The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program officially reopen on August 31, 2015 until January 2016.

 

The Quebec Business/Investor Immigration program is a category of Canadian immigration that is available to individuals who have acquired entrepreneurial, investor, or self-employed experience.

 

Investor Program

 To be eligible for this program, you must:

  1. Have, alone or with his accompanying spouse, including de facto spouse, net assets of at least $1,600,000 CAN obtained legally, excluding the amounts received by donation less than six months before the date on which the application was field.
  2. Have experience in management in a legal farming, commercial or industrial business, or in a legal professional business where the staff, excluding the investor, occupies at least the equivalent of two full- time jobs, or for an international agency or a government or one of its departments or agencies.
  3. Intend to settle in Quebec and sign an agreement to invest $800,000 CAN with a financial intermediary (broker or trust company) authorized to participate in the investor program.

 

Useful Information 

  • The investment agreement is one of the documents to be submitted with the Application for a Certificat de selection du Québec.
  • The investment of $800,000 CAN for a five year term is guaranteed by the Gouvernement du Québec.
  • Brokers and trust companies offer the possibility of financing the investment.
  • Revenues generated by the applicant’s investment will be used to finance two Québec business assistance programs, Business Assistance—Immigrant Investor Program and Employment Integration Program for Immigrants and Visible Minorities.
  • At the end of the five year term, the broker or trust company will, within 30 days, reimburse the applicant $800,000 CAN without interest. However, the amount may vary if the applicant secured financing for the investment.

 

Entrepreneur Program

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  1. Have net assets of at least $300,000 CAN that have been legally obtained with, where applicable, your married or common-law spouse provided he or she is accompanying you.
  2. Have at least two years’ experience in running a business acquired during the five years preceding the date you submitted your application in a lawful and profitable business (agricultural, industrial or commercial) that you manage, alone or with your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, controlling at least 25% of the capital equity.
  3. Experience in running a business is here defined as the actual and full-time assuming of the responsibilities and duties related to the planning, management and control of material, financial and human resources, provided that such responsibilities and duties are not assumed in the context of an apprenticeship, training or specialization process attested to by a diploma.
  4. Present your application in one of the two following program components:
    • Ability to carry out a business project component: submit a business project with the purpose of creating or acquiring a business (agricultural, industrial or commercial) in Québec that you will manage yourself or that you will participate in as management and operations partner on a daily basis. You must control, alone or with your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, at least 25% of the capital equity with a value of at least C$100,000.
    • Acquisition of a business in Québec component: have acquired in Québec, alone or with your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, at least 25% of capital equity in a business (agricultural, commercial or industrial) with a value of at least C$100,000. You must manage the business yourself or participate in it as management and operations partner on a daily basis.

 

Self-employed Worker Program

 To be eligible for this program, you must:

  1. Come to Québec to create your own job by practicing a profession or trade on your own account.
  2. Have net assets of at least $100,000 CAN that have been legally obtained with, where applicable, your married or common-law spouse provided he or she is accompanying you
  3. Have at least two years of experience as a self-employed worker in the profession or trade you plan to practice in Québec.

 

Assessment of your application will also take into account other factors, such as:

  • Your age and the age of your spouse, where applicable
  • The nature and duration of your respective professional training
  • Your language skills
  • Your personal qualities and your knowledge of Québec.

 

Application Processes

The Quebec immigration office covering your country will verify whether all the documents have been included with your application and send you an acknowledgement of receipt. It will also send you a list of missing documents, indicating the deadline for providing them, where applicable. If these documents are not received by the deadline your application will be refused without further notice.

Your file will be assessed only after all the required documents have been received.

 

Quebec Investor Application Processes Provincial

 

Quebec Investor Application Processes Federal

 

Quebec Investor Application Processes Reimbursement

 

Selection Interview and Evaluation

The selection interview completes the evaluation process. Notice of an interview will indicate the date, time and place and the documents to bring with you. You may use the services of an interpreter for the interview.

During the interview, the immigration counselor will check the information provided in your application for a Quebec selection certificate. Particular attention will be given, according to your immigration category, to:

Investor applicant
Your management experience, your investment agreement, your assets and their lawful acquisition.

Entrepreneur applicant
Your experience as an entrepreneur, ability to successfully carry out a business plan, efforts in acquiring a business in Québec, assets and their lawful acquisition.

Self-employed worker applicant
Your career and experience as a self-employed worker, your assets and their lawful acquisition.