Pathways to Becoming a Business Owner in Canada

Do you run your own business?  Would you like to run your own business in Canada?  If you do, there are several immigration pathways open for you to immigrate to Canada. 

Whichever one you choose involved an investment in time, money, and energy, and as with anything to do with immigration carries a certain degree of risk, so it is important to understand all aspects of a pathway before investing into the application process. 

Permanent Residency Options

1) Express Entry

Express Entry is a popular choice for those wanting to permanently reside in Canada. One of the main qualifications is a satisfactory score on the Comprehensive Ranking System (“CSR”).  The CSR system assesses an applicant based on various factors such as age, language abilities, education, and work experience, and awards applicants’ points based on their unique profile.  Generally, the system favours applicants who are younger, have more education, are highly skilled in English or French, and have work or educational experience in Canada. 

If this profile does not fit yours, not to worry, contact a qualified immigration professional to learn what strategies you can use to increase your score (some are listed below in the temporary options section).  For example, if you are able to obtain a certificate of nomination through an entrepreneur-focused provincial nominee program, you will automatically obtain 600 points! With these additional points it is likely you will qualify for an invitation to apply through Express Entry. Once you apply, you can obtain permanent residence in as little as 6 months from submitting your application.

2) Start-Up Visa Program

Want to create a new business in Canada? The Start-Up Visa program is a permanent residence stream designed for individuals wanting to build an innovative business in Canada that will create jobs for Canadians, and that will be competitive on a global scale.

You are eligible to apply for the Start-Up Visa Program if you have:  

1) a letter of support from a Designated Organization (i.e., an approved Canadian incubator, angel investor, or venture capitalist);

2) a qualifying incorporated business (i.e., a corporation in which each applicant holds at least 10% or more of the shares with voting rights, and that the applicant(s) and the designated organization jointly hold more than 50% shares with voting rights);

3) proof each applicant meets the minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 in all four skill areas tested by an approved language agency; and

4) proof you have enough money for you and your dependents to settle in Canada.

The Start-Up Visa program is a popular choice for entrepreneurs and a great way to launch your business (and life) in Canada.  It can be a tricky one though, and we recommend getting the advice of an independent immigration professional before submitting your application.

3) Self-Employed Program

Last on the list of permanent resident options is a program made for those self-employed in cultural activities or athletics. To be eligible for this program, you must have a minimum 2-years of experience in these areas at a world-class level and be able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic industry in Canada. Applicants must also meet specific selection criteria, which are based on 5 factors: education, experience, age, ability to communicate in English and/or French, and adaptability. Somewhat similar to the Express Entry points system, you must score 35 points out of a possible 100 to qualify for this program. 

Temporary Residency Options

If you don’t yet have a CRS score high enough to qualify for Express Entry or are only looking to move to Canada to work in your business temporarily, the options below may the right fit for you. 

4) International Agreements

First things first: What is your country (or countries) of citizenship? Canada has negotiated trade agreements with several countries, under which exist various avenues for obtaining a Canadian temporary work permit.  These work permits can be used to let you work in Canada temporarily as you set up your business, bring in key employees needed for your business, or quickly fill positions in your business for which there are no qualified or willing Canadian citizens or permanent residents.  One option in this category frequently used by European or American citizens is the Investor Work Permit.  This work permit is designed for individuals who have invested a significant amount into a Canadian business, which they will then directly manage and oversee.  These international investors may be eligible for a work permit of up to 1 year, with the possibility of renewal.  Other options exist for service providers, certain categories of professionals, and traders as well.

5) Intra-Company Transfer – Start-Up Option

Already own a company and looking to expand the business into Canada? If your company is looking to start an office in Canada you may be able to get a temporary work permit to manage the establishment and development of your company’s presence in Canada.  To qualify, the applicant must have been working with the non-Canadian company for at least 1 year in a role similar to the future position in Canadian.  Additionally, the relationship between the Canadian office and the non-Canadian company must be one that qualifies as an affiliate (examples include parent, subsidiary, or sister corporations).  This type of work permit can last for up to 1 year, with conditional renewals.  Any time spent outside of Canada under the work permit can be recovered from the work permit’s authorization period. 

6) Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Aside from the two options listed above, most other work permits require a positive labour market impact assessment (an “LMIA”) from Social and Economic Development Canada. An LMIA application involves a few steps, the lengthiest is the requirement to advertise the vacant job for a minimum of 4-6 weeks, to ensure no other qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available to fill the position.

