Canadian Entrepreneur Immigration: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Path Forward

The Conference Board of Canada, November 21, 2018
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While Canada’s immigrant intake will climb to 340,000 by 2020, the intake of entrepreneurs has declined significantly in recent decades due to the many challenges that Canada has faced. Today, the provinces and territories lead Canada’s efforts to welcome immigrant entrepreneurs, but they tend to allocate no more than 10 per cent of their total PNP allocations towards entrepreneurs. Among those entrepreneurs that do to arrive to Canada, the chances of them succeeding are low due to the various economic and social challenges that they experience and limitations in the entrepreneur programs themselves.

The Conference Board of Canada is currently conducting a major national study evaluating the latest trends, issues, and opportunities for federal and provincial entrepreneur programs across Canada. The study will also suggest new entrepreneur program ideas. Kareem El-Assal will share the Conference Board’s findings as he outlines innovative ways that Canada can improve its programs moving forward. This will include discussion on aligning entrepreneur programming with economic development priorities, improving selection criteria, reducing processing times, and better predicting the success of immigrant entrepreneurs. He will also be available to answer any questions that you may have.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60-minute recorded webinar, Kareem discusses:

  • The economic development opportunities of entrepreneur immigration
  • Why Canada has struggled to benefit from immigrant entrepreneurs since it began to welcome them in 1978
  • The current features of entrepreneur programs across Canada including their strengths and shortcomings
  • Recent intake trends and program developments
  • What Canada can do to improve its entrepreneur programs
  • Considerations we need to keep in mind to modernize selection criteria
  • Suggestions to reduce processing times
  • The features of programs that are globally competitive and attractive to entrepreneurs
  • How we can better ensure that entrepreneurs succeed including by reforming performance agreements and improving business supports

About Kareem

Kareem El-Assal is a Senior Research Associate and Senior Network Manager, Immigration. Kareem manages the Conference Board's immigration research and annual Canadian Immigration Summit. His research covers various areas including permanent resident selection, settlement and integration, temporary foreign worker programs, refugees, international students, intergovernmental relations, and entrepreneur and investor programs. He often shares the Conference Board's research findings with the media.

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