British Columbia
"The best place on earth"
Do business in cities that are often regarded as the best place to live and work in the world province, like Vancouver, and Victoria
The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Each Canadian province has at least one Entrepreneur Stream program under its unique Provincial Nominee Program.

To qualify you must complete the following steps among others:

  • Complete an Expression of Interest
  • Complete a Business Plan
  • Complete a Net Worth Evaluation by an Accredited Accounting Company
  • Commit to investing between 100,0000 CAD to 200,000 CAD depending on the province wherein you intend to settle
We can help you choose the provinces that are most suitable to you based on your investment amount. Get started exploring your options by starting a Free Assessment (see below), or by browsing the below Entrepreneur Programs.

Make a $1-200,000 Investment
Have $3-600,000+
in net worth
Score 4+ points in English Test
Work for 2 years
before Residency
Obtain Citizenship in 5+ years
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Why live in British Columbia?
Communities in B.C. are culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse, with immigrants accounting for approximately 27 per cent of our population. An additional five percent of the population is made up of indigenous Aboriginal peoples.

The standard of living is high in B.C. and Canada. The United Nations Human Development Index consistently ranks Canada as one of the world's best countries to live in. The people of B.C., like the rest of Canada, are friendly and welcoming. People from many cultures call B.C. their home, creating a diverse and vibrant society that welcomes international students.

Check out these links:
WelcomeBC provides detailed information about B.C., our people, economy, and facts and trends.
HelloBC provides information on B.C's geography, culture and people.
BC People is a unique storytelling project that showcases BC\'s cultural, racial and ethnic diversity.
How do you qualify for the entrepreneurship programs?
They are many qualifications. In brief, they are:
  • For B.C., you must have a net worth of at least $600,000 or more
    • the number is of course based on the Canadian province you choose
  • You must have at least 2 or more years of business experience in your home country,
  • Also, most provinces require you to take an English language test, and get a minimum of a 4 of 10
  • And after you are accepted, you must actually actually establish the business in Canada, in order to receive the nomination that you need to apply for residency
Most provinces generally ask for the same requirements. But there are two main difference
  1. The first is that each province requires you to have a different net worth, or an amount of money that you own.
  2. And the second is that each province requires you to invest a different amount, that is anywhere between 100,000 thousand to 400 000 thousand
What is the application process in brief?
The process begins with us submitting an application, for you, called an Expression of Interest. This applications is like a Resume; it asks you to note down your biographical information, business experience, financial standing, and other topics. After we submit this application, this would complete the first step.

In the second step, your application goes into a pool of all entrepreneur applicants, and you will be assigned a score out of 100 based on your profile.

The provincial government conducts draws every few months, in which it says any entrepreneur applicant with a score above a certain level (for example: Above 73) would receive an invitation to submit a complete Nomination Application.

If you receive an Invitation, then this will begin the third step. We will then be given usually 3 months to prepare this extensive application. During this process, we will be required to submit many supporting documents and work with an international Financial Institution in order to prove your financial position. We would work with you throughout this time, and then submit a complete application to the government.

In the fourth stage, the government would review your application, and approve it or reject it. If the application is true, and complete, it will likely be accepted. If it is accepted, you then must sign an undertaking (promise contract) and other documents that commit you to open that business in the province.

After you sign these documents, in the fifth step we will apply for you to obtain work permits for you and your spouse, and study permits for your children, which would allow all of you to come to Canada. This would complete the application process.

After you succeed in opening the business, and operating it for 1-2 years, you will then receive a nomination. You can then use that to apply for Permanent Residency through the Express Entry process.

In order to arrive in Canada, the process takes about 10-14 months or more.
And in order to obtain your permanent residency status, you will need about 2-3 years.

I am looking to operate a business in B.C.
Through the above programs you are able to either buy an existing business or establish a new one. The government would consider many factors in approving your application, including: Your business management and ownership experience; Your financial capability, And other factors.
You will need to assign yourself as a manager, and operate the business for at least a year in order to qualify for Permanent Residency. You can take advantage of our knowledge of these programs by asking a question below.
I am not particular about which province to live in
Each province seeks to attract entrepreneurs and business managers through their Provincial Nominee Programs, including the most populated provinces like British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. But note that some provinces (like the Western provinces of Saskatechwan and Manitoba) prefer to accept applicants that have a family, relative, or other connection to the province.

Also, most provinces require you to some at least some basic English before they accept your application. Therefore, you would need to be strategic about which province to apply to. We welcome you to start your Free Assessment so that we can determine the best option for you.
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