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Canada’s Tech Workers Shortage A Boon For Immigrants

Canada’s Tech Workers Shortage A Boon For Immigrants

Canada employment portal, Indeed, reported that start-ups in some of Canada’s largest technology markets – Toronto, Vancouver Montreal and Ottawa – are struggling to grow because they cannot find candidates with the right skill sets. Positions such as Computer Vision Testers, Penetration Testers and Ruby on Rails Developers take the longest to fill and employers are getting desperate.

As estimates suggest the Canadian technology industry will be short by more than 200,000 workers by 2021. The Canadian government is targeting its immigration policy at making it easy to hire important technology workers from abroad. The government’s Global Talent Stream enables candidates in the hardest to fill technology occupations to have their visas and work permits processed in only two weeks.

Canada’s Hardest to Fill Technology Vacancies

Job title NOC Code Percentage of vacancies open for 60 or more days
1 Computer Vision Engineer 2147 56
2 Penetration Tester 2147, 2171, 2281 51
3 Ruby on Rails Developer 2147, 2171, 2172 43
4 Operations Engineer 2141, 2147 41
5 Release Engineer 2173 40
6 C Developer 2175 37
7 Machine Learning Engineer 2132 37
8 System Engineer 0211 35
9 Chief Engineer 0211 34
10 Security Engineer 2171 33

Source: Indeed

Jobs Covered by The Global Talent Stream

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)
0211 Engineering managers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
0212 Architecture and science managers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
0213 Computer and information systems managers prevailing wage prevailing wage
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) prevailing wage prevailing wage
Sub-set of 2161* Mathematicians and statisticians* Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset. prevailing wage prevailing wage
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants prevailing wage prevailing wage
2172 Database analysts and data administrators prevailing wage prevailing wage
2173 Software engineers and designers prevailing wage prevailing wage
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers prevailing wage prevailing wage
2175 Web designers and developers prevailing wage prevailing wage
2283* Information systems testing technicians $78,000 or higher prevailing wage $37.50 or higher prevailing wage
Sub-set of 5131* Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video gamePosition requires a minimum of five years of experience in the visual effects, video game or animation industries in one or a combination of the following roles: producer, technical director, creative director, artistic director or project manager, with experience in at least one or more of the following skills relevant to the visual effects, video game or animation industries: surfacing and look development; character or simulation rigging; matte painting; or technical pipeline development and application for visual effects, video games, or animation production. $75,000 or higher prevailing wage $36.06 or higher prevailing wage
Sub-set of 5241* Digital Media and DesignPosition requires a minimum of five years of experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills: 3D modeling, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital media animation, levels editing for digital media design, software editing for digital media design, pipeline software development or applications relevant for digital media design. $80,000 or higher prevailing wage $38.46 or higher prevailing wage

Individuals who succeed in obtaining temporary resident permits under the Global Talent Stream can make the transition to permanent residence in six months via the Express Entry system.

As part of its commitment to attract and retain technology skilled workers Canada also has a path for Internation students to become Canadian permanent residents. See International Students – Path to Citizenship.

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