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‘Holidaying Canadians Can Boost Business Avenues’

Published: 17th January 2015 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th January 2015 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: If more Canadians forsake the sunny shores of Florida for the more rugged beaches of the Marina coastline, the State could stand to profit through business opportunities, according to Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.

Speaking to Express after a whirlwind visit with Chief Minister O Panneerselvam,  Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander explained, “Tourism can have a great effect on business because people who like a place and get to know it, tend to come back for business.”

He added, “Tourism should be a two-way street. There are a lot of people who spend their winters in Florida when it gets bitingly cold in Canada. But once they get to see Tamil Nadu, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t spend their tourism dollars here. Bilateral relations have to be mutually beneficial, after all.”

Despite being delayed by the smog that hit the airport on Wednesday morning, he said that they had just about managed to make their appointment at the State Secretariat.

“There was a clear invitation to scale up our participation in industries and IT and he highlighted stability that is given to companies here. Because of India’s vibrant growth path, the companies are growing here. We’re looking at the Investor’s Summit in May as an opportunity to mobilise existing companies and new companies that don’t operate in TN, to show them what’s available,” he said of the proceedings of the meeting.

Two weeks after they’ve implemented his ambitious ‘Express Entry’ system - that guarantees immigration for people within six months if their profile is selected by an employer who requires their skill set, he said, “The response has been very positive. The system worked and people on the first day were able to get online and get into the pool. I think the first person was Indian,” he said and added with a short laugh, “Surprise surprise!”

People interested in immigrating to Canada will fill out profiles on their website, which will go into a common pool, accessible to all Canadian recruiters.

“You’re drawn out of the pool in weeks and then you submit an application. And when you do, you have a high degree of assurance that it will happen. The interest among employers in Canada is enormous. We heard it from tech companies in Bangalore and manufacturers here, that it’s exciting.”

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