Start-up Visa

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program


Canada’s Start-up Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada which will support innovation and job-creation. To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, entrepreneurs must be accepted into a program offered by a designated Canadian business incubator or accelerator. Interested entrepreneurs are required to submit an application directly to one of the following organizations:

Canada Accelerator Co (d/b/a HIGHLINE)
Empowered Startups Ltd.
Extreme Innovations
Founder Fuel
INcubes Inc.
Innovate Calgary
Innovate Niagara Media Cluster
LaunchPad PEI Inc.
Planet Hatch
Ryerson Futures Inc.
Toronto Business Development Centre
Waterloo Accelerator Centre


Business incubation and acceleration program application processes are highly competitive. The focus is on quality rather than quantity. Prospective applicants must be ready to provide detailed information regarding the potential of their business venture and should include a detailed business plan, financial documents, founder biographies and other relevant information as required by the designated business incubator’s application process.
Applicants under the Start-up Visa Program may apply as either a single entrepreneur or as an entrepreneurial team of up to five members. Each applicant must be an active member of the business with at least 10% of the voting rights to qualify. The combination of the applicant and the designated incubator/accelerator must also hold at least 50% of the voting rights in the proposed venture to qualify.

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