Posted October 20, 2018 09:06:53 The Canada Visas, a popular work-visa program that allows citizens of other countries to work in Canada for up to three years, is being rolled out in the country with one of the largest populations of expats in the world.
A new pilot project is in the works, with more than 200,000 Canadians applying to work and a total of 8 million applicants to immigrate.
The program, called Visa-Visa Canada, is a popular and easy-to-use visa option, especially for younger Canadians and graduates from post-secondary institutions who are looking to work abroad.
In 2018, more than 1.5 million Canadians applied for a work permit, and that number is expected to increase to more than 2 million this year, according to Statistics Canada.
The government says the program is a key factor behind the strong economic growth Canada is experiencing.
“We are very pleased that Canadians are willing to come to Canada to work,” said Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander.
“It will help our economy, it will help Canada’s labour market and help Canadian employers attract skilled and qualified workers.”
The new program is one of a series of pilot programs that are in the planning stage, with the government also working with the provinces to establish the details of how and when it will operate.
The first phase will launch in 2019.
The second phase will run for two years, starting in 2020.
The third phase, which has yet to be announced, is expected in 2021.
The provinces have agreed to set aside about $1 billion over the next three years to develop and administer the program, according a release from Citizenship and Community Development Canada (CCDC).
The government has committed to expanding the program to more people from the same provinces.
It will also provide $250 million over four years to help provinces and territories build on the pilot program to extend it to more workers.
“I know that a lot of people are looking for opportunities in Canada to make a living,” said Chris Denniston, chief operating officer of Visa Canada.
“In order to do that, we need to be able to attract people who are willing and able to work, but we have to make sure that we’re taking the right steps in order to make that happen.”
The Canadian Immigration Institute predicts that by 2020, there will be about 5,000 skilled workers from the four provinces and a few hundred skilled migrants from the United States.
The industry is booming and a surge in the numbers of workers looking to enter the field of tech has boosted the demand for Canadian-born tech talent, Dennison said.
“Canada is in a really good position to take advantage of the talent and the labour market in Canada,” he said.