SCCC Newsletter

December 18, 2012
In this edition you will find a useful link regarding the Provincial Sales Tax. Is your business in British Columbia ready? The PST will go into effect in only three months! We are planning an information event on this topic on February 20, 2013.


We have tentatively scheduled our AGM for Monday, April 29th and the Summer Night Reception for Thursday, June 20th. We kindly ask you to reserve these dates in your busy calendar.


In this Newsletter we included a link to photos of our well attended Pre-Christmas Wine & Cheese Event. As well as information about the Edelweiss non-stop flights from Vancouver to Zurich, several valuable links regarding immigration to Canada, the latest information on the Youth Mobility Program as well as other interesting articles submitted to us by our members.


I am looking forward to receiving your feedback, questions, stories or articles for our January edition by email to (deadline is January 10, 2013).


Enjoy the reading and from all of us at the Swiss Canadian Chamber in Alberta and British Columbia we wish you and your family a warm and safe holiday season and a prosperous 2013!    


Sincerely Yours,
Vince Sciamanna
Important PST Transition Information

Start preparing for the return of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST), which will take effect on April 1, 2013. If you need to book a consultation for your business or want to know what is taxable under PST and what is not, visit the main PST info website

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UBC Building Operations adds STROMER E:Bikes to their Fleet

Trades people at the University of British Columbia's Building and Operations Department move around campus with the award winning E:Bike STROMER, designed and engineered in Switzerland

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Contributed by our member Florian Gabriel:
Térence Doucet Président de la Chambre de Commerce Francophone

Lors de la derniere assemblée générale le 6 décembre 2012, Térence Doucet, Directeur Artistique Chez Le Doucet | Design Group, est le nouveau président du Chambre de Commerce Francophone. Vice Président est Julien Léger, Directeur de projet a l'agence Francl Architecture Inc. et membre de la SCCC. 


Le mandat de CCF Vancouver sera de rassembler les d'entrepreneurs francophones et francophiles dans le but de soutenir et promouvoir leurs entreprises de facon vigoureuse et durable. 

La SCCC félicite Térence et Julien et se réjouit de collaborer avec eux


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Contributed by our member Julien Léger:

Edelweiss Air Charter Non-Stop to Switzerland in 2013

Edelweiss Air has decided to operate non-stop flights from and to Vancouver twice a week, from May 30, 2013 until September 26, 2013, Mondays & Thursdays

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Contributed by our member Yvonne Camenzind:
Canada  Ranks in Top 10 when it comes to Corporate Taxes

In a 185-country comparison, Canada was placed eighth in this global comparison of the most advantageous place to pay corporate taxes

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Members and Guests Gathered at our Wine & Cheese Event

On November 29, 2012, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomed its members and guests for an annual pre-Christmas cocktail.
A special thank you goes to Sean Muggah and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP who kindly offered their office space, as well as to Urs V. Strausak and the Swiss Consulate General Vancouver for sponsoring the delicious Swiss wine. 
We are proud that with your generous donation we were able to hand over a cheque for CAD 245.00 to the Vancouver Covenant House. Thank you for your support

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Opportunity for Young Canadians to Work in Switzerland

Under the terms of the Youth Mobility Program (YMP), young Canadians who have completed their post-secondary studies or vocational education can obtain a residency and work permit in Switzerland for up to 18 months to improve their language and professional skills

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Contributed by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver:
Immigration News
- Immigrant Investor Programs for High Net-Worth Individuals and their Families

The second installment of this series will describe the two components of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), with a focus on the Business Immigration stream and the categories that are considered in it. Porta Immigration is including in this article the most updated information about this program's current status

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Contributed by our member Octavio Rodriguez:
New Fast Track for Skilled-Trades Immigrants

Canada is creating a new program to fast track the admittance of foreign skilled tradespeople. Eligible occupations will include electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, and pipefitters, among others. On January 2, 2013, the new Federal Skilled Trades Program will begin accepting applications

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Advertise in the "Swiss Herald"

For anyone looking for a targeted audience, "Swiss Herald" provides you the platform. Learn more about this bi-monthly magazine or the European Festival

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Contributed by our member Elke Porter:
Swiss Christmas Traditions

For our readers that are not Swiss, here some insights about how the Swiss celebrate Christmas on the evening of December 24.

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Europe's Highest Suspension Bridge to Open in Switzerland

Engineers have constructed the 300ft-long pedestrian bridge at 9,977ft above sea level on Mount Titlis in central Switzerland. Europe's highest suspension bridge will offer views of a 1,600ft deep abyss

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Swiss Innovation will Make a Violin Sound Like a Stradivarius

A Swiss wood scientist of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials, Science and Technology has discovered a way of making a relatively inexpensive violin sound like a Stradivarius by treating it with fungi

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Best Places to Be Born in 2013

Find out about the best places to be born in 2013, according to a quality-of-life index (from the Economist Intelligence Unit) that covers 11 factors including wealth, crime, family life, trust in government and the stability of the economy

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