Canada has replaced the US to become the most preferred overseas jobs destination according to a survey by the Biston Consulting Group (BCG). The survey conducted between October and December 2020 of nearly 209,000 people in 190 countries titled “Decoding Global Talent, Onsite and Virtual,” revealed that Canada is the first in the list of most preferred countries for an overseas career.
The survey revealed that those who wished to move abroad for work were predisposed to favor countries that had a successful record in dealing with the pandemic.
Canada and US
The United States had previously topped the list in previous polls. In the 2020 survey, the United States has dropped a point, and Canada has risen to the top. Given what happened in the United States in 2020, this is not unexpected. Obviously, US did not fare well in the treatment of the coronavirus. In terms of infection rates and deaths from the coronavirus, Canada fared much better.
Canada is also the preferred destination for those with master’s or doctoral degrees, those with digital training or experience, and those under the age of 30. Companies and countries value these characteristics.
Trump’s anti-immigration policies had a role to play. He reduced the number of foreigners who can come here on an H-1B visa and sought to control the issue of Green cards. Things may look up now thanks to the current US president, Joe Biden’s pro-immigration stand.
Job opportunities in Canada
According to the Conference Board, Canada’s economy will expand by 6.7 percent in 2021 and 4.8 percent in 2022.
Over the next five years, the following industries are projected to have about 15,000 job openings across Canada.
- Business and finance
- Community and social service
Since Canada is a developed country, there is a labour shortage in the economy. The government has set a target of accepting 1 million immigrants as permanent residents to Canada by 2021 in order to fill this gap. The goal for 2021 is to employ 341,000 people who are professional young employees.
Fortunately, many of the in-demand jobs for the next five years offer excellent pay, and employers may need skilled workers due to labour shortages. To achieve this aim, the government has started initiatives to expedite visa processing.
Canada’s immigration programs
Canada offers a number of immigration programs. The country offers more than 80 economic class immigration pathways to skilled workers. The most well-known one is the federal Express Entry system.
The other popular immigration programs are the Provincial Nominee program (PNP) and the Quebec Skilled Immigration program.
Another popular immigration program is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) which allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers when local employees are not available for the job.
In order to support Canadian industries such as agriculture, agri-food, food processing and trucking, it has agreed to continue its TFWP category.
Other immigration pathways for foreign workers include the International Mobility Program (IMP). The other option is the Global Talent stream that does not require a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Canada has emerged as a top overseas job destination thanks to its immigration policies and better handling of the pandemic.