Archive for December, 2011

Canada-Business Guided Tours

Let the experts at HC  plan your Exploratory Visit

For further information on the program or To plan a trip please contact  here

This tour is specially designed for those who never visit Canada  in the past. It is a 7 days and 6 nights’ tour of  Toronto and Ottawa area, which are the prime growing production bases in Canada. The main purposes of this tour are to introduce our delegates to government officials and to visit various industries in these fast always growing regions in Canada.

Program Requirements

In the past exploratory visits were  required as part of  for instance the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Business Program (MPNB). The purpose of an exploratory visit is to allow you to identify and assess potential business opportunities as well as to experience Manitoba’s quality of life.

In Ontario (also Canada wide)  all exploratory visits must last a minimum for seven (7) days. It is imperative to do as much business research as possible while in a province. It is also important to look into schooling for your children, housing and living conditions. In your application, you will be asked to provide a detailed diary of what research you did while you were in Ontario, Alberta , Vancouver , Saskatchewan or Manitoba for instance.

HC  will organize your trip in accordance with your requirements and special interests. The cost of this package is CDN$5,000. Special rates are available for clients through business network  Canada. This price is inclusive of hotel rates for 7 days as well as an exclusive city tour complete with interpreter if applicable during which you determine the course of navigation.

Information Sessions

During your Canada Exploratory Visit, you will be required to attend the following:
Personal Interview

All applicants of the Province ( for instane if you pick the  MPNB program)  are required to attend a personal interview with one of the Business Immigration Officers. The purpose of this interview is to further assess the applicant’s business proposal and to determine its chances of success. There is a CDN$50 (cash) interview fee charged at the time of the interview.

Presentation on the chosen  Province 
All applicants must attend a mandatory one hour presentation on the chosen or elected province. The presentation dates remain consistent unless otherwise noted.
 Day Time Language
1st Monday of every month 9:00AM Mandarin /Spanish/ French
2nd Monday of every month 9:00AM Korean / Spanish/ French
3rd Monday of every month 9:00AM Mandarin / Spanish/ French
*The only exception to this schedule is where a holiday falls on the Monday, in which case the presentation would be held on the Tuesday of that week or another date which would be communicated in advance 

Business Information Presentation
The Province will arrange for an informational session at the Canada/Provincial  Business Service Centre, a valuable resource when looking to find business information on Manitoba. The information sessions at the Canada/Provincial  Business Service Centre are scheduled on the Monday afternoon on the day of the presentation.
*This information session is scheduled for groups only and is not mandatory.


HC receives special rates at several of the renowned hotels in the elected province such as the Fort Garry, the Fairmont and the Hampton Inns. ( Ontario,  Montreal or  Manitoba for instace)  In order to receive these exclusive rates it is necessary to let HC take care of the reservations.

Guided Tours & Interpreters

Interpreters for Personal Interview
The MPNB program provides the necessary interpreters which fulfill its program requirements. This service is provided to the client free of charge.

Guided Tours
In order to fulfill the requirements of for instance  the PNB program HC has retained Korean and Mandarin speaking guides to conduct tours of the city. These tours will include historical sites, housing developments, schools, churches as well as prospective business ventures.

In the event that an applicant requires an interpreter for a language other than Korean and Mandarin HC will make the necessary arrangements.
Interpreters and guides are available upon the client¡¯s request and charge an hourly rate.

In accordance with the guidelines set out by for instance the PNB program value-added businesses which provide meaningful and lasting employment in Manitoba are:

Food processing
ICT (Information, Communications and Technology)
Primary Production (example: mining, fishing and farming)
Life Sciences (example: pharmaceuticals and biotechnology); and

If you are unsure as to what type of venture you would like to undertake you will be able to visit and research many of the businesses in these sectors to help with the decision. In the event that you have already decided on a business venture you will visit and investigate specific businesses in that industry.

HC has compiled a list of the finest institutions in Ontario, Montreal and Manitoba based on a wide range of criteria to offer an unbiased opinion. You will be able to visit these institutions during the tour as this will enable you to make an informed decision about the future education of your children.

During your exploratory you will be able to investigate the many of the housing options available in Ontario, Montreal or  Manitoba such as new housing developments, apartments and condominiums. HC has formed alliances with several local realtors who will be able to find you a house catered to your specific needs.

Business Tours Application Procedure  Here.

Canadian Employment Market

Are you the type of person who is still making decisions about your career, who is not quite ready yet to take the plunge, make a long-term professional commitment or become attached to a job or calling? Perhaps you like the idea of change, career breaks and moving around.

Uncertainties in the employment market have given rise to a new and growing job classification: the “tempreneur,” an entrepreneur-temp hybrid.  Tempreneurs are managers who seek a temporary schedule that makes it unnecessary to put all of their eggs in one corporate basket. They are independent contractors with an entrepreneurial spirit.” It’s a great way to position yourself and gives you a mental edge.

