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Canada can win the global talent race

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Announcing a ground-breaking program yesterday at Collision, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship launched Canada’s first-ever Tech Talent Strategy, advancing Canada’s competitive talent advantage. Starting next month, an open work permit stream for H-1B specialty occupation visa holders and their families in the United States will be eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit, with the government planning to accept up to 10,000 applications within a one-year window, creating a high potential tech talent stream for in-demand innovation professionals.

As additional ambitious measures, the federal government will develop a Digital Nomad Strategy to promote Canada as a destination for the growing ranks of remote workers; and will make improvements to the Start-Pp Visa Program prioritizing applications that are supported by venture capital firms, angel investor groups, or business incubators who are members of Canada’s Tech Network, including TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario.

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