Canada’s Start-Up Visa (SUV) program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada. To be eligible for the Start-Up Visa program, entrepreneurs must be accepted into a program offered by a designated Canadian business incubator or accelerator like Spark Centre.

Spark Centre serves technology and innovation entrepreneurs who require knowledge and support to launch, develop and grow. We are dedicated to economic growth and sustainability in Durham Region and Northumberland County. 

Spark Centre Eligibility Criteria

  • Ownership of a business that is generating revenue that is scalable, sustainable, and in the sector of technology and innovation
  • Business model must be appropriate for this jurisdiction.
  • Submission of Business Plan, LinkedIn Profile(s), CV/Resume(s), Demo Video
  • The business is financially self-sustaining
  • Applicant is willing to live and work in Durham Region area of Ontario
  • Applicant will allow Spark Centre to conduct a due diligence process on your business, background, education and financial capabilities
  • Applicant is able to fund business obligations for a one year period in Canada
  • Applicant is able to meet business ownership and voting rights requirements
  • Applicant is willing to work/co-locate at Spark Centre for the first year of operation in the province, and sign a one year Spark Centre service contract

Immigration Canada Criteria

  • Applicant is able to register business within 60 days of arrival to Canada
  • Applicant is able to meet or exceed minimum language requirements, in either English or French
  • Applicant is able to fund family obligations for a one year period of living in Canada
  • Applicant is able to meet business ownership and voting rights requirements
  • Applicant is able to pass criminal background check

Depending on what stage your business is at when you arrive to Canada, we offer a range of services. To understand how we help your business grow once you have arrived in Canada, go here and select your level of business.