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Canadian Immigration Podcast

Mark Holthe

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Canadian Immigration Podcast

Canadian Immigration Podcast

Mark Holthe

12
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30
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This podcast is all about Canadian Immigration law, policy, and practice. Periodically Canadian immigration lawyer Mark Holthe will address various topics related to the Canadian immigration process. If you are looking for up-to-date information on where the government is going with the latest round of changes, this is the place to come. If you are looking for specific answers, tips to completing CIC application forms, and other useful information, visit the Canadian Immigration Answers podcast also on iTunes or visit our website at www.ht-llp.com.

Latest Episodes

076: Canadian Business Immigration - The best options available with Jeffrey Lowe

Since 2014 Canada has been without any real immigrant investor program at a federal level. However, in this episode we are going to pull the curtain back on three great options that your business immigration clients may want to consider as they look to invest in Canada and use that investment of time and money to secure permanent resident status for them and their families. It was great to have Canadian Immigration Lawyer Jeffrey Lowe join me to shed some light on some of the best business immigration options available for entrepreneurs and like-minded foreign nationals who are looking to invest in Canada and secure permanent resident status in the process. You can learn more about Jeffrey and his background working as a Canadian immigration lawyer in Episode 19 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast. Jeffrey S. Lowe has practised Immigration and Business law in British Columbia since 1983. He holds both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and is considered an innovator in the convergence of Business, Technology and the Law. Jeffrey is the Chief Inspirational Officer of Lowe & Company, and has taught Immigration Law, Practice Management and Legal Ethics to lawyers across Canada since 1990. In this episode Jeffrey and I discussed three of his favourite option when advising high net worth clients seeking to immigrate to Canada. Two of the programs are PNP based and the third is a home grown strategy involving a combination of creative work permits and existing skilled worker programs to secure PR status in Canada. Show Notes for This Episode: Introduction to Business Immigration 2 general routes: Entrepreneur Provincial Nominee Programs 7 Provinces and 2 Territories have them Most work the same way; And The “Canadian Business Experience Strategy” (a new term coined by Jeffrey!) Buy or invest in a business Apply for a Work Permit through a number of options: Owner Operator LMIA NAFTA Investor; CETA or CPTPP Investor; Significant Benefit Work Permit; Work in Canada; Apply to Immigrate under Express Entry Closer look at 2 Entrepreneur PNP Programs we recommend: BC PNP Programs: Base Program: $600K PNW $200K minimum investment Create 1 job Can buy a business or start new. Need to spend 75% of your time in BC Need CLB 4 when applying for Nomination (after 2 years) Regional Pilot: $300K PNW; $100K Minimum Investment Create 1 Job Must start new business Need to spend 75% of your time in BC Need CLB 4 at the beginning 66 Communities, with <1,000 people to 75K people Must have Community support for your proposed business Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Investment in GTA: $800K PNW $600K minimum investment Create 2 jobs Need to spend 75% of your time in Ontario Need CLB 4 when you apply for nomination Investment in Tech sector or outside GTA: $400K PNW $200K minimum investment Create 1 job Need to spend 75% of your time in Ontario Need CLB 4 when you apply for nomination Sponsor: None of this would be possible if it were not for my Canadian Immigration Institute. My DIY courses earn me sufficient revenue to continue pushing out great free content on Canadian Immigration. Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases via your affiliate link [Tweet "Business Immigration programs are alive and well in Canada."] Additional Resources: Jeffrey's firm: https://www.canadavisalaw.com/ Listen to Mark Holthe's Canadian Immigration Podcast Topics for our Next Podcast [reminder]If you have a suggestion for topics we could cover in the Podcast, please drop me a line at mholthe@holthelaw.com. If you know of anyone that would be interested in coming on the Pod

77 MIN4 h ago
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076: Canadian Business Immigration - The best options available with Jeffrey Lowe

075: International Students in Canada - What the future holds with Will Tao

With over 700,000 international students in Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has been struggling with what to do with them all. Many of these students are wondering if they have a future in Canada over the long term. In this episode Canadian Immigration Lawyer Will Tao joins me talk about some of the challenges students experience when studying in Canada and some essential tips to avoiding the most common pitfalls. I was super happy to have Will Tao join me again after an almost four year absence on my Podcast. The last time he joined me, he was just cutting his teeth in the world of immigration law. However, he has worked hard to establish himself as a thought leader in our industry and someone who truly practices immigration law the right way. Will Tao (pronouns: he/him) is a Canadian Immigration and Refugee Lawyer at Edelmann and Co., who lives and works on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh...

