Vancouver, BC – March 8, 2015 — The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) today applauded China's announcement of 10-year multiple-entry visas for Canadian business and tourist visitors.
The Foundation strongly supports measures that facilitate Canada's engagement with China and Asia, which play a critical role in Canada's current and future prosperity.
An APF Canada study of Canadian companies doing business in China shows that 64 per cent are profitable or very profitable, and 83 per cent are planning to expand their business.
"Access to a 10-year multiple-entry visa means that Canadian companies and other stakeholders wanting to explore or expand their links with China will be able to do so with greater ease and efficiency," said APF Canada President and CEO Stewart Beck.
"This is good news for trade, education, and tourism — it will enhance people-to-people ties between our two countries," added Beck. "Our organization's goal is to build Canada's bridges with Asia, and the new MEV helps us do that."
Effective today, Canadians travelling to China may submit their request for the new multi-entry visa to Chinese Consulates and authorities.
• Government of Canada: Canada Welcomes Long-Term Multiple-Entry Visas for Canadian Travellers to China
• APF Canada: Canadian Businesses in China Survey 2014
About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has been a leader in research and analysis on Canada's relations with Asia for thirty years. Our mission is to develop ideas for action by Canadian businesses, governments, and individuals to help them seize the vast opportunities unfolding in Asia. We do this by offering clear, specific, and actionable policy advice and leadership based on sound research and analysis.
APF Canada's current thematic priorities include trade and investment, energy and the environment, and international education. Engaged in research and convening, APF Canada has developed strong ties with policy-makers, business leaders, academics, and opinion makers in Canada and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.