A delegation from the Punjab government is scheduled to visit Canada in the coming weeks for the formal signing of an agreement, following a recent meeting between Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi and Canadian High Commissioner Leslie Scanlon.
The discussions in the meeting led to Canada informally agreeing to welcome additional workers from Punjab, with Naqvi expressing optimism about the accord and foreseeing increased employment opportunities for Pakistani youth in Canada.
Notably, cooperation in many fields was also covered in the talks, with a focus on environmental preservation. This is very important because Lahore is one of the most polluted cities in the world. The two regions’ shared concern for resolving urgent issues is reflected in their commitment to environmental collaboration, which is a positive step towards fortifying their ties.
Part of Canada’s efforts to attract international talent and support remote work, in 2024, the country plans to launch a remote work visa program targeted at attracting freelancers and digital nomads. As part of this initiative, Canada is working on a comprehensive “tech talent strategy” to draw in skilled foreign workers by allowing digital nomads to temporarily reside in the country while working remotely.
Digital nomads, described as freelancers and independent workers who can work from any location, will receive a designated visa, following the worldwide trend of reformation processes to support remote work and address the challenge of locating skilled workers. Previously, digital nomads were restricted to a six-month stay on tourist visas, but now they can extend their periods of stay. Canada’s Immigration,
Refugees and Citizenship Office is actively formulating a plan to hire more people by emphasizing talent in the technology sector. They are currently developing a system that will allow freelancers and highly qualified IT professionals to apply for extended work permits that can last up to three years, which reflects Canada’s commitment to supporting remote workers.
An anticipated impact of Canada’s remote work visa program is that certain digital nomads might decide to extend their stay in Canada, sharing their expertise with local employers. As more Americans embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, this program aligns with the rising global trend of freelancing and remote work.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Office’s future developments, in addition to the remote work visa program, promise to provide more details in the coming months, highlighting Canada’s commitment to increasing accessibility to remote work opportunities. This endeavor adapts to the needs and preferences of the modern workforce in response to the changing nature of work.
Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province is also actively engaging in initiatives to attract immigrants and skilled workers. There will also be workshops at the fair to walk attendees through the process of migrating to Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the Middle East and South Asia, the fair will open at 6:00 p.m. Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is 7:00 p.m. Pakistan time.
The fair is open for registration, which is free of cost. Those who want to participate in the event need to send a curriculum vitae, or CV.