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Old 07-09-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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I've been working on a startup for the last several months. A bakery to be specific. I have been opening up to the idea again of looking into Canada for living, but I am not very knowledgeable on what's required for someone from the U.S. to open up a business in Canada or move their existing startup to Canada. I also know the business laws and regulations must be somewhat different than in California..the states overall.

Anyone have any advice, tips or suggestions in this regard?

I read somewhere that at least $500,000 is required in assets in order to start a company but if I remember correctly, the info seemed to apply to opening up a franchise in Canada. My bakeshop is definitely not a franchise and it is not well-established at this point. Again it is in startup mode.

I figure some Canadians in this forum might be well-versed in the area of business, immigration and so forth and might have some information or resources to share...or there might be U.S. citizens who've long moved to Canada and have become business owners there and might have some advice or experiences to relate.
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:06 AM
 
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The best place to start is to review the requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada with regard to business immigration to Canada. Here's the web page:

Immigrating to Canada: Entrepreneurs and investors




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Old 07-10-2009, 12:07 AM
 
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Thank you for the link!
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:12 AM
 
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You're welcome.......good luck.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:19 AM
 
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You want to start a business in Canada, you could apply to come to Canada as a business immigrant. there are three types of business immigrant: investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:16 PM
 
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Let's say you're an American who is living in Point Roberts, Washington, and you want to open a shop in Tsawwassen, BC, just a few short blocks from your home. So close, you could walk there in minutes.

Immigration wouldn't be necessary. Is it possible to get a permit to open a business in this case?

Point Roberts is a small town that is surrounded by Canada, an anomaly that exists because of an error that was never corrected. It is about five square miles in size, and doesn’t have much space for future development. Could a US resident open her shop in Tsawwassen, a few blocks from her home?
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:33 PM
 
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Let's say you're an American who is living in Point Roberts, Washington, and you want to open a shop in Tsawwassen, BC, just a few short blocks from your home. So close, you could walk there in minutes.

Immigration wouldn't be necessary. Is it possible to get a permit to open a business in this case?

Point Roberts is a small town that is surrounded by Canada, an anomaly that exists because of an error that was never corrected. It is about five square miles in size, and doesn’t have much space for future development. Could a US resident open her shop in Tsawwassen, a few blocks from her home?
Intriguing question. Perhaps the Tsawassen Chamber of Commerce might be able to answer your question?
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:36 PM
 
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Intriguing question. Perhaps the Tsawassen Chamber of Commerce might be able to answer your question?
Right now, this is purely hypothetical, but it would be in interesting way to get out of California and get the best out of both countries. Hopefully this is an option.
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Old 03-01-2017, 12:07 AM
 
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Right now, this is purely hypothetical, but it would be in interesting way to get out of California and get the best out of both countries. Hopefully this is an option.
Get used to rain. Just remember: it's better than prolonged drought.
BC's agriculture isn't going to collapse anytime soon. Not in our lifetime.


You'd owe income tax on your business income in both countries, though, probably....
(There's always a catch to the best schemes!)
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Old 03-01-2017, 05:25 PM
 
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Get used to rain. Just remember: it's better than prolonged drought.
BC's agriculture isn't going to collapse anytime soon. Not in our lifetime.
I spent a year in Oregon back in the 80's, in the tiny town of Creswell, about 12 miles from Eugene. Is the rain worse than that?
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