Toronto Business Development Centre

Canada’s Start-up
Visa Program

The Government of Canada’s Start-up Visa Program is the most effective route for international entrepreneurs and start-up founders to immigrate to Canada and scale their businesses in the North American market. As a designated partner for the Start-up Visa Program, TBDC has a panel of 60+ mentors in 15+ different sectors, providing our members with the necessary tools and resources to apply for the program and establish their businesses in Canada.

The Start-up Visa Program is open to all international businesses that have been incorporated.

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9,000+

Ventures Supported

60+

Active Mentors

70+ Countries

Represented by our Founders

20+ Sectors

Represented by our Start-ups

3 Stages of Success

#1: The Soft-Landing Program

The journey starts for you from your home.

In partnering with the Ontario Centre Of Innovation (OCI), TBDC will support your high-potential scale-ups and SMEs by exposing your business to government resources, programming and network access to talent and capital.

This means you can establish your business in the Canadian marketplace before you land in the country.

If accepted into the program, Canadian entry will be incorporated, and essential business operations will be performed in Canada.

Duration: 6 Months + Additional 2 Months of Virtual Pre-Acceleration Program

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#2. The Land & Expand Program

The Land & Expand program at TBDC is designed for international start-up founders, entrepreneurs and innovators looking to start or expand their incorporated businesses in North America. 

Throughout this cohort, entrepreneurs are given access to government programs, such as the Start-up Visa program, which can help them scale their businesses in Ontario-wide start-up capitals.

These in-person sessions occur over a three-month period in Canada. Once you and your team have landed in Canada, TBDC will provide them with the resources they need to settle themselves and their families in the country, such as school registration and applying for Canadian business visas.

Duration: 3 Months + 13 Mandatory Sessions

#3: Mentor Madness

This program is designed to give our members hands-on advisory support in order to grow a successful business in Canada. You will get mentored by skillful, industry professionals who have scaled their business to a wide Canadian market. These mentors will educate you on creating a professional business plan during pitch competitions, demo days and in networking events. 

TBDC has over 60 mentors in over 15+ sectors, including CleanTech, eCommerce and Health Technology. 

Duration: 1 Month

3 Stages of Success

#1: The Soft-Landing Program

The journey starts for you from your home.

In partnering with the Ontario Centre Of Innovation (OCI), TBDC will support your high-potential scale-ups and SMEs by exposing your business to government resources, programming and network access to talent and capital.

This means you can establish your business in the Canadian marketplace before you land in the country.

If accepted into the program, Canadian entry will be incorporated, and essential business operations will be performed in Canada.

Duration: 6 Months + Additional 2 Months of Virtual Pre-Acceleration Program

#2. The Land & Expand Program

The Land & Expand program at TBDC is designed for international start-up founders, entrepreneurs and innovators looking to start or expand their incorporated businesses in North America. 

Throughout this cohort, entrepreneurs are given access to government programs, such as the Start-up Visa program, which can help them scale their businesses in Ontario-wide start-up capitals.

These in-person sessions occur over a three-month period in Canada. Once you and your team have landed in Canada, TBDC will provide them with the resources they need to settle themselves and their families in the country, such as school registration and applying for Canadian business visas.

Duration: 3 Months + 13 Mandatory Sessions

#3: Mentor Madness

This program is designed to give our members hands-on advisory support in order to grow a successful business in Canada. You will get mentored by skillful, industry professionals who have scaled their business to a wide Canadian market. These mentors will educate you on creating a professional business plan during pitch competitions, demo days and in networking events. 

TBDC has over 60 mentors in over 15+ sectors, including CleanTech, eCommerce and Health Technology. 

Duration: 1 Month

Toronto Business Development Centre

About
TBDC

Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) Canada’s leading and oldest business incubator. As a pillar in the Toronto Start-up Scene, TBDC works with over 9,000 international and domestic businesses. TBDC also fosters an entrepreneurial community, provides access to capital and builds investor relations around the globe.

Through our partnership with the Ontario Centre of Innovation, TBDC grants resourcing to internationally-renowned business owners and founders looking to scale and drive economic growth in North America.

Canada has 15 free trade agreements encompassing 51 countries, giving our businesses access to over 1.5 billion consumers, accounting for 61% of the global GDP.  With a stable government and highly-skilled workforce, the country continually ranks as one of the best-educated nations for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD), making Canada one of the most innovative places to expand your business.

When launching your business in Canada, TBDC makes it simple for you to apply for immigration through the Start-up Visa Program, paving a pathway to permanent residency.

Strongest relationships with the Government of Ontario in North America

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Lowest rejection rate with our letter of support

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You're in Good Company

We’ve partnered with more industry-leading programs and companies than ever before so your start-up can scale faster and more efficiently in Canada.

From the moment they land in one of Canada’s top start-up scenes, our members get access to over $500,000 in partner services to be used for business growth and development.

Get in touch today

Let’s expand your business. It’s your call.

Book a free qualification call and let’s bring your business to the North.

Toronto Business Development Centre