A new programme launched by the Canadian government will make it easier for the country’s universities to attract international academics.
The government’s Global Skills Strategy includes a work-permit exemption for foreign faculty and researchers coming to Canadian campuses for periods of up to 120 days each year.
Meanwhile, international research chairs moving to Canada will now have access to a new “dedicated service channel” that aims to improve the immigration process and give them personal guidance.
Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada, said that the measures, which came into effect on 12 June, will make Canadian universities “even more attractive to the brightest minds in the world, building universities’ capacity to advance knowledge, foster innovation and build prosperity”.
Guy Breton, chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and rector of the University of Montreal, also applauded the changes.
“These measures will make it easier for Canadian universities to attract the top international talent that Canada needs, and will foster the culture of innovation required for Canada to prosper in the globally competitive research environment,” he said.