Citizenship and Immigration Canada Explores New Immigrant Investment Pilot

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Government working with Canadian business leaders on a new immigrant investment pilot

Last Friday, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada met with Canada’s financial capital leaders to discuss about the new immigrant investor pilot program that will bring significant investments into Canada and boost the growth of Canada’s economy.

Canadian business leaders across the country are providing advice on the key elements of a new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot led by Industry Minister James Moore. This meeting in Toronto is the first of a series of stakeholder round tables that will be held in Halifax, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver over the coming weeks.

The idea of the new Immigrant investment pilot is to be more focused and effective ensuring immigrants who come to Canada deliver real benefits to the Canadian economy.

Our government is committed to attracting business people with the right skills and bringing in new investment capital that has a real impact on our economy. We look forward to the launch of a new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot that will add true value and create a win-win scenario for both Canada and newcomers interested in making real investments in our great country.

—— Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

More information for this pilot program will be expected over the coming months. Contact us if you need further assessment.

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Canadian Government is taking action to facilitate trade and travel with Mexico

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Yesterday, the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship Canada announced a new program to facilitate trade and travel with Mexico.

Between January and April 2014, visitor visas, study and work permits issued to Mexican visitors, students and workers, are reaching a 20 percent increase from the same period last year. the Canadian Government is taking real action to make Canada’s close tourism ties with Mexico even closer.

CAN+ Program

Mexican nationals who have traveled to Canada or the United States within the last 10 years will be eligible for expedited visa processing named “Can+Program”. The Can+program will be a new option to make it easier for Mexican travelers to visit Canada.

A six-month pilot of the CAN+ program delivered real results: the CAN+ will reduce the Visa processing times for Mexican Travelers to 10 days or less.

Express Programs to Mexican Nationals

Citizenship and Immigration Canada also offers three “Express” programs that help Mexican business people, tourist groups and students come to Canada faster:

Business Express

This program allows business traveler from Mexico to apply for visas that will be issued within days with a near-perfect approval rate for applicants who registered in the program.

Travel Express 

This program offers a fast, simplified visa application process for tourists who use travel agencies registered with the Canadian Embassy.

Mexican Student Pilot

This pilot program designed for Mexican students, which fast-tracks the processing of study permits with a near-perfect approval rate for students who study at participating Canadian educational institutions.


“Our government is opening the door to economic growth while protecting the integrity of Canada’s immigration system. By making the CAN+ program permanent, our government is making it easier and faster for Mexican travellers to come to Canada to do business, visit family or friends, or bolster Canada’s tourism industry. This will further strengthen relations with our valued NAFTA partner and will help foster economic growth in both our countries.” Said Minister Alexander, Immigration and Citizenship Canada.

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