The investment amount must be “substantial” and already invested or irrevocably committed for investment. There is no minimum threshold of the investment amount, or, in other words, what is considered “substantial”. Substantial investment means significantly proportional to the total investment/value of Canadian-based enterprise (e.g., purchase price) or the amount normally considered necessary to establish a viable enterprise of that type and nature of business.
For example, in the case of a consulting firm, $50,000 may be reasonably required to become fully operational. To qualify for Investor Work Permit, the applicant would have to invest a high percentage of this amount – around $40,000.