Canada's Global Skills Strategy marked its second anniversary this week. Through this route, close to 24,000 high-skilled persons from all over the world have joined Canada's workforce through the program Global Talent Stream.
Canadian employers have through this program gained access to temporary workers from abroad who have experience in 13 occupational categories, which includes the STEM professions. A field like Information Technology is also very popular among beneficiaries in this scheme.
According to the forecast by the Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) in Canada, by 2021, Canada's ICT sector will be plagued by 216,000 job vacancies.
Just in March, the government of the country announced its intention to make the Global Talent Stream permanent. The news was welcomed by many groups, including the Council of Canadian Innovators.
With this stream, employers do not need first to prove their efforts in recruiting Canadians or permanent residents in the country before they can access foreign talent. The is possible because by submitting the facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment — LMIA for short — they get a waiver on providing the proof.
Ahmed Hussen who is the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship in Canada in a joint statement, said that the Global Talent Stream was designed to fill the needs of the country's labor market that are not met by Canadian workers.
About 25% of the beneficiaries of this scheme are from the USA, while the majority is from India.
Family members of the beneficiaries who came to Canada with their primary sponsors are about 16,000. While in Canada, they have the permit to work and study.
The statement further reveals that employers in the country who use the Global Talent Stream have a commitment to creating over 12,500 positions for paid co-ops and 48,000 jobs. They have also reserved $113 million for training and skills development.
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