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Report: What Canada Can Do For Investor Immigrants

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Business Immigration to Canada and Investors

Report: What Canada Can Do For Investor Immigrants

The Canadian government announced in October 2015 that Canada wants entrepreneurs. Canada’s Start-Up Visa is the first of its kind in the world, linking immigrant entrepreneurs with experienced private sector organizations that have expertise in working with start-ups. Business and entrepreneur immigrants can help support Canada's economic growth, according to a May 2017 report from The Conference Board of Canada: Entrepreneur and Investor Immigration: Creating Jobs and Growth, discussed at the Conference Board of Canada's 3rd annual Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa on May 9-10, 2017, with the goal to help strengthen business immigration's role in spurring Canada's economic development.

Report author Kareem El-Assal believes one of Canada’s greatest global competitive advantages is its openness to newcomers:

  • Canada needs immigrants
  • Canada has 40 years of business immigration experience
  • Business immigrants want to come to Canada

Highlights of the report include:

  • Entrepreneur and investor immigration can support Canada's economic development priorities, including building infrastructure, driving innovation, and attracting foreign direct investment and talent.
  • Enhancing matchmaking opportunities could help draw a greater number of highly talented entrepreneurs to Canada to launch innovative and globally-competitive businesses. It could also improve efforts to succeed retiring Canadian business owners.
  • A new federal immigrant investor program could draw more foreign capital to Canada but it would require strict monitoring and enforcement to ensure it benefits the economy and is supported by the Canadian public.
  • Providing entrepreneurs and investors with more supports could help them become more successful business persons in Canada.

According to Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, "as other countries are becoming less welcoming to newcomers, Canada can position itself to reap greater economic benefits from entrepreneur and investor immigration in the future by opening its doors to more foreign talent."

"Immigrant investor programs can raise capital for under-funded areas such as infrastructure, affordable housing, and venture capital," reports Forbes.


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In 2010 Softtek was a new foreign company in the Canadian Market and although we were already very experienced with immigration matters in other countries, Canada was an exciting challenge that we needed to take with the best immigration support and our search led to Ms. Evelyn Ackah, whom at that time decided to start her own law firm. Working with Ms. Evelyn Ackah and her team has been a very pleasant experience, they understand our business and support our needs very professionally. Their support has been critical for our operation in Canada, we trust their knowledge, discipline and commitment. We hope to continue working with them for many years.

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