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Vancouver Chosen as Best City in the Americas

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Do you really need another reason to think about immigrating to Vancouver or coming here to work or study? If you’re still not convinced, you don’t need to take our word for what a wonderful place Canada is – Vancouver in particular. Mercer Consulting has chosen Vancouver as the city with the Highest Quality of Living in the Americas. Vancouver tied with Dusseldorf as the 5th most livable city . . . In The World.

Cities were assessed on a large number of criteria including:
Political and Social Environment, Economic Environment, Socio-Cultural Environment, Medical and Health Considerations, Public Services and Transport, Recreation, Consumer Goods, and Housing. You can read Mercer’s report at:

Premier Canadian Immigration Co-op can help you find yourself in one of the Best Cities in the World or anywhere in Canada that you choose to work, study, or live in. Why not answer a few questions on our free evaluation form ( to get you started on your new life in Canada?

We welcome any comments or questions!

Can’t I sponsor my parents to come to Canada anymore?

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada is trying to find ways to dig itself out of an enormous hole – the backlog of 1,000,000 immigrant applications of various kinds clogging up the system. CIC has put a stop to entrepreneur class applications while it figures out how to make monitoring them less time and resource intensive. It has capped annual skilled workers applications at 10,000/year, in 29 employment categories ranging from doctors to crane operators. It has capped the federal investor category at 700 applications per year. And now it has put a two-year moratorium on applications to sponsor parents and grandparents.

Does that mean that there’s no hope of bringing those family members to Canada? The answer to that is ‘yes and no’. While putting new applications on hold, CIC is also introducing a ‘Parents and Grandparents Super Visa’. While details are still being ironed out, the gist of it is that this new visitor visa will be 10-year, multiple entry, with the maximum stay per visit extended to 2 years, from the present 6 months.

Do you have any questions on the new Super Visa? Please let us know at or post your question in the comments section. We’ll be happy to provide you with all the information you need. And to read more on this topic, please check out an article by one of our directors, in the Richmond News:

International travellers love the ‘Canada’ brand

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People all over the world get all warm and fuzzy when they think of Canada, making it the most popular national ‘brand’ in the world. Add this to the United Nations’ annual Human Development Index rankings (where Canada tied for 5th with New Zealand and Ireland) and it is no mystery why the queue to immigrate to Canada keeps growing every year!

“All hail the maple leaf.

Canada has been dubbed the best country “brand” in the world for the second year in a row by an
international business consulting group.

FutureBrand has again put Canada at the top of its 2011 country brand index. It’s meant to gauge what
people immediately think of when a country’s name is mentioned, they see a picture of it or they plan a trip there. It’s based on interviews conducted with travellers from around the world.

In a statement issued by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Maxime Bernier, the federal minister of
state for small business and tourism, said: “Canada’s continued rating at the top of FutureBrand’s
country brand index is a testament to our country’s global appeal.

“We have a wealth of compelling experiences for travellers, and our government is committed to
sustaining this momentum by promoting Canada in innovative ways on the international stage.”
The tourism commission said that having this kind of appeal is not only good for attracting visitors to Canada, but it can convince people all over the world that it is a good place to conduct business and invest.

“While Canada’s tourism brand has grown into a powerful cultural force and a marketing tool to inspire visitation, it also has largely untapped potential as a lever to drive trade and investment in ideas, education and business,” commission chief executive Michele McKenzie said in a statement.

“In this period of global economic turbulence, by showing the world that Canada is a dynamic, modern
and cosmopolitan society, we’re not just inviting the world to visit us, we’re capitalizing on our positive reputation to open new doors and create new opportunities.”
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