Most Successful Immigrant Businesses in Canada 2019

February 9, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Canada is currently facing a gap in the labour market, leaving opportunities not only for those wanting to live and work in Canada as employees but as business owners too. Surprisingly, the businesses that are creating the most employment opportunities in Canada are in fact immigrant-owned, and with Refugees and Citizenship Canada aiming to bring over 1.3 million immigrants by 2021, the opportunities for newcomers to substantially contribute to the Canadian economy are endless. Statistics Canada recently revealed that 25% of the jobs created between 2003 and 2013 were created by businesses owned by foreign nationals, which is astonishing considering that these businesses only made up 17% of the companies involved in the study. In total, immigrant businesses were responsible for creating 400,000 new jobs during this period. The report also stated that immigrant-owned businesses are 1.3 times more likely to demonstrate annual employment growth of over 20% than companies owned by native Canadians, attesting to their success and valuable contribution to the Canadian economy. An example of two Canadian immigrant business owners who are doing exceptionally well is Naib Faris and Francesco Stara, who recently launched the honesty shop concept, Mabata, at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on July 10, 2019. The kiosk is unattended and customers are entrusted to make their purchases using a self-service checkout. It has subsequently been nominated for multiple awards, including best new restaurant, the best restaurant in Bedford, best use of local products, and best chef. 

How to Start a Business in Canada

The Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program has several options to choose from. Faris and Stara met at a restaurant in Dubai before immigrating via the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, one of 11 Provincial Nominee Programs available to immigrants who aspire to live and work in Canada
Provincial Nominee Program Business Immigration Streams
  • Alberta Self Employed Farmer Stream
British Columbia
  • British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration
  • British Columbia Regional Pilot
  • Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Category
  • Saskatchewan Farm Owner and Operator Category
  • Saskatchewan Farm Owner and Operators - Young Farmer Stream
  • Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway
  • Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway
  • Ontario Corporate Stream
  • Ontario Entrepreneur Stream
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Entrepreneur
  • Nova Scotia International Graduate
Prince Edward Island
  • Prince Edward Island Work Permit Stream
New Brunswick
  • New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream
  • New Brunswick Post-graduate
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador International Entrepreneur
  • Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate Entrepreneur
Northwest Territories
  • Northwest Territories Business Stream
  • Yukon Business Nominee Program

Start-Up Visa Program

The Start-Up Visa Program allows foreign immigrants to start a business anywhere in Canada whereas with the PNP you will be restricted to your chosen province. Business owners will have to prove that their business plan is aimed at tackling some of the challenges faced in the area in which their businesses will be located, as well as being required to be actively involved in the functioning of their business.   

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