Government of Alberta launches tech-focused immigration pathway
The Government of Alberta has launched a new immigration pathway
to attract digitally skilled newcomers to Alberta from around the world (18 NOC codes
will be eligible under the program). According to the province, the Accelerated Tech Pathway will help diversify Alberta’s economy and support the local tech industry by meeting the province’s growing demand for tech workers and attracting tech investment. According to a 2021 study
of Alberta’s tech sector, access to talent is a challenge for Alberta-based firms, particularly for sales and technical talent. Meanwhile, a 2020 survey
by the Boston Consulting Group found Canada to be the top destination among digital workers.
Supply chain issues, construction labour shortages may threaten labour supply
Canada’s housing industry has faced a slew of challenges
in recent years, namely, construction labour shortages, ongoing supply chain issues, COVID-19 induced health and safety restrictions, and record immigration levels: together, these challenges have put downward pressure on housing starts and availability. At the same time, record levels of immigration are adding to demand. Housing affordability is an important consideration for migrants in search of a new home: in a recent interview
, RBC CEO Dave McKay cautioned that high housing costs threaten to scare off digitally-skilled new comers from coming to Canada.
Ontario passes new labour legislation, removes barriers to the recognition of foreign credentials
New labour legislation
, passed by the Government of Ontario in December, sets out to remove barriers
that prevent foreign credentials from being recognized in the province. The bill, which applies to several regulated professions, including engineers, teachers, and accountants, will remove requirements related to Canadian work experience. According to
the Executive Director for Economic Growth, Tourism, and Culture for the province of PEI, other provinces are looking at what the legislation would mean for them, and how it could help address labour shortages.
Economic development, industry, and environment top 2021 lobbying agenda
According to the Lobbying Commissioner’s annual report
, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada was the second most lobbied government institution in 2021, behind only the House of Commons. Likewise, economic development, industry, health, and the environment led the lobbying agenda. On this topic, The Logic
reported last week that Telesat, Blackberry, and Stemcell Technologies filed the most communication reports among Canadian innovation economy players; meanwhile, Amazon, Google, Adobe, TikTok, and Netflix led among Big Tech. - Mairead Matthews