- August 14, 2021
- Posted by: Clearport Team
- Categories: College and University, General, investors, jobs, News, Permanent Residence, Special Programs, Student Mobility, University
Canada has launched several exciting initiatives about the Digital and Technology world that open new doors for Students, Workers, and Investors to come to Canada.
These initiatives are designed to boost the Canadian Economy by creating capabilities to respond to major merging global trends, also known as Mega Trends.
Among these initiatives, 2 of them open New Doors to come to Canada, with a focus on the digital world and cutting-edge technologies. They are the Digital Super Cluster and the Global Talent Stream.
Yet a 3rd door is open to study in Canada a degree or micro-credential that will prepare you for a successful Digital career in Canada, with opportunities to stay to work and even get Permanent Residence.
By participating in these initiatives, you can come to Canada to improve your future, and also make a difference in the lives of many people!
You can Invest in Canada to participate in Digital Technologies, a fast-growing industry that is getting a lot of support.
You can also Work in Digital Technologies in Canada, coming under the Global Talent Stream.
Finally, you can also Study in Canada in the Digital and IT fields, and obtain a full degree or a micro-credential, and stay and work with a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
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Canada’s Digital Super Cluster
A member of Canada’s national network of five business-led Innovation Super Clusters, the Digital Super Cluster seeks to “energize the economy by fostering new partnerships.” (Canada’s 5 Super Clusters are also discussed in one of our previous articles). Each Super Cluster includes Entrepreneurs, Academics, Investors, Government and Non-Profit organizations, paired with Investors and Capital to get innovative projects going.
The Digital Technology Super Cluster is one of the actions that Canada is taking to respond to Mega Trends that are shifting today’s world into the future.
This Super Cluster is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Using bigger and better datasets, along with cutting edge applications of augmented reality and cloud computing, the Digital Super Cluster seeks to unlock the potential of data. This Supercluster is already improving service delivery and efficiency in various sectors, specifically natural resources, precision health, and manufacturing. The Digital Super Cluster focuses on virtual, mixed, and augmented reality, data collection and analytics, and in quantum computing.
According to its website, “the Digital Technology Supercluster is a cross-industry collaboration of diverse organizations, including some of Canada’s biggest names in healthcare, communications, natural resources, technology, and transportation.”
In its Guide for its Technology Leadership Program, the Digital Super Cluster states that it “will position Canada as a global leader in digital innovation by unlocking the potential of data to transform our economies and securing economic success and social wellbeing for Canadians. We invest in ambitious projects that propose solutions that have the potential to transform industries and propel the economic growth of Canada.”
The Digital Super Cluster of Canada is co-investing in ambitious technology development projects. Some of them are:
The Digital Super Cluster already has an impressive group of Members and Associates, including many very big names, like Microsoft and many more.
How can I participate in the Digital Super Cluster?
As an Investor:
The projects that the Digital Super Cluster is working on are solving some of the largest problems experienced by both industry and society. Because of the urgency to solve these problems and the existing demand for effective solutions, the field is ripe for innovative foreign investors that want to invest in Canada in fast-growing industries. For example, a stream that Clearport can help you use to achieve this goal is the Start-Up Visa, which we covered in a separate article.
As a Worker:
As Canada builds more Digital capabilities to compete in today’s global economy, it will require foreign talent to quickly scale up. This talent will in part be supplied through another initiative of the Government of Canada, the Global Talent Stream, discussed below and in a previous article. Clearport can help you to come to Canada as a worker under this stream!
As a Student:
A concrete example of an applicable study program is a 2-Year College Diploma in Software Development available in Vancouver, for which a $2,000 Scholarship is currently available, but just for a short time!
This program gets you a College Degree in Software Development, one of the occupations that are most in demand in Canada. With some experience, Software Developers in Canada earn annual wages between $80,000 and $120,000.
This program gives students the opportunity to earn a College Diploma with technical skills in software development that meet industry needs.
The program is designed for students seeking to focus on one or more application domains, such as general Application Development, Web Development, Games Development, and Mobile Applications Development.
You can get a $2,000 Scholarship if you apply early with Clearport, a 100% Discount in your School Application Fee, and after you graduate, you can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit to stay and work in Canada, and build a path to Permanent Residence. More details about this study program are discussed in another article.
Aside of this program, there are many others that International Students can use to take advantage of the growing talent demand spurred by the Digital Super Cluster initiative in Canada.
For example, degrees and credentials that lead to the field of Immersive Digital Entertainment. This area includes Emerging Careers such as Graduate Certificate – Virtualization and Cloud Computing; Bachelor of Science – Virtual Technology and Design; Bachelor of Science – Virtual and Augmented Reality; Graduate Certificate – Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality; Master of Arts in Immersive Technology, or in Immersive Story Telling, or Immersive and Virtual Media.
