Canada’s immigration-friendly national policy has led to a growing tech workforce

Canada’s immigration-friendly national policy has led to a growing tech workforce

Canada’s immigration-friendly national policy has led to a growing tech workforce
The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and Canada’s Tech Network (CTN) have released a report on the migration of tech workers and jobs in Canada. The report found that over 32,000 new tech workers came to Canada in the past year, mainly from India and Nigeria. Mississauga, Montreal, and Waterloo were the top cities for tech talent, with Ontario having the most tech workers. According to the report, smaller provinces like Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador are seeing rapid growth, with Windsor having the highest increase in tech workers.

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Thunder Bay issued 274 recommendations to qualified candidates
On May 9, 2023, Thunder Bay, ON, issued new community recommendations in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). The city approved the applications of 274 candidates whose evaluations scored as low as 49%. Last year, the community recommended a total of 377 candidates. The Thunder Bay CEDC will prioritize applicants for the recommendation who are most likely to settle and contribute to the local economy. Candidates who received a community recommendation can submit their applications for permanent residence in Canada to Immigration Canada (IRCC). In 2023, the city recommended 504 applications.

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North Bay business leaders want the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to be permanent
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) has been successful and popular, leading the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) to call for it to become a permanent immigration program. The RNIP has been implemented in five Northern Ontario communities, and only in North Bay, over 150 employers participated and over 300 community recommendations for newcomers were issued. Timmins and Sudbury have also expressed their support for RNIP. In Thunder Bay, RNIP generated $11.6 million in wages for the local economy and created 321 jobs in just one year.

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An increase in international student numbers puts the integrity of the immigration system at risk
Immigration Minister Marc Miller is concerned about the increasing international students coming to Canada. He believes this could affect Canadians’ trust in the integrity of the immigration system, not just in terms of housing. Canada is set to welcome a historic high of 900,000 international students this year, compared to a third of that a decade ago. However, this increase has raised concerns over housing availability, with the government considering various options, including a cap on international students. While acknowledging the issue, the immigration minister believes that a hard cap is not the only solution, as the problem stems from issues with the integrity of the system and illegitimate actors taking advantage of it. Miller emphasized the need for closer collaboration with provinces and private colleges to ensure that institutions have enough space and suitable housing for those being admitted.

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