Are you an entrepreneur looking to immigrate to Canada?

You're in the right place.

The Impact Startup Visa Program (ISV) helps immigrant entrepreneurs with businesses that create a positive social or environmental impact:

  • Move to Canada
  • Apply for Permanent Residence status
  • Scale globally
  • Build community and connections in Canada
  • Increase, measure and amplify your impact

This virtual cohort-based program is a designated partner of the Canadian Government’s Start-Up Visa Program – a Canadian Immigration Pathway.

Want to learn more about the program?

Join Our Info Session!

Do you have questions about the program? Do you want to chat directly with the ISV program team? If so, this info session is for you! Join us live on December 15, 2022.

What to expect from the program.

When you participate in the program, you will:

✔️ Join the Spring community and build meaningful relationships with startup ecosystem players in Canada

✔️ Access personalized training and mentorship

✔️ Understand the process of raising capital and/or the path to launch

✔️ Get familiar with the entrepreneur ecosystem, consumer behaviour and business culture in Canada

✔️ Learn to better define and measure your impact

✔️ Feel more prepared, connected and supported when making the move

We are currently evaluating applications for eligibility in the Winter cohort that will begin February 2023. If you would like to be a part of this cohort, kindly apply before November 30, 2022.

If you cannot apply prior to this date, we accept applications on a rolling basis. The following cohort begins April 2023.

Meet Michelle

After Michelle’s successful move to Canada, we chatted with her about her experience in the program. This is what she shared:

“What an honour and privilege to have been part of the Spring Activator for the past few months. Our business Earth Studio has built a rock solid foundation in Canada due to the incredible input from the passionate team at Spring.”

Meet Sonali

When we asked Sonali about her experience in the Impact Startup Visa Program, she shared:

“The overall experience was incredible. There was a lot of learning, sharing and networking. Today, we’re in Canada and have met the right people and organizations, like the economic development officers, small business development organizations, accelerator programs, funding channels, etc., through Spring’s network.”

Meet Raya

Here’s what Raya shared about her experience:

“The IMPACT Startup Visa Program is a stellar incubator for entrepreneurs who want to solve global challenges. It was an opportunity for us to meet other mission-driven entrepreneurs, investors and leaders. Overall, the experience opened up many doors for us!”

Entrepreneurship is not an intellectual exercise, it's an emotional one. A leap of faith. But, it's an exciting leap of faith because you can do it in a way that's not blind. At Spring, we wrap the tools, training, resources, mentorship and capital around our entrepreneurs to get their business on a clear path to changing the world.

Keith Ippel, Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Spring Activator

Who is eligible for this program?

The Impact Startup Visa program is for entrepreneurs who want to use their business to address social and environmental issues. We have three unique program tracks depending on the stage of your business. When you apply, we will support you in selecting the right track. 

If you have questions regarding eligibility, requirements and the three program tracks, you can download our program pack for more information.

NEW Product & Tech Accelerator Program

Introducing a unique face-to-face rendition of the ISV Program! We have partnered with Zen Launchpad to bring you a Product & Technology Accelerator Program. This program offers cohort-based incubation and acceleration. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Download the Program Pack
Impact Report & Success Stories

Ready to make the move?

We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible to account for processing times.