Costs of immigrating to Canada

One of the most important questions for individuals interested in immigrating to Canada is the cost of immigration. The cost factor usually plays a significant role in the decision-making process for migration, as the inability to afford the necessary expenses can hinder the applicant from meeting the required conditions for immigration.

In this article from the Immigration Organization (ISS), we have tried to provide a comprehensive overview of the costs involved in various immigration programs and the cost of living in Canada. This will enable you to have a broader perspective when considering immigration to Canada

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Secondary Costs of Immigration to Canada

Immigrating to Canada is a cost-intensive process and typically involves both primary and secondary costs. Primary costs usually refer to the amounts required to process your application with the Canadian immigration authorities. The specific costs vary depending on the type of immigration program, which we will discuss in the following sections of the article.

In addition to the primary costs, there are additional expenses related to the immigration process, such as language test fees, translation of educational documents, evaluation of educational credentials (if required), medical examination fees (if required), obtaining criminal record checks, travel expenses for third-country fingerprinting, and, if desired, fees for immigration lawyer services.

Next, we will explore the secondary costs of immigration to Canada:

Primary Costs of Immigration to Canada

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the specific costs depend on the type of immigration program. Here, we will focus on the costs associated with processing your application with the Canadian immigration authorities.

Cost typeDescription1 person2 people (married couple)3 people (married couple with one child)4 people (married couple with 2 children)
Costs related to taking photos and documents etc.Average costs expressed depending on the number$250$500$600$700
IELTS TOEFL exam and..The average cost is stated. Dependent children do not need a language score$300$600$600$600
medical experimentsAverage costs expressed$100$200$300$400
Evaluation of educational qualificationsThe costs do not include international shipping costs$200$400$400$400

Cost of Immigration to Canada through Study

The costs associated with immigration through study in Canada include the following:

Cost of Immigration to Canada through Study

The costs associated with immigration through study in Canada include the following:

Application fee for each university, averaging between $100 to $150

University tuition fees (vary depending on the field of study, educational level, and university), averaging between $9,000 to $30,000 per year

Study permit fee per person: $150

Biometrics fee per person: $85

Biometrics fee for a family (two or more individuals): $170

It is worth noting that applicants for a Canadian study visa must also provide proof of one year’s living expenses, including accommodation and food, in the form of a bank statement. If you are married, you should also calculate the living expenses for accompanying family members for one year.

The Canadian immigration authorities have provided the required financial proof for study immigration on their official website, which we will mention later in the article. However, it is important to note that these amounts are the minimum requirements, and it is advisable for Iranian applicants to provide a higher level of financial proof.

Why ISS Group

iss immigration organization is made up of the most experienced official immigration lawyers and trusted advisors, and with more than 2000 successful cases, it is by your side at all stages from immigration to residence in Canada. We will be with you in this difficult path so that you, dear ones, only think about the growth, dynamism and well-being of the life ahead in an environment full of opportunities for progress and peace.

Financial Proof Required for Study Immigration to Canada

Minimum Financial Proof Required Outside Quebec in 2023

Travelers to Canada

Annual Cost of Living

(CAD)

Monthly Cost of Living

(CAD)

Student

$10,000

$833

First family member

$4,000

$333

Each additional family member

$3,000

$255

Minimum Financial Proof Required in Quebec in 2022

Travelers to Canada

Annual Cost of Living

(CAD)

Monthly Cost of Living

(CAD)

1 person under 18 years old

$6,569

$1,095

1 person 18 years old or older

$13,134

$1,095

2 persons 18 years old or older

$19,264

$1,605

2 persons 18 years old or older and 1 person under 18 years old

$21,579

$1,798

2 persons 18 years old or older and 2 persons under 18 years old

$23,290

$1,941

Cost of Immigration to Canada through Work

The cost of work immigration to Canada in terms of open work permits or closed work permits is as follows:

Type of Application

Fee in CAD

Work permit per person

$155

Open work permit holder fee

$100

Biometrics fee per person

$85

Biometrics fee for a family (two or more individuals)

$170

Financial Proof Required for Work Immigration to Canada

According to the new regulations of the Canadian immigration authorities, the required financial proof for demonstrating the ability to cover living expenses in Canada for your work immigration and accompanying individuals is as follows:

Number of Family Members

Financial Proof Amount (CAD)

1

$13310

2

$16570

3

$20371

4

$24733

5

$28052

6

$31638

7

$35224

For each additional person

$3586

If you have successfully obtained a Canadian visa through job offer, providing financial proof is not mandatory.

