The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Stream offers a route to permanent resident status while supporting entrepreneurial candidates and their families in the establishment and operation of a business in Nova Scotia.
Successful applicants to this stream receive a Temporary Work Permit, with which they can start a business in Nova Scotia. After operating the business for a year, they can be nominated for permanent resident status.
Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Stream eligibility requirements
Candidates wishing to apply to the stream must:
- be at least 21 years old,
- have a net worth of at least $600,000 CAD,
- be able to make a personal investment of at least $150,000 CAD to establish a business in Nova Scotia,
- demonstrate at least three years’ experience in actively owning and managing a business, with an ownership share of at least ⅓ OR, at least five years’ experience in a senior business management role,
- score at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 in all factors of an official language test, in English or French, and
- intend to settle in Nova Scotia, actively owning and managing a business.
How to apply
Interested candidates are required to complete an online Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Candidates are issued a score based on the points assessment (see below) and are then entered into a candidate pool, where they are ranked according to their score. A EOI can remain in the pool for up to 12 months, at which point it expires and the candidate can submit a new EOI.
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) contacts the candidates it wishes to nominate; only successful candidates are contacted. These candidates receive an invitation to apply.