Re: Business in Canada

Old May 9th 2003, 1:18 pm
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"Jason" wrote:
    >Hi Folks:
    >After giving up on finding a decent job in I.T., I am planning to
start a
    >business in Canada. It could be a fast food franchise, a gas station
or
    >something else. I don't know yet.
Right thinking for the start! The worst cases (lots of them) I have
seen are high-calibre immigrants who believe they are just out of luck
not finding an employment and that they should keep trying to find a
job. Many of them even believe when they are citizens, they are
Canadians treated equally as local grown (English) descendants. By the
time they become "Canadian citizens" (not "Canadian", mind you!), they
have spent all their savings and lost their before-Canada professional
skills. Life will never be the same again for them. Worse still, when
they are Canadian citizens, they start to realize the impact of
"Canadian experience & Canadian degrees" requirement they were not told
of when applying for immigration. Generally speaking, even in the good
times, Canada does not hire born-out-of-Canada, no-Canadian-degree, and
no-Canadian-experience immigrants, especially non-Cacausians, Even
businesses started/owned by non-Cacausian immigrants prefer to hire
local Caucasians first. This is the reality most skilled immigrants
were not prepared for. This is also the reason why Canada can't ramp up
its economy - failure to capitalize on the massive skilled immigrants
it attracts through advertising. Put it this way, Canada has been
admitting immigrants for the money, but not the skills, they can bring
in. This explains the gigantic gap between the qualification required
for immigration and employment. If Canada really wants skilled
immigrants to pass the basic employment threshold commensurate with
their claimed skills for immigration, Canada would simply require
"Canadian degree" and "Canadian experience", in addition to current
requirements already in place. Then again, immigration is a major
source of revenue for Canada. That's why we have a minister of
immigration. I have even seen quasi-white-supremists make a living on
immigrants, including some "immigration consultants".

Depending on the capital you have, basic need businesses, ie, food,
cloth, etc. are always safe play for an entrepreneur, compared to other
fancy "IT" businesses which, as most Canadian industries, depend too
much on US market demand. But bear in mind (deeply!!!!), put aside at
least three years' living cost in a fixed bank account so you dont live
in the cold when the business doesn't take off. If you lose your basic
shield of living (about $2,000 per month, without owning a car, in
Toronto or Vancouver) in the business, there is no way for you to make
a come-back attempt later. Soon you wont even afford flight tickets
taking you back to where you came from as a high-calibre skilled IT
immigrant three years back. And you have been out of touch with IT for
three years, if lucky, to say the least. Quite a few landed PhDs, let
alone MBAs, are driving cabs or trucks. Alternatively, like many, a
landed family would support themselves by suffering from having a
parent, usually father, staying behind in their pre-immigration
country/region to make money for covering living cost in Canada. This
is very much what Canada wants to see because that way immigrants, even
"Canadian citizens", can keep bringing in money to support the systems
without competing for jobs with the "Canadians". At the same time,
racist Canadians (lots of them, mind you! Even Italians/Jews/Ukraians
would get tough racism from English descendants) keep attacking these
"forced separation families" for being "UN-Canadian" because they "dont
want to" settle in Canada. One of the poster here said he was cheated
by the pretty image of Canada projects overseas for immigration and he
felt like organizing a class action against Canadian government after
spending all his life-time savings in two years post landing. Well,
that's too far off. But be careful, dont feel funny about it and find
yourself in the same shoes years later. To become a lunatic from a high-
calibre professional certified by Canadian immigration is unusual. But
severe psychological depression and anxiety should be common among
skilled immigrants. It's a giant crunch process, few can come out
unchanged for the worse. And finally, this is again a personal
viewpoint.
 

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