ISS Immigration Organization’s Recommendation for Financial Proof in Job Offer Visa:

Number of Family Members

Financial Proof Amount (CAD)

1

$20000

2

$25000

For each additional person

$5000

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Cost of Immigration to Canada through Investment

There are various methods of investment in Canada, including entrepreneurship in provinces, startups, self-employment, and company registration. A limited number of provincial entrepreneurship programs directly lead to permanent residency in Canada, but for most of them, you need to first obtain a work visa and then apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Therefore, to be informed about the cost of immigration to Canada through investment, it is necessary to calculate several expenses. To calculate the cost of immigration to Canada through investment, first assess the level of assets and the investment amount, and then examine expenses such as application fees for entrepreneurship programs in each province, work visa application fees, and the cost of obtaining residency in Canada.

Cost of Entrepreneurship File Assessment in Canadian Provincial Immigration Offices

Province

Type of Fee

Fee in CADا

British Columbia

Registration Fee

$300

British Columbia

Application Review Fee

$3,500

British Columbia

Request for Application Review Fee

$500

British Columbia

File Assessment Fee for Each Key Staff Member in Entrepreneurship Program

$1.000

Ontario

Application Review Fee

$3.500

Quebec

Application Review Fee for Provincial Selection Certificate (CSQ) in Investment Program

$16.383

Quebec

The cost of examining the provincial selection application (CSQ) in the self-employment and entrepreneurship program   

$1,142

Alberta

Application Review Fee for Provincial Selection Certificate (CSQ) in Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Program

$3.500

Alberta

Application Review Fee for Alberta Graduate Entrepreneur Program

$3.500

Alberta

Application Review Fee for Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Program

$500

Alberta

Application Review Fee for Agriculture and Farming Program

$3.500

Saskatchewan

Application Review Fee

$2.500

Manitoba

Application Review Fee for Entrepreneurship Program

$2.500

New Brunswick

Application Review Fee for Entrepreneurship Program

$2.000

New Brunswick

Application Review Fee for Entrepreneurship Program After Graduation

$250

Prince Edward Island

Application Review Fee

$10.000

Nova Scotia

Application Review Fee

No Fee

Newfoundland and Labrador

Application Review Fee

$10.000

Northwest Territories

Application Review Fee

$2.800

Yukon

 

No Fee

Cost of Work Immigration to Canada and Work Visa Application in Federal Immigration Office

Type of Application

Fee in CAD

Work Permit per Person

$۱۵۵

Open Work Permit Holder Fee

$۱۰۰

Biometrics Fee per Person

$۸۵

Biometrics Fee for a Family (two or more individuals)

$۱۷۰

Cost of Residency in Canada in Federal Immigration Office

Type of Application

Fee in CAD

Applicant File Assessment with Permanent Residency Consideration

$۱,۳۶۵

Applicant File Assessment without Permanent Residency Consideration

$۸۵۰

Spouse or Partner File Assessment with Permanent Residency Consideration

$۱,۳۶۵

Spouse or Partner File Assessment without Permanent Residency Consideration

$۸۵۰

Dependent Child File Assessment

$۲۳۰

Cost of Immigration to Canada through Startup

One of the methods of immigration to Canada is the Canadian Startup Visa, which leads to permanent residency in the country. When your residency application is under review, you have the option to apply for a temporary work visa as well.

To apply for the work permit of the Canadian Startup Visa, you need to receive a confirmation from approved investors in Canada and obtain a support letter. Additionally, you should include your job offer in the application file. The job offer must be registered in the Employer Portal, and the associated fee should be paid.

In addition to these fees, you need to pay other expenses such as work visa application review fee, venture capital firm fees, biometrics fee, and the required financial proof for one year of living in Canada.

