The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) conducted a survey focusing on the workforce mobility in Canada. Among other prominent questions addressed in the survey, the respondents unanimously agreed with the statement, “The contributions of international talent are important to our business.”
Canadian employers value the importance of international talent to their businesses.
Of those employers participating in the survey, 97% hire international talent through work permit programs and 53% access economic immigration like Provincial Nominee Programs & Express Entry.
However, the survey pointed out delays in work permits and its negative impacts. Canadian companies, academic institutions, and government-funded organizations that are dependent on immigration of foreign talents are facing supply shortage.
IRCC reported an increase in application backlogs from 2.4 million to 2.7 million between June and July. The increasing backlog is significant in delaying processing times of immigration applications, especially work permits.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser is hoping for the processing times to settle down and return to normal by the end of the calendar year.
The CERC survey also noted the importance and need for increasing immigration in rebuilding the Canadian economy in a post pandemic world.
Immigration experts & lawyers also agree that immigration will be a key strategy in surviving a possible recession.
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Employer-sponsored Canada immigration options
Canadian immigration simply translated to obtaining permanent residency.
Popular immigration programs like Global Talent Stream, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) cater to the needs of employers to hire foreign talent easily as well as fulfill prospects’ desire to qualify for Canada PR.
Express entry programs
Most foreign talents with tech backgrounds qualify for permanent residence under Express Entry.
The most popular among other Express Entry options are the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) & Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Federal Skilled Worker Program: This program is for those with at least one year of work experience (outside Canada) that falls under National Occupational Codes (NOC) 0, A or B, as most tech sector jobs do.
- Canadian Experience Class: Those with one year of Canadian work experience completed in the past five years, as well as meeting minimum language requirements may apply. Usually, international students qualify under this program.
Temporary work permits
The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is a temporary work permit that falls under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). It is exclusively for candidates with work experience in tech occupations and meant to meet the urgent demands of the rapidly growing tech sector.
Businesses must complete a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring candidates under this program. LMIA is an assessment to determine no local talent is available for the said job vacancy.
Further, the candidate that businesses intend to hire must submit their work permit application to Immigrants, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
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