The applicant must also be able to demonstrate that the company is a legitimate business, which includes evidence it can fulfill the terms of the job offer to the foreign worker and that it is actively engaged in providing a good or service. The LMIA process is a bit more complex than other applications but is a useful route for many business owners looking to establish their business in Canada.

For more information on which immigration option is best for you and your business, or for assistance designing your longer-term immigration strategy, reach out to me directly through my CONTACT page.  We can set up a consultation to find the immigration option that works best for your specific needs.

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog post were accurate at the time of publication. Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of the information provided above. This blog post is not updated on a regular basis.

Co-written by Emily Lukaweski and Rebecca Tripp

Originally posted on January 12, 2022

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Legal Outsourcing Services

When providing legal outsourcing services, I can wear many different hats for my clients: legal researcher, project manager, drafter, legal content creator et cetera et cetera. Whether you’ve found yourself on this webpage with the interest of working with me or to provide these services yourself as a freelancer, the options are truly endless. Below is a detailed list of possible services, but keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list.  

Free Introduction and Initial Consultation

I offer a free introduction and initial consultation meeting for each and every legal outsourcing client. There I can discuss your needs in more detail and strategize on how best to utilize my services to meet your needs.

Client Intake

Client intake can be a long and sometimes arduous process. It’s important that you get it right. That’s why I offer specialized Client Intake services for legal professionals and other businesses. 

By hiring legal outsourcing services to meet your client intake demands, you can be sure that each and every client will be given the time and attention they deserve. 

I will work closely with you to customize this service to suit your needs. Whether your firm deals with civil litigation, criminal defense, or tribunal preparation, I can be sure to ask the right, tailor-made questions to get the information you need to help your clients move forward in their matters. 

Legal Research

Legal research is a unique and important aspect of the legal environment. High-quality legal research can mean the difference between success and failure in some cases and so it’s important that you entrust the right people to assist you.

I offer high-quality legal research services to busy legal professionals who might not have the time to conduct this laborious process themselves. As a licensed paralegal, I have the right tools to get the job done. With extensive education and training on legal research techniques, I will be sure to provide expert-level results time and time again. Legal research can be tailored to any and all areas of law.

Research can be conducted at varying degrees of intensity and in various jurisdictions across Ontario’s legal environment. I also offer the results of the research in whichever format the client prefers, making sure that you get what you need out of the process. 

Immigration File Support

In immigration, every file and client is unique. An immigration case has the chance to change a person’s life for the better. That’s why it’s important to ensure that you have a dedicated mind focused on managing the important documents and information associated with these cases. As a regulated immigration consultant, I can easily assist you with managing the hefty workload associated with immigration files, so you can make more time to dedicate to your clients and yourself.

Some examples of how I might assist you with your file include, but are not limited to:

  • Client follow-ups;
  • Drafting documents or forms;
  • Performing a Gap-Review;
  • Compiling the final immigration application package; or
  • Final version reviews.

Website Content

Website design and content generation are increasingly important aspects of any successful legal business. In today’s ever-changing world, a well-made website can make or break firms big and small. 

I can help you to develop and implement your unique ideas and make a quality website by providing a host of services. These include, but are not limited to creating blog and newsletter content, legal writing, proofreading, and editing.

My unique mix of tailor-made services and skills will prove essential for creating your next highly-trafficked, user-friendly website. I will work closely with you to make sure that your vision and design can be fully executed to bring forth a sleek and easy-to-access network for all of your business dealings.  

Memorandum and Template Drafting

As a licensed paralegal, I have the expertise necessary to provide you with a comprehensive legal memorandum. Whether it’s an internal memo to assist your team or an external memo to a client with a few specific questions, let me help you with quick turnaround times.

Templates are a reliable and efficient method of developing your firm or business’s legal documents. Templates can be made for any number of documents, legal or otherwise. Some examples include; contracts, business letters, letterheads, and more!

Creating new templates from scratch can be a drain on valuable time and energy for a new business or a business that is looking to reinvent itself. By allowing a legal outsourcing services provider to assist you with your workload you will be ensuring that an efficient, legal-minded professional is helping you to develop, implement, and maintain a strong foundation for your business.

Legal Project Management

As the meetings start to pile up and the to-do list continues to grow, have you considered hiring a paralegal to help you with your legal project management?

