Where To Live, Work and Invest In British Columbia, Canada

Are you willing to migrate in British Columbia, Canada. Willing to live in Vancouver? You will surely come across many questions,such as ʺWhat does the Canadian aliens department require for a work & business?”, ʺHow do I “survive” a Canadian winter & summers?ʺ, or ”What can other people recommend for moving business in town?”
Looking for all of the information that is important for living and working, investing in Vancouver can take you hours. However, by using our expertise & guidance you can greatly simplify your relocation & migrate to Vancouver, British Columbia. A peep into Histroy of British Coulmbia, Vancouver diversity and top tips about Invest & Immigrate – this article deals with all…

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.1 million as of 2019, it is Canada’s third-most populous province. The first British settlement in the area was Fort Victoria,established in 1843, which gave rise to the City of Victoria, at first the capital of the separate Colony of Vancouver Island.In 1866, Vancouver Island became part of the colony of British Columbia, and Victoria became the united colony’s capital. In 1871, British Columbia became the sixth province of Canada. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria,the fifteenth-largest metropolitan region in Canada,named for Queen Victoria, who ruled during the creation of the original colonies. The largest city is Vancouver, the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada, the largest in Western Canada,and the second-largest in the Pacific Northwest.
British Columbia, westernmost of Canada’s 10 provinces. It is bounded to the north by Yukon and the Northwest Territories, to the east by the province of Alberta, to the south by the U.S. states of Montana, Idaho, and Washington, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean and the southern panhandle region of the U.S. state of Alaska. It stretches some 730 miles (1,180 km) from north to south and 640 miles (1,030 km) from east to west at its widest point. The land has a diversity of climate and scenery unparalleled in Canada, from the island-studded and indented coast to the great peaks of the western continental cordilleras, with their large interior plateaus. British Columbia experiences a variety of climates. Some climatologists have claimed that, in its temperature, humidity, and variability, the southwestern corner of the province, tempered by the current, has one of the most favourable climates for people, plants, and animals. Summers are comfortably cool, while winters are not severe; temperatures seldom drop to 0 °F (−18 °C). In the Okanagan and Cariboo regions to the east, wider variations are recorded; summers are hot and winters are colder. Still farther east, up against the Rockies, similar temperature ranges prevail but with considerably heavier snowfalls. In the northern interior and Peace River country, severely cold winters and hot summers are normal.
Vancouver a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city,up from 603,502 in 2011. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada.Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada, with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America,behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco,and Mexico City. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada: 52% of its residents are not native English speakers,48.9% are native speakers of neither English nor French, and 50.6% of residents belong to visible minority groups.Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life,and the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city ranked among the top ten of the world’s most well-living cities for ten consecutive years. In 2011, the city planned to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Vancouverism is the city’s urban planning design philosophy.

At a Glance:
• Vancouver is a very multicultural city, with a growing number of the population speaking languages other than English and French.

• The weather is much more moderate in Vancouver than in other Canadian cities.

• The city has an extremely high standard of healthcare, with some of the best children’s hospitals in the world.

• Public schools are mostly free, however there are tuition fees for international students.

Vancouver has changed tremendously over the last 150 years: From a small settlement around a logging sawmill, the city has grown into an international metropolis. Over 2.6 million residents are currently living in Vancouver and its surroundings.What is it about the city that attracts scores of expats every year? A major factor probably is the top notch quality of life there: for more than a decade, the city has ranked among the top ten of the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, ending up fifth in the 2017 edition. Factors such as healthcare, education, safety, and infrastructure all contribute to making Vancouver so attractive.The city itself is characterized by its multicultural atmosphere. In recent decades, people from all over the world, particularly Asia, have shown great interest in Vancouver. Today, close to half of the population speaks a language other than English as their first language. There are currently 7.6 million speakers of non-official languages, with Arabic being the fastest growing language. Neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Punjabi Market or Little Italy make living in Vancouver a highly multicultural experience.

Make Sure You’re Insured: The Public Healthcare System .

