Expand Your Existing Business to Canada

Business Perspective

Canada is rapidly becoming the top destination for business expansion in the world. It has the lowest average overall tax rate on new business investment in the G7, the strongest growth of all the G7 countries last year, the most highly educated workforce in the OECD, and a very business friendly regulatory framework. Canada has secured free trade agreements with countries representing nearly two-thirds of the world’s total GDP and is the only G7 country with FTA concluded with every other G7 country. Canada is the perfect gateway to the global economy.

Expansion to Canada is easy but succeeding in Canada is not. Depending on the nature and size of your business there are numerous considerations that you have to account for before entering the Canadian market. Regardless of whether you are transferring from a commonwealth jurisdiction with similar laws and regulations or from a civil law jurisdiction with different regulatory schemes, we will provide you with accurate assessments, and tailored solutions to ensure your successful entry into the Canadian market.

Immigration Perspective

Canadian immigration policy is mainly designed to facilitate economic growth for Canada. It achieves that purpose through a variety of programs that facilitate global recruitment for Canadian companies as well as providing opportunities for foreign businesses and their  owners/managers eyeing Canada for expansion.

At SILAW we focus both on the business and the people running the business. We help business owners/managers identify strategic expansion opportunities in Canada, and help them plan their permanent settlement in Canada. Currently the International Mobility Program offers speedy pathways for qualified business people to enter Canada to set up branches or subsidiaries for their enterprises. Their immediate family members can also accompany them to Canada and enjoy free health care, free primary and secondary education, and a right to work for any employer. For those planning to settle in Canada permanently, we provide a strategic permanent residency plan. To read more about the details of these programs, IMP: Intra-Company Transferee (ICT) and IMP: Entrepreneur Work-Permit, please scroll down.

Our Business Advisory Services

  • Business Organization planning;
  • Feasibility Study and Business Plan;
  • Employment Law considerations;
  • Import/export regulations;
  • Real estate law considerations;
  • Tax considerations;
  • E-commerce and IP law considerations;
  • Government funding strategy;
  • Financing and fundraising strategy;

Best IMP programs for Business Expansion/Transfer to Canada

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Intra-Company Transferee (ICT)

Intra-Company Transferee (ICT)

Best for employed high ranking business managers and/or owners who will lead their venture’s expansion in Canada.
Entrepreneur Work-Permit

Entrepreneur Work-Permit

Best for entrepreneurs with unique businesses that can provide significant economic, social or cultural benefits in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am qualified to use these programs?

You can click on each program above to read more about its details and eligibility requirements. We can also provide you with a Complimentary Business Immigration Assessment that will determine which programs will work best for your unique needs and expectations.

I am an entrepreneur but I do not currently have a business, can I still qualify?

There are some programs that allow you to start a new business in Canada from scratch, some like the IMP: Entrepreneur Work-Permit will give you an opportunity to apply for a work permit and start your business in Canada. With our help you can plan for permanent residency from day one. Other programs like the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) also allow you to get a work-permit to start a new business in Canada with a secured path to permanent residency if certain criteria are met. The Start-Up Visa Program also gives you the opportunity to start an innovative venture in Canada and offers a secured path to permanent residency.

To determine your eligibility we offer Complimentary Business Immigration Assessment followed by a Complimentary Consultation Session where we will, among other things, discuss the results of this assessment.

I am a manager of a business but have no ownership interest in it, can I still qualify?

If you are employed in an enterprise for at least 12 consecutive months in a senior position and that business wants to assign you to lead its Canadian expansion, you may be qualified to use the ICT program.

I am serious about expanding into Canada but do not know where to begin.

Expanding to a sophisticated market like Canada can be daunting and indeed will be challenging. We can help you identify opportunities for your business in Canada, and help you see this prospect more clearly by providing you with insight and advice about doing business in Canada.

We have extensive experience in helping foreign businesses navigate challenges in Canada and achieve their goals. We will be your side during your expansion phase and provide you with strategic advice on numerous issues including but not limited to: business structuring, tax, employment, import/export, acquisition, intellectual property protection and more.

How can I retain SILAW for my Business Expansion needs?

It often starts with a Complimentary Business Immigration Assessment that we will conduct for you free of charge. In this process we will evaluate the information you provide to formulate tailored strategies for your needs and expectations. We then will schedule a Complimentary Consultation Session wherein we share the results of the assessment with you and will determine if we are the right fit for each other. If we mutually reach a decision to form a professional relationship, we will send you a retainer agreement and when you accept and sign, we will begin working for you.

What is a retainer?

Depending on how you use this term, it can mean either of the two following things:

  • A lump sum of money paid to a lawyer to secure his/her services and to cover legal fees and other future expenses of a legal action (referred to as a “retainer fee”); or
  • A written agreement (contract) between the lawyer and client that is the basis for the lawyer-client relationship (referred to as “Retainer Agreement”);
What can I expect from the Complimentary Business Immigration Assessment?

There are many different business immigration programs and they are often complicated to navigate, and determine whether they are a good match for your needs. We fill that gap by providing you with an assessment that will analyse your situation against many different business immigration programs to identify the one(s) that best suit your needs and expectations.

The results of this assessment, among other things, will be discussed with you during a scheduled Complimentary Consultation Session.

What Can I expect from the Complimentary Consultation Session?

Please note that for our Business Immigration section, no Complimentary Consultation Session is scheduled unless you complete the Business Immigration Assessment Questionnaires.     

Our Complimentary Consultation Session is a half-hour meeting (in-person or remote) with one of our lawyers to discuss the results of your Business Immigration Assessment, your needs and expectations,  and to decide whether we are a good fit for each other. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that we can actually help you achieve your goals and it is not to address all of your concerns and questions.

There is no obligation on you and no obligation on us to continue our relationship and the complimentary consultation session will not, on its own, form a lawyer-client relationship between you and our firm.

What type of Fee Arrangement can I expect from SILAW?

For all Business Immigration services we will charge you a Flat Fee. In this arrangement we will charge you a single fixed fee for services that we specify in your Retainer Agreement. The fixed (flat) fee is divided into different installments that will be due once certain milestones are met.

Why should I trust SILAW?

There are many reasons. You can read about some of them here or here. Also SILAW Professional Corporation is a licensed corporation by the Law Society of Ontario and as such it is held to its professional and ethical rules of conduct. You can read about these rules here.

But the BEST way to answer this question is to see us in action. For better insights to judge our value, consult as many professionals as you can, then Contact Us and decide for yourself.

Do you guarantee results?

Based on the rules of our governing body (the Law Society of Ontario) we cannot use contingency billing or guarantee results in an immigration matter. But we can, and we do guarantee that we will provide the best possible client service and legal representation.

We will always honestly assess your case (both good and bad) and set realistic expectations during your consultation. We’ll discuss our goals and objectives but no duly licensed attorney can ever guarantee how a case will conclude.

As an alternative to looking for guaranteed results we recommend you look for an attorney who most likely will succeed. Because in immigration matters your life and future is at stake, and getting a refund is little consolation. Mistakes and omissions in this area of law will gravely jeopardize your future chances. Therefore it is very important you choose your representation carefully.

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