The Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, announced today that the first STEM round for category-based selection will begin the week of July 5th.
Candidates with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) experience will be given priority in receiving invites, which include data scientists, software developers and programmers, mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries, and electrical and electronic engineers.
Canada expects that through this project, it will be able to meet the growing demand for STEM talent and fill vital roles that will contribute to the country's economic growth and technical improvement.
This news marks a watershed moment in Canada's commitment to attracting top global talent and consolidating the country's status as a leader in R&D and innovation. The announcement also aligns with the Canadian government's efforts to retain and recruit outstanding candidates to address STEM workforce labor challenges, building on the recently launched Tech Talent Attraction Strategy.
The Honorable Minister Fraser introduced the new Express Entry category-based selection process last month. Category-based selections will assist in meeting labor needs that serve a specific economic purpose, while also strengthening Francophone immigration by inviting applicants with relevant work experience or French language ability to seek permanent residence.
"Canada's ability to remain at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is largely dependent on our ability to attract top talent from around the world.” I'm pleased to announce, along with my colleague, Minster Champagne, this STEM category-based selection round, which will boost access to permanent residence for qualified employees with STEM experience. We eagerly await the arrival of these outstanding and inventive newcomers to our country.” Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, the Honorable Sean Fraser.
Category-based selection rounds will be held alongside general invitation rounds throughout the year, with more information to be provided in the coming weeks.