48 MINMAY 7
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075: International Students in Canada - What the future holds with Will Tao

074: What's Up With Canadian Immigration? Insight from the trenches with the Host, Mark Holthe

Have you ever wondered why the Canadian Immigration process can be so darn hard and unforgiving? In this episode I share a few of my own thoughts on Canadian Immigration from the many years I have spent working in the trenches. This episode came about quite spontaneously. As I was walking through the Cottonwood trees in our community wilderness park along the banks of the Old Man River near Lethbridge, I started think about my immigration practice and how much it had changed since I first decided to focus exclusively on immigration law back in 2003. To say that things have changed is an understatement. When I started practicing, I had just finished working on the border as an officer and completed a year of pro bono work with the hearings officers in Calgary, Alberta. I had tons of great relationships established within the various immigration departments and was well positioned to start my practice as an immigration lawyer. However, over time the landscape shifted and with that so ...

20 MINAPR 2
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074: What's Up With Canadian Immigration? Insight from the trenches with the Host, Mark Holthe

073: SPECIAL SERIES: Immigration Hearings and Appeals - Sponsorship Appeals with Rekha McNutt

Getting your immigration application refused sucks! Fortunately, you don't simply have to accept the rejection and live with it. In this episode, Rekha McNutt joins me in our first episode of our Special Series on Immigration Hearings and Appeals to pull back the curtain on Sponsorship Appeals at the Immigration Appeal Division. Rekha practices primarily in immigration law. She has extensive experience with temporary resident visas, express entry, federal skilled workers, Canadian experience class, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, family class sponsorships, refugee claims, pre-removal risk assessments, and in-Canada humanitarian and compassionate permanent residence applications. Rekha has focused much of her practice on Federal Court Judicial Review applications of various types of negative immigration-related decisions. Rekha had appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. She has also appeared extensively before the Federal Court of C...

71 MINFEB 26
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073: SPECIAL SERIES: Immigration Hearings and Appeals - Sponsorship Appeals with Rekha McNutt

072: Windmill Microlending - A great success story with Onai Abote

One of the saddest things to see is for skilled immigrants and refugees to sacrifice so much to come to Canada and then not have the ability to continue working in their chosen profession once they get here. One of the more common barriers is the cost of applying for certification. Often newcomers are unable to afford the application fees upon arrival and end up working in lower paying positions which only leave them with enough income to survive...never being able to afford the application fees. So what's the solution? .....Windmill Microlending. Listen in to my interview with Onai Abote who shares the remarkable Windmill story and how it has helped countless immigrants realize their dream of working in their chosen profession in Canada. Onai Petra Abote, is the Community Relationship Specialist with Windmill Microlending (formerly Immigrant Access Fund) in Calgary. Onai joined Windmill Microlending from Postmedia, publishers of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun where she was part...

38 MINFEB 12
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072: Windmill Microlending - A great success story with Onai Abote

071: Caregivers - Understanding the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot with Matt Aronson

Whether you are a seasoned immigration practitioner or new to the caregiver world, a caregiver yourself looking to immigrate to Canada or someone currently working in Canada as a caregiver and wanting to become a permanent resident, this episode is for you. Quebec based immigration lawyer, Matthew Aronson joined me in this amazing episode filled with do's and dont's, tips and strategies and a virtual walkthrough of the new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot programs. I think this episode ranks up there as one of the top "hands-on" episodes I have ever produced with an immigration lawyer to date. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has once again revamped the caregiver programs in this country. Whether or not the new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot programs will succeed in accomplishing what they were designed to do, or doomed to fail, will play out in the coming years. Regardless, if you are considering accessing one of these progra...

68 MIN2019 NOV 14
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071: Caregivers - Understanding the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot with Matt Aronson

070: SPECIAL SERIES INTRODUCTION - Immigration Hearings and Appeals with Rekah McNutt

One of the most heartbreaking realities of practicing Canadian immigration law is the fact that not all applications submitted will get approved.There is nothing worse than having to inform a client that their application was rejected. Inevitably, the first question a client asks after being told about the refusal, is how can we appeal that refusal. Well, in this special series I will be releasing over the next couple of months, my good friend and colleague Rekha McNutt will join me to explore all of the ins and outs of the Canadian immigration appeal process and what happens in these hearings. Whether you are an immigration lawyer, consultant, or recently rejected applicant, this series is for you. This special series on immigration appeals came about when Rekha and I realized that it was really difficult to try to limit the scope of this topic to just one episode. As we discussed the possible areas of immigration appeal, it became readily apparent that a special series on immigrat...