Basic medical care for people living in Vancouver is covered by the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia (MSP). The MSP is financed by taxes and transfers from the federal government. In addition, there are monthly premiums to be paid by every insured person, based on family size and income. For example, for those with a net income of 30,000 CAD or more, monthly premiums range from 35 CAD for one person to 150 CAD for a family of three or more.
Expatriates living in Vancouver are also eligible for MSP-coverage, provided that their work permit is valid for more than six months. However, there is a three-month waiting period for newly arrived residents before they can be included. It is therefore important to
(1) apply for the MSP immediately after your arrival and
(2) get private healthcare coverage for the first three months.

It Pays Off: Your Healthcare Benefits.

For expats covered by the MSP, basic medical care is free.This includes general practitioner and specialist treatment, diagnostic x-ray and laboratory services, surgery and maternity care. Physicians are normally paid directly by the MSP. If a physician has opted out of the MSP, patients have to pay for medical services, but can claim reimbursement for benefits covered by insurance afterwards.
However, patients must pay for additional treatment such as dental care, prescription medication, physiotherapy and chiropractics. Many employers, however, offer extended healthcare benefit plans to expat employees. These may cover some or all of the abovementioned treatments.

In Good Hands: Doctors and Emergency Care.

One of the many benefits that come with living in Vancouver is the high standard of healthcare. The city has some of the province’s best hospitals, including British Columbia’s most renowned children’s hospital as well as the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. The latter is devoted primarily to women’s health and newborns.
While you are living in Vancouver, your first contact in case of illness is usually your family doctor. To see any type of specialist, a referral from a general practitioner is required. Word of mouth from other expats is usually the surest way to find a good family doctor. You can also check the family physician finder provided by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
In addition to regular family doctors, there are quite a few walk-in clinics. These basically provide the same care as family physicians.

The Owner Operator LMIA is one of the most useful tools for Business Immigrants who can meet the Express Entry requirements as it helps in improving Comprehensive Score Rating CRS.

Work permits may be issued to foreign nationals whose proposed Canadian employer has obtained an opinion from Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”), which ensures that the job offer is genuine; and would likely have a neutral or positive effect on the Canadian Labour market.

There are a few Important things to note:

• Start-up issues: It may be difficult for a start-up business to qualify, as it would not be “actively engaged in the business”. It is possible to get Owner Operator LMIA for a start-up, but the clients should made some investments in leasehold improvements and equipments & machines and show some running operations before the application assessment is made.

• Business Purchases: It would thus be easier to purchase a business rather than start up a new Enterprise, as you could show that the business was “actively engaged or running condition” in the business.

• Role of the Owner Operator prior to LMIA approval: An interesting issue arises with respect to the Owner Operator’s role. While one may be able to show that the employer company which the Owner Operator wishes to purchase is “actively engaged in the business”, is it necessary to show that the proposed Owner Operator is already involved in the business & business is running sucessfully.

• Owner Operator’s future role: Applicants would need to show that they are needed in the business. In one application we had, our client’s business already had a manager, and the Officer questioned the need for our client to be in Canada. We submitted that the things the Canadian manager could do were limited, and that the business needed to have an Owner Operator to really take overall responsibility & critical business decision.

• Ability to afford Owner Operator: Ensure that the company has sufficient financial resources & financial backing to be able to hire (and pay) the Owner Operator, especially if there is a salaries committed to.

• Compliance with Employment laws: Ensure that the business being purchased has been duly compliant, & duly due diligence time to time, in so far as recruiting and employment laws. This appears to be broader than the “blacklist” by ESDC.

• LMIA Exempt Work Permits for Start-ups: If the client really wished to start a particular business from scratch, it may be better to have him/her obtain a Work Permit as a Free Trade Investor or one of the LMIA Exempt categories first, and then apply for the Owner Operator LMIA after the business has been established and operating.

Author : 

Sanjeev Jain,

A thorough professional, is International Business Consultant with Ace Advisors India, www.aceadvisorsindia.com, You can reach him at aceadvisorsindia@gmail.com, Instagram: sanjeevjain2802, aceadvisorsasia



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