Updated: May 2, 2022
Benjamin Bergen, president of the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI), recently called on the Canadian government to allow high-potential foreign tech talents to come to Canada without a job offer.
The president of a business council added that the United Kingdom has already launched national innovation strategy on this matter, and Canada also should try it as the Canadian labour market is desperate for software developers or data scientists.
Benjamin Bergen clarified that there was no “need for a 100-page academic study or a parliamentary committee convening hearings on Canada’s acute talent shortage and then waiting a year to publish a report,” and the labour shortage in the country demands to take this situation seriously.
The CCI also wants the government to provide concierge services that can assist companies with navigating the immigration system, and facilitate the pathway to permanent residency through the Global Talent Stream, a program that falls under the Global Skills Strategy and is available for certain employers and in-demand tech occupations.