Immigrant Investor Program

Looking for a steadily top-rated country ranked among the best in the world in terms of quality of life, education, civil liberties, government transparency, and economic freedom? You have chosen right – Canada is not only stable contestant in all those categories, it is also diverse and rich in society, history, and nature. And, for many, it is the country that for years shaped the immigrant investor map.

2016 intake opens from May 30, 2016 to February 28, 2017.
French speaking candidates can submit from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.


Canada is one of the most popular destinations for investor immigrants wishing to relocate.

Some of the country’s key benefits are:

  • High rankings on major international comparative surveys of industrialized nations;
  • G8 and NAFTA member;
  • Unspoiled environment with strict environmental controls;
  • World-class Canadian healthcare system, one of the best in the world;
  • Excellent Canadian education system, one of the most respected in the world;
  • Cultural, ethnic and religious tolerance entrenched in the constitution;
  • One of the safest countries to live in, offering a high quality of life;
  • One of the most valued passports for international travel.


The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program was established in 1986. The program is designed to allow business people and their families to enter the province of Quebec as permanent residents on an unconditional basis. In return, funding made available through the program helps provide subsidies in support of small and medium businesses in Quebec. The program had undergone significant transformation in the past couple of years, which addressed the application process. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program will reopen on August 31, 2015 through January 29, 2016 with a maximum capacity of 1750 applicants.

The following principal qualification criteria are established:

  • demonstration of business experience;
  • show net worth of at least CA$ 1,600,000 that was gained legally, and;
  • invest CA$ 800,000.

The investment is guaranteed. It is returned, without interest, about five years and three months after payment.


Full Investment Option

The minimum required investment of CA$ 800,000 must be held for a period of 5 years. The program provides for full investment or financing through an authorized financial institution. Arton Investments is such financial institution which is duly recognized by the Immigration Authorities of Quebec (MIDI) and Investissement Quebec (IQ).

Under the full investment option, the applicants deposit the minimum required amount for a period of five years. At the end of this period, the full amount is returned to the investor without accrued interest.

Financed Investment Option

For those who would rather retain maximum capital for investment in ongoing business, the financed option is valuable. Under this option, investors pay a reduced amount which is used to finance a CA$800,000 closed 62-month term loan from a chartered bank. This loan is initiated and repaid at no further cost and without additional guarantees from the applicant.


Investors and their family members who have lived in Canada for three out of four years (1,095 days) preceding the application, have adequate knowledge of English and/or French, have no criminal record and have acquired knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as an understanding of Canada’s history, values, institutions and symbols, are eligible to apply for citizenship.




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Updated yearly, the Arton Index is an overall assessment and comparative benchmark of the country and its investment program.

Canada (Quebec)


Population Growth: 0.76%


GDP (per capita)

GDP (purchasing power parity)

$1.518 trillion (2013)


Visa free countries


Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north, north of the conterminous US






9,984,670 sq. km


0-14: 15.5%, 15-24: 12.7%, 25-54: 41.0%, 55-64: 13.5%, 65+: 17.3%


English (official) 58.7%, French (official) 22%, other 19.3%


Catholic 40.6%, Protestant 20.3%, other Christian 6.3%, Muslim 3.2%, Hindu 1.5%, Sikh 1.4%, Buddhist 1.1%, Jewish 1%, other 0.6%, none 23.9%


Parliamentary democracy, a federation, and a constitutional monarchy


Canadian dollar (CAD)


1 USD = 0.97 CAD (2014)