Canada and Europe create one of the largest bi-lateral trading blocs, with potentially millions of new jobs being created in the coming years.

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA, will create jobs, strengthen economic relations and boost Canada’s trade with the world’s second-largest market. CETA is a free trade agreement covering virtually all sectors of Canada-EU trade and is designed to reduce and remove trade barriers.The bi-lateral deal removes 99% of tariffs worth $12bn (€10.9bn; £9.8bn) a year with directives to substantially increase the flow goods, services and people between Canada and the European Union.

Video about CETA

The negotiations were concluded in August 2014. All 28 European Union member states approved the final text of CETA for signature, with Belgium being the final country to give its approval. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, traveled to Brussels on 30 October 2016 to sign on behalf of Canada.

The European Parliament approved the deal on 15 February 2017. The agreement is subject to ratification by the EU and national legislatures and can only enter into force if no adverse opinion is given by the European Court of Justice following a request for an opinion (RFO) the European member states. Belgium.

The European Commission indicates the treaty will lead to savings of just over half a billion euros in taxes for EU exporters every year, mutual recognition in regulated professions such as architects, accountants and engineers, and easier transfers of company staff and other professionals between the EU and Canada.

Points Based Immigration to Canada

In 2003, Canada lowered entry points system from 75 points to 67. Generally, Brits score well because the UK and Canada are so well aligned in terms of work, educations, The criteria that the new system is structured around is a s follows:

  • Education – The level of your education will determine how many points you get in this area with a maximum of 25 available
  • English and French Language Ability – If you have high proficiency in English and French, this means you can obtain up to a maximum of 24 points
  • Work Experience – The number of years you’ve spent in a particular job and at what level can influence your points here. You can obtain a maximum of 21 points
  • Age – Your age will have an effect on your application when applying for a Canadian Visa. You can obtain a maximum of ten points here if you’re in the 21-49 years old age group
  • Arranged Employment – If you have a job waiting for you in Canada this can help your points. You can obtain up to ten points here
  • Adaptability – This covers a number of areas from what your spousal level of education is, whether they’ve studied or lived in Canada or whether they have family in Canada. Ten points in total are available here.