More than 1,000 Canadian companies are recruiting employees from the United States to work in Canada’s booming digital sector.
In a bid to fill the gap, the federal government is developing a recruiting system to help companies connect with foreign talent and ensure they are fully trained for the job.
The system will help companies recruit for new positions in Canada, as well as fill existing ones, and will be used to recruit and train Canadian talent.
The Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, is slated for May.
“It’s going to be very easy to recruit Canadians and to keep them on a path to work here,” said Jason DellaVedova, executive director of the Canada 150 Partnership, which is overseeing the effort.
“Companies are going to need a whole suite of skills and qualifications, and I think the Canada 100 is going to help fill the needs of the people who are in the system.”
The recruitment system is being developed by the Canadian Digital Service, which manages the digital recruitment and retention program for the federal department of employment and social development.
DellaVeddova said it will provide employers with the tools to help them connect with prospective employees and help recruit those who might not otherwise be able to secure employment in Canada.
Companies will have to provide a detailed profile, including the company name and the location of its Canadian office.
Companies will also have to include a link to their website and a contact email address for inquiries.
Companies also must provide a copy of their current employment contract, which will be sent to employees when they are interviewed.
Employers will also be able apply for jobs through the new system and then, once their candidates are hired, receive a letter detailing how they will be paid and the cost of their hire.
The program is being implemented in partnership with the Canada and US Digital Service to give Canadians the opportunity to get a job in Canada and be fully trained, according to a news release from the Canada-US Digital Service.
Employees who successfully complete the system will then be assigned a Canadian work-study program, and can begin training in Canada once their employment contract is signed.
“If they do the right things, they can come back and work in the United Kingdom,” said Della Veddova.
“That is a great place to start, but I think they’re going to want to come back.”
Companies will also get a link on their website to a webcast that will give employees the opportunity for feedback and suggestions.
The Canada-U.S. Digital Service said the new recruitment system will be the most robust and comprehensive in the country.
Companies that choose to sign up will also receive training from a national workforce center, which has trained more than 6,000 people to help manage the system, said DallaVeddov.
The Canadian Digital Services said it plans to use the system to hire more than 300,000 Canadians to work overseas, including 200,000 temporary workers and up to 100,000 permanent employees, as the system becomes more robust.
The new system is one of several initiatives to attract and retain talented Americans, which are expected to add up to about $15 billion to the U.S.-Canada bilateral trade deficit by 2025.
The government has also launched a campaign to get the country’s new Chief of Staff, Gen. Keith Kellogg, to visit the U,S.
Embassy in Ottawa, in the hope of getting Kellogg to discuss how the new recruiting system will benefit U. S. workers.