Hiring a legal outsourcing services provider for project management might be the solution your firm has been looking for. Whether it’s: 

  • Service expansion; 
  • New software implementation;
  • Updating your file processes;
  • Hiring and training; or 
  • Managing corporate governance such as communicating with shareholders or preparing for the next Board of Directors meeting

I can be sure to provide you with the proper direction and oversight to carry a project forward from start to finish. As a licensed legal professional, I understand first-hand the unique and often rigorous demands of the legal environment. As such, if you hire me to manage your legal projects, you can rest assured that a competent and educated individual is at the helm of your next project at all times.

Client Communications

Our world continues to become increasingly digital with each passing day. As such, the demands of client communication have grown significantly over the past few years. If emails and phone calls are taking up most of your busy day; consider hiring legal outsourcing services to ease the demands on your valuable time.

Legal Recruitment and Training

Proper investment of time and finances into thorough recruitment and training for your team or in-house legal department is one of the fastest methods to increase the success of your business.

In fact, the Association for Talent Development did a comprehensive study on the effects of training and development within an organization and found that income per employee increased by 218% when organizations invested in their employees. The organizations themselves enjoyed a 24% increase in profit margins with an average annual investment of $1,037.93 for training per employee.

These statistics all point to one thing: investment in proper recruitment and training leads to an increase in profits for your business. A legal outsourcing services provider can help you with all of your recruitment and training needs for your legal team. With first-hand knowledge of the special skills and education necessary to operate in the legal environment, a licensed legal professional can make the hiring and training process as stress-free as possible.

Here are a few ways legal outsourcing services can make a difference in your legal recruitment and training process:

  • Resume review;
  • Interview scheduling;
  • Conducting interviews (in-person or online);
  • Reference checks;
  • Offers of employment;
  • Employment agreement negotiations onboarding;
  • Annual training; or
  • Regular performance reviews.

Proofreading and Editing

Regardless of the industry, you do business in, proofreading and editing are integral components to producing quality work that you can be proud of. Flawless content becomes even more important when operating in the legal environment, as the need for accurate and concise writing increases. Whether you require ongoing support or assistance for a single project, I can provide you with professional-level quality control for your writing to suit your individual needs.

By hiring a legal outsourcing services provider to conduct final proofreading and editing to your content, you are ensuring that each and every piece of work that you produce is ready to use, as quickly as possible. Let’s be honest, proofreading and editing can be a time-consuming task, but by hiring legal outsourcing services you can use your valuable time to do the things that are most important to you, whether that be time in or outside of the office.


Feel free to contact me for a free introduction and consultation where we can discuss your business’s specific needs, and how I might best address them.

Co-Written by Gavin Baxter and Rebecca B. Tripp

Edited by Lucas Wynheart

All photos by Canva.

Originally posted January 11, 2022

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Fleming College Interview: Behind the Scenes

Back in October 2021, I was interviewed by Kyla Woods at Fleming College for a Graduate Profile piece that has now been published on the Fleming College website. If you are interested in reading more detail behind that article, below you can read my full answers to her questions.


1. What program did you complete and what was your year of graduation?


I’ve completed a few programs at Fleming College. In 2013 I graduated from the General Arts and Science University Transfer Certificate program and went onto Trent University to complete my Bachelors in 2015, just two short years later. After one year of working full time, I decided to go back to college and enrolled in the Paralegal/ Law Clerk Dual Diploma program. Since I had a degree at that point, I was able to skip the first semester and start right into semester two. I graduated from the Paralegal program in 2017, and the Law Clerk program in 2018.


2. Can you describe your time at Fleming College?


My time at Fleming College was challenging… but in a good way. Every day I was learning something new and getting pushed out of my comfort zone. For example: public speaking used to terrify me, but during my time at Fleming I learned that not only was I good at it, I actually enjoyed making oral arguments.


3. How did your education influence your career? 


Short answer: my education created my career path, rather than influenced it.


When I first started at Fleming College back in 2012, law wasn’t even on my radar. But my sociology class covered international development, which then led me to majoring in International Development Studies at Trent University. During my last year at Trent, I took courses such as Law, Rights and Development and Global Migration, which really drew me towards immigration law. I then headed back to Fleming College to the dual diploma program, which taught me that owning my own law office was not only possible, but I wouldn’t have to go to law school to make it happen.  


