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To be eligible for a start-up business class work permit, the applicant should
- have received notification from a designated entity that a commitment certificate was issued, which
- indicates the applicant is essential
- explains the urgent reasons for the applicant to be in Canada prior to obtaining permanent residence
- have an application for permanent residence in the start-up business class pending, which was submitted while the commitment certificate was valid
- If the applicant is part of an investor group, all designated essential members of the group should have pending permanent resident applications.
- intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec
- have sufficient liquid funds (separate from any investment funds) to meet the low income cut-off (LICO) for their family size for a minimum of 52 weeks
- have the language skill levels required for the employment
- Generally, a level 5 in all 4 language-skill areas in the Canadian Language Benchmarks (for English) or theNiveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens(for French) demonstrates this.
- have an offer of employment as an entrepreneur and have paid the employer compliance fee
- have submitted their work permit application electronically prior to entering Canada or after if they meet the requirements of R199
- Applications submitted at a port of entry are not eligible for this category.
Prior to May 18, 2023, applicants were assessed against the following criteria:
- A commitment certificate must have been issued by a designated entity indicating that the work permit applicant is “essential” and there are urgent business reasons for the applicant’s early entry to Canada (section 8.0 of the commitment certificate must be completed).
- A letter of support linked to a commitment certificate has been issued by a designated entity.
- The applicant must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.
- The applicant must have sufficient funds to meet the LICO for their family size for 52 weeks.
- The foreign national exempt from a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) (IMM5802) has completed an offer of employment and marked themselves as self-employed, and the form and employer compliance fee have been submitted to IRCC.