Tech companies in Waterloo region of Canada will be able to hire foreign skilled workers in just ten days, a process which used to take several months earlier, as the Canadian government launched a global skills fast-track visa program on 12 June.
A part of the Global Skills Strategy, this two-year pilot program will let companies hire talent and bring them into the country quickly.
Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was quoted by CBC as telling it that this was a crucial part of the government’s growth agenda to enable companies to grow and create more jobs for Canadians
Inga Wehrmann, the HR manager for Clearpath Robotics, said a lot of firms in the area were not finding it easy to import talented foreign workers to occupy positions which are not able to be filled locally.
She said that they should be able to recruit at a fast clip to in order to maintain their competitiveness. Wehrmann added that many of their projects depend on hiring people with those skill sets. She was optimistic that this program would help in meeting their recruiting needs.
Bains also made it clear that was no limit as to how frequently a business may apply for the global skills visa program. He was of the view that with the expansion of companies, prospects to create more Canadian jobs will increase.
Bains said that these talented people help companies grow and share knowledge with Canadians. According to him, they bring niche, highly needed skills that will help Canadians learn and profit from them.
He added that this two-year pilot program will be assessed and taken forward if the government is convinced that it is a success.
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