Want to Hire / Get a Tech Job Work Permit in Canada? 2 Weeks is All You Need With a New Program

PLEASE NOTE: This became one of our most read articles. Mostly by professionals outside of Canada trying to get a tech job in Canada.

Below article describes the process what CANADIAN company needs to do to extend an offer. For candidates applying, you still need to apply, interview and secure a job offer from Canadian company.

After you accept an offer, Canadian company would need to figure out the work visa category to submit your profile through, do market labour assessment, pay the fee and submit your profile to the government for review. Government guarantees 2 week turn around time.

However, some Canadian companies even with 2 week turn around time still do not want to go through the process due to fees, legalities, headache involved.

Please note that it is illegal for company to ask candidate to pay the processing fee. Good luck.

After months, and years of waiting , Global Skills Strategy has finally arrived.

Canada has shortage of IT talent, sometimes candidates from abroad ask for salary of $60,000-70,000 just to end up getting $100,000 because of their skills are so in demand. The government of Canada realized that the only way to keep the economy going is to get some skilled workers into Canada fast. And by fast, we mean super fast, like 2 weeks after you apply fast.

Here is how the whole process works, please bear in mind, this has just started and there might be some caveats down the road:

  • First – figure out if you qualify – there are two categories through which you can get in:Category A:There are 2 paths to be eligible in Category A:1) Designated Partner for referral to Services Canada.The Partners are:Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
    BC Tech Association
    Business Development Bank of Canada
    Communitech Corporation
    Council of Canadian Innovators
    Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
    Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
    ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
    MaRS Discovery District
    National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
    Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
    Ontario Ministry of Economic Growth and Development
    VENN Innovation2) Hiring talent that has Advanced knowledge of the industry or an Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer; AND/OR Minimum of five years of experience in the field of specialized experience; AND A highly paid position with a salary of usually $80,000 or more. If you are hiring talent with this profile, you can apply directly to the Global Skills Visa.
  •  Category B: For Category B of the Global Talent Stream, employers must hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations found on the following list:
  • National Occupations Classification (NOC) code Occupation Minimum wage requirement (annual salary) Minimum wage requirement (hourly rate)
    0213 Computer and information systems managers not applicable not applicable
    2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) not applicable not applicable
    2171 Information systems analysts and consultants not applicable not applicable
    2172 Database analysts and data administrators not applicable not applicable
    2173 Software engineers and designers not applicable not applicable
    2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers not applicable not applicable
    2175 Web designers and developers not applicable not applicable
    2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians $81,000 $38.94
    2283 Information systems testing technicians $78,000 $37.50
    Sub-set of 5241* Digital Media and Design*position requires a minimum of five years of industry experience, and skills requirements including: 3D modeling, virtual and augmented reality; animation, level editing, editor and pipeline software and tools in applicable industry; other specialized knowledge of software framework in applicable industry (for example, Unreal 3.0); and/or, Experience in planning and managing a project. $80,000 $38.46

    OK, all qualified and ready to go? You can go ahead and submit that application: 
    Follow the guide on how to apply on the Canadian Government website that outlines the steps needed. You can apply online HERE. You must fill out the following forms:

    Global Talent Stream Application Form (EMP5624)
    Global Talent Stream – Annex 1 Additional Occupation
    Proof of Business Legitimacy, if applicable

    Also, make sure to read this Applicant Guide to understand how to best fill in the forms mentioned above! You’ll also need to pay a whopping $1,000 processing fee.

    4. Make a Labour Market Benefit Plan.

    Services Canada (ESDC) will work with you to create a Labour Market Benefits Plan during / after the application process. You’ll need to make different plans based on your Category. Category A: Commit to creating jobs, either directly or indirectly for Canadians and permanent residents as your mandatory benefit. Category B: Commit to increasing skills and training investments for Canadians and permanent residents as your mandatory benefit. In addition, you’ll need to make two complementary benefits with at least one activity for each benefit. The complementary benefits identified by an employer in their Plan cannot be the same as the mandatory benefit. Examples of Complementary Benefits:

    Increasing the number of Canadians or permanent residents employed full-time and part-time by the firm
    – Establishing educational partnerships with local or regional post-secondary institutes or with other organizations that are supporting skills and training
    – Paid co-op or internship programs
    – Developing and implementing policies to support the hiring of underrepresented groups
    – Directly training Canadians or permanent residents
    – Directly supervising and mentoring Canadians or permanent residents
    – Increasing growth of revenue, employment or investment; and
    – Developing/enhancing partnerships with organizations that assist with the identification of top domestic capital

    This will be done together with Services Canada, so don’t need to worry about it before applying!

    5. Work with Services Canada to finish application. After you apply a team member from Services Canada will get in touch with you either through email or phone to process your application. They will work closely with you to make sure everything runs smoothly and you can bring in the best talent that you need to grow your business.

This is the easiest and fastest way to get tech talent into Canada to date. Enjoy!

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2017/06/government_of_canadalaunchestheglobalskillsstrategy.html

Oxford Properties with Startup Accelerator OneEleven Creates Toronto Innovation District

Oxford and OneEleven team up to create a new Toronto innovation district aiming to make Toronto as appealing as San Francisco. Their location is around Front St.

325 Front St West used to be a data centre for for Royal Bank. Five story 250,000 sq ft building will house hundreds of startups once complete.

