Japa: Canada Unveils Immigration Tech Talent Mechanism to Create Job Opportunities Canada has introduced its first-ever immigration tech talent mechanism, aiming to provide new job opportunities for Nigerian citizens and individuals from other countries.
The announcement of these new job opportunities comes shortly after Germany passed an immigrant law designed to attract more individuals from outside the European Union for employment purposes.
Unveiled at the 2023 Collision Conference in Toronto, the talent strategy includes a range of measures, including enhancements to existing initiatives, with the goal of fostering business growth in Canada’s competitive landscape, as reported by Toronto News.
Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, stated during the conference, “Over the course of this year, Canada will be developing a specific stream for the world’s most highly talented individuals to come and work for tech companies in Canada, regardless of whether they have a job offer or not.”
Fraser also revealed the launch of a digital Nomads strategy, allowing individuals with a foreign employer to work in Canada for up to six months.
Under this new talent mechanism, talented individuals residing in Canada can explore job opportunities and, if successful, continue to work in the country.
“Furthermore, we have been closely monitoring the situation in the tech sector in the United States, where there have been discussions about layoffs. We have engaged in private conversations about potential opportunities,” Fraser added.
Starting from July 16, Canada plans to establish a stream enabling 10,000 H-1B visa holders in the United States to work in Canada.
Due to an aging population and declining birth rates, Canada has been experiencing a shrinking labor force. To address this, the country has intensified its efforts to attract young and dynamic immigrants by implementing immigration-friendly policies.
In 2022, Canada welcomed 437,120 Permanent Residents (PRs), representing an approximately eight percent increase from the previous year, according to data from the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
For Nigeria, the number of PRs grew by 41.9 percent, reaching 22,130 in 2022 compared to 15,595 in the previous year.
Last year, the Canadian federal government announced a significant plan to admit 500,000 immigrants annually by 2025, with a total of nearly 1.5 million newcomers expected to arrive in the country over the next three years.
“We are enthusiastic about the ambitious immigration goals we have set, as they are not solely focused on numbers; they are strategically designed to target newcomers who can contribute to establishing Canada as a global leader in various emerging technologies,” stated Fraser.
In recent months, Canada has implemented measures to facilitate family relocation for recent immigrants, contrasting the United Kingdom’s decision to restrict foreign students from bringing their families starting next year.
Additionally, Canada’s express entry system has introduced category-based selection to address labor shortages and stimulate economic growth.