Entrepreneur and Investor Immigration: Creating Jobs and Growth

The Conference Board of Canada, 94 pages, May 2, 2017
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This report provides policy insights and suggestions to help strengthen entrepreneur and investor immigration’s role in supporting job creation and economic growth in Canada.

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Due to its aging population and low birth rate, Canada is going to rely increasingly on immigrants for its economic development, so it must maximize immigration’s economic benefits. One major way it can do so is by improving its business immigration policies. Since 1978, Canada has operated entrepreneur and investor programs to support economic development but has had limited success. Reasons include difficulties identifying the best immigrant selection criteria, low interest rates, fraud, low immigrant retention rates, the administrative burden of monitoring programs, public concerns about investor programs, and increasing global competition. This report provides policy insights and suggestions to help strengthen entrepreneur and investor immigration’s role in supporting job creation and economic growth in Canada. It is an outcome of The Conference Board of Canada’s Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit in Toronto on December 6 and 7, 2016.

Table of Contents

RÉSUMÉ

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Chapter 1–Introduction

Chapter 2–Background

  • Canadian Context
  • The Global Boom
  • Canada vs. the World

Chapter 3–Entrepreneur Immigration

  • Start-up Visa
  • Provincial/Territorial Cases
  • Suggestions

Chapter 4–Investor Immigration

  • Facts and Figures
  • Policy Considerations
  • Suggestions

Chapter 5–Addressing the Challenges

  • Business Immigrant Supports
  • Addressing the Challenges
  • Suggestions

Chapter 6–Addressing the Challenges

  • Summary of Delegate Recommendations

Appendix A–Summit Presentations and Agenda

Appendix B–Bibliography

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