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Permanent residence Canada – Expres Entry

It is a federal immigration program used to manage applications for permanent residence in one of the following categories:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

This program is also used by the Canadian provinces and territories to recruit candidates from the Express entry system through the provincial nominee programs.

Candidates are evaluated based on several criterion: skills, work experience, language ability, education and any other details that that will help CIC to assess them.

The points are granted based on the candidate profile information.

The candidates with the highest score will receive ITA (Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency).

Additional points are allotted for:

  • Study in Canada
  • Valid job offer
  • Nomination by a Provence or territory

All applicants for permanent residence also need to meet eligibility and admissibility requirements under the Canadian immigration law (IRPA).

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Are you ready to export?

Currently the world’s 11th largest economy, Canada could be the largest trading partner for EU due to CETA. Canada has a top-class infrastructure, a strong consumer base, a highly educated workforce and a strong banking system.

Are you ready to export?

Though the potential rewards are great, exporting is not without risks. Businesses that jump in too early run the risk of jeopardizing their current business activities. Before taking on this activity, you may want to see if you are export-ready.

Points to consider before exporting

Your first step to exporting is to think about the resources and knowledge your business already has and to consider changes you may need to make. Consider the following:

Expectations

  • Are your export objectives clear and achievable?
  • Do you have a realistic idea of what exporting entails and what it takes to succeed?
  • Are you open to new ways of doing business?

Human resources

Can your staff handle the extra demand associated with exporting?

  • Is your team committed to succeeding in new markets?
  • Can you respond quickly to customer inquiries?
  • Do you have personnel with culturally-sensitive marketing skills?
  • How will you deal with language barriers?

Financial and legal resources

  • Can you obtain enough capital or lines of credit to produce the product or deliver the service?
  • Will you find ways to reduce the financial risks of international trade?
  • Do you have people to advise you on the legal and tax implications of exporting?
  • How will you deal with different monetary systems?
  • Is your intellectual property protected?

Competitiveness

  • Have you the resources to do market research?
  • How do you plan to enter export markets?
  • Is your product or service viable in your target market?

Customer profile

  • Who already uses your product or service?
  • Is it in broad general use or limited to a particular group?
  • Is it popular with a certain age group?
  • Are there other significant demographic patterns to its use?
  • What climatic or geographic factors affect the use of your product or service?

Product modification

  • Are modifications required to make it appeal to foreign customers?
  • What is its shelf life? Will this be reduced by time in transit?
  • Is the packaging expensive? Can it be easily modified to satisfy the demands of foreign customers?
  • Is special documentation required? Does it need to meet any technical or regulatory requirements?

Transportation

  • How easily can your product be transported?
  • Would transportation costs make competitive pricing a problem?

Local representation

  • Does your product require professional assembly or other technical skills?
  • Is after-sales service needed? If so, is it available locally or do you have to provide it? Do you have the resources to do this?

Exporting services

  • If you are exporting services, what is unique or special about them?
  • Are your services considered to be world-class?
  • Do you need to modify your services to allow for differences in language, culture, or business environment?
  • How do you plan to deliver your services: in person, with a local partner, or electronically?

Capacity

  • Can you serve both your existing domestic customers and your new foreign clients?
  • Will you be able to look after your export customers if domestic demand increases, or vice versa?

What shipping information you should know before going to Canada?

Companies need to understand their shipping choices so they can choose the most efficient option for them – whether it’s express or longer-term ground shipping. UPS offers an option called UPS Trade Direct, which bundles shipments together so they can cross the border as one, cost-effective shipment before being broken down into individual orders. Ultimately, there are many choices that can fit an exporter’s need. There is a customs challenge that is unique to Canada. When shipping a package to Canada, the importer is responsible for the clearance unless other arrangements are made. If the exporter doesn’t want Canadian customers to take this on, the EU exporter can register as a non-resident importer. 

Advice: rather than trying to navigate these protocols themselves, small businesses should choose a shipping partner to establish the process that’s best for them.

What should EU-based small businesses look for in a logistics partner?

It’s imperative to work with someone who understands Canada and the specific needs and challenges companies have when they ship north of the border. They need to be sure that their partner can deliver to every address. There are a lot of regional carriers that don’t deliver everywhere, so shipments may change hands several times. It’s also important for businesses to ask a prospective logistics partner what tools they have to help them export. For example, do they have a tool that tallies the exact door-to-door shipping costs, including customs fees and taxes, known as “landed costs?” Do they have tracking tools that enable you to keep tabs on your package at any time?

If you answered to these question, prepare to start growth for your business.

The benefits of CETA

The EU recently concluded a new free trade deal with Canada – the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA for short. The deal will bring benefits for people and businesses across Europe. It will help to generate growth and jobs by:

  • boosting exports
  • lowering the cost of the inputs businesses need to make their products
  • offering greater choice for consumers, and
  • upholding the EU’s strict standards for products.
  1. Helping to generate growth and higher-paid jobs

CETA could help to boost growth and jobs across Europe. Other free trade deals that the EU has recently struck are doing exactly that. Take the one with South Korea, for example. In the four years after the agreement came into force, EU exports to South Korea rose fast – in goods by 55%, and in services by over 40%. Independent studies confirm that CETA could boost trade and investment even more.

What’s more, every €1 bn in exports from the EU supports on average around 14,000 jobs. And such jobs tend to be higher paid than ones which don’t rely on exports – up to 15% more for higher-skill ones.