Cost of Canadian Startup Visa Application in Canadian Immigration Office

Type of Application

Fee in CAD

Job Offer Registration in Employer Portal

$230

Work Permit per Person      

$155

Spousal Work Permit   

$155

Visiting Visa for Dependent Children

$100

Biometrics Fee per Person

$85

Biometrics Fee for a Family (two or more individuals)

$170

Applicant’s Permanent Residency

$2140

Spouse’s Permanent Residency

$1365

Permanent Residency for Each Child

$230

Venture Capital Company Fees

  • Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists: These types of companies invest in big ideas, so you don’t need to pay them.
  • Incubators: These companies do not invest in ideas. Instead, they provide training courses in the desired business field, with group fees ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.

Why ISS Group

iss immigration organization is made up of the most experienced official immigration lawyers and trusted advisors, and with more than 2000 successful cases, it is by your side at all stages from immigration to residence in Canada. We will be with you in this difficult path so that you, dear ones, only think about the growth, dynamism and well-being of the life ahead in an environment full of opportunities for progress and peace.

To register a company in Canada, you must first have capital for establishing the company and then pay a fee for company registration.

Initial capital for establishing a company in Canada

The minimum required capital for registering and establishing a company in Canada is usually between $150,000 to $800,000. However, the required capital may vary depending on the company’s structure, industry, and the location of the company.

Cost of company registration in Canadian provinces

To register a company in different provinces of Canada, you need to pay a fee for conducting a name search in the NUANS system and also a fee for registering the company name.

Number of family members

Minimum Income Required (LICO)

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The cost of living in Canada through self-employment

Canada self-employment visa is for qualified athletes and artists who have the desire and ability to start a business in Canada as a self-employed person. The result of this type of visa is the direct acquisition of permanent residence in Canada.

For the Canadian Self-Employment Program, you need to show the Canadian Immigration Department that you have the financial ability to start a business, as well as sufficient financial ability to cover the living expenses of yourself and your accompanying family for at least the first 6 months in Canada.

In addition to the cost of immigrating to Canada, you have to pay the cost of reviewing the self-employment visa file and the right of permanent residence, as well as the cost of fingerprinting. Of course, other costs are also necessary, such as the cost of conducting medical tests and the cost of obtaining a bad background certificate.

Application Type

Fee in Canadian Dollars

Examining the applicant’s case considering the right to permanent residence

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Examining the spouse’s or fiancé’s file considering the right to permanent residence   

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Permanent residence of any dependent child

۲۳۰

Capital required for self-employed immigration to Canada

There is no minimum capital requirement for Canada’s Self-Employment Program. But depending on the nature of your job and the place where you plan to have your job, you must provide the necessary capital to the Canadian immigration office and convince the officer that you can afford the costs of setting up your business.

Therefore, before applying for this program, check the status of your desired work area in Canada and calculate the necessary costs to set it up and finally provide the appropriate capital to the Canadian Immigration Department.

Financial ability required for self-employment immigration to Canada

In order to settle and stay in Canada for yourself, your spouse and your accompanying children, you should consider the expenses for at least 6 months, which are specified in the table below. You must also provide the same amount or more financial support to the Canadian immigration office.

Number of family members

Amount of wealth (Canadian dollars)

1

13310

2

16570

3

20371

4

24733

5

28052

6

31638

7

35224

For each additional person

3586

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The cost of immigrating to Canada through company registration

To register a company in Canada, you must first have capital to set up the company and then pay a fee for company registration.

Initial capital to start a company in Canada

The minimum capital required to register and start a company in Canada is usually between $150,000 and $800,000. Of course, if we want to be more precise, the required capital is different depending on the structure of the company, business industry, city and location of the company.

Company registration fee in Canadian provinces

In order to register a company in different provinces of Canada, you have to pay a fee for searching the company name in the NUANS system and also a fee for registering the company name.

Province

Company registration fee in Canadian dollars

British Columbia

350

Alberta

450

Ontario

360

Quebec

326

Manitoba

350

Newfoundland and Labrador

200

Nova Scotia

336

New Brunswick

349

Prince Edward Island

305

The cost of immigrating to Canada through Express Entry

One of the most common ways to immigrate to Canada is the Express Entry system, which has 3 immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trade Program or Technical Specialist Workforce
Canadian Experience Program

If you immigrate through any of these programs, you need to pay fees, including the fee for reviewing the case, the fee for the right of permanent residence, and the biometric fee. Of course, there are other costs for the Express Entry program, such as the cost of conducting medical tests, the cost of evaluating educational qualifications, the cost of obtaining a bad background certificate, the cost of translating documents, and the cost of conducting a language test.

