Canada asks for views on 'entrepreneurs' visas'
Canada's Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has begun a programme of consultations in the country over whether the country should embark on a new programme aimed at attracting entrepreneurs from overseas.
Kenney wants the country to adopt a speedy, flexible system which puts the creation of jobs and prosperity in the forefront of decisions over whether to admit applicants looking to move to Canada.
Introducing the consultation programme, Mr Kenney said: "Canada cannot afford to lose out in the competition for foreign entrepreneurs among immigrant-receiving countries."
He added: "We need to proactively target a new type of immigrant entrepreneur who has the potential to build innovative companies that can compete on a global scale and create jobs for Canadians."
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the body responsible for drawing up policy in this area, is to start talks with various industry association over the coming months about drawing up a start-up visa system aimed at entrepreneurs, and giving them the chance to form partnerships with existing organisations specialising in working with and supporting fledgling companies.
A new short-term visa programme, allowing a set number of applicants into the country on a five-year permit provided they can prove they intend to make a positive economic contribution by setting up their own businesses, is likely to be trialled.
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