Immigration Minister John McCallum has confirmed that the Canadian government will introduce its Global Skills Strategy in 2017, including new work permit programs aimed at supporting high growth companies in attracting highly skilled talent from around the world.
The Global Skills Strategy has three components:
- A two-week processing standard for visas and work permits for low risk, high skilled talent;
- Creation of a dedicated service channel for companies that make large investments in Canada;
- Create a work permit exemption for work that is 30 days or less in areas that are low risk. This would include academic projects as well.
The Immigration Minister did not provide further details of the new regulations as of 30 November 2016, but promised to introduce the new programs sometime in 2017.