October 21, 2016

Major Tech Group Applauds Innovation Minister’s Global Talent Visa Approach to attract the best and brightest to Canada

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“ I think there is enormous potential if we have a global talent visa for example, post Brexit and what’s happening in the U.S., to take advantage of the top talent around the world that is looking to Canada and bringing them here.”

Ottawa, ON…CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group has applauded Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announcement that Canada is considering Immigration policy changes, including a global talent visa, to help attract top talent to growth industries and to bridge select skill gaps in the labour market.

CATAAlliance has been pursuing an advocacy campaign (https://vimeo.com/catanettv/workpermits) over the past nine months calling on the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to return to their previous guideline of three-year work permits issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The immigration department recently moved to issuing temporary work permits to foreign workers — who are needed to address labour market shortages and to provide other economic opportunities for Canadians – for only one year, instead of the standard three years.

CATA CEO, John Reid, commented, “In the long term the Canadian government needs to support the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives in order to develop a stronger technology labour force, and in the mid-term, Canada needs to retrain employees who have been displaced from the workforce due to reduction in oil industry demands. But in the short term, Canada needs to expedite the process to bring qualified technology workers into Canada from other countries. It’s not about replacing Canadian workers, but rather to add specialists with skills that we don’t currently have enough of in our labour force.”

Reid echoed the remarks of Minister Bains in saying “We also want to attract the best and brightest, because that’s the key ingredient for economic success going forward…the challenge is how we engage Canadians who hold some mixed views on immigration and economic policy.”

Reid concluded, “ We applaud  Minister Bain’s open, transparent and engaged approaches to innovation consultations with citizens and his leadership for new ways forward.“

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