Another area that is going to need prepared International Students is Responsible AI. Some Emerging Career Areas for a career in Responsible AI are Bachelor of Science – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science; Advanced Diploma – Data Science and Artificial Intelligence; Master of Engineering in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence; Bachelor of Arts – Ethics and Political Philosophy; Master of Laws – Concentration in Health Law, Policy and Ethics; and many others.
Answers to the Top 25 Frequently Asked Questions about studying in Canada can be found in a previous article.
The Global Talent Stream
The Global Talent Stream, a part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, has been designed by the Government of Canada to help innovative Canadian firms in two categories: a) those that need to hire unique and specialized Foreign Workers to scale-up and grow their business, or b) those that need to fill highly-skilled positions that are in-demand. Work Permit Applications for the foreign talent that these firms are looking for can get 2-week fast processing.
For Employers in Category B, the List of 12 In-Demand Occupations in the Global Talent Stream is:
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Computer Engineers
- Mathematicians and Statisticians (excluding Actuaries or related occupations)
- Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
- Database Analysts and Data Administrators
- Software Engineers and Designers
- Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
- Web Designers and Developers
- Computer Network Technicians
- Information Systems Testing Technicians
- Visual Effects and Video Game Producers; Technical, Creative, and Artistic Directors; and Project Managers
- Digital Media Designers
As a Foreign Worker, you must have at least 3 years of experience in any of these occupations to qualify.
Canada’s Actions in Response to Global Mega Trends
The pace of change is accelerating globally. At the beginning, modern humans achieved change slowly, but the changes in culture, society, technology, and industry are speeding up more and more as time goes by. Today, we have reached a point in which change is happening amazingly fast, with deep implications to our lives. Some of these changes have become global economic and social Mega Trends.
These Mega Trends are creating new industries and economic sectors. Canada is keen to be a global leader in these industries and sectors.
- Canada is responding to these Mega Trends by launching its Super Clusters initiative, intended to foster research, capabilities, technologies, organizations, companies, business, and investment in high-growth industries that can increase Canada’s global competitiveness.
- To supply talent to these new industries and sectors, new Career areas and certifications are emerging in Canada. They offer Students new study programs, degrees, certifications, and micro-credentials that did not exist just a few years ago, and that will be in high demand with industry.
- This creates opportunities for International Students, Investors, Businesses and Job Seekers interested in coming to Canada.
- In turn, an international supply of talent, investment, technologies, ideas, know-how and business partners will be key to help Canada’s Super Clusters and high-growth industries to respond to these Mega Trends and make Canada more competitive.
What is a Mega Trend?
Significant changes for humanity took a long time to happen during Pre-History. They took a lot less time to occur in early history, and so on. Today, we have reached a point in which change is happening amazingly fast, with deep implications to our lives. Some of these changes have become global economic and social Mega Trends.
Mega Trends are part of what has been called the “4th Industrial” or “4th Technology” Revolution. This “4th Revolution” is mainly about data, technologies, and their connection to things and physical objects.
The 4th Industrial Revolution and these Mega Trends are not just abstract thought. The COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated further some of these changes. The changes involved in this new revolution and trends are already affecting many areas of our everyday lives.
Mega Trends will affect:
- What and how people study and prepare for work;
- How people are recruited to work by employers, what knowledge or skills they need to have, what work will they be doing, and how productive they can be at it;
- Where investors and entrepreneurs are going to invest in, from countries and economic sectors to industries and businesses;
- How businesses plan for growth, which opportunities they will pursue, how they manage their processes, how they add value to their customers and consumers, and how they work with their vendors or suppliers;
- How governments can better support innovation in their economies, what for and in which sectors, how can they prepare their workforces to face these changes, and how to adjust to compete globally for investment and talent.
What are the Top-2 Mega Trends in the Canadian Economy and Society?
According to a report by the Brookfield Institute, each Mega Trend includes narrower change trends, which the Institute calls “Meso Trends”. The report also assesses the level of maturity or awareness level for each Meso Trend (Weak, Emerging, or Mature).
Our Top-2 Mega Trends are “Our Lives Online” and “Technology to the Rescue (more on other Mega Trends can be found at the Brookfield Institute’s “Yesterday’s Gone” research report).
1. Our Lives Online
Meso Trends: Permanent Remote Work; Post-Secondary, Disrupted; and Immersive Digital Leisure.
Permanent Remote Work is an important Meso Trend. 40% of Canadian workers moved to working from home due to COVID-19 lockdowns (Statistics Canada); the Conference Board of Canada announced that it was selling its head office; Shopify is going fully digital in a month or so.
