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Secrets of Successful Immigrants In Canada

Immigrants are good for Canadian economy. The most skilled create jobs in technology and engineering. 2009 immigrant-founded engineering and tech companies employed more than 150,000 people and generated $25 billion in sales. Immigrants contribute to the economic growth of their host countries in many ways, bringing new skills and competencies with them and helping to reduce labour shortages.

Immigrant entrepreneurship has gone beyond traditional ethnic businesses, into a wide range of sectors and innovative areas.   Is there a market here for skilled labour? Actually, Canada is seeing signs of worker shortages in several professions – including engineers, doctors and nurses, to name a few. Added to this is the fact that the population in some provinces is shrinking, and employers are having difficulty filling their rosters with skilled help. Paul Darby, director of the Conference Board of Canada, estimates a shortfall of 3 million skilled workers by the year 2020.

Get in the wagon of  Entreprenuership and Employment Creation of  Immigrants.

The Canadian government issues immigrant visas to business immigrants who qualify under the Business Immigration program.  There are three categories of business immigrants: Entrepreneurs, Investors and Self-Employed persons.  Each program has its own criteria for selection, and require Business Experience as defined in the immigration regulations.     An Entrepreneur must have a minimum of two years of business management and ownership of a percentage of equity in a business within the past 5 years.  The business must meet certain specified criteria that relate to the number of employees, the total annual revenue, net income and net assets.  The entrepreneur must also demonstrate a personal net worth of at least $300,000 CAD.  If the applicant meets these criteria, then he or she will be issued an immigrant visa and become a permanent resident subject to the condition that he or she starts or purchases a business that meets certain minimum requirements for any one year period within the first 3 years of becoming a permanent resident.  If the conditions are met then they are lifted, if they are not met then the immigration department may take steps to attempt to remove the permanent residence status.

An Investor must have a minimum personal net worth of at least $1,600,000 CAD that has been legally obtained, and meet the specified criteria regarding past business ownership or management.  If these criteria are met, then he or she must invest $800,000 in a government guaranteed investor fund for a five year period.  During those 5 years there is no interest paid on this money, but the return of the principal to the applicant is guaranteed by the government.  Financing is available for the investment amount.  There are no conditions attached to the permanent residence status of an investor.

The Self-Employed category requires an ability to be self-employed in Canada in the field of cultural activities, athletics or the purchase and management of a farm.  The applicant must have experience in one of these areas and if successful, will be issued an immigrant visa that is not subject to any terms and conditions.

It is important to be represented by a competent, experienced lawyer in filing a business immigrant application, to ensure the greatest chance of success with a minimal amount of delay in the processing.    For further information and a free assessment, please contact us at

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Get off to a great start and succeed in Canada

It’s brutal out there. But the people getting hired aren’t necessarily the most connected – they’re the most creative.  How do you gett of a great start and succed in Canada? Well start by your resume. Did you know the average manager spends less than one minute reviewing your resume? What can you do to get your resume to stand out from the crowd? In our  weekly’s post and content site Marisol Diaz shares some simple tips that you and anybody else can use to strengthen your professional packaging to come live and work in Canada. 

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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.
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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.


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How to Open a foreign Business in Canada

 Question: Can I Start a Small Business in Canada When I’m Not Living in Canada?

General answer:
Yes, starting a business in Canada when you’re nonresident in Canada is possible – but certain requirements have to be met.

Answer #1:

The short answer is that in order to come to Canada and start a business per regulations, a  non -Canadian must:

1. Prove that business immigrant have at least CDN $400,000 net worth or confirmation that you have access to a similar amount of funds from other sources; or $500,000* USD in special cases (see below).

2. Willingness to invest a minimum of$200,000 to establish a new enterprise (or to purchase no less than 33% of an existing business).

3.Plan a business that will clearly increase the Canadian Economy (no nonprofits).

4.Create at least 10 permanent full-time paycheck jobs for people that are already either Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

5. Intend to become a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen. Provisions can be made for the immigration of spouse and dependents in the immigration package as well, but they cannot be workers in the 10 new full-time jobs created. Check this “open house” in the provinve of Alberta  or check the  Self-Employed Farmer Stream *

Answer # 2:

As a non-canadian you need  a Canadian address (not a Post Office box, but a real Canadian address). Then you can start registering your new business in the province that it’s located in.

Then proce to which structure your business is going to be (sole proprietorship, partnership, etc). Or you could form a partnership with a Canadian living in Canada; then you can use his/her address for starting your business in Canada.

Another approach is to start an incorporated business. You would still need a Canadian address to enjoy the tax benefits of having a Canadian Controlled Private Corporation (see Types of Corporations in Canada and Corporate Tax), as well as have the correct number of Canadians on your Board of Directors and meet all the other requirements for such a corporation.

The correct number of resident Canadians depends on the jurisdiction you incorporate in. In Canada you may incorporate federally or provincially for starters. How to Incorporate Your Business in Canada Consultancy  explains the advantages and disadvantages of each of these forms of incorporation and the basic procedure.

