As the third largest immigrant group in Canada, Indo-Canadians are a welcome and important addition. Canada and India currently already share a strong commercial relationship, something the province of Alberta would like to capitalize on.
Alberta is currently leading a trade mission to India to try and foster strong ties in the business community, providing opportunities for Albertan and Indian businesses alike. Currently, Alberta is the only province which does not have any sales tax, has the lowest personal income rates, and is home to 60% of Canada’s crude oil reserves. Alberta’s economic environment is ideal for Indians looking to immigrate to Canada. In addition, between 2008 and 2012, Alberta provide more than $2 million CDN for humanitarian and development initiatives in India.
Currently, there are about 72,000 people of Indian decent living in Alberta, most of whom fall under the foreign worker and student categories. There are some fast-track visa processes that could be of interest to Indian individuals looking to come to Canada. The Business Express Program (BEP) was put into place to provide service advantages to qualified businesses and their employees. These services include, priority processing of visa applications and less paperwork. Also available is the Student Partners Program, the aims of which are to expedite the student visa process and deliver higher approval rates. Interested applicants apply for the program directly through the school of choice that offers the program.
To learn more about Alberta’s Trade Mission with India click here.
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