Temporary workers, or temp workers, are increasingly being used to help companies navigate through the economic recovery and many of them are finding it’s only a matter of time before they find permanent, full-time positions,

Temporary help is a great option for companies coming out of the recession when they’re unsure as to the benchmarks of permanent staff requirements.” Temporary jobs a good first step to full-time position

While temp workers are mostly used in entry-level positions, such as payroll clerks and administration, there is an increasing trend to use “interim managers” – high-level lingo for the same temporary type of position in more senior roles – to help companies get a footing before making a longer- term commitment to hire.

If you choose temporary work, you will be in good company. Two million people per day are employed by staffing companies. Temporary jobs offer an opportunity to earn income, add skills to your resume while continuing your search for that œperfect position. Your temp job can become your career – over 79% of temps work full-time.

 Notice: Important changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program  within Canada pertaining to employers and temporary foreign workers took effect on April 1, 2011.


For other resources and workshops aimed at  business, jobs,  career transition and  entrepreneurship  visit  here

Canada-Business Trips

Canada-Business Trips

These tours are specially designed for those who never visit Canada in the past. It is a 7 days and 6 nights’ tour of Toronto and surrounding areas , which are the fastest growing production bases in Canada. The main purposes of this tour are to introduce our delegates to government officials and to visit various industries in these fast growing regions in Canada.

If you plan a business trip to Canada, you  may be required to obtain an entry visa.

 To apply for a visa you will need to provide a letter of invitation from a Canadian company or organization(s).
If you plan to travel around Canada, you will be required to provide a copy of your tour itinerary including any travel and hotel reservations.

 A single entry visa will allow you to enter Canada once.
 A multiple entry visa will authorize you to enter Canada multiple times during the visa validity.

 To verify if you are exempt from the requirement to obtain an entry visa, please refer to the Visitor visa exempt countries.

 If you plan to apply for permanent residency in Canada as a businessman, you may use this trip to explore the Canidian portion of the  North American market, familiarize yourself with  the Canadian business environment and make  valuable contacts.

 If you plan to settle in the province of  Quebec and your application for a Selection Certificate has been submitted to the Business Center in Montreal (if your country of permanent residence or citizenship is covered by Quebec immigration offices in Paris, Vienna, North America, Mexico City and Buenos Aires), your selection interviewcan take place in Montreal during your exploratory trip.

Canada’s business cost advantages make it a place for profitable business ventures and memorable personal experiences.

Canada’s Business Immigration Program seeks to bring to Canada people who are familiar with growing foreign markets and their requirements. Over the years, thousands of foreign business people have found Canada to be anexcellent place to invest capital and to apply their business knowledge.

Business immigrants   represent nearly 10% of all immigrants who come to Canada.

For business tours application procedure go here

Canada Job Market

Have the belief in yourself to fulfill your own personal dreams without letting others judge you for not living up to yourpotential or not achieving the goals they believe you should have!


  • What are my chances of getting a job in Canada?
  • Where can I work?
  • What’s it like working in Canada?
  • What are the next steps?
  • What are my chances of getting a job?

You are most likely to find work with multinational or major national employers. A significant number of overseas graduates in Canada are working as teaching assistants or language teachers. Around 75-80% of Canadian  students go into employment directly after graduation.

Typical problems encountered: speaking English or French with a heavy foreign accent can present problems and job seekers from overseas will not have the same access to social networks available to local graduates through their family and friends.
How to improve your chances: you may have to get work experience in your home country before working in Canada and improve your spoken and written English or French.
Language requirements: the ability to speak rudimentary English or French is essential in most organisations in Canada. In some international companies, particularly if you have a strong technical background (e.g. computing and engineering), it may be possible to get by with English, at least in the workplace. You will need to check individual company requirements. Learning English or French before you come to Canada is a good idea and information on courses can be found from most local educational establishments. host English School has of courses for prospects. Your university may also run modules in some foreign languages, including English or French. Self-study and distance learning courses are available through BBC Interactive, Key Languages and the Open University (OU).

Where can I work?

What’s it like working in Canada?

Average working hours: 35-48 hours a week.
Holidays: up to 37 days a year.
Average graduate starting salary: variable depending on the institution attended, the degree subject and the classification, and range from $21,000 to $45,000.
Tax rates: rates of income tax range from 14% to 30%, depending on your level of income.
Working practices and customs: generally quite formal and professional. It is important to be punctual, well organised and polite. As a rule, the canadian compartmentalise their professional and private lives, so try to avoid being over friendly at work. Canadians generally deliberate longer over business decisions and they do not appreciate the ‘hard-sell’ approach to business.
What are the next steps?

