Start-up Visa Program

Hey entrepreneurs! Have an innovative business idea? You may be able to immigrate to Canada through the Start-up Visa Program, with the support for your idea from a Canadian venture capital fund, an angel investor group or a business incubator. To find out if you can apply, visit

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Transcript: “Start-up Visa Program”

Video length: 0:49 minutes

Upbeat, instrumental music plays throughout.

Text: “BUSINESS IDEA!” emanates from megaphone illustrated against a black, chalkboard-like background.

NARRATOR: Do you have an innovative business idea?

An orange circle appears against the chalkboard-like background.

Text displays: “START-UP VISA PROGRAM”.

Silhouettes of office workers appear in the circle

A map of Canada appears beside the circle.

NARRATOR: Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that are innovative, can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale.

Location pins dot the map.

Three orange circles contain an illustrated head with a light bulb above it, an office worker and a globe.

A puff of smoke appears, erases the chalkboard.

An illustrated human figure appears. Three arrows stem from the figure containing: A leaf, a person with wings and a dollar sign on their chest and two hands cupping a dollar sign. An arrow stems from each of the circles and point to a document.

NARRATOR: If you have a business idea and your pitch to a Canadian venture capital fund, angel investor or business incubator that is designated to participate in the program earns you their support, you could be eligible to apply to come to Canada permanently and launch your company.

Chalkboard is erased, a maple leaf appears in the top right corner.

Text displays: “START-UP VISA PROGRAM”.

A puff of smoke erases the chalkboard.

An illustrated laptop computer and a steaming coffee mug appear.

NARRATOR: To find the list of designated entities and see if you’re eligible, visit our website.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada corporate signature along with the copyright message: “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2017” is shown.

Canada wordmark is shown on a black background.

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