Entrepreneur Program
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Entrepreneur Program

Be sure to read the immigration rules and procedures and the information regarding intake periods for Québec selection applications before submitting your application.

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following conditions:

Stream 1

  • You must present your business project in the form of a business plan, as well as a service offer.

Under the Entrepreneur Program, Stream 1, there is no list of support organizations, i.e. business incubators, business accelerators and university entrepreneurship centres authorized to support entrepreneur applicants under this stream and their project, nor are there any regulated criteria intended to recognize these organizations.

Nevertheless, to assist you with the procedure, you can consult a list of projects from business incubators, business accelerators, and university entrepreneurship centres, supported by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, for information.

A business incubator, a business accelerator or university entrepreneurship centre that wants to support an entrepreneur applicant and his/her project must meet the appropriate definition:

  • A “business accelerator” is an organization with an establishment in Québec that offers support services, particularly for finding financing, to people whose business projects are aimed at the growth of innovative companies;
  • A “university entrepreneurship centre” is an organization managed by an academic institution referred to in Section 1 of the Act Respecting Educational Institutions at the University Level (chapter E-14.1), or an organization affiliated with such an institution and that provides mentoring services to entrepreneurs;
  • A “business incubator” is an organization with an establishment in Québec that offers mentoring services, including hosting, to, people whose business projects are aimed at the creation of innovative businesses.

The organization must demonstrate its ability to support the applicant and his/her project.

To this end, it must write a service offer in which it presents the services it intends to offer the entrepreneur to accomplish his/her project. The support organization must also present:

  • The proposed support plan (list and description of services that it plans to offer the applicant to carry out the project);
  • The operation plan (detailed budget for the service offer and the schedule for carrying out the support activities, i.e. the services offered);
  • Its expertise as a business accelerator, business incubator or university entrepreneurship centre (its skills and achievements in relation to the entrepreneur’s project).

As stipulated in the Service Offer Writing Guide – Entrepreneurs Program – Component 1, the purpose of the service offer is to assess the adequacy between the business project presented by the immigration applicant and the organization’s ability to support its implementation. The resources deployed by the support organization must be sufficient and adapted to meet the needs related to carrying out the entrepreneur’s project.


Stream 2

  • You must settle in Québec to create or acquire and operate a business.
  • You must make a startup deposit and a security deposit at a financial institution with an establishment in Québec with whom you have signed a deposit agreement:
    • You must use the startup deposit to set up your business. The required amount is lower (CAD $200,000) if you set up your business outside the Montréal metropolitan area (CMM). A startup deposit of CAD $300,000 is required if the business is located in the CMM.
    • The security deposit of CAD $200,000 serves as insurance that your business will actually be created. It will be refunded when you demonstrate that your business plan has been carried out.
  • You must also have a minimum net worth of CAD $900,000, alone or with your spouse or de facto spouse, and you must demonstrate that this money has been legally acquired.
  • You must present your project in the form of a business plan.
  • If you choose to create a business, you must own and control at least 25% of its equity capital. If you choose to acquire a business, you must own and control at least 51% of its equity capital.
  • Your business must not be involved in any of the following activities:
    • Payday loans, cheque cashing, or pawnbroking
    • Real estate development or real estate or insurance brokerage
    • Production, distribution, or sale of pornographic or sexually explicit products or services related to the sex industry, such as nude or erotic dancing, escort services or erotic massages
  • Your business
    • Must have been in operation during the five years prior to your date of application

It is the responsibility of the entrepreneur applying under stream 2 to find a financial institution in Québec to make the startup deposits and security deposits. No such agreement has been signed between the Ministère and financial institutions. Financial transactions pertaining to the startup deposits and security deposits must be carried out according to the terms and conditions defined by the financial institution chosen.

The Québec Immigration Regulation defines a financial institution as a “bank having an establishment in Québec that is a member of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation and that is governed by Bank Act (S.C. 1991, c. 46) or a financial services cooperative within the meaning of the Act respecting financial services cooperatives (chapter C-67.3)”.

Please note that you cannot acquire a business purchased, in the five years prior to submitting your selection application, from an immigrant selected as an entrepreneur under the program.

Your application will also be assessed on the basis of other factors and criteria including:

your age
your level of education
your French and English language skills
your financial self-sufficiency
your visits to Québec
your family in Québec

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