OneEleven has already moved into the building in January 2017 and expended its operations. The accelerator helps companies after they raise between $1m-$5m with office space.

Participating startups usually pay membership fees instead of giving up their equity and usually stay around 12-18 months employing up to 40 employees.

The Front Street hub will also be good for Oxford since graduates will inevitably seek out new office space as they outgrow OneEleven.

Video: One Eleven – Innovation Hub Grand Opening: Celebrating the Grand Opening with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory. Politicians and OneEleven member companies will discuss the importance of supporting Canadian technology and talent.

Montreal Element AI raises $140m Canadian, largest AI Series A round

Element AI, an artificial intelligence company that delivers groundbreaking AI solutions, announced today it has raised $102M USD, representing the largest Series A funding round for an artificial intelligence company in history.

Element AI is an artificial intelligence solutions provider that gives organizations unparalleled access to cutting-edge technology. Bringing together the best in entrepreneurship, technology and academic ecosystems, Element AI is building an AI-First World to elevate our collective wisdom. Element AI has about 70 employees mostly in their Montreal, Canada office.  They also have employees in Toronto and Quebec City.

Element AI CEO Jean-François Gagné said:

“Artificial Intelligence is a ‘must have’ capability for global companies. Without it, they are competitively impaired if not at grave risk of being obsoleted in place. Seasoned AI investors at DCVC understood this, and supported us to democratize the AI firepower reserved today for only the largest of tech corporations. Intel, Microsoft, and NVIDIA, as pioneers and champions of AI hardware and software, likewise understand that their businesses flourish as every company is empowered with world-class AI. This is why these leaders have backed us with the world’s largest Series A round ever for an artificial intelligence company. This historic round will help Element AI deliver profoundly powerful AI platforms for all, not just the few.”

Interview with Yoshua Bengio @ Shake IT Montreal 2017 about Artificial intelligence and Virtual reality. 


Nymi, Toronto wearable band company, raises $20m Canadian

Nymi raised its $15m USD series B round from  investor GII Tech from Dubai, with participation from existing investors Relay Ventures and Ignition Partners. This is on top of their Series A of $14m USD, making a total of $29m USD to date.

Nymi founder and CEO, Karl Martin said: 

“This is an important milestone for Nymi. We have made significant progress in the last two years, delivering on our vision of wearable, Always On AuthenticationTM. This new round of financing, with the support of our existing investors and the addition of GII Tech Ventures, provides us with the necessary resources to enter the next phase of scaled deployments.”

Nymi’s vision is to deliver Always On Authentication™, transforming the model of authentication into a secure and seamless experience for both enterprises and end-users. Nymi’s first product, the Nymi Band, is a wearable device that delivers biometrically secured, persistent authentication. The Nymi Band utilizes strong biometric modalities such as HeartID™ – a proprietary technology that leverages the wearer’s unique cardiac signature (or ECG) as a biometric identifier.



Airy3D, Montreal 3D vision startup, raises $4.6m Canadian

Airy3D raised money from CRCM Ventures and R7 Partners with participation from WI Harper Group, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Nautilus Venture Partners and angel investors affiliates of TandemLaunch, the Montreal-based incubator that spun out Airy3D.

Airy:3D provides a suite of passive depth recovery technologies that bring 3D machine vision to cameras. It serves entertainment, automotive, industrial, and security and surveillance markets. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Montreal, Canada with about 10 employees.

Video below shows a single Airy3D powered camera segmenting and locating AIry3D co-founders Jiho and Guillaume over an 8 meter scene. Frame rates are not limited by our computational algorithms but by our camera providers hardware readout rates!

SkyX, Toronto drone charging startup, raises $5.2m Canadian

SkyX, based in Markham , Ontario, raised $5.4m from Chinese based technology group. Company is specializing in drone charging stations, so that drones can monitor vital objects like oil and gas pipelines.

SkyX drones are half-helicopter, half-plane and built to fly long distances so that they can monitor vital objects.

Skyx is targeting energy industry first. According to Skyx website, In North America alone, more than $37 billion US is spent annually inspecting such pipelines. It is often done with either conventional manned aircraft, ground inspection, or even satellite imagery.

Video outlines the product functionalities:

Wave, Toronto financial software firm, raises $32.38m Canadian in funding

Wave , the leading provider of financial management software for entrepreneurs and small business owners, raised US$24 million strategic financing.

National Australia Bank (NAB), Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Portag3 (the investment arm of PowerCorp focusing on financial services innovations), and Exhibition Capital participated in financing the deal. The investment also includes funding from existing investors CRV, Social Capital, BDC IT Venture Fund and BDC Capital, OMERS Ventures, Harbourvest and OurCrowd.

Wave employs about 150 employees mostly in their Toronto and Kitchener offices.

The company manages more than $175 billion in income and expense transactions for its customers, including $21 billion in annual invoicing. The company’s first product was a free online accounting software designed for businesses with 1-9 employees, followed by invoicing, personal finance and receipt-scanning software (OCR). In 2012, Wave began branching into financial services, initially with Payments by Wave (credit card processing) and Payroll by Wave, followed by Lending by Wave in February 2017.

Kirk Simpson, CEO and co-founder of Wave, says,

“Since 2010, Wave has been an innovator in small business financial solutions. Our customers tell us that by deeply integrating financial services into our cloud-based software, we are helping them thrive while changing how they think about and use small business financial products.”