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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

28 Tech Companies Hiring in Toronto Right Now

Toronto is #3 best global city to work in tech, according to  Expert Market (https://www.fastcompany.com/3061460/the-best-global-cities-for-working-in-tech), a U.S.-based B2B marketplace. You can not be the best without hiring the best talent.

See the list of companies below hiring tech candidates right now according to the research at Indeed.com:

Top Hat is a cloud educational platform that leverages mobile to turn classrooms into interactive learning experiences. Bonus: Daily breakfast and lunch provided. Open tech roles at Top Hat.

Influitive helps companies mobilize their advocates to increase referrals. Bonus: Catered lunches, flexible vacation policies, and Apple gear. Open tech roles at Influitive.

Askuity is a retail analytics platform. Bonus: Pet-friendly workplace. Located in the heart of Toronto. Open tech roles at Askuity.


Achievers makes employee engagement and recognition tools to drive business outcomes. Bonus: Loft-style converted warehouse with a mezzanine that hosts free yoga and video game contests. Fully stocked kitchen. Open tech roles at Achievers.

TradeRev provides software for the global automotive remarketing industry. Bonus: Gym membership, flexible hours, game room, casual dress, free espresso and snacks. Open tech roles at TradeRev.

Flipp is an app for searching and browsing local flyers and weekly ads to streamline shopping and save money. Bonus: Friday lunches, work-from-home options, flex hours. Open tech roles at Flipp.

BiblioCommons optimizes the websites and online catalogs of public libraries. Bonus: Demo sessions every Friday and year-round hackathons. Open tech roles at BiblioCommons.


TribalScale is a digital firm specializing in the design and development of world-class digital products. Bonus: Continuous integration and deployment ensures the highest quality product from the early stages of development. Open tech roles at TribalScale.

Jonah Group designs and builds high-performance custom digital solutions with an emphasis on great user experience, robust architecture, and perfect fit.  Bonus: Downtown Toronto location. Free food and beverages every second Thursday night. Flexible working hours. Open tech roles at Jonah Group.

Softchoice designs and implements advanced IT solutions to meet business objectives. Bonus: Onsite gym, monthly beer cart, green commute options. Open tech roles at Softchoice.


Drop links digital rewards with debit card use. Bonus: Team retreats, flexible schedules. Located by the St. Lawrence Market. Open tech roles at Drop.

Ethoca is a secure network for card issuers and merchants to connect and work cooperatively outside the payment network. Bonus: Challenging, growth-stage environment where each engineer has an integral impact. Open tech roles at Ethoca.

CareGuide is a streamlined portal that connects caregivers and new gigs. Bonus: Ruby tech stack; front-end is a mix of BackboneJS and React. Open tech roles at CareGuide.

League creates wellness culture in the workplace by supplying access to healthcare providers and spending accounts for employees. Bonus: Healthy meals. On-site yoga classes. Unlimited PTO. Open tech roles at League.

Overbond unites all players in the bond market through its secure digital platform. Bonus: Named by PayPal as one of the “FinTech Five” for 2016. Open tech roles at Overbond.


Repable provides real-time analytics for gamers. Bonus: Lively tech team combines passions for gaming, eSports, and data science. Open tech roles at Repable.

Unata modernizes grocery shopping by integrating online and in-store shopping. Bonus: Free food and beer, in-office board games, movies, and ping-pong. Open tech roles at Unata.

Zoom.ai is designing a digital personal assistant for the workday. Bonus: Cool, inventive work centered on practical applications of AI. Open tech roles at Zoom.ai.

CSA Group fosters global health and environmental standards. Bonus: Mission-driven nonprofit. Open tech roles at CSA Group.

KEV Group streamlines school accounting and online payments. Bonus: Flex hours, casual dress, and continuing education. Open tech roles at KEV Group.

FleetComplete provides an integrated GPS vehicle tracking system to connect fleets, locate assets, and dispatch crews. Bonus: Ongoing social celebrations including Pie Day, Halloween Parade, Ugly Sweater Contest, and more. Open tech roles at FleetComplete.


