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Quebec Entrepreneur Program

Quebec’s exclusive power over immigrant selection is guided by criteria it has determined in light of its immigration objectives. To be selected, a candidate must meet the requirements of one of three immigration programs for businesspeople (entrepreneur, investor, self-employed worker) by submitting an Application for a Selection Certificate and passing a selection interview.

Quebec Entrepreneur Program

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following conditions:

Stream 1

  • You must present your business project in the form of a business plan, as well as a service offer.

  • You must obtain, by the prescribed deadline, an attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values. The members of your family accompanying you (your spouse of 16 years of age or older and your dependent children of 18 years of age or older) must also obtain the attestation.

Under the Entrepreneur Program, Stream 1, there is no list of support organizations, i.e. business incubators, business accelerators and university entrepreneurship centres authorized to support entrepreneur applicants under this stream and their project, nor are there any regulated criteria intended to recognize these organizations.

Nevertheless, to assist you with the procedure, you can consult a list of projects from business incubators, business accelerators, and university entrepreneurship centres, supported by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, for information.

A business incubator, a business accelerator or university entrepreneurship centre that wants to support an entrepreneur applicant and his/her project must meet the appropriate definition: 

  • A “business accelerator” is an organization with an establishment in Québec that offers support services, particularly for finding financing, to people whose business projects are aimed at the growth of innovative companies;

  • A “university entrepreneurship centre” is an organization managed by an academic institution referred to in Section 1 of the Act Respecting Educational Institutions at the University Level (chapter E-14.1), or an organization affiliated with such an institution and that provides mentoring services to entrepreneurs;

  • A “business incubator” is an organization with an establishment in Québec that offers mentoring services, including hosting, to, people whose business projects are aimed at the creation of innovative businesses.

The organization must demonstrate its ability to support the applicant and his/her project.

To this end, it must write a service offer in which it presents the services it intends to offer the entrepreneur to accomplish his/her project. The support organization must also present:

  • The proposed support plan (list and description of services that it plans to offer the applicant to carry out the project);

  • The operation plan (detailed budget for the service offer and the schedule for carrying out the support activities, i.e. the services offered);

  • Its expertise as a business accelerator, business incubator or university entrepreneurship centre (its skills and achievements in relation to the entrepreneur’s project).



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