Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, has announced plans to address labor shortages in key sectors by bringing in more healthcare workers through a revamped immigration approach. In a series of tweets on his official Twitter account, Fraser revealed that the healthcare industry will be the first to benefit from this initiative.
According to the program, 500 skilled healthcare professionals have already been invited to immigrate to Canada, and an additional 1,500 will receive invitations on July 5. This move is expected to double the number of healthcare workers entering Canada through the federal Express Entry system this year.
In addition to the healthcare sector, Canada has also launched its inaugural tech talent strategy, aimed at attracting foreign tech experts to bolster the country’s thriving digital landscape. As part of this strategy, the government has introduced an “innovation stream” that offers open work permits for up to five years to highly skilled professionals in high-demand occupations. The program also includes employer-specific work permits for the same duration, benefiting talents employed by companies that contribute to Canada’s industrial innovation objectives.
These initiatives reflect Canada’s commitment to addressing labour shortages in critical sectors and attracting top talent from around the world. By prioritizing healthcare workers and tech experts, the country aims to strengthen its workforce and drive innovation in key industries.