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Ministers Bains and Hajdu announce Canada’s Global Skills Strategy

March 9, 2017

The Government of Canada’s new Global Skills Strategy will facilitate faster access to top global talent for companies doing business in Canada that are committing to bring new skills to Canada and create more Canadian jobs. Whether bringing in professionals to train Canadian workers or hiring global talent with highly specialized, in-demand skills, the Global Skills Strategy will help innovative firms in Canada thrive, creating economic growth and good middle-class jobs.


As part of this strategy, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, today announced that the Global Skills Strategy, including the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will be launched on June 12, 2017.


This initiative will help high-growth Canadian companies attract the specialized global talent they need to innovate and grow by providing a faster and more predictable streamlined service. It will also assist Canadian firms in filling in-demand occupations where there is a demonstrated gap in the Canadian labour market. Under the new stream, a Global Talent List of eligible high-demand occupations is being developed in consultation with labour market experts and key stakeholders.


This will result in timely, responsive and predictable service that enables companies to attract top talent to scale up, create good middle-class jobs at home and remain globally competitive.


The Strategy will track employers’ commitments to create jobs, transfer knowledge and train Canadian workers, facilitating new investment in Canada.


The Government of Canada continues to consult the provinces and territories, businesses and industry stakeholders on the implementation of the Global Skills Strategy.


The global demand for highly skilled talent in the knowledge economy is outpacing the supply, leaving companies in Canada without the talent needed to fill vacancies and grow their business. The Global Skills Strategy will make it easier for companies doing business in Canada to hire highly trained people, both in Canada and abroad, and will position this country as a global innovation leader. That’s a key part of the Innovation Agenda, the Government of Canada’s plan to create good quality, high-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.


Check out the full news release here.

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