This work permit category has two streams. The first is for those who are only seeking temporary entry to Canada and the second is for those who are seeking eventual permanent residence in Canada based on an Entrepreneurial or Self-Employed permanent residence program.
Applicants seeking only temporary residence
Those seeking temporary entry to
Canada to operate their own business must prove to an immigration officer that the
business would generate a significant economic, social, or cultural benefits to Canadian
citizens or permanent residents.
Applicants seeking eventual permanent residence
This work permit category is also used
for those who have a long-term intent to remain in Canada and are either in the process of
applying for permanent residence through an entrepreneurial or self-employed permanent
residence program. Application under this program would allow the applicant to enter
Canada and begin developing their business as per the requirements of their Provincial
Nominee Program (PNP), or where there is a need for early entry to Canada, in advance of a
determination of the entrepreneurial based permanent residence program.
Eligibility for this program requires that the individual own at least 50% of the business. The applicant must also prove to the satisfaction of an officer that they will leave Canada should their immigration status not be extended.
Factors in considering “significant benefit”: