May 2, 2024

Transforming Business Through Global Talent: Unpacking Canada's Digital Nomad Strategy

This new initiative is not just about changing policies - it's about positioning Canada as an inviting hub for global tech talent.

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At the Collision Conference in Toronto this June, there was a spark of excitement when Canada's Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, unveiled the new Digital Nomad Strategy. This new initiative is not just about changing policies - it's about positioning Canada as an inviting hub for global tech talent.

What is the Strategy all About?

In simple terms, the Digital Nomad Strategy allows tech professionals working for foreign employers to live and work in Canada for up to six months. If they secure a job offer within this period, they're allowed to stay and continue working in Canada. A promising prospect, right?

Should they secure a job offer within this period, they're permitted to stay and continue working in the country. But that's not all - the strategy introduces a dedicated pathway for permanent residents in the STEM sectors and promises significantly reduced work permit processing times.

Making Sense of the Strategy for Your Business

So how does this strategy translate to your tech business? Here's a quick breakdown:

  1. Diversified Talent Pool: The strategy offers access to a broader, more diverse talent pool. Considering the global tech skills shortage is expected to result in 85 million unfilled jobs by 2030, this strategy allows your business to tap into global talent, introducing fresh ideas, perspectives, and skills into your team.
  2. Accelerated Hiring Process: No more waiting for months to onboard international talent. The Global Skills Strategy promises to expedite the processing of work permits to just two weeks, enabling you to integrate your new hires quicker and with less administrative hassle.

An Open Invitation for H-1B Visa Holders

Starting July 16, there will be an open invitation for 10,000 H-1B visa holders from the United States to work in Canada. This offers Canadian businesses a chance to connect with a group of highly skilled, English-speaking tech professionals who are open to new opportunities.

Boosting Entrepreneurial Opportunities

The strategy also extends to entrepreneurs, with the government increasing the annual quota for Canada's entrepreneur visa program from 1,000 to 3,500 spaces. This opens more doors for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and paves the way for companies to form partnerships with these innovative startups.

What This Means for Your Business

The Digital Nomad Strategy ushers in a new era for talent acquisition, specifically in the tech industry. It holds the potential to solve many challenges businesses face when seeking tech professionals. It's an exciting time for everyone involved in the talent acquisition process as we move towards greater global collaboration.

As a talent acquisition expert, I believe this new strategy could provide the impetus needed to redefine how we view and approach tech talent sourcing. It's time for us to embrace these changes and guide our clients toward harnessing the wealth of international talent this strategy brings to Canada.

As businesses, we can consider this strategy as a stepping stone to unlock new avenues in the tech space. Whether it's about broadening your horizons with global talent or fostering partnerships with innovative entrepreneurs, this strategy sure adds an exciting chapter to the Canadian tech narrative.


  1. Korn Ferry Global Talent Crunch Study, 2022
  2. Government of Canada Immigration Announcement, 2023