Ontario Entrepreneur Stream
About the ProgramThe Ontario Entrepreneur stream is one of the Business Streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), operated by the province of Ontario. This stream is designed to target experienced business owners or senior business managers who want to live in Ontario. Successful applicants must start a new business or buy an existing business in which they participate in the day-to-day management duties.
Ontario Entrepreneur Stream eligibility criteriaFactor - Criteria
ExperienceAt least 24 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months as a business owner or as a senior manager.
Net worth

If the proposed business is located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): C$800,000.

If the proposed business is located outside the GTA: C$400,000.

If the proposed business is in the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $400,000, regardless of location.

Personal investment

If the proposed business is located in the GTA: C$600,000 + minimum equity ownership of 33.3%.

If the proposed business is located outside the GTA: $200,000 + minimum equity ownership of 33.3%.

If the proposed business is ICT/Digital Communications sector: $200,000 + minimum equity ownership of 33.3%, regardless of location.

Job creation

If the proposed business is located in the GTA: At least two permanent, full-time jobs for Canadian citizens / permanent residents.

If the proposed business is located outside the GTA or if the proposed business is ICT/Digital Communications sector: At least one permanent, full-time jobs for Canadian citizens / permanent residents.

Exploratory visit Individuals who plan on purchasing an existing business must make at least one business-related visit to Ontario in the last 12 months prior to the date the application was submitted.
Nomination for PR If your report is approved, you will be nominated for permanent residence by the Ontario government. The holder of a nomination certificate may submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to the federal government as long as the nominee continues to abide by the performance agreement and the requirements of the OES mentioned above.
Dependence Requirement Spouse or Common Law Partner can join the main applicant Dependent children who are: Younger than 22 and do not have a spouse or common law partner OR Older that 22 and are dependent on their parents due to physical or mental illness.
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