Foreign nationals can get a work permit under the Owner Operator track, which can lead to permanent residency.

For this program, the business owner must possess the majority of the firm’s controlling shares and demonstrate that their job within the organization is substantial and that the company has been unable to find a Canadian to fill it.

Owner Operator applications may take less time to process than other routes, however, this is entirely dependant on the conditions of the applicant. From start to end, we at Startup Canada are dedicated to providing you with the assistance and service you require.


  • 01

    Financial resources to start or buy a business in Canada.

  • 02

    Several years of experience in the corporate world.

  • 03

    At least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident must be employed by the company.

  • 04

    A score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CLB) in English or French in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.