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How Can an American Open a Business or Branch in Canada?

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Cross Border Business

How Can an American Open a Business or Branch in Canada?

Business Immigration and Cross Border Business are rapidly evolving as the needs of individuals and companies change due to new laws, health concerns, the economy and the ease of international travel. Canada's government and immigration laws make it a welcoming, attractive destination for American companies and individuals to expand their business or launch a new company.

Many United States business owners are looking north to expand and grow their business. Canada is a good option for Americans to open a business because we share a common language, similar work and home cultures, education goals and are in the same time zones with shared borders. Many American workers welcome the opportunity to move to Canada's progressive society with free and accessible education and health care.

I will do whatever it takes. There will be more to come.
- Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

There is more than one way for an American to have a business in Canada:

  • open a new business
  • open a branch location
  • buy an existing business
  • invest in an existing business
  • hire Canadian workers to work remotely
  • outsource work to Canadian companies, aka nearshoring or nearsourcing
  • transfer existing employees to Canada

Canada Welcomes Foreign Business and Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Read the full article on LinkedIn: Are You an American Who Wants to Open a Business or Branch Location in Canada?

Have An Immigration Lawyer On Your Side

You need to have the right information and resources to prevent costly business decisions. Consult a Canada immigration professional BEFORE you cross the border if you are considering opening a branch location, starting a new business, or nearshoring to Canada.

Contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly at [email protected].


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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