On Monday June 12, the Federal government launched their highly anticipated Canadian Global Skills Strategy, designed to expedite the entry of select, highly-skilled foreign workers. This is an important step forward for the whole tech community and towards New Brunswick becoming a top global tech ecosystem, innovation hub, and go-to destination for global talent.
We are pleased to announce that Venn Innovation has been selected as a Designated Referral Partner to the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This initiative in conjunction with other programs, including the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), will serve to bolster the technology sector and capabilities in New Brunswick.
We have heard loud and clear that access to world-class talent is the biggest and most immediate challenge affecting NB tech companies’ ability to scale their businesses. Over the last year, Venn Innovation, working with our colleagues at MaRS, Communitech, BC Tech, ICTAM and Invest Ottawa, has been advocating to the Federal and Provincial governments to ensure there are more effective and efficient options available to help growing tech companies meet their talent needs. In the coming months, we look forward to further supporting the community via this immigration support and referral offering - from enabling companies to have faster access to new, highly skilled, globally located talent, to helping retain the amazing tech talent already working in NB.
We look forward to working with you and the NB tech community, and ask for your patience and cooperation as this program rolls out over the next few weeks.