Owner Operator Visa
Owner Operator LMIA could be a special class of applications within the TFWP whereby a self-employed individual wishing to enter Canada can do so by purchasing or establishing a business. A remote national would be considered to be an Owner-Operator if they establish that they need a controlling interest in the business and can't be fired/dismissed (only answerable to themselves). Interest consistent with guidelines and policy may be established by either: purchasing a business and be involved in its day-to-day operations (being a sole proprietor), by being the bulk shareholder (least 50.1% total shares), or by providing an official document confirming that they hold the bulk interest (even if they don’t hold 50.1% of total shares). There's no minimum specified percentage of shares to be held by a distant national to be considered an Owner-Operator. In cases, where there are multiple owners of a business, the biggest shareholder or the equal shareholder is designated because the “employer” must apply for LMIAs to Service Canada for the opposite co-owners as “workers”.
Individuals who only receive shares (less than to determine the controlling interest) as a part of a compensation package don't seem to be subject to the term Owner-Operator. The foreign nationals must demonstrate that they need the interest before submitting their application and for the duration of their employment in Canada.