Canada is overhauling its immigration strategy, placing a heightened focus on in-demand skills. The newly introduced Chief International Talent Officer (CITO) will play a key role in aligning immigration policies with a long-term skills and labor strategy.
The CITO’s responsibilities include monitoring core labor needs, developing plans to address economic pressures, and contributing to a sector-based strategy. The government aims to forecast future skills needs and has initiated global skills missions under the CITO’s jurisdiction.
While humanitarian and family streams remain, the emphasis on in-demand skills is evident in recent measures, including category-based selections and the Provincial Nominee Program. Prospective immigrants are encouraged to acquire these in-demand skills for enhanced success in Canada’s evolving immigration landscape.