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  • Day 2 : Global Immigration Conference

    O Canada! Impact of the new temporary foreign worker program

  • Canada Immigration

    Temporary Foreign Worker Compliance

  • Lobbied for by high-tech companies

    Announced June 12, 2017 by Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada(IRCC) and went into effect immediately

    Goal: To provide a fast- track process for Canadian employers to recruithighly skilled foreign talent.

    The strategy focuses on a two-week processing standard for certain LMIA-exempt WP applications and 2 brand new work permit exemptions

    NEW CANADIAN GLOBAL SKILLS STRATEGY

    FIGHT FOR TECH TALENT: CANADA

  • TWO WEEK WP PROCESSING STANDARD

    PURPOSE Provide two week work permit processing to high-skilled* workers under the International

    Mobility program

    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA E-application submitted on June 12, 2017 or later; Application submitted outside of Canada; Foreign national has an employer-specific job offer in a NOC 0 or A position; or, Is applying from outside of Canada and has been identified within ESDCs Global Talent

    Stream.

    EXPECTED OUTCOMES Improved speed and responsiveness; Greater predictability for both employer and prospective recruits; Canadian employers gain an edge in recruitment; Canadian workers benefit from knowledge transfer and new economic opportunities.

    FIGHT FOR TECH TALENT: CANADA

  • The Global Talent Stream, a two year pilot project, creates two newcategories of work permits for highly skilled foreign nationals and providesa simplified Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.

    Through the GTS, the government claims that eligible applications will beprocessed within 10 business days.

    To be eligible, a company must fall within one of the following twocategories: Category A and B.

    GLOBAL TALENT STREAM (GTS)

    FIGHT FOR TECH TALENT: CANADA

  • To qualify, employer must be referred to the GTS by one of ESDCs 14 designated partners AND plan to hire unique and specialized talent.

    Advanced Knowledge

    Advanced Degree of

    Specialization

    At least 5 years of

    experience

    Annual Minimum Salary of $80,000

    GLOBAL TALENT STREAM CATEGORY A

    FIGHT FOR TECH TALENT: CANADA

  • Category A List of ESDC Designated Partners as of June 12, 2017 *

    *Several partners have been identified for potential inclusion following the June 12, 2017 launch.

    Federal (including Crown

    corporations)

    Regional Development

    Agencies

    Provincial/

    Territorial

    Private Sector

    National Research Council -

    Industrial Research Assistance

    Program (NRC-IRAP)

    Federal Economic

    Development Agency for

    Southern Ontario (FedDev)

    Ontario Ministry

    of Citizenship

    and Immigration

    Communitech

    Innovation, Science and

    Economic Development (ISED)

    Accelerated Growth Service

    (AGS)

    Atlantic Canada

    Opportunities Agency

    (ACOA)

    Ontario Ministry

    of Economic

    Development

    and Growth

    Council of Canadian

    Innovators (CCI)

    Business Development Bank of

    Canada (BDC)

    BC Tech

    Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

    Trade Commissioner Service

    MaRS Discovery District

    VENN Innovation

    ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)

    FIGHT FOR TECH TALENT: CANADA

  • Global Talent Stream Category B

    Firms in Canada that need to hire highly-skilled foreign workers for occupations found on ESDCs Global Talent Occupations List which have been determined to be in-demand and for which there is an insufficient domestic labour supply. The following ten high-skilled occupations in NOC skills levels O, A and B in the ICT field were identified:

    GLOBAL TALENT OCCUPATIONS LIST

    National

    Occupations

    Classification

    (NOC) code

    Occupation

    Minimum wage

    requirement

    (annual salary)

    Minimum

    wage

    requirement

    (hourly rate)

    0213 Computer and information systems managers Prevailing wage (PV)

    2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) PV

    2171 Information systems analysts and consultants PV

    2172 Database analysts and data administrators PV

    2173 Software engineers and designers PV

    2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers PV

    2175 Web designers and developers PV

    2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians$81,000 or

    higher PV$38.94 or higher PV

    2283 Information systems testing technicians$78,000 or

    higher PV$37.50 or higher PV

    Sub-set of 5241**

    Digital Media Designers

    **position requires a minimum of five years of industry experience, and skills requirements including:

    3D modeling, virtual and augmented reality; animation, level editing, editor and pipeline software and

    tools in applicable industry; other specialized knowledge of software framework in applicable industry

    (for example, Unreal 3.0); and/or, Experience in planning and managing a project.

    $80,000 or

    higher PV$38.46 or higher PV

    FIGHT FOR TECH TALENT: CANADA

  • The LMBP will enable employers to demonstrate their commitment to creating lasting positive benefits for the Canadian labor market.

    Highlights of the LMBP development process include:

    Employer-focused and not position or occupation specific: Employers will complete a full LMBP as part of their LMIA the first time they enter the GT Stream;

    Measurable benefits developed with support from ESDCs Global Talent LMBP Review Unit: Dedicated resources at ESDC assist employers to identify appropriate benefits and activities for their LMBPs during the application process. Employers will need to set targets and timelines for achieving their chosen LMBP benefits and activities. The selected activities could takemore than two years to complete but some results will need to be demonstrated by employers during the 24-month period of the Pilot;

    Monitored at regular intervals: ESDCs Global Talent LMBP Review Unit will conduct an employer check-in at 6 month intervals, or as needed, after the LMIA is issued and seek aggregate data on employees, including by gender. In addition, periodic monitoring measures may be developed to be applied across all employers at a particular time (e.g. year 1.5 of the Pilot); and,

    A no one-size fits all approach: The LMBP will consider factors such as company size, revenue, sector, growth-stage and the number of foreign nationals per employer, including for global talent workers.

    LABOR MARKET BENEFITS PLAN (LMBP) DEFINED

    FIGHT FOR TECH TALENT: CANADA

  • Compliance: Requirements Continue to Grow Stricter

  • Compliance: Employer Obligations

  • PANELIST DISCUSSION

  • Thank You

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