4. What inspired you to open up your own immigration and paralegal law office? 


After working with various law firms and in-house legal departments, I came to realize that many young professionals believe there are only two options when dealing with a legal matter: they either go to a lawyer or self-represent. And if they do decide to seek help, they look for someone to guide them through that one specific issue and hope it is dealt with quickly before invoices start racking up. The problem with this is that legal support is only sought after when there is a problem; it is perceived that  justice is only for those that can afford a lawyer, and that anything “legal” is “Kafkaesque”. This is a serious gap in the legal industry and where I hope my business can step in.


Whether it’s study permits, lease agreements, employment contracts, or fellow legal professionals running their own law firms or businesses (all positive and exciting new chapters in life), my hope is that young professionals realize that they can have access to justice and that there are other legal professionals (such as paralegals and immigration consultants) that can help them through the many legal matters (positive and negative) that will pop up in their lifetime. My goal is to build solid, long-term relationships with my clients so they know they have someone they can lean on that can steer them in the right direction (even if that is right into a lawyer’s office).


5. Do you plan on hiring Fleming grads and/or current students at your business?


Absolutely! Spring 2021 I took on my first placement student (who is now a fully licensed paralegal) and another paralegal student this fall 2021. I would like to take on students annually and provide them with the exact placement opportunity that I would want. I was lucky enough to have a great placement experience (which led to full time employment before I even graduated from Fleming College) and want to pay that forward!


6. What’s your message to young entrepreneurs that are looking to chase their dream of opening a business but hesitant due to current circumstances?


Go for it! There will never be a “perfect” time to start. There will always be roadblocks in the way and challenges to overcome, but if you keep on dreaming about it, you will eventually find a way to make it work. The great part about being an entrepreneur is that you call all the shots. You can make it whatever you want it to be so find motivation in that and just pull the trigger! 


Co-Written by Kyla Woods and Rebecca B. Tripp

Edited by Lucas Wynheart

Originally posted December 22, 2021

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An Interview with Paralegal Student Lucas Wynheart

Over the next few months, I am excited to share that Lucas Wynheart will be completing his paralegal internship at The Immigration and Paralegal Law Office of Rebecca B. Tripp.

This will be my second time taking on a paralegal student to help me out behind the behind the scenes. At the start of his internship we did a quick Q&A about this current chapter of his life, which we hope you enjoy reading below.

1. What led you to choose the paralegal program at Sir Sandford Fleming College? 

Every aspect of our lives and the world we live in is guided by rules, formal and informal,  extrinsic and intrinsic. The most important of these rules we call law, and simultaneously it  shapes and is shaped by us. Few things felt more fascinating to me, and I developed a keen  interest in its study very early on. This eventually led me to law school, where I found the  approach to the study of law overly theoretical and impersonal. After taking some time to  travel and explore other interests, I returned to law. Though in law school I had enjoyed the philosophical attitude, I was eager for a more practical approach that would allow me to enter  the legal profession, deal with real world problems and work closely with people. A paralegal  diploma fit the bill perfectly. 

Once I knew the program I was looking for, choosing a school was easy. Many members of my  family are Fleming alumni and only had great things to say about their experience there. The  school also offers a unique pathway for earning an additional diploma as a law clerk, with an  additional semester dedicated to education in areas of law outside of a paralegal’s scope of  practice. I started in January of 2020, and could not be happier with my choice. 

2. What have been your favourite and least favourite courses so far? 

Landlord and tenant law has arguably been my favourite course so far. I find it especially  interesting because I have been both a tenant and a landlord, and know that issues in this area  can be very personal and difficult. A case could also be made for intro to political science, which  was fascinating, and legal research, which can be very satisfying, and is more fun than it sounds. When the time comes, however, I suspect immigration law for paralegals will take the crown. 

If I must choose one, my least favourite has been advocacy. It was a very important and very  well taught course, but tackling my anxiety over public speaking was uncomfortable at first.  Fortunately, it was very rewarding in the end, as only overcoming a fear can be. 

3. What area(s) of law are you most interested in? 

Immigration, undoubtedly. Having experienced the process of immigrating myself, I am  extremely aware of the challenges and hardships faced by immigrants. More importantly, I also  know the great joys that come with a successful application, whether it means the start of a  new job, an education, a trip or a new life. It is my dream to help people achieve this joy I know  so well.


4. Is there an interesting concept you’ve learned since becoming a paralegal student? 

Many, the most interesting (and entertaining) are the ones that stem from very outdated laws.  Some of these can be found in the Innkeepers Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.7. Pursuant to s. 3(2), the  owner of a tavern may sell your horse and carriage to make up for unpaid food and  accommodation! 