This Meso Trend will remain in a post-COVID Canada, and in most developed and developing countries. Concepts like “Digital Nomads” (employees or free-lancers able to do their work remotely from anywhere around the globe), Flexible Remote/In-office work or positions, and Digital Immigrants (people working on “remote work Visas”) will be more widely used and prevalent in the years to come.
Regarding Post-Secondary education, it has indeed been disrupted, which is another Meso Trend according to the report. Many institutions have moved or are moving at least some of their Study Programs to full or partial online instruction.
Investment in Virtual reality for education is growing fast in the world. In parallel, some industries and employers are demanding a workforce with much narrower, focused skills sets, and that Students be prepared in much shorter periods through Employer Certification (courses directly offered by employers) or Micro-Credentials (months-short programs offered by Post-Secondary institutions). Accordingly, we will continue to see changes in Post-Secondary Education in Canada, especially among Universities and Colleges (which served 530+ Thousand International Students in 2019 and employed over 310 Thousand people).
As for the Immersive Digital Leisure Meso Trend, it is a product of more free time among the population, slowdown of presential outdoor activities such as work, dining and tourism under COVID-19 restrictions, and fast-paced improvements in new technologies.
2. Technology to the Rescue
Meso Trends: Automation Nation; Responsible AI.
Automation Nation: Statistics Canada has reported that Canadian companies investing in robots as automation technology have 15% more workers. As seen in other countries, automation does not automatically generates job losses. Mining, Manufacturing, Food services, and Transportation are industries where some job losses might occur, but companies will need talent with higher skills to incorporate automation, automation-related applications, robotics, and advanced manufacturing.
Responsible AI: Artificial intelligence (AI) is being widely adopted, especially in developed and developing countries, with a 2019 Market Size Value of USD $52 Billion and forecasted to grow to USD $81 Billion by 2027. Education about AI, Privacy, AI Ethics, Responsible Data Collection, and Algorithm Bias Avoidance will be needed to better understand the social consequences of AI, implications for regulations, and how can companies use AI responsibly.
What is an Emerging Career Area?
Uncertainty is another name for today’s reality. New technologies, new economic and social trends, the evolving composition of the world’s population, changes in the mindset of new generations, all compound to make these uncertain times, aggravated by circumstantial factors like the COVID pandemic.
But along with uncertainty comes opportunity.
All of these trends are deeply changing existing industries and even creating new ones, and they are also changing the way we work. These changes, in turn, make it necessary to prepare a workforce that has the skill sets and knowledge required now and in the immediate future. This creates opportunities.
Emerging Career Areas are adjustments to curricula and wholly new study programs designed to respond to these needs. Students will now have new options for career paths that did not exist just a few years ago.
But what are the Emerging Career Areas to watch for? The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) reviewed the Brookfield Institute’s Mega Trends report to respond to this question. Resulting from that review, CERIC recently published an article in its online magazine’s site, CareerWise, called “The future of work in Canada: 5 emerging sectors to watch”.
The Top-3 Emerging Career Areas.
According to the CareerWise article, some of the Top Emerging Career Areas or sectors are:
1. Immersive digital entertainment:
This area includes Job opportunities such as Augmented Reality Designer, Experiential Creative Director, Digital Content Architect, Show Runner, Digital Producer, Data Analyst, Industrial Technology Advisor – Information and Communications Technology, Digital Gaming Director, Senior Digital Artist – 3D Generalist, among others.
2. Responsible AI:
Jobs in responsibly-managed AI include AI Developer; AI & Computer Vision Designer; Head of AI Design; Medical AI Consultant; Technical AI Writer; Senior Analyst – AI Process Optimization; Responsible AI Policy Manager; AI Graphic Designer; Computer Vision Engineer; and many others.
3. Micro-credentials and alternative education:
New Careers, Micro-Credentials and Alternative Education are emerging as an alternative to traditional post-secondary education.
Some students see new industries, technologies, and jobs in the horizon and want to explore the value and speediness of shorter courses and streamlined certifications to acquire job-specific skills, as opposed to going through the traditional 4-year route for a Bachelor’s degree.
Micro-Credentials such as Certificate and Diploma Courses, particularly in the Tech sector, are a good alternative for students that want to get into the workforce faster, save money in Tuition, and explore work areas which may not be as crowded. Canada offers more than 4,000 Post-Secondary Certificate and Undergraduate Diploma Study programs through more than 200 Universities, Colleges, and Institutes.
What does this mean for International Students, Investors, and Workers?
At Clearport, we help International Students, Workers, and Investors to come to Canada. Whatever your goals are, we have the right services for you, and we can help you to achieve them.
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