May 22, 2019 – Canada’s flagship Global Talent Stream has been used by more than 1,000 Canadian employers to hire upwards of 4,000 high-skilled foreign workers since it launched in 2017.
The successful Canada work permit pilot, which features two-week processing for in-demand skilled workers, has helped create 21,000 new jobs for Canadian, plus 3,500 paid co-op positions, the Canadian federal government says.
Employers using the GTS have also invested $9.3 million into development and training of Canadians, according to figures from Employment and Social Development Canada.
Recruiters are reporting a surge in interest since the federal government indicated the GTS would be made permanent in its March 2019 budget.
The flexibility offered by the stream means all eyes are on Canada when it comes to employers looking to hire, and technology workers abroad considering their immigration options.
While Canada still has work to do to fill an estimated 216,000 technology jobs by 2021, the figures are heading in the right direction, thanks to the GTS.
What Are The Key Elements Of The Global Talent Stream?
- Two-week standard for processing Canada work permit applications (and Canada visa applications when applicable) for highly skilled talent.
- Dedicated service for companies looking to make significant job-creating investments in Canada.
- Companies applying for workers through the Global Talent Stream will have access to the new streamlined application process that will provide:
- Client-focused service to help guide eligible employers through the application process and the development of the Labour Market Benefits Plan, with a service standard of 10 business days.
- Eligibility for workers to have their work permit applications processed in 10 business days.
Toronto’s technology sector is among the fastest growing in the world, with startups able to access the talent they need to upscale.
The power of being able to identify and hire foreign skilled workers inside two weeks is proving an important draw.
As the U.S. continues to present an anti-immigration outlook, Canada is reaping the benefits. However, change could be coming with Donald Trump’s skilled worker immigration plan, announced recently.
Immigration Central To Tech Sector Growth: Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says immigration is a crucial factor behind Canada’s thriving technology sector.
Trudeau told a conference in Toronto this week that Canada’s openness to welcoming new immigrants was central to the growth of the technology industry.
The Liberal leader said that while countries like the U.S. are closing themselves off to immigration under Donald Trump, Canada’s ability to remain open has given it an important edge.
“Access to talent obviously comes from immigration and it comes from training young and educating Canadians right,” said Trudeau.
He added: “As we see anxieties and worries around the world, Canadians know that we get more resilient communities, we get better solutions, we get better innovations, when we bring in people from all around the world.
“That’s why we are doing well even at a time of anxiety — we have seen the Canadian economy flourish over the past few years.”
Since Trudeau and the Liberals came to power in 2015, the government has moved to push annual immigration levels through the 300,000-barrier, with a plan to welcome 350,000 newcomers per year by 2021.
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