The recently re-vamped entrepreneur immigration program is getting another boost, as Ottawa has announced plans to include mentorship in the program.
The new start up visa program, launched earlier this year, will now offer newcomers the chance to partner with Canadian “business incubators,” which will offer guidance throughout the start-up process.
“Connecting immigrant entrepreneurs with Canada’s accredited business incubators will broaden our respective networks and bring us all to the next level,” said David McNamara, president of the Canadian Association of Business Incubators.
The CABI will work with the Department of Immigration to pair up potential immigrant entrepreneurs with appropriate incubator programs, depending on where they wish to go in Canada and which industry they are targeting.
The Department of Immigration has also indicated that they are working on further partnerships to incorporate into the start up visa program as incentive to attract young entrepreneurs in the competitive global market.
“As part of our government’s focus on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, it is critical for Canada to attract the best entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world,” said Immigration Minister Chris Alexander upon announcing the new partnership.
Source: National Post