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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.