Promoting Canada as a Destination for Chinese Business People, Students
OTTAWA, March 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration
Minister Chris Alexander will travel to Hong Kong and Shanghai this
week to highlight the many opportunities that exist for Chinese
businesses, students and travellers in Canada.
The relationship between China and Canada continues to flourish. In
2013, more than 270,000 visitor visas were issued to Chinese travellers
and almost 34,000 Chinese became Canadian permanent residents. For the
last 15 years, China has been one of the top source countries for
permanent residents to Canada, just one of many indicators of the
strong people-to-people ties linking our two countries.
During the visit, Minister Alexander will promote the government's
efforts to build a fast and flexible immigration system with a primary
focus on meeting Canada's economic and labour market needs. Alexander
will also discuss the current and future pathways to permanent
residency that are available to businesses, families and students who
wish to settle, study or do business in Canada.
In Hong Kong, Minister Alexander will meet with Lai Tung-kwok, the
Secretary for Security for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,
before laying a wreath at the Sai Wan Cemetery, where the graves of
some 280 Canadian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice are found.
In Shanghai, Alexander will focus on international education. Nearly
29,000 Chinese students entered Canada in 2013, marking the fifth
consecutive year that China has been the top source country for
international students to Canada. Alexander will speak at Fudan
University and at the China International Education Exhibition Tour
education fair, as well as participating in events at the Shanghai
Redleaf Women's Hospital and the Shanghai University of International
Business and Economics to celebrate programs of co-operation, in
nursing and finance, between those institutions and British Columbia's
In 2013, the top source countries for the Canadian Experience Class were
India, the Philippines and China.
Nearly 29,000 Chinese students entered Canada in 2013, the fifth
straight year that China has been the top source country for students.
In 2013, China was the top source country for new permanent resident
admissions to Canada with almost 34,000.
"China's importance as a source country for Canada's immigration
programs is reflected in the generations of Canadians with ancestral
roots in China. Chinese-Canadians, Chinese permanent residents and the
hundreds of thousands of Chinese visitors who come to Canada each year,
together, make significant contributions to Canadian society.
"With the exciting—and indeed transformational—changes we are making to
Canada's immigration system, our government wants to ensure that
Chinese applicants are aware of the many opportunities that exist for
them in Canada, now and in the future."
Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister
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