Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

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Chinese-Canadian Young Entrepreneur Roundtable

On Thursday, October 11, I hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of young, Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs on difficulties facing young entrepreneurs and start-ups in Vancouver, Canada-China trade relations, and government support programs for small businesses. This group of stakeholders offered a variety of perspectives from their respective industries, and provided valuable insight towards understanding how the federal government can help support business and trade in Vancouver and the lower mainland.
Below are the key themes and ideas that arose from this discussion:
Trade between Canada and China
  • Trade between Canada and China is important for both countries.
  • Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs have the invaluable insight into both Chinese and Canadian markets and business cultures and have the ability to facilitate a better trading environment and relationship.
  • Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs have the knowledge of business models that were successful in China, and the ability to adopt them to a Canadian environment and benefit Canadians.

Current issues

  • Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs can find it difficult to get into and collaborate with mainstream Canadian business communities.
  • There is currently no way to make existing business history and credit lines from one’s experience in China transferable to Canada, making it difficult to build businesses locally.
  • Currently there is difficulty connecting willing investors and available investments in China to Canadian businesses and products.
  • Similarly, how can the Canadian government better support international businesses that wish to have offices in Canada?
  • Given issues surrounding affordable living in the Lower Mainland, there is difficulty attracting and retaining talent – especially young people – locally to support small businesses and start-ups.
  • There are perceptions that Chinese immigrants often settle in Canada for access to better education for their children or for the better living conditions and environment. However, there are Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs, often younger and lived and studied in Canada, who are working hard on building their own businesses and becoming more integrated with the local economy. How can we break these perceptions and how can Canada better support them?
Moving forward
  • Continuous support for woman entrepreneurs.
  • Local Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs to band voices together and present unified vision, strategy, and new ideas to different levels of government, in order to implement change and create a better business environment.
  • Familiarize oneself with the current governments mandate; identify how the business can help implement the government’s goals, present ways to provide that support, and request help, information, and/or funding to fulfill that vision.
  • In the age of USMCA, it will be very difficult to diversify trade and have a similar free trade agreement with China. MP Murray will collaborate with her federal colleagues continue to work in Ottawa on bringing forward the concerns mentioned above, and emphasize the need for creating a friendly business environment in Vancouver and Canada so Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs can execute their ideas and more efficiently operate their businesses in Canada.