There are two main investor programs in Canada, Federal and Quebec. The Quebec program generally opens 2-3 times per year, in January, May and August. (The Federal program is on hold until further notice.)
This category is ideal for experienced business persons and serious professionals with a track record in management.
It takes about 3 months to prepare an application so time is of the essence. There is no deadline or quota for French speakers.
To be eligible, you must have a legally acquired net worth of $1.6 million Canadian dollars (cash, real estate, business assets, inheritance, other) to qualify. You must also be willing to invest $800 000 (and receive this back in 5 years with no interest) or make a single payment (not refundable) of $220 000 to an authorized Canadian bank handling investor loans. You must demonstrate business and/or management experience of a qualifying business.