Start-up Visa

Start-up Visa


Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build innovative business in Canada that can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale.

Start-Up Visa Criteria:
  1. Meet minimum language requirements in English or French (CLB 5 in all abilities);
  2. Have sufficient funds to settle in Canada
  3. Plan to settle in a province other than the Province of Quebec
  4. Pass Canadian security and medical clearances
  5. Prove your business is supported through a designated organization
  6. Show your business meets ownership requirements
Designated organizations

Venture capital funds

You must get at least one of these groups to agree to invest a minimum of $200,000:

  1. 7 Gate Ventures
  2. Arete Pacific Tech Ventures (VCC) Corp
  3. BCF Ventures
  4. BDC Venture Capital
  5. Celtic House Venture Partners
  6. Extreme Venture Partners LLP
  7. Golden Venture Partners Fund, LP
  8. iNovia Capital Inc.
  9. Intrinsic Venture Capital
  10. Lumira Ventures
  11. Nova Scotia Innovation Corporation (o/a Innovacorp)
  12. PRIVEQ Capital Funds
  13. Real Ventures
  14. Relay Ventures
  15. ScaleUp Venture Partners, Inc.
  16. Top Renergy Inc.
  17. Vanedge Capital Limited Partnership
  18. Version One Ventures
  19. Westcap Management Ltd.
  20. Yaletown Venture Partners Inc.
  21. York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) VC Fund

Angel investor groups

You must get one or more investors connected to these groups to agree to invest a minimum of $75,000:

  1. Canadian International Angel Investors
  2. Ekagrata Inc.
  3. Golden Triangle Angel Network
  4. Keiretsu Forum Canada
  5. Oak Mason Investments Inc.
  6. Southeastern Ontario Angel Network
  7. TenX Angel Investors Inc.
  8. VANTEC Angel Network Inc.
  9. York Angel Investors Inc.

Business incubators

You must be accepted into one of these programs:

  1. Alacrity Foundation
  2. Alberta Agriculture and ForestryAgrivalue Processing Business Incubator
    • Food Processing Development Centre
    • Biomedical Commercialization Canada Inc. (operating as Manitoba Technology Accelerator)
  3. Brilliant Catalyst
  4. Creative Destruction Lab
  5. Empowered Startups Ltd.
  6. Extreme Innovations
  7. Genesis Centre
  8. Highline BETA Inc.
  9. Innovacorp
  10. Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas
  11. Innovation Factory
  12. Interactive Niagara Media Cluster o/a Innovate Niagara
  13. Invest Ottawa
  14. Knowledge Park o/a Planet Hatch
  15. LatAm Startups
  16. Launch Academy – Vancouver
  17. LaunchPad PEI Inc.
  18. Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship
  19. NEXT Canada
  20. North Forge East Ltd.
  21. North Forge Technology Exchange
  22. Platform Calgary
  23. Pycap Inc (o/a Pycap Venture Partners)
  24. Real Investment Fund III L.P. o/a FounderFuel
  25. Ryerson Futures Inc.
  26. Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre
  27. Spring Activator
  28. The DMZ at Ryerson University
  29. Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC)
  30. TSRV Canada Inc. (operating as Techstars Canada)
  31. University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Hatchery
  32. VIATEC
  33. Waterloo Accelerator Centre
  34. York Entrepreneurship Development Institute

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