Tories launch bid to speed up immigration for entrepreneurs

More entrpreneurs coming to Canada, pardon me while I yawn. So, where are the entrpreneurs who have hired hudreds or exports millions to Asia. They never say. As useful as the research tax credits. No end of goodies for business, but cut OAS.

Tories launch bid to speed up immigration for entrepreneurs - The Globe and Mail

Tories launch bid to speed up immigration for entrepreneurs


From Thursday's Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 1:00PM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 11:38PM EDT

Ottawa is starting consultations with industry groups and immigrant settlement organizations across the country to develop a new “startup-visa program” to fast track immigration of entrepreneurs.

“Canada cannot afford to lose out in the competition for foreign entrepreneurs among immigrant-receiving countries,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said.

His announcement in Toronto on Wednesday was attended by venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary, chairman of O’Leary Ventures, who called it a “huge opportunity” to develop global companies based in Canada. “It creates a way to reduce Canada’s dependence on growth in the slow-recovering North American economy,” Mr. O’Leary said.

The government’s plan is innovative because it involves the business and investment community identifying potential high-growth startups, said Victoria Lennox, co-founder of non-profit advocacy group Startup Canada, who got a heads-up about the plan on Tuesday in Ottawa.

Who are they looking to attract?

Immigrant entrepreneurs with an innovative business plan in areas such as technology, energy and resources that can compete on a global scale and create jobs in Canada. Job creation and growth potential will be the key goals, Mr. Kenney said.

Unlike the former entrepreneur program and provincial nominee programs, there’s no requirement that entrepreneurs put up a minimum investment. But Mr. Kenney has said he believes there are many millionaires overseas who see Canada as a better place to set up shop than their home countries. “These people are very mobile and if they are in a long queue as they were in the past, they will go somewhere else,” he added.

What’s new?

Applicants must prepare a business plan to be vetted by industry groups and venture capitalists for viability. On arrival, entrepreneurs would receive mentorship from organizations that have experience working with startups on how to do business in Canada. “Linking immigrant entrepreneurs with private-sector organizations that have experience and expertise working with startups will be important, as newcomers often require outside assistance to successfully navigate the Canadian business environment,” Mr. Kenney said.

What are other countries doing?

In the United States, proposed startup legislation would allow an immigrant entrepreneur to receive a two-year visa if he or she can show that a qualified U.S. investor is willing to help fund the immigrant’s venture. The plan, however, has met political resistance from groups that are worried immigrants will take jobs from unemployed Americans. In February, the U.S. government announced a program to encourage immigrant students who are already in the country to start up businesses rather than return to their home countries upon graduation.

New Zealand created an “entrepreneur-plus visa” in 2009 that fast tracks immigrants who can invest at least $500,000 (NZ) in a business and employ three people. Mr. Kenney pointed to it as an example of a program that’s working well.

In Britain, a “prospective entrepreneurs” class of visa introduced in 2011 allows immigrants to enter the country and secure funding and start setting up their businesses before they begin the traditional visa process.
Those bastards and their hidden agenda!
We've already tried the "buy your way in" policy. All we got was criminals who could afford the entry fees.
Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_Soldier View Post

Those bastards and their hidden agenda!

What do you mean by that?
It's part of the delusions that pervade the Conservative government's economic program.. which sees its only salvation in foreign interests.. foreign capital, foreign trade, foreign entrepreneurs, foreign ownership.

The fact of the matter is that Globalism is at heart of Canada's economic and industrial decline. There are lots of potential and ideas in Canada now, only an idiot like Harper thinks that resource has dried up here. They just need a medium in which to grow, which is continuously poisoned and sabotaged by Free Trade, monetarism, deregulation and privatization and the destruction of an integrated national industrial economy which this engenders.

It just emphasizes what has become glaringly obvious in the last few years.. that Harper is not but a puppet and shill for the Global oligarchs that live as parasites, draining the productive economy of its vigour.. by way of quisling governments like those of Stephen Harper.
Last edited by coldstream; Apr 19th, 2012 at 01:51 PM..
Do we get any pictures of the roads and bridges they build over there before we get flooded with road-builders? Like do the repairs get done before the major accidents or after?

Considering what Japan is going through I bet they would be the lowest bid by far. What to build, we have everything except a ring-road for Hudson's Bay.
Globalisation blah blah blah, just take in 75% fewer immigrants and things will be fine. Our great immigrants create no great export markets nor local jobs. If we're losing factories and in transition, why not push the immigration pause button for a few decades?

Immigrants give capital cheaper labour. That's what the global elite want.

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