Are you a business owner looking to establish your business in Canada and gain Canadian work experience? We can help you achieve your goal

Experienced business owners have a relatively fast and easy path
to working in Canada.

As the government encourages businesspeople who will contribute to Canada’s economy, both in generating revenue and hiring Canadian labourers, the process is more stream lined and has fewer requirements than other work permits.

There are 2 ways for an owner-operator to acquire a work permit:

  • Owner – Operator LMIA
  • Owner – Operator LMIA Exempt

Owner-Operator LMIA

The first application method requires a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) form your prospective employer.

An LMIA provides assurance that a foreign worker is not taking work away from Canadian citizens or permanent residents who could potentially fill that job. Requirements including showing that the company has advertised for Canadian workers to fill the job but found no qualified respondents in terms of skills or experience in a set period of advertising time.

When a positive LMIA is received, you can apply for your work permit.

A major benefit of obtaining the positive LMIA easier is that you can get a large number of points (200) for the Express Entry stream, which can bring a person with an otherwise low score into the range of successful draws.

Ties to Canada

An owner/operator of a business can bypass the LMIA requirement, saving time and complexity, but they must demonstrate that they have controlling interest in the business in a few different ways:

  • Sole Proprietor (not a partnership);
  • Majority Shareholder; or
  • Proof that you are a shareholder with a controlling interest

Owner-Operator Requirement

General requirements for Owner-Operator Work Permits include:

Detailed Business Plan

  • type of business
  • product or service being offered
  • number of employees that will be hired
  • proof of sufficient funds for the initial capital investment (buying property and equipment, hiring workers, stocking inventory, etc.)
  • Marketing strategy

Steps to begin opening the business in Canada,

  • Registering the business in Canada
  • Hiring: Employ at least 1 Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the first year of operation
  • Proof of related Business Experience
  • Amount to Invest
    Amount to Invest there is no specific dollar amount that must be invested in to the Canadian business. It will depend on factors such as type of investment (buying an existing business or building a new one), province and city it will be located in, and general economic trends.

How We Can Help

At EXITUS IMMIGRATION SERVICES , our representatives are highly successful with Owner- Operator Work Permit applications and understand all the pros and cons. We can guide you through each step of the process to ensure you compile a strong, convicting and complete application to give you the best chances of success.

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