“Foreign investors need to be aware of the residency requirements imposed on the directors of companies incorporated in Canada. The federal statute requires that 25 per cent of the directors be resident in Canada. In case there are fewer than four directors, then the CBCA (Canada Business Corporations Act) requires that one director be resident in Canada. Each province has different residency requirements and an investor wishing to incorporate in Canada should consider this issue. For example, some provinces do not impose residency requirements for directors (e.g.: New Brunswick, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Yukon).” ( See also  Invest In Canada)
These residency requirements for the directors of companies incorporated in Canada apply to all types of Canadian corporations, not just Canadian Controlled Private Corporations.

See Forms of Business Ownership in Canada for more on the differences between sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations.

Everything written above assumes that you are going to continue to be a nonresident. If you are not a Canadian citizen you cannot just come to Canada and start a business. Instead, you would have to apply to immigrate to Canada through Canada’s Business Immigration Program or stay where you are but team up with one or more Canadian citizens or landed immigrants to start a business in Canada.

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Clergy Jobs in Canada

Clergy Jobs: Working temporarily in Canada: Jobs that do not require a work permit
You may not need a work permit if you fall into one of the following categories:

•Athletes and coaches
•Aviation accident or incident investigators
•Business visitors
•Civil aviation inspectors
•Convention organizers
•Crew members
•Emergency service providers
•Examiners and evaluators
•Expert witnesses or investigators
•Family members of foreign representatives
•Foreign government officers
•Foreign representatives
•Health-care students
•Judges, referees and similar officials
•Military personnel
•News reporters, film and media crews
•Performing artists
•Public speakers
•Students working on campus

Speaking of Clergy Jobs

Clergy jobs offers one of the widest varieties of occupational choices due to the fact that so many organizations and religious/spiritual groups employ members of the clergy in addition to numerous denominations that incorporate the clergy.
Members of the clergy are expected to uphold the beliefs and tenants of the religion they have chose and are additionally expected to live a moral and blameless life. This in and of itself can be very stressful.

The working hours for members of the clergy are seldom regular and many times include late night and weekend work as well as holidays. Most full time clergy find that they often work in excess of 60 hours per week preparing sermons and talking with members of their congregation.

The job duties of the clergy may also include:

•Family counseling
•Marital counseling
•Visiting the sick & elderly

It is important to recognize that some faiths have very strict restrictions regarding who may become a member of the clergy. Despite our modern age, many faiths still do not allow women to enter the clergy.

Employment Prospects for Clergy Jobs
There are numerous employment opportunities for members of the clergy; although some will face more competition than others. At the current time, the trend is toward large urban spiritual centers and it is anticipated that this will be the site for the most growth as well as the most competition. Besides various spiritual and worship centers, churches and temples individuals may find employment as members of the clergy with branches of the armed services serving as chaplains.
Seminaries and universities also employ members of the clergy to serve in both administrative and instructional capacities.  Each of the major and minor religions provide opportunity to enter the clergy; however some groups have significantly more opportunity than others. The Christian religion only has more than 70 different denominations! but there plenty of opportunities in  the Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim religions too .

Job Search for Clergy Jobs
Opportunities in the clergy field can be located in a number of different ways.

In some cases, a congregation or a committee representing the congregation will issue an open call for a pastor or clergy member. If an individual is attending seminary or some other university devoted to training for the clergy then they may check with senior professors to learn about opportunities.

Each religion, and denomination within that religion, generally has very specific entrance requirements for entering the field. The best advice for a person considering this as a clergy vocation  is to chat with a member of their own clergy regarding requirements.


Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, specialized information publisher, and  a SOHO specialist. She also  has been writing on Canada settlement and  immigration law since 2006. contact her @ You can improve your Canada job search through the   Canadian database  for Int’l  Professional or Hineni CED ,  a Paid Content   or Informational Services site run by Hineni Media.

How to go about finding work in Canada (I)

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Most people immigrating to Canada will be intending to work once they’re out there. In most cases you will need to find a job before applying for your visa (see the section on visas for more information). There are many specific skills that will see you secure a job and consequently an Canadian visa much easier and quicker than others, so take a look at the Skills List page for more information.

Canada has suffered a downturn in employment recently just like the rest of the world, however  Canada  is not yet  gone into recession. Whilst some  jobs are still down, there has been an upturn in the number of job vacancies being advertised.

There are many public and private seminars being offered throughout the country that can give you more information on how to go about finding work in Canada, with advice from  Canadian employment agencies and a chance to browse through the latest job vacancies. Click on the links below to find out more about Canadian  employment info and how they can help you find that dream job.


Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, specialized information publisher, and  a SOHO specialist. She also  has been writing on Canada settlement and  immigration law since 2006. contact her @ You can improve your Canada job search through the   Canadian database  for Int’l  Professional or Hineni CED ,  a Paid Content   or Informational Services site run by Hineni Media.

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