Nova Scotia

Entrepreneur Program

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The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur stream is for prospective immigrants who would like to invest their time and money into a Nova Scotia business. The category offers foreign nationals and their families the opportunity to acquire or establish a business in the province and actively operate it. To participate in the Nova Scotia Immigrant Nominee Program Entrepreneur category, the following requirements must be met.

Are you eligible?

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business
  • Have a net worth of at least $600,000 CAD
  • Be able to invest at least $150,000 CAD of your own money to establish a business in Nova Scotia
  • Have at least 3 years experience actively managing and owning a business (1/3 ownership minimum) OR more than 5 years experience in a senior business management role
  • Have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French
  • Complete an online Expression of Interest
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration

Nomination Requirements

  • Own at least one third (33.33%) of the equity of the business
  • Provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business
  • Businesses must meet the legal requirements of the community in which they operate
  • The business must be a for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services
  • The business must be considered a permanent establishment
  • The business is liable to pay income tax
  • The business must be actively managed by the applicant from the place of business in Nova Scotia
  • The business must not be managed from another location in Nova Scotia or from another Canadian province or territory or other country
  • The business must have the potential to create significant economic benefit to Nova Scotia

Meet The Team

Al Pace

Founder & Principal

Location: Toronto

Services: Personal Injury Immigration Law Commercial Litigation

Languages: English Lithuanian

Office: 416-734-0404

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Al Pace is the Founder and Principal of Pace Law Firm. He has practiced law for more than 30 years and has earned a stellar reputation for skill and outstanding client service. After completing his studies at the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor where he received his LL.B., Al was called to the Bar for the province of Ontario in 1980. Initially, Al developed his law practice in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation. In subsequent years, Al expanded the firm’s practice areas to include corporate and commercial litigation and immigration law and related services.

As CEO of Pace Law Firm, Al takes a personal interest in all of the firm’s cases to ensure the highest standards of service excellence are met consistently across the firm. In addition to his legal practice, Al supports community involvement, and has taken an active and prominent role in the Lithuanian community and the Trillium Health Centre.


  • University of Windsor School of Law, Windsor, ON
  • University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science

Professional Associations And Memberships

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

National Executive of the Lithuanian Canadian Community, Past President

Baltic Federation of Canada, Former Vice President

LABDARA Nursing Home in Etobicoke, Board of Directors

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Andy J. Semotiuk

Director Of Immigration

Location: Toronto

Services: Immigration Law

Languages: English Ukrainian

Office: 416-342-5537

Toll Free: 1-888-383-5167

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Since 1974, the immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk has helped over 10,000 clients with various legal problems.

Andy Semotiuk works with

  • investors
  • executives
  • professionals, and
  • celebrities in the entertainment industry.

Andy Semotiuk is an authority on the topic of U.S. and Canadian immigration, writing articles for Forbes as well as speaking internationally on the subject.

As a member of the bars in Ontario, British Columbia in Canada and New York and California in the United States, Andy is well versed in both US and Canadian immigration laws. This allows him to fully understand the circumstances and the technicalities involved when dealing with immigration across the U.S.-Canadian border, as well as dealing with immigrants who are coming from abroad.

Whether you are looking to get your work visa, permanent resident status, a passport or having your family members join you, rely on the experience of Andy J. Semotiuk.

The results you receive could profoundly change your life and the life of your entire family.

Watch Andy Semotiuk’s videos and read his blog for more information. You can also find out more about him at My Work Visa.

Professional Associations And Memberships

Ontario Bar Association

British Columbia Bar Association

California Bar Association

New York Bar Association

Vince Lalonde

Director, Investor Services

Location: Toronto

Services: Immigration Law

Languages: English Mandarin

Office: 416-734-0410

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Vince Lalonde leads the Global Investor Immigration Practice at Pace Law.

He has successfully launched several immigration investment products in the Chinese marketplace, with a focus on Canadian, Caribbean and European investor immigration. He secured Center of Influence (COI) partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and was responsible for marketing and legal services for RBC's federal immigrant investor program (FIIP) in Asia.

Vince advises financial institutions, government bodies and developers on the legality, viability, and marketability of their investor immigration projects and programs. He was instrumental in opening up the Chinese market for several successful immigration products, including PEI PNP, Saskatchewan PNP, Singapore INvestor, UK Tier 1 Investor, St. Kitts Citizenship, and Dominica Citizenship by investment programs.

Vince advises international investors seeing citizenship or permanent residence abroad on the most suitable investment option to help them achieve their goals. He has helped hundreds of clients successfully immigrate to Canada and elsewhere.

He has presented at key industry platforms such as Cityscape Global Conference in Dubai (2018), the Overseas Investment and International Wealth Management Forum held in Beijing (2015), IAAC Immigration Abroad Agent Congress in Shanghai (2015), and the National EB-5 Investment Boot Camp held in Los Angeles (2011).

