Start-up Visa (SUV) Program

A support system to help you settle your business in Canada!

About Start-up Visa Program (SUV)

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. Canada’s Start-up Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, scalable businesses in Canada which will support innovation and job creation.

Program Duration:

6 Months

Program Fee:

CAD $18,000

Immigration Guide:

Access Here

Application Process

The SUV program is driven by the endorsement of a designated entity and focusses on high-quality. Prospective applicants must be ready to provide detailed information regarding the potential viability of their business venture including a formal business plan, financial and legal documents and any other relevant information that a designated entity may require to issue a Commitment Certificate accompanied by a Letter of Support.

Online Application

Mentor
Review

Founders Interview

Program Acceptance

Required Documents

Corporate Documents:

  1. Incorporation
  2. Shareholders Agreement

Due Diligence Report:

  1. Customers and Suppliers
  2. Material contracts
  3. Intellectual Property

4. Corporate Financing
5. Employees and Benefit Plans
6. Management Team

Program Features

24/7 Office Space

Mentor Interventions

Access to Capital

Network/Events

Business Services

Partner Services

Tips for Start-up Visa Applicants

The proposed business should:

  • Demonstrate potential viability from both a financial & market perspective
  • Incorporate in Ontario after acceptance into the SUV program.
  • Access to sufficient working capital to meet the initial needs in the market.
  • Clearly articulate the market opportunity for your product/service.
  • Demonstrate early technology validation and/or customer traction.

The applicants must:

  • Have relevant education, experience and expertise for the business.
  • Effectively communicate and work in English or French language.
  • Meet the SUV program requirements established by the Government of Canada.
  • Hold at least 50% of the voting rights in the proposed venture for the application.
  • Be active members of the business with at least 10% voting rights each.

Applications Open!

Start-up Visa Program applications are now open!
To start your application, please click the button below.

For more information, please write to us on suv@tbdc.com.