Points runs a loyalty program platform that allows users to manage their loyalty programs in one place. Bonus: Snack-cart Fridays. In-office games. Flexible schedule options. Open tech roles at Points.

KUBRA provides leading customer experience management solutions. Bonus: Casual, flexible work environment. Board game nights. Open tech roles at KUBRA.

Manulife provides investment management advice and insurance. Bonus: Co-op program for students with international internship options. Open tech roles at Manulife.

Loblaw is Canada’s largest grocery chain with a dedicated division, Loblaw Digital, for eCommerce. Bonus: Tuition subsidies. Open tech roles at Loblaw.

Teranet manages Ontario’s online land registration system and digital data. Bonus: A culture of encouraged professional advancement and growth opportunities. Open tech roles at Teranet.

Wipro Technologies offers computer systems design, cloud, and other digital services. Bonus: PTO for volunteering. Open tech roles at Wipro.

 Ubisoft makes video games for consoles, PCs, and mobile. Bonus: Onsite fitness classes and childcare subsidies. Open tech roles at Ubisoft.


Waterloo Axonify, helps companies train / better retain their employees, raises $27 million to date

Axonify is the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform that uniquely combines brain science, gamification, micro-learning and personalized knowledge to deliver a highly effective learning experience to corporate employees. Through a daily, 3 minute session on any device, Axonify creates memory and changes employee behaviour in positive ways that can drive significant business outcomes.


Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

The company was started in 2011 by Carol Leaman and Christine Tutssel who acquired the IP and one customer from the original founders. Carol is a CPA and a serial tech entrepreneur while Christine is a senior Executive Sales professional. Neither has a tech background other than running and working in tech companies for 20 years. The overall team is now comprised 30% of developers.

How are you being financed?

We’ve raised venture capital and private equity.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

The biggest obstacle is always creating brand awareness when you are selling to large corporate enterprise. As a small company with fewer dollars to spend on marketing, it’s a challenge to build the business one customer at a time, while balancing cashflow and the need to grow. That challenge never goes away, but it does get easier.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

We have used our networks to find great developers. We’re fortunate to have a really good reputation in Waterloo Region as an employer, and it’s allowed us to attract amazing talent.

Who is your biggest competition?

Our biggest competition is the “do nothing” customer. We are disrupting old, established processes and technology that our customers have typically invested millions in. They can be reluctant to take the leap to a completely modern approach. We’re still in the early adopter phase, but I sense the tipping point is coming.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in
revenues? In what markets?

2017 is a year where we are doubling down on the markets and applications we know work best for us, which are retail, plant and logistics (industry heavy on deskless workers). Our marketing dollars and sales teams will be laser focused on those targets, and leveraging the results from our existing customers to replicate. We expect to see increased velocity of sales and lots of other good things come out of that.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this venture.

This is my fourth technology company and I can say that the hard lessons I learned in previous experiences have helped me avoid most of the same problems this time around! Axonify has been a significantly smoother build, and I can’t say that there have been any huge lessons that jump out at me. But I do keep having to remind myself how long it takes to get customers when you’re selling to Fortune 1000. I guess my biggest lesson at Axonify has been having patience in the face of driving urgency.


Website: www.axonify.com

Canadian Tech Community asks Govt of Canada to accept more immigrants: Diversity is our strength

The following letter was published on Facebook few days ago by the Canadian Tech Community and sent to the Government of Canada for consideration. This was done due to a recent ban by the American president, Donald Trump, in the US.

This letter is in addition to Immigration Open Letter signed by Facebook and Microsoft in the United States partly stating:

We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe, We are concerned, however, that your recent Executive Order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success. We hire both thousands of Americans and some of the most talented people from abroad, who work together to help our companies succeed and expand our overall employment. Please use companies as a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values.”

The following Canadian letter is asking Canadian government to give special consideration to people who were banned under Trump’s order to be able to work in Canada with full benefits and potential apply for permanent residency in Canada.

The Canadian tech community comprises many different nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, mental and physical abilities, and perspectives. We believe that this diversity is a source of strength and opportunity.

On this topic, we are united.