34 MIN2019 OCT 26
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070: SPECIAL SERIES INTRODUCTION - Immigration Hearings and Appeals with Rekah McNutt

069: Special Episode - The impact of the 2019 Election on Immigration

Another federal election has come and gone and after the dust has settled, Canada will have a minority Liberal government. The question is.....how will this impact Canadian immigration law, policy and practice? In this episode I invited my good friend and fellow immigration lawyer, Ravi Jain to join me to weigh in on where we think immigration policy is headed following this fall Federal election. Now that we now we will have a minority Liberal government for the next 4 years (or less), what impact will this really have on the future of Canadian immigration for us immigration lawyers, consultants and our clients? Although Ravi and I are both serving as table officers with the National Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, all of the view expressed in this episode are ours alone and do not reflect those of the Canadian Bar Association and the National Immigration law section. This episode is just two friends sharing our thoughts on what we feel may be in store for ...

39 MIN2019 OCT 23
Comments
069: Special Episode - The impact of the 2019 Election on Immigration

068: Express Entry

Express Entry is one of the most volatile, scary, and stressful applications that can be submitted to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In this episode I share with you some of my best insights and tips on navigating the Express Entry process safely. In the first few years of Express Entry, when I received an email from IRCC related to a file starting with the letter "E", my stomach started to churn and my stress levels started to rise. I hesitated going to my Rep Portal to check to see what this notification could mean. Was it just a simple request for Passports, or was it the dreaded refusal letter for having failed to upload some innocuous document? Although I don't feel that way now, I know that many of you fellow practitioners likely do....or if you don't, it's likely because you haven't yet filed many Express Entry applications. So in order to help reduce the stress level and increase the satisfaction level, I pull back the curtain and share some insight on the whol...

58 MIN2019 OCT 13
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068: Express Entry

067: Be prepared for the Canadian Health System with Jason Cummings

People preparing to emigrate to Canada often have one or more of the following misconceptions about the Canadian healthcare system: “Medicare works the same across the country,” or “Coverage is immediate upon arrival,” or “Emergency medical care is covered even if I have a waiting period”. In this episode Jason Cummings joins me to debunk these common misconceptions and set the record straight for all newcomers to Canada. These misconceptions can be costly to a newcomer. For instance, each year tens of thousands of new residents of Canada settle in a Province or Territory that has a waiting period for public health coverage (Medicare). During a Medicare waiting period, “un-insured residents” are responsible to pay for hospital and medical services, even in an emergency, and costs can be very high, even catastrophic. The same risk can arise when a temporary resident loses Medicare eligibility due to the expiry of a work or study permit. In this episode Canadian health insuran...

67 MIN2019 MAR 7
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067: Be prepared for the Canadian Health System with Jason Cummings

Latest Episodes

076: Canadian Business Immigration - The best options available with Jeffrey Lowe

Since 2014 Canada has been without any real immigrant investor program at a federal level. However, in this episode we are going to pull the curtain back on three great options that your business immigration clients may want to consider as they look to invest in Canada and use that investment of time and money to secure permanent resident status for them and their families. It was great to have Canadian Immigration Lawyer Jeffrey Lowe join me to shed some light on some of the best business immigration options available for entrepreneurs and like-minded foreign nationals who are looking to invest in Canada and secure permanent resident status in the process. You can learn more about Jeffrey and his background working as a Canadian immigration lawyer in Episode 19 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast. Jeffrey S. Lowe has practised Immigration and Business law in British Columbia since 1983. He holds both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and is considered an innovator in the convergence of Business, Technology and the Law. Jeffrey is the Chief Inspirational Officer of Lowe & Company, and has taught Immigration Law, Practice Management and Legal Ethics to lawyers across Canada since 1990. In this episode Jeffrey and I discussed three of his favourite option when advising high net worth clients seeking to immigrate to Canada. Two of the programs are PNP based and the third is a home grown strategy involving a combination of creative work permits and existing skilled worker programs to secure PR status in Canada. Show Notes for This Episode: Introduction to Business Immigration 2 general routes: Entrepreneur Provincial Nominee Programs 7 Provinces and 2 Territories have them Most work the same way; And The “Canadian Business Experience Strategy” (a new term coined by Jeffrey!) Buy or invest in a business Apply for a Work Permit through a number of options: Owner Operator LMIA NAFTA Investor; CETA or CPTPP Investor; Significant Benefit Work Permit; Work in Canada; Apply to Immigrate under Express Entry Closer look at 2 Entrepreneur PNP Programs we recommend: BC PNP Programs: Base Program: $600K PNW $200K minimum investment Create 1 job Can buy a business or start new. Need to spend 75% of your time in BC Need CLB 4 when applying for Nomination (after 2 years) Regional Pilot: $300K PNW; $100K Minimum Investment Create 1 Job Must start new business Need to spend 75% of your time in BC Need CLB 4 at the beginning 66 Communities, with <1,000 people to 75K people Must have Community support for your proposed business Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Investment in GTA: $800K PNW $600K minimum investment Create 2 jobs Need to spend 75% of your time in Ontario Need CLB 4 when you apply for nomination Investment in Tech sector or outside GTA: $400K PNW $200K minimum investment Create 1 job Need to spend 75% of your time in Ontario Need CLB 4 when you apply for nomination Sponsor: None of this would be possible if it were not for my Canadian Immigration Institute. My DIY courses earn me sufficient revenue to continue pushing out great free content on Canadian Immigration. Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases via your affiliate link [Tweet "Business Immigration programs are alive and well in Canada."] Additional Resources: Jeffrey's firm: https://www.canadavisalaw.com/ Listen to Mark Holthe's Canadian Immigration Podcast Topics for our Next Podcast [reminder]If you have a suggestion for topics we could cover in the Podcast, please drop me a line at mholthe@holthelaw.com. If you know of anyone that would be interested in coming on the Pod

