Startup-Visa Program

About the Startup-Visa Program

The Start-up Visa Program is designed for entrepreneurs internationally with businesses that are innovative and have the potential to grow in Canada.
The program offers Permanent Residence to entrepreneurs to help support them in their growth story.
At Toronto Business Development Center (TBDC) the program is designed to help entrepreneurs compete at a global scale by helping them solve problems that are unique to their start-up. Our panel of over 80+ mentors, help you not just survive but thrive in North America.
TBDC is one of Toronto’s premiere start-up incubators and accelerators with a rich history dating back three decades. Since its inception, TBDC has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs by helping them build and grow their ideas. TBDC has helped over 9,000 domestic and international entrepreneurial businesses establish in Toronto and Ontario by offering to them a diverse mentor network, access to capital, and strategically designed programs.

Registration For Startup-Visa Program


We are open to hosting upto 5 founders for the Start-Visa Program

We are accepting applications for the Start-up Visa Program and will be working with start-ups virtually for two months of pre-accelerator program.

Start-ups that have generated revenue in the home country, have paying customers and market traction are best suited for this program.

Yes. Your spouse/ partner and dependent children under the age of 22 may also apply for a PR visa under the same application.

You must have a basic proficiency in English or in French CLB 5 or (~5.0 IELTS) or greater.

Founders are expected to hold at least 50% of the voting rights in the proposed venture for the application.

You will be getting access to Business support services – conference rooms, common areas, printer, mailing address Advisory Services – Mentor Sessions weekly (Industry Mentors, Function Mentors, Investors, Corporates) Access to Capital (Peer Pitches, Investor Pitches – VCs, Angels, Invest Atlanta etc.) Access to Talent (University Relationships, Events, Workshops, Networking Events) Founder Development (1-on-1 sessions, Master Mind Workshops etc.) Partner Services – Marketing, Legal, Book-Keeping, Compliance (these are all paid services with subsidized prices for our clients)

Yes. All SUV Applicants must have a Canadian Work Permit issued in order to begin the SUV Acceleration Program.

No. We only require that you intend to incorporate the entity in Canada upon arrival. Once engaged in the SUV Acceleration Program, TBDC can help guide your team in the Canadian incorporation process.