I have received emails asking about including a business plan with your application. First of all, they don’t specifically ask for it.
When I received an update in my CIC account, they requested I prove my ability to create employment for myself at the very least once I arrive in Canada.
A business plan is one of the ways to provide this proof. I already had a huge business plan from when I started my business 5 years ago.
I just took that business plan and scaled it down significantly for the application after a little bit of research about starting and marketing a business in Ontario.
All the information I needed to update my business plan, I found it on websites like settlement.Org.
You may find more resources if you’re moving to a different region.
Federal Self-Employed Program (Business Plan Template)
Below are links to some other useful resources for gathering information for a basic business plan.
You can find many more with a little search on the IRCC website:-
- Staring a business in Ontario
- Business Guide for Newcomers to Canada
- Business Structure: Which One is Right for You?
- Sample business plans and templates
There’s no need to make the business plan included in your application as complicated or voluminous as the recommendations above.
Just use them as a guide for putting together the basic elements that show you know what you’re doing and not just jumping into this without proper planning.
Enter your details in the form below to download a template of the business plan I included in my application.
Click the download link in the email you receive to be taken to the page with all the templates.
I included a Word, Pages and PDF version. My business model is a sole proprietorship and I work from home and out of coffee shops so very simple.
Do not overthink it. While your business plan should be as long as it needs to be, I don’t think it’s necessary to write another book of Revelations.
If you require assistance with putting together a thorough application that represents all your experience and future intention, have a look at my consulting and coaching page HERE.
If you have any questions, you can ask in the comments section. Good luck!