77 MIN4 h ago
Comments
076: Canadian Business Immigration - The best options available with Jeffrey Lowe

075: International Students in Canada - What the future holds with Will Tao

With over 700,000 international students in Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has been struggling with what to do with them all. Many of these students are wondering if they have a future in Canada over the long term. In this episode Canadian Immigration Lawyer Will Tao joins me talk about some of the challenges students experience when studying in Canada and some essential tips to avoiding the most common pitfalls. I was super happy to have Will Tao join me again after an almost four year absence on my Podcast. The last time he joined me, he was just cutting his teeth in the world of immigration law. However, he has worked hard to establish himself as a thought leader in our industry and someone who truly practices immigration law the right way. Will Tao (pronouns: he/him) is a Canadian Immigration and Refugee Lawyer at Edelmann and Co., who lives and works on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh...

48 MINMAY 7
Comments
075: International Students in Canada - What the future holds with Will Tao

074: What's Up With Canadian Immigration? Insight from the trenches with the Host, Mark Holthe

Have you ever wondered why the Canadian Immigration process can be so darn hard and unforgiving? In this episode I share a few of my own thoughts on Canadian Immigration from the many years I have spent working in the trenches. This episode came about quite spontaneously. As I was walking through the Cottonwood trees in our community wilderness park along the banks of the Old Man River near Lethbridge, I started think about my immigration practice and how much it had changed since I first decided to focus exclusively on immigration law back in 2003. To say that things have changed is an understatement. When I started practicing, I had just finished working on the border as an officer and completed a year of pro bono work with the hearings officers in Calgary, Alberta. I had tons of great relationships established within the various immigration departments and was well positioned to start my practice as an immigration lawyer. However, over time the landscape shifted and with that so ...

20 MINAPR 2
Comments
074: What's Up With Canadian Immigration? Insight from the trenches with the Host, Mark Holthe

073: SPECIAL SERIES: Immigration Hearings and Appeals - Sponsorship Appeals with Rekha McNutt

Getting your immigration application refused sucks! Fortunately, you don't simply have to accept the rejection and live with it. In this episode, Rekha McNutt joins me in our first episode of our Special Series on Immigration Hearings and Appeals to pull back the curtain on Sponsorship Appeals at the Immigration Appeal Division. Rekha practices primarily in immigration law. She has extensive experience with temporary resident visas, express entry, federal skilled workers, Canadian experience class, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, family class sponsorships, refugee claims, pre-removal risk assessments, and in-Canada humanitarian and compassionate permanent residence applications. Rekha has focused much of her practice on Federal Court Judicial Review applications of various types of negative immigration-related decisions. Rekha had appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. She has also appeared extensively before the Federal Court of C...

71 MINFEB 26
Comments
073: SPECIAL SERIES: Immigration Hearings and Appeals - Sponsorship Appeals with Rekha McNutt

072: Windmill Microlending - A great success story with Onai Abote

One of the saddest things to see is for skilled immigrants and refugees to sacrifice so much to come to Canada and then not have the ability to continue working in their chosen profession once they get here. One of the more common barriers is the cost of applying for certification. Often newcomers are unable to afford the application fees upon arrival and end up working in lower paying positions which only leave them with enough income to survive...never being able to afford the application fees. So what's the solution? .....Windmill Microlending. Listen in to my interview with Onai Abote who shares the remarkable Windmill story and how it has helped countless immigrants realize their dream of working in their chosen profession in Canada. Onai Petra Abote, is the Community Relationship Specialist with Windmill Microlending (formerly Immigrant Access Fund) in Calgary. Onai joined Windmill Microlending from Postmedia, publishers of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun where she was part...