Canadian tech companies understand the power of inclusion and diversity of thought, and that talent and skill know no borders. In choosing to hire, train, and mentor the best people in the world, we can build global companies that grow our economy. By embracing diversity, we can drive innovation to benefit the world.

The 21st century will be driven by pluralistic economies powered by pluralistic societies.

This is a belief founded upon personal experience for many in our community. Many Canadian tech entrepreneurs are immigrants, are the children of immigrants, employ and have been employed by immigrants. As connected economies, decisions by the United States can directly impact every business north of the border. The recently signed Executive Order to block entry of citizens from seven countries has already impacted several in our community.

As a community, we are all affected. As a community, we stand together in opposition to the marginalization of people based upon their race or religion. The Canadian tech community supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s message that Canada will and must remain inclusive to all nationalities.

We also stand directly opposed to any and all laws that undermine or attack inclusion, and call on Prime Minister Trudeau and our political leaders to do the same.

The Canadian tech community also calls on the Canadian federal government to institute an immediate and targeted visa providing those currently displaced by the US Executive Order with temporary residency in Canada. This visa would allow these residents to live and work in Canada with access to benefits until such time as they can complete the application process for permanent residency if they so choose.

Diversity is our strength. We as Canadians recognize our privilege as a prosperous nation. We believe providing refuge to people seeking safety should remain our compass.

In the hours following the US decision, many members of our community have privately shared personal stories of their immigrant experience. We ask them now to share those stories publicly so they may be amplified.

France launches French Tech Visa / lures tech talent

France wants you to pack your bags and say “Bonjour” to doing your tech business startup in France. If selected, you will get a 4 year work visa and can bring your spouse with you to live and work in one of the 41 French incubators. Visa could also be renewed on 4 year term basis. La French Tech is an initiative by the French Government to support the French Startup Ecosystem. Please note that citizen from European Economic Area and Switzerland do not need such a visa . 

However France and EU are not without their problems. France with its high taxes, and low entrepreneurship rates is trying to reinvent itself by luring fresh tech minds from other countries with French Tech Visa. The country where even French businessmen went out into the streets not so long ago, shouting “enough is enough” into megaphones — an expression of their frustration with the layers of regulations and government’s anti-business stance.

By creating this program, France is moving in the right direction, but at the end of day Europe and France in particular needs to become more competitive in global markets. That can be achieved only by various policy changes, such as keeping top tax rates at sensible levels and regulatory reforms that would give companies more freedom to manage their businesses as they see fit, including, when necessary, closing plants and reducing head counts. That is the only viable path to sustainable growth and, ultimately, more jobs.

Whatever you do however, keep in mind no after-work e-mails are allowed as the French government has recently ordered to ignore the boss’s emails after 6pm.  Also do not forget that in France the work week is 35 hours a week. Time to be more efficient.

La French Tech was created by French Ministry for the Economy and Finance, in partnership with the Direction Générale des Entreprises, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Commissariat général à l’Investissment, Bpifrance, Business France, and Caisse des Dêpôts et Consigation.

The way the visa works is described below: 

  • Validity: Four years, on a renewable basis.
  • Family: “Talent Passport – Family” residence permit granted to spouse of the main applicant, guaranteeing identical family treatment and automatic labor market access (as an employee, business founder, etc.).
  • No work permit is required for any work performed as an employee.
  • Upon certain conditions, a fast-track procedure will be provided.

How do you get this visa?

Apply to the French Tech Ticket Program*

The French Tech Ticket is a 12-month seed accelerator program designed for international entrepreneurs willing to create their startup in France. More than just a startup visa, this 12-month program offers end to end support on the journey of 70 international startups, from early stage start-up to successful business – from financial support and training to first customer acquisition. *winners will benefit from a fast-track procedure www.FrenchTechTicket.com

Apply to Start-Up Accelerators & Competitions* La French Tech will soon be partnering with French Accelerators and Start-Up Competitions. This partnership will provide accelerator and competition participants exclusive support to the French Tech Visa application process. *winners will benefit from a fast-track procedure

Apply to the French Tech Visa for Founders

Contact your local French Consulate or the local “Prefecture” (if you already reside in France) and follow the general procedure to apply for a “Passeport Talent”.