By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, January 29, 2013
The Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Mr. Jason Kenney, announced the launching, starting from April 1, of a new Visa program to recruit innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who can create new job opportunities and boost economic growth .
Canada is remodeling its immigration policy in order to meet its economic needs through a more selective immigration.
“Our new Start-Up Visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest to launch their companies,” said Mr. Kenney.
The new program aims at selecting innovative entrepreneurs who can start their business in Canada with the support of Canadian organizations.
In this regard, Mr. Kinney said “Recruiting dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world will help Canada remain competitive in the global economy.”
The Start-Up Visa Program is expected to link immigrant entrepreneurs with Canadian private sector organizations that have experience working with start-ups and who can provide essential resources.
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will collaborate with two umbrella groups: The Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) and the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO).
These groups will provide support for the entrepreneurs in order to fulfill their potential and maximize their impact on the Canadian labor market.
Canada seeks to position itself as a destination of choice for start-ups by providing a monitored immigration.
The selected entrepreneurs will be granted a permanent residency and an immediate access to a wide range of business partners.
This new immigration policy will surely raise the interests of Moroccan entrepreneurs who seek better business environment and broader prospects for their enterprises.
Canada has enjoyed very good bilateral relations with Morocco, especially the latter is a full member of the International Organization of la Francophonie, an intergovernmental body gathering French-speaking countries.
The number of Moroccan immigrants settled in Canada is estimated to more than 100,000 Moroccans. Thus, the Moroccan community constitutes the largest North African community in Canada.
Every year, nearly 3,000 young Moroccans go to study in Canadian colleges and universities, traditionally in Quebec, but increasingly in other provinces and territories as well.
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