Another cost that may arise in the Express Entry program is the cost of applying for Provincial Selection Programs (PNP) and obtaining a provincial nomination certificate. By getting a provincial nomination, 600 points will be added to the total Express Entry points.

In addition, in addition to the costs mentioned above, you must also provide the immigration office with the necessary financial resources to settle and live in Canada.

The cost of applying for immigration to Canada through Express Entry

There is no need to pay a fee when creating an Express Entry profile, but if you receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence in Canada, you need to pay the following fees.

 

Application Type

Fee in Canadian Dollars

Examining the applicant’s case considering the right to permanent residence   

1365

Examining the spouse’s or fiancé’s file considering the right to permanent residence

1365

Check the file of each dependent child

230

Fingerprinting for each child

85

Fingerprinting for each family (number of 2 people or more)

170

Provincial Selection Program (PNP)

Cost in Canadian dollars

Alberta Provincial Selection Program

500

British Columbia Provincial Selection Program

1150

Manitoba Provincial Selection Program

500

New Brunswick Provincial Selection Program

250

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Selection Program

250

Nova Scotia Provincial Selection Program

0

Ontario Provincial Selection Program

1500 – 2000

Prince Edward Island Provincial Selection Program

300

Saskatchewan Provincial Choice Program

350

Financial requirements for Express Entry programs

The Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trade programs require financial support, but you do not need to provide financial support for the Canadian Experience Program. Also, if you have a job offer from Canadian employers, it is not necessary to provide financial support.

The financial capacity required for Express Entry is based on the LICO table, which is determined by the number of family members

Number of family members

Amount of wealth (Canadian dollars)

1

13310

2

16570

3

20371

4

24733

5

28052

6

31638

7

35224

For each additional person

3586

The cost of immigrating to Canada through a tourist visa

To apply for a Canadian tourist visa, which is a type of visitor visa, you need to pay a fee for checking the visa file and fingerprinting to the Canadian Immigration Department. Also, since you are going to spend a few months in this country, you must have enough money for the duration of your temporary stay and provide sufficient financial resources to the immigration office. In the following, we will state these costs separately:

Application Type

Fee in Canadian Dollars

Tourist visa per person

1000

Tourist visa for each family (each family includes 5 or more people applying at the same time)

500

Fingerprinting per person

85

Fingerprints for each family (number of 2 people or more)

170

Financial requirements for a Canadian tourist visa

If you intend to obtain a Canadian tourist visa in order to visit family members, friends, relatives or for tourism, you must provide the necessary financial resources to the Canadian immigration office for the duration of your stay in Canada. How much you can afford depends on the number of people and the duration of your stay in Canada.

For a Canadian tourist visa, you are allowed to stay in Canada for a maximum of 6 months, and if you plan to stay in this country for a longer period, you must apply for a visitor record.

If we consider the average cost of $2,000 per person per month, you should provide at least $12,000 Canadian dollars for a 6-month period.

Why ISS Group

iss immigration organization is made up of the most experienced official immigration lawyers and trusted advisors, and with more than 2000 successful cases, it is by your side at all stages from immigration to residence in Canada. We will be with you in this difficult path so that you, dear ones, only think about the growth, dynamism and well-being of the life ahead in an environment full of opportunities for progress and peace.

The cost of immigrating to Canada through sponsorship

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can apply for a Canadian sponsorship visa for your spouse, dependent children, adopted child, parents, and grandparents. You have to pay a fee to review the sponsorship visa application at the Canadian Immigration Department.

Canadian sponsorship visa application fee (spouse, fiancé or children)

Application Type

Fee in Canadian Dollars

Examining the sponsorship file of the applicant’s spouse or fiancé, considering the right of permanent residence

1080

Checking the sponsorship file of each dependent child of the applicant

150

Examining the sponsorship file of any dependent child who is included in the file of the applicant’s spouse or fiancé at the same time.

155

Canadian sponsorship visa application fee (parents and grandparents)

Application Type

Fee in Canadian Dollars

Examining the sponsorship file of parents or grandparents considering the right of permanent residence

1080

Examination of the sponsorship case of the spouse of the father or mother / grandfather or grandmother, considering the right of permanent residence

1085

Reviewing the sponsorship file of dependent child of father or mother / grandfather or grandmother

155

Canadian sponsorship visa application fee (adopted child and other relatives)

Application Type

Fee in Canadian Dollars

Examining the sponsorship case of a relative aged 22 or older considering the right of permanent residence

1080

Examining the sponsoring case of dependent adopted child or orphan relative

150

Examining the sponsorship file of dependent adopted child or orphan relative that is entered in the family member’s file at the same time.

