Startup Visa Canada: Who’s In, Supporting Organizations, Media Coverage, and How You Can Help


Startup Visa Canada

“We believe startups to be the driving force behind job creation and prosperity,” says [CVCA’s] executive director Richard Rémillard. “We need to be more attractive to foreign entrepreneurs.” 


Thanks for supporting the Startup Visa Canada Initiative. It’s been about 5 months since we launched. During that time, the team has been busy reaching out to government officials, influencers and organizations across Canada to gather data and garner support for an alternative visa for entrepreneurs.


Here’s a quick update on our progress:


Chris Arsenault, iNovia Capital joins the Founding Team
We are pleased to welcome Chris Arsenault, Managing Partner at iNovia Capital to the Startup Visa Canada team.  Chris has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over 17 years and is an active board member with the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA).  Chris has been a strong supporter of the initiative and recently wrote a post in the CVCA magazine entitled Attracting Foreign Entrepreneurs  to Canada.


Based in Montreal, it’s great to have Chris on board to represent and support Startup Visa Canada on the East Coast.


Who’s In?
Over 270 people including you have signed our online petition and 67 notable entrepreneurs, investors and influencers have come forward to publicly endorse the initiative including: 



Supporting Organizations
Many thanks to the organizations, who have also endorsed the initiative including the CVCA, StartupNorth, Real Ventures, iNovia Capital, Bootup, the Canadian Innovation Exchange. Podium Ventures and Startup Edmonton. If your organization would like to endorse us as well, please send maura [at] bootup [dot] ca a message.


“It takes eight years for the Canadian immigration system to evaluate a young tech entrepreneur applying to immigrate from Paris. Applying from Hong Kong takes a little more than seven years, from New Delhi more than six and from Beijing nearly four.  I

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