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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Entrepreneur

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s Entrepreneur Stream is designed to support individuals from countries outside Canada who are looking to implement a new business initiative or buy an existing business in our province. The program offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to be nominated for permanent resident status once their new business has been successfully established in Ontario.

OINP is now accepting Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions to the Entrepreneur Stream.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for this program if you have a viable business activity that will bring significant economic benefit to our province. If we approve your proposal, you and one additional business partner (if applicable) may apply for a temporary work permit in order to establish your business. Once your business has been successfully established, you and your business partner (if applicable) may be eligible for nomination by OINP.

You must meet all eligibility criteria in order to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream. If you are applying with a business partner, your business partner must also meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria include the following:

  • You and your business partner (if applicable) must each make a minimum investment of $500,000 depending on the location and sector of your proposed business
  • You and your business partner (if applicable) must each create at least two full-time permanent jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • You and your business partner (if applicable) must both meet a minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 or equivalent in order to be nominated after your business has been established in Ontario

In order to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream, you must first submit an EOI. Based on your EOI score, you may be invited to apply to the Entrepreneur Stream.

More information on the above criteria and other criteria you and your business partner (if applicable) must meet as well as the full application process and guidelines are available in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Entrepreneur Stream Guide. Review this program guide carefully before you submit an EOI to ensure that you and your business partner meet all eligibility requirements and that you understand the application process, including how to submit an EOI.

Click here to complete the EOI Self-Assessment Tool. You will need the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Entrepreneur Stream Guide to complete the EOI Self-Assessment Tool and to submit your EOI. You will be given the required application forms if you are invited to apply.

Please keep checking this website for program updates.

Learn More

How are the new Business Streams different from the Investor Component?

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for Business Streams.

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Contact us

Email: business.immigration@ontario.ca
Phone: 416-327-0374 or 1-866-214-6820 (toll-free within North America only)

 
 
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