MANILA, October 10, 2005
 (STAR) By Ehda M. Dago-oc The Freeman - Canada is not just a great place to live in, but also a fertile foreign destination for investments and budding market to penetrate.

A Filipina Canadian business immigration consultant lawyer Josephine Taņada Yam was recently here in Cebu to orient businessmen on the great investment prospects in Canada while maintaining operations in the Philippines at the same time.

In Canada's era of migration, Yam said that businessmen and entrepreneurs must take advantage of the robust economic growth in Canada, and now is the time to start doing trade partnership in that country.

Yam presented the attractive Canadian Investment Program to allow successful business persons to benefit from the robust economic growth in the country, while getting the superior workforce pool.

Through Canada's brain-gain effort boosted by its friendly migration processes inviting professionals around the world to migrate in Canada, the country is now one of the sources of superior personnel pool around the world.

Canada, which has also the largest number of Asian immigrants including Filipinos, can also be a good market for Cebuanos to aggressively enter into.

Through the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) in cooperation with the Cebu-Canada Business Council, Cebuano businessmen were able to take a glimpse of Canada's business immigration process, and the country's strong economic landscape for business.

Canada's Immigrant Investor Programs are structured and guaranteed by the Governments of Canada and Quebec. They allow experienced business people and government managers, together with their families, with the unique opportunity to immigrate, while doing business in North America.

From its inception in 1986 until the present, the programs have successfully attracted more than 20,000 Immigrant Investors from all over the world. It has generated over $6 billion to the Canadian economy.

Yam who heads the Canadian Business immigration law firm that is focused on the Canadian Immigration Investor Programs, said that Filipinos with its known innovative entrepreneurship spirit can be a successful business player in Canada, if they act as early as now and share the economic growth in this country.

She said a Filipino businessman does not have to give up his Filipino citizenship to migrate to Canada to do business because its government offers dual-citizenship opportunity.

Already, some Chinese and Indian businessmen have established their companies, mostly offering offshore services around the world, and getting the superior employee base who are mostly Asians.

Currently, there are about 500,000 Filipinos who are working, doing business and living in Canada.

Canada has a land area of 10 million square meters making it one of the largest economies in the world. With only 31.7 million population, the country is inviting immigrants especially those who can well contribute to its growing economy.

Canada is the world's leader in software development, telecommunication, aerospace, urban transport, biotechnology, mining technology and environmental industries.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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