New Canadian Immigration Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa to Launch April 1, 2013

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced a new Canadian Immigration Entrepreneur program to attract innovative, talented foreign entrepreneurs to Canada. The Start-Up Visa Program will launch on April 1, 2013 and will link immigrant entrepreneurs with Canadian private sector organizations that are experienced in working with start-up companies. These entrepreneurs will be eligible for permanent residency.

Canadian Immigrant Entrepreneurs must have the support of a Canadian angel investor group or venture capital fund before they can apply to the Start-Up Visa Program. The initial umbrella groups that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will work with to get this program running are Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, National Angel Capital Organization and Canadian Association of Business Incubation. These associations’ members will have the opportunity to participate in the Start-Up Program.

This is one more step the Government of Canada is taking to transform Canada’s Immigration System.  By providing immigrant entrepreneurs with permanent residency and support and resources from Canada business associations experienced in start-ups, Canada  hopes to attract the best talent and make Canada a top destination for start-ups.

The program will open for Applications on April 1, 2013. For the news release, visit: Citizenship and Immigration Canada


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Bell Alliance at ExpoPlaza Latina – February 7th 2013

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Bell Alliance will be attending ExpoPlaza Latina on Thursday February 7th 2013 at SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver. As well as attending, Bell Alliance is a proud main sponsor of the event and Richard Bell will also be speaking on the expert panel for the discussion ‘How to fill the Labour Gap for Mining & Construction in Canada’.

In all, there are four panel discussions featuring speakers from the BC Government, US Government, GoldCorp Inc, Accenture, DFAIT, SFU Beedie School of Business, Peruvian Legal Network, and various CEOs of Latin American and sustainability companies.

Bell Alliance is excited about the potential of this event and the strength of the emerging Latin American markets. Latin America’s combined GDP grew by 14% in 2011 and represents an up-and-coming area of the world where expertise and business partnerships are in-demand.

Three of Latin America’s leading industries: mining, construction and green technology are the focus of ExpoPlaza Latina. If you are a professional in one of these industries, an investor or someone interested in international trade, this is a unique event that you must attend.

For more information, please go to or contact Andrew Jackson at (1-604-500-2930). 

ExpoPlaza Latina is also on Twitter at @ExpoPlazaLatina.

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