Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur stream is a part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. This program is designed to help people who want to live in Nova Scotia and have experience running a business or managing one.

To be successful, you must start a new business. Or buy an existing one. You will want to be sure that you are taking part in the day-to-day management duties of the company. After you have done this for one year, then you can apply to become a permanent resident of Canada.

Nova Scotia Entrepreneur
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Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Program Requirements

Language Proficiency

To qualify for the Nova Scotia Entrepreneur stream, you need to have a language test that shows that you can speak English as well as a Canadian who is at CLB level 5 or higher.

Work Experience

This is a business immigration stream. To be eligible, you must have experience running your own business or managing someone else’s. You will need to demonstrate that you have at least three years of running your own business or five years of managing someone else’s.

Investment Requirement

Candidates should have a personal net worth of $600,000 CAD. Also, the successful applicants have to invest a minimum of $150,000 CAD in any Nova Scotia business that will be established and managed by them.

Minimum Requirements For Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

Express Entry ProfileNo
Language ProficiencyCLB 5
Connection to ProvinceNo
Job OfferNo
Work Experience3 years of business ownership Or the 5 years of senior business management
Level of EducationNo minimum
Investment RequirementInvestment: $150,000 CAD
Personal Net Worth: $600,000 CAD

Eligibility Criteria

To apply you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Have the desire to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business.
  • Have a net worth of at least $600,000 CAD.
  • Be able to invest at least $150,000 CAD of your own money to establish a business in Nova Scotia.
  • Have at least 3 years of experience actively managing and owning a business (1/3 ownership minimum) or more than 5 years experience in a senior business management role.
  • Have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English or French.
  • Complete an online Expression of Interest.
  • Receive an invitation to apply from the Nova Scotia office of immigration.

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