November 15, 2016

Major Tech Group Applauds Immigration Minister’s changes to Canada’s electronic immigration-selection system to attract and keep the best and brightest in Canada

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“ We have committed to doing more to attract highly skilled immigrants to come to Canada and become permanent residents, because this is important to build our economy and strengthen our society. I am confident that the changes to Express Entry will be one of the many positive outcomes of the changes we will be bringing to our immigration system. ”

Ottawa, ON...CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group has applauded  Immigration Minister John McCallum’s announcement of upcoming changes to Express Entry to reduce the importance of obtaining an LMIA  (Labour Market Impact Assessment) for high-skilled workers.

These improvements to Express Entry support the Global Skills Strategy, contribute to Canada’s economic growth, drive innovation leading to new businesses, and assists employers in meeting labour market needs.

Changes for implementation on November 19th, will include awarding points for job offers to eligible candidates already in Canada on Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits, and to international students who completed their studies in Canada. In addition, more time will be allocated to candidates to submit an application for permanent residence once an invitation to apply is received.

CATAAlliance has been pursuing a talent attraction and retention 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) and to embark upon related talent attraction and retention measures.  

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 and to retain talent in Canada.  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 McCallum in saying “We are committed to doing more to attract highly skilled immigrants to come to Canada and become permanent residents, because this is important to build our economy and strengthen our society.”

Reid concluded, “ We applaud  the federal government’s open, transparent and engaged approaches to innovation consultations with citizens and leadership for new ways forward to advance Canada’s competitive innovation nation.“

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The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, crowdsourcing ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. (No Tech Firm Left Behind) Contact: CATA CEO, John Reid at jreid@cata.ca