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Quebec Entrepreneur Program

The Quebec Entrepreneur Program


Quebec entrepreneur business program is aimed at individuals who possess entrepreneurial skills and who are intending to invest and operate an agricultural, commercial or industrial business in Quebec, while giving them the opportunity to obtain permanent residency in Canada. A Quebec entrepreneur applicant is a foreign individual who comes to Quebec to either operate a business that she/he creates, alone or with partners, or to acquire a business already established in the province.

The program operates under two streams under which an entrepreneur can apply for Certificate of Selection of Quebec (CSQ):

Quebec Entrepreneur Program - Stream 1

This stream is for candidates receiving support from a business incubator, a business accelerator, or a university entrepreneurship centre, and who wish to open and manage a business in Quebec.

The business can be established by the candidate alone or with partners. The partners can be Canadians or foreign individuals, in which case they are limited to three.

Under the Entrepreneur Program, Stream 1, there is no list of support organizations, i.e., business incubators, business accelerators and university entrepreneurship centers 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 centers, 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:

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:

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.

Note that even if you have already launched your business project in Québec, you may still be eligible for the Entrepreneur Program, as long as the project is not yet fully implemented. However, you will still have to observe all of the Program’s rules, which include presenting a business plan and meeting the financial requirements.

Quebec Entrepreneur Program - Stream 2

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:

Note that even if you have already launched your business project in Québec, you may still be eligible for the Entrepreneur Program, as long as the project is not yet fully implemented. However, you will still have to observe all of the Program’s rules, which include presenting a business plan and meeting the financial requirements.

Program Benefits
  1. Get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage,
  2. Apply for Canadian citizenship (if requirements are met),
  3. Protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Are there any restrictions as a permanent resident?

Quebec Entrepreneur Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I able to bring my family with me to Quebec if I am successful?

Your immediate family and spouse who you want to bring with you to Canada will need to be included in your application as your dependents (excluding children 19 years or over). In this case, once your application is successful you are able to bring your family with you.

For more information, please fill out our Free Assessment and find out if you qualify.

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