Entrepreneur Stream

EntrepreneurPeople who want to start a business or buy an established business in Nova Scotia can immigrate to Canada through a provincial program stream for entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneur Stream of the Nova Scotia Provincial Program (NSNP) offers permanent residency in Canada to people who are willing to invest at least C$150,000 in a new or existing business. 

To be able to immigrate through the Entrepreneur Stream, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Intend to live permanently in Nova Scotia, as well as own and actively manage a business in the province
  • Have a net worth of at least C$600,000
  • Be ready to invest at least C$150,000 in Nova Scotia business that is useful for the provincial economy and makes a profit by selling goods or services
  • Have at least 3 years of experience as an active managing business owner or more than 5 years of experience as a senior business manager 
  • Own at least 33,33% of business capital 
  • Have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or French (= IELTS Listening 5.0, Reading 4.0, Writing 5.0, Speaking 5.0)
  • Provide a business plan and be able to demonstrate a deep knowledge of this plan
  • Complete an online Expression of Interest
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the NSNP representatives

Find out about other NSNP streams in the article “Immigration to Nova Scotia“.