Work Permits

Canada Welcomes International Entrepreneurs: Work Permit Options

Are you an entrepreneur looking to expand your business in Canada? This page provides an overview of work permit options available to you. With over 45 years of expertise, WWICS is a leading immigration firm dedicated to making the process as seamless as possible.

Several Canadian permanent resident immigration programs target entrepreneurs, but the process can be lengthy. To expedite entry, many entrepreneurs first obtain a temporary work permit. Canadian work experience is highly valued in economic immigration programs, making it a valuable asset for entrepreneurs seeking permanent resident status.


Work Permit Options:

  • CUSMA Investor: For US or Mexican citizens investing in Canadian businesses, allowing them to manage their Canadian operations.
  • CETA Investor: For EU citizens investing in Canadian businesses, similar to the CUSMA Investor stream.
  • Other Investor Streams: Available under Canada’s free trade agreements, such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Canada-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement.
  • Intra-Company Transfer: For entrepreneurs expanding their existing foreign business into Canada, allowing them to manage the new Canadian branch, subsidiary, or affiliate.
  • Entrepreneur/Self-Employed: For sole or majority owners of Canadian businesses or those maintaining a primary residence outside Canada.


Note: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for some work permits.

Expert Assistance: Contact WWICS for guidance on work permit options and application processes. Schedule a free telephone consultation with one of our experienced lawyers today!