Vince is a Canadian Barrister and Solicitor in the province of British Columbia.

Rachel Eta Brown


Location: Toronto

Services: Immigration Law

Languages: English Urhobo

Office: 647-789-1972

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Rachel Brown is an associate in our immigration practice group, based in Toronto, and is responsible for our immigration clients from Sub-Saharan Africa. Called to the Ontario Bar and the Nigerian Bar, Rachel holds a Master of Laws degree in International Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, and a Bachelor of Laws from Igbinedion University, Nigeria. She practiced law in a leading law firm in Nigeria representing clients in commercial transaction disputes in superior courts of record in Nigeria. With the goal of international business in mind and prior to obtaining her masters in International Business Law, Rachel saw the need to attain the proper foundation in business administration. As a result, she completed a one-year post degree diploma program in North Island College in British Columbia.

Rachel has been working with Pace Law Firm since 2012 and has worked closely with The Honourable Gerry Weiner, P.C., a former Minister of Immigration Canada, a former Minister of Multiculturalism Canada and Secretary of State of Canada. She travels regularly to Africa, to meet with high net worth individuals to assist them with their investor immigration applications to Canada and other parts of the world.


  • Master of Laws in International Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada
  • Post Degree Diploma in Business Administration, British Columbia, Canada
  • Barrister-at-Law, Nigeria Law School, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Bachelor of Laws, Igbinedion University, Edo State, Nigeria

Professional Associations And Memberships

Canadian Bar Association

Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario Bar Association)

Nigeria Bar Association

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria Branch)

Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (Nigeria)

Khrystyna Yankovska


Location: Toronto

Services: Immigration Law

Languages: English Ukrainian Russian

Office: 416-613-3096

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Khrystyna Yankovska graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminology with Distinction. She went on to attend Law School at the University of Birmingham in England finishing at the top of her class. Khrystyna articled at Pace Law Firm under U.S. and Canadian Immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk and upon admission to the Law Society of Upper Canada, she joined their Immigration Team.

Khrystyna has always embarked on many leadership and volunteer experiences. She has been elected to serve as a Member-at-Large at the Ontario Bar Association Citizenship and Immigration Section for the 2017-2018 year. Khrystyna is also an Executive Member at Toastmasters International In-Pace Club polishing her skills to become a more effective communicator and leader. She is also one of the founding lawyers of the Ukrainian Canadian Social Services Legal Aid Clinic in Toronto and volunteers her time there. She is an avid traveler and enjoys meeting people and understanding their culture. Khrystyna is currently advancing her French language skills, and she is already fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English.


  • University of Toronto, ON, Canada – Honours Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • University of Birmingham (Faculty of Law), United Kingdom – Honours Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)

Professional Associations And Memberships

Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Member

Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Citizenship and Immigration Section, 2017-2018 Member-at-Large

Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association (UCBA)

Marwa Badra

Certified Immigration Consultant

Location: Toronto

Services: Immigration Law

Languages: English Arabic

Office: 416-673 4897

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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Marwa Badra is a certified member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). She is an experienced Immigration Advisor on staff and is fluent in Arabic and English.

In January 2001, Marwa joined James Metcalfe & Associates, a respected immigration consultancy in Toronto. During the four years she worked with James Metcalfe, Marwa acquired invaluable skill and experience in processing Immigration applications in all categories. In 2004, Marwa joined Pace Law Firm. She provides a full complement of professional services and support in all areas of the immigration practice, with a focus on the business and investor class.

Marwa studied at the University of Alexandria in Egypt and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics. In 2005 Marwa completed graduate studies at Seneca College and received a Diploma Certificate with Honours, in Immigration Practice. She also received an Immigration Practice diploma from Ashton College in 2012.

Vanessa Sindayihebura

Immigration Advisor

Location: Toronto

Services: Immigration Law

Languages: English French Kirundi

Office: 416-734-0416

Toll Free: 1-877-236-3060

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After studying Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium where she had moved from her native Burundi, Vanessa established herself in the United States where she acquired a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Marian University in 2005. She worked as an analyst for real estate developers in the Mid-West before continuing her post-graduate studies at Wesleyan University where she earned a Master of Business Administration in 2010. She held diverse functions within the brokerage industry and in the vehicle remarketing arena involving project analysis, compliance, and client relationship management.

Vanessa’s interest in Immigration processes are the results of many years of dealings with both U.S. and Canadian immigration authorities while acquiring her American Citizenship and Canadian residency. This experience, added to her business education as well as her international exposure, makes her an astute analyst of Immigrant Investor files.

Since joining the Immigration Team of Pace Law Firm in December 2013, Vanessa has focused on regulatory compliance within Immigrant Investor Programs. Using different methods of analysis, she ensures the lawful origin of the net worth of clients and determines the fair valuation of assets declared, all the while building solid relationships with international clients.

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