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Schemes launched in Canada to attract more expats

Canada has launched two new schemes to attract more foreign workers to the country in 2014, as part of a push to boost economic growth.

There are a number of gaps in the labour market that could be filled by people with skills from overseas, putting expatriates in high demand.

Canada is already a popular destination for Brits looking to relocate, but the new schemes are likely to heighten this effect even more.

Up to 15,000 new residents could set up life in the country under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) initiative, reports the Telegraph.

It allows those with a year's worth of skilled work experience in Canada who meet a minimum language requirement to obtain permanent resident status.

This will likely appeal to graduates and those already working in the country on a temporary basis who have found the way of life suits them.

Alternatively, there is the Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP), which sees expats filling the skills gap in locations across Canada, not just the big cities.

In 2000 the PNP saw 1,250 immigrants enter the country, while that number had risen to 41,000 by 2013.

Chris Alexander, Canada's citizenship and immigration minister, told the news provider: "Securing economic growth is and will remain our government’s top priority.

"Canada is in a global competition for the best and brightest immigrants, and this plan is crafted with attracting the people we need for Canada to succeed."

He went on to say that the drive to attract the best global talent will continue up until 2015.

Entrepreneurs are also being encouraged to base their operations in Canada with an extension to the Start-Up Visa Program, which will allow 2,700 people to begin a new venture or invest in a local start-up annually for five years.

With some businesspeople wishing to move to Canada having to wait up to eight years in the past to have their applications processed, the move is likely to be a popular one.

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