5. If you weren’t pursuing a career in law, what other industries or job titles are you attracted  to? 

If not for law, I would strive to become a chef. I often go beyond day-to-day cooking and have a  lot of fun taking on challenging recipes. These sometimes go well, but the general consensus in  my family, who are subjects to my cooking on a daily basis, is that I was right to choose law. 

6. What advice would you give to individuals considering the paralegal program? 

If they are considering attending Fleming, my advice would be simple – go for it. The first  semester at Sir Sandford Fleming College is shared among many programs in the School of  Justice and Community Development. After a semester of great, well-rounded courses relating  to the paralegal profession in varying degrees, a student has the option to continue in any of  the programs that share the common first semester. Even if one no longer wishes to continue  their education, courses such as intro to psychology, sociology and political science are valuable  education for any other area of study and for general knowledge.


Co-written by Rebecca B. Tripp and Lucas Wynheart

Originally posted December 15, 2021.

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8 Ways to Cope with Canadian Winters

When moving to a new country there are a lot of factors to consider. A common question I get is “How are the winters there?”. So, here are some tips to manage (and even enjoy) Canadian winters.


1. Dress for the weather

This one may be an obvious one, but you have to wear layers in the winter months! 

I often see people struggling in the cold AND at the SAME TIME, not dressing appropriately for it. 

While some people will just add a coat to their outfit and switch their sandals for boots, the key to surviving the winter is adding another layer to all skin exposed to the air. So, make sure to pack your coats, boots, thick socks, scarfs, gloves and hats if you’re heading into a Canadian winter. You will also want to invest in snow pants if you plan on spending more than 15 minutes outdoors.

2. Give yourself extra time in the morning

It takes longer to get from A to B in the winter months. People move and drive slower. Also, if you have a vehicle, you will need extra time to heat up your car. You may also need to brush off snow or scrape ice from the windows in the morning. If you plan ahead though and are aware of this change to your routine, you will be able to get to your final destination on time and without added stress.  

3. Soak in the light… when you can


When trying to get through a Canadian winter, it is important to note that it’s not just the temperature you need to deal with, it’s the lack of sunlight as well. 

In Toronto on December 1st, the sun sets at approximately 4:40pm. With the sun rising at 7:30am, this means if you work a standard 8:00am – 5:00pm work day, you most likely will be going to and from work in the dark. 

This can be mentally exhausting as your body naturally believes that night time is for sleeping.

Good news is there are a few ways to manage this: go for walks during the day to get in the sunlight when it is available, get a sun lamp for your living quarters, or adjust your schedule so that indoor activities are occurring when it’s dark outside. Another option is adding vitamins to your health routine. 

4. Consider taking a vitamin D supplement 


With less exposure to sunlight, your body will no doubt get less vitamin D in the winter months versus the summer months. A good way to counter this is to take a vitamin D supplement. 


I am no doctor, so talk to your health care professional about ways you can help your body combat the colder environment.


5. Stay hydrated and moisturize dry skin


In the summer, you might find yourself drinking lots of water due to the heat. Come winter, you may find yourself drinking more hot beverages like coffee or hot chocolate. It’s important to stay hydrated (even in the winter months) to help your body stay healthy. Moreover, the cold air can cause your skin to dry. 


I find myself having itchy dry skin in the winter months and needing to up my skin-care-game to stay comfortable.


6. Take up a hobby

Winters can feel long and depressing when you aren’t able to (or want to) spend long periods of time outside. One way to push through the winter months is to take up a hobby or two. Some examples could be: 

Outdoor Activities
  • Skiing

  • Snowboarding

  • Skating

Indoor Activities
  • Board games

  • Yoga

  • Indoor rock climbing

Having a winter activity as a hobby makes the winter months more enjoyable. You may actually learn you are good at something new and start to look forward to the winter months to hit the hills again!

7. Stay active and manage your sleep routine


It’s important to not surrender to the cold. Get outside, breathe in the fresh air, and don’t let your sleep routine take over your day. Back to my points above, the sun isn’t out as long which means your body thinks it’s bedtime much earlier than it should. Try to maintain the times you go to bed and wake up so you aren’t sleeping longer than you should. 


8. Remember that winter doesn’t last forever

While Canada does have some of the coldest winters in the world, it’s important to note that we also have hot summers as well! 

Written by Rebecca B. Tripp

Originally posted on December 13, 2021.

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