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Understanding the Costs Involved in the Startup Visa Program

Updated: Mar 14


Investing in the Startup Visa program and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) can be an exciting journey toward establishing your business in Canada.
However, knowing the various costs associated with these endeavours is essential.
This blog post explores the essential expenses you should consider for this path.

1. Investment in the Incubation Program

A minimum investment of CAD 45,000 per company is required for participation in the Startup Visa program, covering critical services and benefits for your startup's successful initiation and acceleration in Canada:


  • Consultancy Services by Innova offers strategic advice and guidance on navigating the Canadian business landscape, preparing your Pitch Deck for incubator presentations, and securing the Letter of Support.

  • Incubation/Acceleration Program: A designated institution's 12- to 14-month program providing startups with the knowledge, skills, and networks needed for success in the Canadian market and issuing the Letter of Support for Permanent Residency applications, affirming your startup's potential contribution to Canada's economy.

  • Incubators may not require further investment but often request proof of cash flow. Preparing for this is crucial, as well as planning a monthly cash flow of about CAD 1,500 during the first year.


  • Company Incorporation: Facilitates the legal establishment of your business in Canada.

2. Costs Related to Developing a Startup:

Developing your company's presence involves various expenses:


  • Website Development: Creating a user-friendly, responsive website that aligns with your brand.

  • Visual Identity Creation: Developing a unique brand identity with consistent visual elements across platforms.

  • Business Management Software: Subscriptions for CRM systems, project management tools, and financial software.

  • Productivity Tools: Apps for team communication, scheduling, and collaboration.

  • Digital Marketing Campaigns: Online advertising, SEO, content marketing, and social media efforts.

  • Event Participation: Costs for attending or exhibiting at industry events to promote your startup.

  • Software Development: Expenses for software solutions, including salaries, licenses, and hosting.

  • Website/App/Game Development: Costs specific to your digital product's development.

  • Legal Services: Hiring lawyers for compliance, contracts, and intellectual property protection.

  • Financial Advisory Services: Accountants or consultants for tax, reporting, and budget management.

  • Consulting Services: Expert advice to refine business strategy and operational efficiency.


3. Immigration Fees:

When pursuing the Startup Visa program, it's essential to consider the various immigration-related expenses. These can include:


  • Biometrics: Plan for the cost associated with biometric identification, a mandatory requirement during the application process.

  • Permanent Residency and Work Permit Fees: Depending on your specific immigration needs, fees may be associated with obtaining Permanent Residency or Work Permits. Always refer to the official government website for the most accurate and up-to-date information on these fees.

  • Medical Examinations: You and your family must take medical examinations as part of the immigration process. Visit the designated government website to find authorized doctors to perform these examinations.

4. Immigration Consultant:

It is advisable to engage the services of an experienced immigration consultant to navigate the complex immigration procedures effectively. The fees for these services can vary. Hiring the same consultant for all partners and families can provide collective benefits and offer negotiation advantages.


5. English Proficiency Test:

Proficiency in English is an essential requirement for the Startup Visa program, so you may need to take language proficiency tests such as IELTS or CELPIP.


The costs associated with these tests can be found on the respective test provider's websites.


Remember, you have to achieve at least CLB 5.


If you want to study English online in a Canadian school, please take the test using this link. You can start from anywhere in the world.


6. Proof of Funds:

You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada.


When applying to immigrate, you must prove to the Canadian visa office in your home country that you have enough money.


The amount of money you need to support your family is set by the size of your family. The government updates these amounts every year.


There are two tables:

2 - If you request a Work Permit to work for your company and come to Canada before the Permanent Residency is issued.


Navigating the financial aspects of the Startup Visa program and running your MVP may seem daunting at first.
However, with careful planning, proper budgeting, and a clear understanding of the costs, you can make informed decisions to support your entrepreneurial journey in Canada.
By being aware of these costs and preparing accordingly, you can confidently embark on your entrepreneurial venture, knowing that you have considered the necessary investments to bring your business to Canada.Ready to explore if your business idea aligns with the Startup Visa program?

Book a business idea consultation with us today, and let us guide you through the process.


We'll assess your business concept, discuss the investment requirements, and provide personalized advice to set you on the path to success. Don't worry; we know the steps you have to take.


Take advantage of this opportunity to bring your entrepreneurial dreams to Canada.






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