OTTAWA, June 16, 2016 – The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Planning for Canada in building a new human resource powerhouse for economic development: GO Talent. Funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this ICTC initiative is supported by a number of key industry, association, government and community partners providing pre-arrival services and employment connections. The partnership’s objective is to integrate Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) as they establish in Canada.
Planning for Canada is a ground-breaking pre-arrival initiative implemented by the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), managed by Colleges and Institutes Canada, and the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program, managed by the International Organization for Migration. The suite of pre-arrival services offered through Planning for Canada is offered free of charge to prospective immigrants in economic and family classes, including spouses and adult dependents. Planning for Canada is currently offered in-person in 12 countries, with the capacity to deliver online services worldwide.
Through GO Talent, ICTC is working with Planning for Canada to help Internationally Educated Professionals obtain relevant employment and achieve economic success. The program provides employers with early access to global ICT talent on their way to Canada, and assists internationally educated ICT professionals as they prepare to depart their home country. This combined approach directly contributes to the rapid labour-market integration of ICT professionals seeking employment in their field.
“We are excited to be partnering with these two respected organizations as part of our new GO Talent initiative. Planning for Canada builds on their years of experience providing pre-arrival services to newcomers. Through their global platform, we can access ICT professionals and provide them with the information and support that they need to make informed decisions before, and upon arrival.” Sandra Saric, Vice President, Talent Innovation at ICTC.
“Internationally Educated Professionals are a vital source of talent for the Canadian ICT sector. Building relationships with partners who share like-minded goals is vital in order to help integrate international talent. ICTC is a leader in the sector, with innovative approaches geared towards the success of ICT professionals and meeting the needs of Canadian employers. Planning for Canada is pleased to collaborate with the ICTC in guiding eligible clients towards the support provided through GO Talent.” Ivy Lerner Frank (CIIP) and Louise Bélanger (COA), Planning for Canada.