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Global Talent Stream to bring new skills to Canada

The Global Skills Strategy, including the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, to be launched on June 12 will facilitate faster access to top global talent for companies doing business in Canada that are committing to bring new skills to Canada and create more Canadian jobs.

Whether bringing in professionals to train Canadian workers or hiring global talent with highly specialized, in-demand skills, it will help innovative firms in Canada thrive, creating economic growth and good middle-class jobs by attracting the specialized global talent they need to innovate and grow by providing a faster and more predictable streamlined service. It will also assist Canadian firms in filling in-demand occupations where there is a demonstrated gap in the Canadian labour market. Under the new stream, a Global Talent List of eligible high-demand occupations has been developed in consultation with labour market experts and key stakeholders.

“Canada continues to compete in a global innovation race,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “As technologies become more widely available to everyone, the only competitive edge for countries and businesses is the distinctive talent and creativity of their people. While skilled immigrants are now identifying Canada as a country of choice in which to apply their knowledge and ideas, we also need to prepare our homegrown talent for a rapidly changing job market.”

“The Global Skills Strategy makes Canada more attractive for companies by facilitating access to high-skilled talent needed for economic growth,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Other elements of the Strategy that have been previously announced include:

  • Establishing a two-week standard for processing work permit applications (and temporary resident visas when applicable) for highly skilled talent.
  • Creating a dedicated service for companies looking to make significant job-creating investments in Canada.
  • Dropping the work permit requirement for short-term highly skilled work (for instance, 30 days or less in a 12-month period) and brief academic stays.

The Global Skills Strategy will make it easier for companies doing business in Canada to hire highly trained people, both in Canada and abroad.

                                                                      – Employment and Social Development Canada

Posted: May 30, 2017

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