IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? Canada launched its Global Skills Strategy program Monday, aiming to help select companies more easily recruit workers in recognized professions.
What does the change mean? The program’s overarching goals include: (1) identifying companies that make significant investments in the Canadian economy; (2) exempting certain jobs from standard recruiting requirements; (3) setting a two-week period for processing time for visas and work permits for qualifying applicants; and (4) introducing new short-term work authorization exemptions.
Background: Canadian officials announced plans for the new Global Skills Strategy in March, but provided few details on how the program would work. Officials provided more information Monday, saying:
BAL Analysis: The Global Skills Strategy has the potential to significantly help qualifying companies recruit high-skilled, in-demand workers. Both the faster processing times and the short-term work authorization will make it easier for eligible companies to meet workforce demands.
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