Canada skilled worker visas made easier to obtain as US visas hit delays

In the wake of tighter US immigration controls, for political and bureaucratic reasons, the Canadian federal government is looking to capitalize by launching a new scheme as part of its temporary foreign worker program, with a view to attracting more highly skilled workers to Canada. The new ‘Global Talent’ pilot scheme was made public on Thursday, March 9.

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, who announced the new pilot program in Toronto, said that it’s due to launch on June 12 and will make Canada’s skilled worker visas easier to obtain.

The federal government, along with Canadian tech companies, have hailed the scheme as a chance to bring in overseas staff to fast-track innovation, enabling the country to compete on a global level, while stimulating economic development and generating more jobs for Canadians.