In a groundbreaking move, the Government of Canada is positioning itself as a global leader in tech talent recruitment and attraction. Their goal is not only to fill immediate job vacancies but also to bring in the skills and business acumen necessary to create future job opportunities.
Key Pillars of Canada’s Tech Talent Recruitment Strategy:
Innovation Stream in International Mobility Program: To address persistent labor shortages in the tech sector, Canada plans to introduce an Innovation Stream under the International Mobility Program by the end of 2023. This stream will offer exemptions from the labor market impact assessment process, making it easier for high-growth employers and talented workers to support Canada’s innovation priorities and high-tech industries.
Attracting Digital Nomads: Canada aims to entice digital nomads, individuals who can work remotely from anywhere in the world. Current immigration rules allow digital nomads to stay in Canada for up to six months at a time while working for foreign employers. In the future, policies may be established to encourage them to seek opportunities with Canadian employers, further contributing to the Canadian job market.
Streamlined Work Permit for H-1B Visa Holders: Starting July 16, 2023, H-1B specialty occupation visa holders in the US, often working in high-tech fields, will be eligible to apply for work permits in Canada. This move will expand opportunities for skilled workers to continue their careers in the high-tech sector, promoting economic growth in North America.
Enhancements to Existing Programs: Canada will improve existing immigration programs catering to high-skilled tech workers, including the Global Skills Strategy and the Start-up Visa Program. Changes include faster processing times and more open work permit options for Start-up Visa applicants, making it easier for entrepreneurs to develop their businesses while awaiting permanent residence.
These initiatives underline Canada’s commitment to becoming a magnet for global tech talent and fostering innovation in its thriving tech industry. Stay tuned for further developments on processing times and program enhancements as Canada continues to evolve its tech talent recruitment strategy. More details on official Link Below.