To qualify as an owner/operator, the foreign national must:
- demonstrate a level of controlling interest in the business, e.g. be a sole proprietor or a majority shareholder (50.01% plus);
- demonstrate that such temporary entry will result in the creation or retention of employment opportunities for Canadians and permanent residents and/or skills transfer to Canadians and permanent residents (or hire a Canadian or PR employee); and,
- viable or solid business plan
With this program, you can come to Canada as a Temporary worker operating your own business. There is no minimum net worth, you can purchase an existing business or open a new one.
Processing time: approximately 5-8 months including work permit application after we have submitted complete application.