38 MINFEB 12
Comments
072: Windmill Microlending - A great success story with Onai Abote

071: Caregivers - Understanding the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot with Matt Aronson

Whether you are a seasoned immigration practitioner or new to the caregiver world, a caregiver yourself looking to immigrate to Canada or someone currently working in Canada as a caregiver and wanting to become a permanent resident, this episode is for you. Quebec based immigration lawyer, Matthew Aronson joined me in this amazing episode filled with do's and dont's, tips and strategies and a virtual walkthrough of the new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot programs. I think this episode ranks up there as one of the top "hands-on" episodes I have ever produced with an immigration lawyer to date. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has once again revamped the caregiver programs in this country. Whether or not the new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot programs will succeed in accomplishing what they were designed to do, or doomed to fail, will play out in the coming years. Regardless, if you are considering accessing one of these progra...

68 MIN2019 NOV 14
Comments
071: Caregivers - Understanding the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot with Matt Aronson

070: SPECIAL SERIES INTRODUCTION - Immigration Hearings and Appeals with Rekah McNutt

One of the most heartbreaking realities of practicing Canadian immigration law is the fact that not all applications submitted will get approved.There is nothing worse than having to inform a client that their application was rejected. Inevitably, the first question a client asks after being told about the refusal, is how can we appeal that refusal. Well, in this special series I will be releasing over the next couple of months, my good friend and colleague Rekha McNutt will join me to explore all of the ins and outs of the Canadian immigration appeal process and what happens in these hearings. Whether you are an immigration lawyer, consultant, or recently rejected applicant, this series is for you. This special series on immigration appeals came about when Rekha and I realized that it was really difficult to try to limit the scope of this topic to just one episode. As we discussed the possible areas of immigration appeal, it became readily apparent that a special series on immigrat...

34 MIN2019 OCT 26
Comments
070: SPECIAL SERIES INTRODUCTION - Immigration Hearings and Appeals with Rekah McNutt

069: Special Episode - The impact of the 2019 Election on Immigration

Another federal election has come and gone and after the dust has settled, Canada will have a minority Liberal government. The question is.....how will this impact Canadian immigration law, policy and practice? In this episode I invited my good friend and fellow immigration lawyer, Ravi Jain to join me to weigh in on where we think immigration policy is headed following this fall Federal election. Now that we now we will have a minority Liberal government for the next 4 years (or less), what impact will this really have on the future of Canadian immigration for us immigration lawyers, consultants and our clients? Although Ravi and I are both serving as table officers with the National Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, all of the view expressed in this episode are ours alone and do not reflect those of the Canadian Bar Association and the National Immigration law section. This episode is just two friends sharing our thoughts on what we feel may be in store for ...

39 MIN2019 OCT 23
Comments
069: Special Episode - The impact of the 2019 Election on Immigration

068: Express Entry

Express Entry is one of the most volatile, scary, and stressful applications that can be submitted to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In this episode I share with you some of my best insights and tips on navigating the Express Entry process safely. In the first few years of Express Entry, when I received an email from IRCC related to a file starting with the letter "E", my stomach started to churn and my stress levels started to rise. I hesitated going to my Rep Portal to check to see what this notification could mean. Was it just a simple request for Passports, or was it the dreaded refusal letter for having failed to upload some innocuous document? Although I don't feel that way now, I know that many of you fellow practitioners likely do....or if you don't, it's likely because you haven't yet filed many Express Entry applications. So in order to help reduce the stress level and increase the satisfaction level, I pull back the curtain and share some insight on the whol...

58 MIN2019 OCT 13
Comments
068: Express Entry

067: Be prepared for the Canadian Health System with Jason Cummings

People preparing to emigrate to Canada often have one or more of the following misconceptions about the Canadian healthcare system: “Medicare works the same across the country,” or “Coverage is immediate upon arrival,” or “Emergency medical care is covered even if I have a waiting period”. In this episode Jason Cummings joins me to debunk these common misconceptions and set the record straight for all newcomers to Canada. These misconceptions can be costly to a newcomer. For instance, each year tens of thousands of new residents of Canada settle in a Province or Territory that has a waiting period for public health coverage (Medicare). During a Medicare waiting period, “un-insured residents” are responsible to pay for hospital and medical services, even in an emergency, and costs can be very high, even catastrophic. The same risk can arise when a temporary resident loses Medicare eligibility due to the expiry of a work or study permit. In this episode Canadian health insuran...

67 MIN2019 MAR 7
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067: Be prepared for the Canadian Health System with Jason Cummings
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