  1. Creating a level playing field for European companies, big and small

Thanks to CETA, Canadian and EU businesses will now compete on a truly level playing-field. That will create a host of new opportunities on the Canadian market for EU companies, especially smaller ones with up to 250 employees, which together account for 99% of all companies in Europe. In fact, with CETA Canada has agreed to give EU companies better conditions for doing business than it gives to companies from other countries.

  1. Lowering prices and widening choice for Europe’s consumers

CETA will directly benefit Europe’s consumers. That’s because it will scrap or cut almost all the customs duties which EU importers have to pay on goods coming from Canada. And it will do so as soon as it comes into effect.

That should lead to:

  • lower costs to businesses for the inputs they need to make their final products
  • lower prices and a wider choice of goods and services for consumers across the EU.
  1. Cutting customs duties for exporters and importers

CETA will also save money for businesses across Europe. The cuts in customs duties which CETA will bring in could save European exporters hundreds of millions of euros each year.

Importers in Europe will benefit too, as the cost of parts, components and other

inputs they use to make their products falls. This will in turn create big opportunities for European firms, especially smaller ones, enabling them to grow and hire more staff.

  1. Cutting costs for EU businesses – without cutting corners on standards

CETA would help cut costs for EU firms that export to Canada, especially smaller ones, in another way, too. It involves so-called conformity assessment certificates. These prove that a product has been tested and meets:

  • the relevant technical rules and regulations and
  • any health, safety, consumer protection or environmental standards that also apply.

With CETA, the EU and Canada have now agreed to accept each other’s conformity assessment certificates for products ranging from electrical goods to toys. So, for example, an EU firm that wants to sell a toy in Canada will only need to get its product tested once, in Europe, where it can already obtain a certificate valid for Canada. That will save it time and money.

  1. Enabling EU firms to sell services in Canada

Services make up three-quarters of Europe’s economy. And EU companies are world leaders in many service industries. Thanks to CETA, they’ll soon have new opportunities and better conditions for doing business in Canada in areas like:

  • telecoms
  • finance
  • professional services, such as accountancy and engineering
  • environmental services, such as waste water treatment
  • container shipping
  • dredging.
  1. Allowing EU firms to bid for Canadian public contracts

With CETA, EU firms now have a better chance of competing for Canadian government contracts. Every year, Canada’s federal government, provinces and municipalities buy goods and services worth over €30 billion from private companies. They issue public contracts or tenders which companies then bid for. Canada will now open up more of these tenders to companies from the EU than to companies from any of its other trading partners.

EU firms will be able to bid to provide goods and services in many more public tenders issued by:

  • the federal government
  • Canada’s provinces and
  • Canadian cities and towns.

EU firms are highly competitive in many areas which these tenders cover, such as building or upgrading roads, ports or other infrastructure.

What’s more, Canada’s provincial governments buy goods and services worth double what the federal government buys. And CETA means EU firms will now be able to bid for them. Canada has also pledged to make it easier to find out about its public contracts, by making them all available in one place online, like in the EU.

  1. Helping Europe’s rural communities market distinctive food and drinks

CETA will help food and drink producers across Europe, many of whom are based in small rural communities. That’s because Canada has agreed to protect over 140 European geographical indications, or GIs. These are names of high quality food and drink products linked to the regions where the products are made.

They help local producers to:

  • market their products more effectively
  • emphasise their distinctive nature, quality and heritage.

There are thousands of GI products in Europe, but only a few are exported overseas. The EU’s goal is to protect these from imitations. CETA will cover all kinds of products, from Roquefort and Gouda cheeses from France and the Netherlands, to Prosciutto di Parma ham from Italy. It will make sure only genuine products can be sold in Canada under those names. And it will strengthen border checks to stop fake food or drink products wrongly claiming to be from a particular EU region from being sold in Canada.

  1. Protecting Europe’s innovators and artists

CETA will help ensure that innovative companies, musicians and other people working in the creative industries are properly rewarded for their work.

Canada will do more to protect their research and creativity – also known as their intellectual property – by:

  • aligning its rules with those of the EU in areas like patents, designs and copyright
  • enforcing those rules more strongly. Canada will also strengthen its border checks to combat fake (counterfeit) or pirated goods.
  1. Recognising each other’s professional qualifications

CETA could pave the way for professionals from Europe to find new job opportunities in Canada. At the moment, Europeans working in regulated professions, such as architects, accountants and engineers, can’t practise in Canada because Canada doesn’t recognize their qualifications. The same is true in reverse for Canadians wanting to practice in the EU. CETA could change that. Both the EU and Canada have organisations which represent those professions, and CETA gives them a framework for negotiating agreements which would recognize each other’s qualifications. Then the authorities in Canada and the EU will take up these agreements and make them apply legally.

  1. Encouraging Canadian companies to invest more in Europe

Canadian companies already invest a lot in the EU – €14 billion in 2014 alone. That helps create jobs and growth. And when they decide to set up business in Europe, they often need to send over key staff, such as senior executives or technical experts, to help get things up and running.

CETA will encourage more job-creating investment in Europe by making it easier for Canadian firms to temporarily transfer their key staff to the EU. The same is true, of course, for EU firms setting up in Canada.

CETA will also make it easier for them to send key staff to Canada for a limited period. That in turn will help EU companies expand.

  1. Protecting people’s rights at work, and the environment

CETA is a truly progressive agreement. In it the EU and Canada have:

  • reaffirmed commitments that they’ve already made to respect international rules on protecting people’s rights at work and environment and
  • guaranteed to each other that they won’t go back on them.

CETA also gives a strong role to business associations, trade unions, environmental groups and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in both the EU and Canada in helping to put these commitments into practice.

 

Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2016