Program Details, Fees & Features

The Maple Program was created by Launch to aid international companies currently at Seed, Series A or higher with their growth and expansion to Canada and North America through providing a landing pad with resources, mentorship, networking, and business matchmaking to overcome the challenges that occur when moving a business and family to Canada.

The program is designed to work with those going through the Canadian Startup Visa Program or other business specific immigration processes such as Express Entry, BC Provincial Nomination Program, and/or Global Talent Stream.

The program is broken up into 5 phases, over an aggregate span of approximately 22 to 36 months. Each phase is designed to provide enough information and resources for each of the companies to make the preparations necessary for transitioning your company to Canada.

  1. The 1st Phase is 1 to 2 months in nature and occurs over a series of virtual workshops and online office hours.
  2. The 2nd Phase’s schedule is dependent on the company’s own timeline but is expected to be completed within 3-6 months following the completion of Phase 1.
  3. The 3rd Phase is also completed virtually online prior to the company’s arrival into Canada and typically 2 to 12 months in length.
  4. The 4th Phase occurs in Vancouver and spans around 3 months.
  5. The 5th Phase takes place over a 12 month period both virtually and in-person and functions as a support system as companies solidify their operations in Canada.

The program completion time varies depending on various individual factors including but not limited to border restrictions, work permit processing times, etc.

  • Private workshops on immigration, incorporation in Canada, transferring IP to Canada, accounting and tax implications, and more
  • Lifestyle and landing pad support for your team members and families, including banking, insurance, and housing information
  • Guidance and support through your company’s immigration needs
  • Office hours with some of the brightest minds in Startups
  • 1 on 1 mentorship with a dedicated lead mentor
  • Business matchmaking for your company’s needs
  • Exclusive access to Launchhub, featuring: 
    • Access to up to $300,000 CAD of start-up perks
    • Monthly AMAs (Live sessions to ask questions to seasoned start-up mentors)
    • Monthly Webinars (Live Learning Sessions with mentors and partners)
    • Monthly Standups (Group discussions to meet your fellow members and build strategic connections)
    • Monthly Pitch Sessions (Monthly sessions for members to participate in honing their pitches)
  • Exclusive invitations to CxO Summits, gatherings of high-level executives from the best startups in North America
  • 2 tickets to Traction Conference – North America’s Leading Growth Conference
  • Launchpad (Maple programming) – Launch community access, series of webinars and different other resources

Unlike other programs, Launch takes 0% equity  in your company. Instead, there is a program fee starting at $40,000* CAD over 22-36 months (plus applicable taxes, note for companies outside of Canada, all local non-Canadian taxes will be the sole responsibility of the international company) for the program. As Launch is a not-for-profit organization, all program proceeds will be reinvested back into building the Canadian tech and talent ecosystem.

  • Phase 1 (Information) – 1st Installment: $5,000 CAD – Paid prior to the start of the program.
  • Phase 2 (Roadmapping) – 2nd Installment: $5,000 CAD – Paid upon acceptance into Phase 2 of the program.
  • Phase 3 (Transition) – 2 Installments of $5,000 CAD – 2 payments of $5,000 CAD each due at the beginning of Phase 3A (1-5 months) & 3B (1-7 months).
  • Phase 4 (Landing) – 3 Installments of $5,000 CAD – 3 payments of $5,000 CAD each + any applicable taxes, due at the end of each month of Phase 4 (3 months). This excludes any additional fees that may incur during your immigration process, legal fees & additional services that may be required.
  • Phase 5 (Launch) – 8th Installment: $5,000 CAD – Paid upon acceptance into Phase 5 of the program.

Please note that the Maple Program fees are not correlated to the success and failure of the company’s immigration status, but rather for the programming and services provided to help companies acclimate to the North America Market.

*Program Fees and Program structure are subject to change. The Launch Team updates the Maple Program, fees, and associated resources on a regular basis in order to stay current with evolving industry standards, best practices, and timely resources.

If you’re applying to our Maple Program in order to be eligible for the Startup Visa Program, make sure you meet the program’s basic requirements first.

  • Each co-founder must individually hold at least 10% of the company’s voting rights and all founders together must hold more than 50% of the new Canadian company’s voting rights.
  • All applicants must be willing to move to Canada within 1-2 years of enrolment in the Maple Startup Visa Program.
  • Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 in English by the time you apply for permanent residency in Canada.

You can see the full list of requirements here.

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Launch Academy is a designated organization of the Canadian Government’s Start-up Visa Program and a designated referral partner for the Global Talent Stream Program. Launch’s Maple Program helps tech companies expand their business to North America and supports their access to Canadian Work Visas and Permanent Residency for entrepreneurs, executives and their families.

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