The Canadian Government revealed in November 2016 that it is working on a fast-track visa and work permit as part of a newly unveiled Global Skills Strategy. The strategy is meant to help Canadian businesses attract global talent.

The Global Skills Strategy has three key tenets:

  • Establish a 2-week standard for processing visas and work permits for “low-risk, high-skill” employees for companies doing business in Canada.
  • Create a dedicated service channel for companies looking to make large, job-creating investments in Canada.
  • Remove the work permit requirement for short-term work (less than 30 days) in low-risk fields.

The Global Skills Strategy will be run by a dedicated team that will work with the companies to complete applications quickly.

The Canadian Government has stated that it is targeting high-growth Canadian companies that need access to global talent to accelerate growth and investment and international companies interested in making large investments in Canada or relocating to Canada.

The Global Skills Strategy is exciting news for highly skilled employees around the world who will be able to respond quickly to job demands in Canada.


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