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BY KIRSTEN SMITH, POSTMEDIA NEWS
Japan — 1.0 per cent (2000)
Italy — 8.0 per cent (2009)
Russia — 8.2 per cent (2002)
France — 8.6 per cent (2008)
United Kingdom — 11.5 per cent (2010)
United States — 12.9 per cent (2010)
Germany — 13 per cent (2010)
Canada — 20.6 per cent (2011)
Australia — 26.8 per cent (2010)
Recent immigration (2006 to 2011)
Canada — 1.2 million
Toronto — 381,745
Montreal — 189,730
Vancouver — 155,125
Calgary — 70,700
Edmonton — 49,930
Winnipeg — 45,270
Ottawa-Gatineau — 40,420
Saskatoon — 11,465
Windsor — 9,225
Regina — 8,150
The make-up of first-, second- and third-generation immigrants compared to total population:
First generation (born outside Canada): 7.2 million or 22 per cent Of them:
• 93.3 per cent immigrants
• 4.9 per cent foreign students and foreign workers • 87,400 were born outside Canada to parents who are Canadian
Second generation (born in Canada but at least one parent was born abroad): 5.7 million or 17.4 per cent • 54.8 per cent said both their parents were born outside Canada • B.C. was home to the most second generation residents 23.4 per cent • 3 in 10 second-generation residents were a visible minority
Third generation (born in Canada, both parents also born in Canada): 19.9 million or 60.7 per cent
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Many new Canadians from Asia
The three major countries of origin for new economic permanent residents were Asian. They were
- The Philippines 14%
- China 12%
- India 10%
Permanent migration figures
Temporary migration figures
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- United States
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
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Adzuna, a U.K.-based job-search engine, has recently expanded to help Canadians find work, too.
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The World Bank labelled Canada the best place in the G-7 to start a business, and thanks to an open immigration policy, a comparatively easy one to enter. Add a strong banking system, growing job market, and high standard of living, and it’s no wonder it tops immigrant entrepreneurs’ list.
For many, the government’s Start-Up Visa launched in April is making Canada an even more appealing place.
The program, which awards permanent resident status to those who qualify, is a huge incentive. The 2,750 visas are intended to attract the best and brightest, which means applicants must meet a set of criteria to qualify, and even if a visa is awarded, it doesn’t guarantee success for the business.
Naeem Noorani knows the difficulties: He came to Canada 15 years ago and, unable to find a job in advertising, he took a job in publishing. A round of layoffs in 2003 again left him looking for a job. Unable to find a well paying position, he decided to start a business.
In 2004, he launched Canadian Immigrant magazine to highlight the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs. He grew it to a $250,000-a-year publication and then sold it to The Toronto Star in 2006.
Mr. Noorani is now a managing partner for Destination Canada Info Inc. and bestselling author of Arrival Survival Canada.
He was also part of a Start-Up Visa roundtable discussion with federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Mr. Noorani learned how to address the many challenges of setting up a business as an immigrant through a YMCA self-employment program.
“We know we’re going to have challenges accessing traditional banking because we’re new to the country,” he says.
“This program took me through the whole process of how to apply for a bank loan, how to go there, how to present yourself, how to create a business plan. It was very methodical, and I owe a lot to the YMCA.
“Immigrants say they want to come to Canada and start a business. I would say don’t do it. Spend at least a year in Canada before you start a business because if you’re going to replicate the business you did back home without seeing if there’s a demand for it, you’ll lose everything you brought,” he advises.
David LeBlanc, managing director with Ferriera-Wells Immigration Consulting, agrees that taking time to do market research will only benefit your efforts in the long run.
“One of the smartest things you can do is to find a mentor in a Canadian business,” Mr. LeBlanc advises. “Lots of industries have mentorships, and sometimes it’s just a matter of getting a hold of someone and saying, ‘I admire what you’re doing in your business. Can I come in and talk to you?’
“Most often the people have a fair amount of business savvy, so it’s just a matter of putting them in touch with honest business resources,” Mr. LeBlanc says.
“They’re going to need a good tax accountant. They’re going to need a good banker. They usually will need a realtor, someone who can introduce them to commercial properties that are available for purchase. Sometimes if they’re looking for a line of credit or don’t have the skills to write a business plan, we’ll put them in contact with someone who can assist in preparing a proper and cogent business plan.”
One of the requirements for the Start-Up Visa is developing good English language skills. Matt Man, founder of Green Owl Mobile, was born in Hong Kong and lived in Canada for 20 years before launching his traffic app. But he still found that communicating effectively was one of the biggest hurdles to overcome.
“Try to do as much face to face as possible,” Mr. Man says. “Face to face can always make up for some of what I lost due to my accent or the way I’m communicating.”
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The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has created a short-term initiative geared towards supporting businesses in the hotel and lodging industry throughout the province.
EDIT: On Thursday, June 7th, the AINP announced changes to the Manufacturing Industry category. The following work experience criteria must be fulfilled in order for a worker to be eligible for nomination:
1. Possess a minimum of two years work experience in a job similar to the employer’s field of business
2. At least one of the two years must be completed in Canada.
- Skilled Workers
- International Graduates
- Semi-Skilled Workers
- Self-Employed Farmers
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