other members will be cancelled.

Who Can Apply For A Start-Up Visa?

Interested entrepreneurs must have a business start up idea, or innovative idea, or own an existing start up business in their home coutnry in order to apply for a Start-Up Visa in Canada. No more than 5 applicants claiming business ownership may apply with each applicant holding at least 10% of voting rights attached to outstanding shares of the corporation, and (jointly) applicants must hold at least 50% of total voting rights within the firm.

What is Required to Apply For A Start-Up Visa?

Meet Requirements

Get support from a designated organization

Apply Permanent Residence

Land in Canada

Establish your company in Canada

Step 1: Meeting The Start-Up Visa Requirements

Hold from 10% to 100% of voting rights attached to outstanding shares of the corporation and provide active and ongoing management of this business

  • Demonstrate sufficient fluency in either English or French to meet or exceed  Canadian Language Benchmark 5 (for listening 5.0, reading 4.0, writing 5.0, and speaking 5.0)
  • Be subject to a criminal record check and must provide relevant, non-expired Police Certificates to facilitate this process.
  • Submit medical exam results from a panel physician (not your personal/family doctor) to ensure you are medically admissible.
  • Demonstrate proof of sufficient settlement funds
  • Must get a letter of support from a designated organization

Step 2:  Getting Support From A Designated Organization

Identify a designated organization

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

  • Venture capital funds: You must get at least one of these groups to agree to invest a minimum of $200,000
  • Angel investor groups: You must get one or more investors connected to these groups to agree to invest a minimum of $75,000
  • Business incubators: You must be accepted into one of the programs in these group

Our Responsibilities:

  • Business viability study
  • Go to market strategy
  • Market intelligence
  • Concept validation
  • Pitch deck creation
  • Business plan development
  • Intellectual property solutions
  • Financial modelling
  • Business mentoring and presentation skill development
  • Access to our network partners, lawyers and vendors
  • Facilitating investment for your business
  • Working with designated entities
  • Applying for government grants/funding with the help of service providers in our partner network

Step 3: Establishing Your Business In Canada

  • Establish long term business vision and goals
  • Operate and manage your business as promised

Get Experienced Advice Before You Apply For Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

Investor Quotient Canada (IQ Canada) is a premier business and professional services firm offering a complete range of business, logistical and related professional services to entrepreneurs and companies looking to establish and/or expand their operations into Canada or invest in Canadian businesses.

“Our objective is to help your business and employees make a smooth transition to Canada, while you focus on the important task of managing & growing your business”.

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