The hi-tech industry in BC has developed a solid reputation locally and internationally. Many different types of information technology businesses fall under its umbrella and it has evolved in the last few decades. In addition to providing employment to large numbers of Canadians, it also brings a vast amount of other economic benefits to the province. Due to its much needed flexibility for temporary immigration, a further extension to the Facilitated IT workers program to September 30, 2011 is welcome news to many BC employers. Our businesses will continue to have an additional way to hire temporary foreign workers a little longer.
Given the nature of hi-tech, the overall program parameters can seem a little bit dated. However, it is still a necessary program for the industry to continue thriving in this province. Although the requirements of the foreign worker are focused on the level of experience and knowledge of technologies from a rather antiquated list, it is still very helpful to have this program available to Canadian employers.
For those companies who do need foreign workers in these areas, here are the seven occupational categories:
1. Senior Animation Effects Editor
2. Embedded Systems Software Designer
3. MIS Software Designer
4. Multimedia Software Developer
5. Software Developer—Services
6. Software Products Developer
7. Telecommunications Software Designer
Employers will still be required to notify Service Canada and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development (ALMD) of their intention to hire the individual into British Columbia prior their making the work permit application. Further details of the information technology (IT) facilitated process can be found at http://www.rhdcc-hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/foreign_workers/itbc.shtml.
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