Comparison of Provincial Entrepreneur Immigration Programs Available

April 2021

BC Base ProgramBC Regional PilotSaskatchewanManitobaOntario (includes Greater Toronto)ON (outside Toronto) or Tech businessNova ScotiaNew BrunswickNewfoundlandYukon TerritoriesNorthwest TerritoriesQuebec
Population5,110,91766 regional communities1,181,6661,377,51714,711,827Outside GTA or Tech industry977,457779,993521,36540,61244,8168,537,674
Min Net Worth$600K$300K$500K$500K$800K$400K$600K$600K$600K$500K$500K in Yellowknife, else $250K$900K
Min Investment$200K$100K$300K Regina or Saskatoon
$200K elsewhere
$250K Winnipeg
$150K outside
$600K$200K$150K$150K$200K$300K$300K in Yellowknife, else $150K$300K in MTL
$200K elsewhere
Experience3 Yrs Owner or
4 Yrs Manager
in past 10 years
3 Yrs Owner or
4 Yrs Manager
in past 5 years
3 yrs relevant ex-perience as Owner/Manager in past 10 yrs3 yrs Owner or Manager in past 5 yrs2 yrs Owner or Manager in past 5 yrs2 yrs Owner or Manager in past 5 yrs3 Yr Owner OR
5 Yr Manager in past 10 yrs
Owner for 3/5 years, or Manager for >5 yearsOwner for 2/5 yrs or Managr for >5 yrsOwner or Manager for > 3 years,or 5 years of relevant work experience
Min EducationPost Sec, or 100% owner in past 3/5 yearsPost Sec or 100% owner in past 3/5 yearsNot requiredCDN High SchoolNot requiredNot requiredCDN High SchoolCDN High SchoolCDN High SchoolCDN High School
English/FrenchCLB 4 before nominationCLB 4 before ApplicationNot necessaryCLB 5CLB 4 before nominationCLB 4 before nominationCLB 5CLB 5CLB 5CLB 4
AgeNo restrictionsNo restrictionsNo restrictionsNo restriction but max pts for 25-4921 or older21-59 only21-59 only
Business PurchaseSeller owned for >5 yearsNew business onlySeller owned for >3 years. Keep all employees. Bus visit.Seller owned for > 5 years. Keep all employees. Bus visit >12 mos. 10% to expand.Seller owned for > 5 years. Keep all employees.Seller owned for > 5 years; Bus visit; keep all employeesSeller owned for > 3 yearsSeller owned for >5 years. Bus visit. Keep all staff.In operation for 5 years
Job Creation1 job1 job2 jobs in Regina or Saskatoon1 Job2 jobs1 JobMin 1 job1 Job1 Job
Physical Residence75% of time in BC75% of time in BC75% of time in ON75% of time in ON75% of time in NB
NotesNeed referral by communityNeed Bus Research visit
PNW VerifictionMNPKPMG, MNPMNP, Grant ThorntonKPMG, MNP, DeloitteMNP, KPMG, Grant Thornton,Grnt Thornton, MDD Forensic Accountants, MNPBDOYukon accountants