155

Examining the sponsorship case of a relative under the age of 22 who does not have a dependent child and considering the right to permanent residence

665

Examining the sponsorship file of a spouse or relative’s fiancé, considering the right to permanent residence

1085

The cost of permanent residence in Canada

Applying for permanent residence at the Canadian Immigration Department is subject to fees that the applicant must pay. There is a request for permanent residence in the following immigration programs:

Business immigration such as startup, self-employment and Quebec business immigration
Economic immigration such as Express Entry (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trade, Canadian Experience), Provincial Selection Programs (PNP), Atlantic Immigration Program, Rural and Northern Migration Pilot, Agri-Food Pilot and Quebec Skilled Worker Selection
The cost of applying for permanent residency in commercial immigration programs

Application Type

Fee in Canadian Dollars

Examining the applicant’s case considering the right to permanent residence   

2140

Examining the applicant’s case regardless of the right to permanent residence

1625

Examining the spouse’s or fiancé’s file considering the right to permanent residence

1365

Examining the spouse’s or fiancee’s file without considering the right to permanent residence

850

Check the file of each dependent child

230

Fingerprinting per person

85

Fingerprints for each family (number of 2 people or more)

170

The cost of applying for permanent residency in economic immigration programs

نApplication Type

Fee in Canadian Dollars

Examining the applicant’s case considering the right to permanent residence

1365

Examining the applicant’s case regardless of the right to permanent residence

850

Examining the spouse’s or fiancé’s file considering the right to permanent residence

1365

Examining the spouse’s or fiancee’s file without considering the right to permanent residence

850

Check the file of each dependent child

230

Fingerprinting per person

85

Fingerprints for each family (number of 2 people or more)

170

Why ISS Group

iss immigration organization is made up of the most experienced official immigration lawyers and trusted advisors, and with more than 2000 successful cases, it is by your side at all stages from immigration to residence in Canada. We will be with you in this difficult path so that you, dear ones, only think about the growth, dynamism and well-being of the life ahead in an environment full of opportunities for progress and peace.

The cost of an immigration lawyer to Canada

The cost of hiring an immigration lawyer in the process of immigrating to Canada varies according to the level of experience and reputation of the lawyer and the type of immigration program through which you apply.

In general, the cost of immigrating to Canada in the field of hiring a lawyer for non-immigrant visas such as study visas or open work permit visas is between 1,500 and 3,000 dollars on average.

In immigration programs such as express entry, provincial entrepreneurship, startup or investment, the cost of an immigration lawyer is between 5,000 and 20,000 dollars on average.

The cost of immigrating to Canada depends on the type of immigration program chosen and the number of applicants, and its amount varies.

For example, for temporary visas such as Canadian student visas, you have to pay several fees, including the application fee to the university, the university deposit fee (including some universities), the fee for reviewing the student visa application at the immigration office, and providing tuition for one year of study and one year of living. in canada If you are going to apply with your spouse and child or children, the cost of examining the case and the cost of living and accommodation of each of them will be added to it.

For the Canadian study visa, other costs are required, such as the cost of the language test, the cost of translation of educational documents, the cost of obtaining bad background records, and if you want to hire an immigration lawyer, you should add the lawyer’s fee to your total costs.

The more famous and prestigious the brand you are going to work under, the more you need to pay for its brand value. For example, the Franchise fee for an internationally known brand such as Taco Bell is one and a half times what you pay for a brand that is only known in Canada such as Tim Hortons.

Franchise Fee can include other costs such as the cost of attracting, selecting and training investors who are going to open a representative office as a franchisee.

The cost of processing a study visa application at the Canadian Immigration Department is 150 Canadian dollars. If you haven’t done fingerprinting in the last 10 years, you have to pay $85 for fingerprinting.

  • Immigrate to Canada through tourism
    Immigrate to Canada through education
    Immigrate to Canada through JobOffer
    Immigrate to Canada through skilled workers
    Immigrate to Canada through sponsorship

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