Canada's Start-Up Visa Program is an increasingly popular way for Hong Kong residents to gain permanent residency in Canada - a trend that is holding true despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada figures show this entrepreneurship program allowed 20 Hong Kong residents to become new permanent residents of Canada in 2018. 

That was the first year the program was started. 

Since then, that number has slowly but steadily grown. In 2019, the Start-Up Visa Program allowed 25 Hong Kong residents to become new permanent Canadian residents.

And in the first six months of last year, the most recent period for which figures are available, 20 Hong Kong residents made the move to Canada under the Start-Up Visa Program.

That's an increase of 60 per cent in the monthly rate of arrivals of Hong Kong residents to Canada under that program.

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