On November 27, 2018, CKR Law's Canadian Law Group traveled to São Paulo, Brazil during the City's renowned Tech Week. CKR's Canadian Partner, Véronique Malka, was a guest speaker at the CCBC (Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada), providing an overview of the options to move to Canada to an audience of over 100 Brazilian start-up representatives. Our panel also featured Jean-David Cohen, former PwC analyst in Canada and now in charge of preparing immigration business plans; Trinity Zhang, a dual licensed Canada-US tax advisor based in Toronto; and Sharon Druker, CKR's trusted Canadian corporate lawyer, based in Montreal.
Introduced by CKR's Brazil partner, Allen Moreland, our panelists presented their holistic and innovative approach to those interested in bringing Brazilian talent to Canada. Topics covered include an overview of life for Brazilians in Canada, top immigration programs such as the Start-Up visa, ideas on how to choose a Province, discussion of the tax impacts of moving from Brazil to Canada, and much more.
The audience also heard from a Brazilian national who participated in the Start-Up visa program. His company does process digitization and received immediate support from a University of Toronto accelerator in its initial stages. The speaker acknowledged when they approached the Canadian incubator with their business idea, they did not have any clients yet. Despite its very early stage of operations, the company successfully set itself up in Ontario and one of the two partners moved from Brazil with his family to reside in Oshawa.
Our panel was joined by a representative of the Canadian Embassy in Brazil and by Guillaume Legare, Brazil representative of the National Bank of Canada.
In a time where immigration to the USA presents so many limits, Canada is an open and welcoming destination for people and businesses alike. Canadians welcome innovation, and the Silicon Valley of the North in Ontario is "open for business." The Start-up visa requires a low level of investment, together with a carefully crafted and innovative concept. If done correctly, this can lead to a permanent status for a foreign national in as little as 12-16 months.
Our Canadian Law Group encourages those with an interest in Canada to consult with a CKR Mobility expert. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.