Find out how to apply for jobs in  Canada.
Search for a job using our vacancy sources content.
Look for work experience opportunities.
Find out more about living in Canada in country overview.

Major industries: transportation equipment, chemicals, processed and unprocessed minerals, food products; wood and paper products; fish products, petroleum and natural gas.
Recent growth areas: the private sector as a result of changes to economic policy, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Industries in decline: agriculture, construction and lodging.
Shortage occupations: specialists in the medical, energy and agricultural sectors.
Major companies: West Holdings Inc., Wellington Financial , WebTech Wireless Inc.
Vizible Corp., The Matias Corp. , the Cash Store Financial Services Inc.,  Talent Technology Corp. ,  Sycorp Environmental Inc.,   Sunwing Travel Group.
Search for more companies: – Major Canadian Employers Directory, Business directories, Canada Yellow Pages. 
Major cities: Toronto, the capital Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.



How can I match purpose with prosperity in Canada?

We all know this is a difficult time to find a job—but I said difficult, not impossible. You absolutely can land a new position in this economy, provided you approach your search creatively, compensate for your shortcomings, and use the tools you’ve got in your corner:

1. Think outside the box

• As I mentioned previously, consulting on a project is a fantastic way to get in the door, because it lets a potential employer give you a test-drive. If it’s feasible, ask if you can volunteer or intern for a month or two. (Who’s going to turn down someone offering to work for free?)

• Skip the job fairs. Latest  2010 survey of human resources executives by  outplacement firm CPI  found that attending job fairs was the least effective strategy for getting hired; in a period of high unemployment, the ratio of seekers to employers isn’t working in your favor.

• Use your network of professional connections to land informational interviews. In person is best, but if that’s not practical, phone or e-mail can work, too. Make it clear you know your contact isn’t hiring, but say you want to pick her brain about the firm and the industry. Use the opportunity to give her a sense of who you are—the more people who know about you, the more connections you have to potential jobs.

2. Brace for the tough questions

• If you’re underqualified, turn the tables.  Ask the hiring manager to point out what skills she feels you’re lacking—then explain that while you may be coming up short, you do have some experience in those areas. If possible, bring in past work to illustrate this, and have a former manager back you up, confirming that you’re a quick study.

• If you’re overqualified, put yourself in the manager’s position: She may be worried that you want this job only as a stopgap until something better comes along, or that you’ll resent taking a step down the ladder (which makes for a lousy team player), or that your salary expectations will be a deal-breaker. Then bring up each concern in the interview and explain why none will be a problem.

• If you lack must-have skills—like a particular style of business writing or familiarity with relevant computer applications—see if your local community college or continuing education program offers courses that can boost your aptitude in those areas.

3. Accentuate the positive

• Channel an upbeat attitude. It sounds obvious, but it’s amazing how few people take that advice seriously. Your energy comes through in your demeanor, your cover letter, your phone calls, and in interviews—and a confident, enthusiastic outlook will make employers want to hire you.

• Get out there and network! If you aren’t on Facebook, what are you waiting for? Ask your friends for help in your search, and you’ll be surprised how many people your people know. Alumni groups and professional associations are also great networks to tap into. The idea is to get your connections to spread the word—it just may be that a friend of a friend of a friend works at the firm you have in your sights, which puts you that much closer to getting an interview.

• Once you land a job, here’s your first assignment: Come to work with a great attitude, do your job thoroughly and conscientiously, and seek opportunities to take on more responsibility. Don’t look at the clock, and don’t worry about the money. Yes, you read that right. The goal when you’re starting out—or starting over—is to make yourself indispensable. That’s the surest path to making more money down the road.


For other resources and workshops aimed at  business, jobs,  career transition and  entrepreneurship  visit  here

Canada Business Exploratory trips

Business Class Immigration‎:

Exploratory trips will give you a chance to acquire first-hand knowledge about living, working and doing business in Canada, knowledge which will certainly benefit you when the time comes to proceed with your permanent move

Here are some suggestions for things to do while you are in Canada on an exploratory visit.
* Plan your trip well to maximize opportunities to make contacts, which will prove valuable on your return visit and when you finally move to Canada.

* Understand the vast size of Canada and be realistic about what you are comfortably able to achieve in the time available to you.

* Plan one summer and one winter trip to familiarize yourself with the weather conditions in your intended settlement destination.

* Arrange meetings with industry/companies to get an overview of the business and employment opportunities in the region you are interested in. Don’t forget to bring along copies of your resume (CV) and make sure it’s in a suitable Canadian format!

* Meet with service providers such as realtors, settlement services consultants and immigration lawyers.
Guide to Applying for an Exploratory Visit in  Manitoba



For other resources and workshops aimed at  business, jobs,  career transition and  entrepreneurship  visit  here