The Investor Category is one way for people with experience in business or management to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Business immigrants are expected to make a C$800,000 investment into a Canadian government fund, and have a minimum net worth of $1,600,000. Financing options are available for the investment, and Immigration Canada will return the $800,000 investment just over 5 years after payment.
The Entrepreneur Program seeks to attract experienced business persons who will own and actively manage businesses in Canada that contribute to the economy and create jobs. To apply as an entrepreneur, an applicant must show that they have experience in starting and running a business, and have a minimum net worth of $300,000. An entrepreneur applicant must have the intention to start a business in Canada, and, after immigrating to Canada, must start their business in Canada.
The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to attract applicants who have the intention and ability to start their own business that would create a job for themselves. Self-employed persons are required to have either relevant experience that will make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada or experience in farm management and the intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada. While there is no minimum requirement for net worth in this category, the applicant is expected to have enough funds to start their business in Canada, once granted residency.