GTS offered 24,000 Canada Work Visas in 2 years
Posted on June 24, 2019
The Global Talent Stream has offered 24,000 Canada Work Visas on the past 2 years. This was announced by the Government of Canada last week marking the 2nd year anniversary of its Global Skills Strategy.
The GTS offers employers in Canada with easier access to provisional overseas workers with work experience in 13 categories of occupations. This includes fields like Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, and Science – STEM and Information Technology.
The occupations that are covered by the GTS include:
- Computer Engineers
- Computer Programmers
- Software Engineers
- Software Designers
- Web Designers
- Web Developers
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Minister Ahmed Hussen issued a statement on the occasion. The Tech sector in Canada has struggled historically to attract the talent required to scale up, he said. It is this talent that we had precisely in our mind while launching the GTS, added Hussen.
ICTC Information and Communication Technology Council in Canada has projected 216,000 job openings in the nation’s ICT sector by 2021.
The Canadian Government announced in March 2019 that the GTS was being made permanent. This was welcomed by many industry stakeholders including the Council of Canadian Innovators.
The stream permits Canadian employers to file an LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment that is facilitated. It relinquishes the need to demonstrate that they first attempted to hire Canadians and PR residents. This speeds up the procedure of LMIA approval.
The statement elaborated that the GTS was launched to fill job openings that are not being filled y Canadians. Workers in Canada are among the most highly skilled and educated in the world. However, for firms in Canada to remain competitive globally, they must also be able to draw the best overseas talents. More than 1,100 employers in Canada have used the GTS since its inception in 2017, reads the statement, as quoted by the CIC News.
Hussen said that roughly 25% of those who received Canada Work Visas through GTS are arriving from the US. Most of them are citizens of India, he added. Roughly 16,000 family members were accompanying the principal Visa holders. They also benefitted from access to Study and Work Visa, he informed.
Employers who utilize the GTS must devise a Labour Market Benefits Plan. This must elaborate on both the compulsory and complementary benefits of recruiting skilled overseas talents for the labour market in Canada. It includes those such as skills, job creation, and training investments.
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