HSBC Expands its Immigrant Investor Program Services in Quebec



    VANCOUVER, June 11 /CNW/ - HSBC Trust Company (Canada), a subsidiary of
HSBC Bank Canada, has opened a new office at 300 - 2001 McGill College Avenue
in Montreal, Quebec to provide Quebec Immigrant Investor Program services.
    Miguel Barrieras, Senior Vice President, Quebec & Atlantic Regions, HSBC
Bank Canada, said: "As Canada's most international bank, HSBC is pleased to
open a new office in Montreal to facilitate investments in Quebec by qualified
immigrant applicants which will benefit the economy."
    The Immigrant Investor Program was created by the Quebec Government to
attract successful business immigrants and new investment capital to Quebec.
The investments under this program generate non-refundable grants that are
awarded to qualified Small and Medium Sized Enterprises based in Quebec that
have projects which will stimulate economic growth and job creation.
    Eric Major, Managing Director, Global Investor Immigration Services, HSBC
Capital (Canada) Inc., said: "HSBC has a large international network and a
powerful brand, which gives us a significant advantage in identifying
qualified immigrant applicants. Our global network works with thousands of
families each year who wish to settle in some of the world's most highly
sought destinations. The addition of Quebec to our list of destinations will
be of tremendous interest for our clients."
    Reynald Lépine, Senior Director, Quebec Investor Immigration Services,
HSBC Trust Company (Canada), manages the program in Montreal and has over 10
years experience working with immigrant investors, including investors from
China.

    For more information on the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, please
visit the website at www.investquebec.com.

    For more information on HSBC Bank Canada's Immigrant Investor Program
services, please visit www.hsbc.ca/iip

    HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 180
offices and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 10,000
offices in 83 countries and territories and assets of US$2,354 billion at
31 December, 2007, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and
financial services organizations.





For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries: Ernest Yee, Assistant Vice
President, Public Affairs, HSBC Bank Canada, (604) 641-2973; Michael Edmonds,
Senior Manager, Public Affairs, HSBC Bank Canada, (416) 868-8282


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