A lack of skilled workers in key sectors such as trades, biotechnology, and information technology (IT), causes lost economic opportunities in Canada. In British Columbia alone, for example, this lack of skilled workers can lead to a $4.7 billion potential revenue loss for the economy.
For 2017, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased the target level of immigration, recognizing that skilled immigrants play an important part in laying the foundation of Canada’s future economic growth and development.
Experienced professionals and workers like you, who have specialized skills and are immigrating to Canada, could help fill shortages arising from a retiring labour pool.
Through online learning delivered at no cost to you, you can learn more about your industry, understand Canadian workplace culture, and know what skills you need in your occupation or profession – even before you arrive in Canada!
Most recent immigrants who want to work in their chosen profession say that they face challenges in gaining employment in Canada. They have difficulty in getting:
Are you trained and experienced in your home country, and looking for a job in Skilled Trades, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, and Information Technology (IT) and Data Services in Canada? To qualify for FAST, you must be approved to immigrate to Canada and must have two to five years of work experience in skilled trades, biotechnology, and IT, or in a related occupation.
FAST will let you access services and resources that will help you gain employment or prepare for Canadian certification in your field before you arrive in Canada.
FAST provides pre-arrival support for immigrants who are looking for jobs in the following three industry sectors:
These services and resources are offered online at no-cost to help you:
If you are a Canadian employer seeking qualified employees, you can:
The goal of the FAST Program is to connect employers to skilled new Canadians, and prepare internationally-trained professionals for jobs that effectively use their talents.
The FAST Program services are provided by the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia (IEC-BC) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides BC employers with solutions, tools and resources they need to attract, hire and retain qualified immigrant talent. We believe that the successful integration of skilled newcomers into the BC labour force is critical to both their success and the province’s long-term economic performance. We work with employers, government, and other partner stakeholders to ensure that BC employers can effectively integrate global talent.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) provides a variety of technical and trades training in BC. Through the FAST Program, BCIT will help evaluate your current credentials, assess your skills and knowledge, and help you identify what’s missing. You will be able to upgrade skills and knowledge in specific areas to prepare for certification (if required) to support you in preparing for work.
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy. Through trusted research, innovative talent solutions, and practical policy advice, ICTC fosters innovative and globally competitive Canadian industries empowered by a talented and diverse digital workforce.
BioTalent Canada is the HR partner of Canada’s bio-economy. As an HR expert and national non-profit organization, BioTalent Canada focuses on building partnerships and skills for Canada’s bio-economy to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people.