Living Canada, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the right of all citizens and permanent residents of Canada to move to and take up residence in any province, and to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.
Canada ranks sixth in the world in standard of living (measured according to gross domestic product per capita), behind only the United States, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany and Japan. Canada’s rank among nations tends to rise even higher in assessments that consider gross domestic product per capita along with other factors (e.g., life expectancy, education) that contribute to the overall quality of life.
With a population of 31 million, Canada is one of the world’s largest economies. A member of the G7 group of leading industrial countries, Canada enjoys an enviable standard of living, an excellent infrastructure, a highly educated and skilled labour force as well as a well-deserved reputation as a successful trading nation.
Canada is generally known for its tremendous natural beauty and its geographic diversity. Canadians enjoy an exceptionally high quality of life, with a high standard of medical care, social benefits and educational institutions. Canadian cities are clean and safe compared to their American or European counterparts.
*This information was provided in part by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Website, Communication Canada and Heritage Canada.
Quebec is a democratic, modern and industrialized society that has developed institutions and services to ensure the safety and well being of the population. Safe cities, attractive career prospects in leading industries and the friendliness of the Quebec people make Quebec a welcoming place to live and work.
In our financing under the Immigrant Investor Program, it isn’t surprising to find a multitude of independent businesses run by immigrants, many of whom have chosen Quebec as the headquarters for ventures that are now prospering across North America, and even worldwide. Why do these immigrants choose Montreal and Quebec as their haven? Because Montreal and Quebec are recognized internationally as a hub in many economic sectors, especially the knowledge-based economy. Governments have confirmed their support for the knowledge-based economy by setting up many assistance programs, among the most generous in Canada.
Immigrant investors may have many needs in their business relationships: they may be planning to set up a business in Quebec and are looking for financing; they may be interested in a strategic alliance with a Canadian company; or they may be seeking advice to manage their wealth. For immigrant investors unfamiliar with Quebec’s economic realities, all these approaches may be very complicated in a city as sophisticated as Montreal. This metropolis is home to over a hundred member companies of the International Financial Centre and a high proportion of Canadian venture capital firms. The role of a major independent broker can then be very useful.