Global Skills Strategy: A game-changer for employers in Canada

With fast processing times and enhanced customer service, the Global Skills Strategy (GSS) has been a game-changer for employers who may need to hire highly-skilled workers from abroad as part of a job-creating investment in Canada. This video looks at the success of the GSS.

Global Skills Strategy: A game-changer for employers in Canada

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Transcript: “Global Skills Strategy: A game-changer for employers in Canada”

Video length: 3:21 minutes

Electronic music plays.

Graphics: Globe twirls around the centre of the screen. Arrows come out from behind globe and land in Canada.

Text displays: “Global Skills Strategy”.

NARRATOR: The Government of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy is dedicated to attracting the world’s best and brightest talent for your Canadian business.

Montage sequence: Office setting. Man with baseball cap standing beside woman seated at computer. The man is pointing at the computer screen.

Two workers wearing safety glasses and hair nets in a sterile lab are working with a piece of equipment.

NARRATOR: We’re helping Canadian businesses grow by making it quicker and easier to bring highly skilled global talent into the country.

Montage sequence: Man at computer and man sitting outside with laptop. IRCC call centre with several people at the computers.

Text displays: “Applications approved in 2 weeks” (with checkmark in front).

Background blurs with text on screen.

Text displays: “Fast processing” (with checkmark in front).

Text displays: “Personalized customer service” (with checkmark in front).

NARRATOR: Employers using the Global Talent Stream and workers applying for work permits can get their applications approved in 2 weeks. Fast processing, along with personalized customer service, is what sets the Global Skills Strategy apart.

Graphic display: animated map of Canada, moving from east to west. Cities highlighted: St. John’s, Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax, Québec, Saint John, Montréal, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.

NARRATOR: Investment-focused agencies across Canada are the first port of call for businesses wanting to take advantage of the Global Skills Strategy’s enhanced client service.

A man stands in front of whiteboard while talking to a coworker.

NARRATOR: Invest Ottawa is one of those referral partners.

Sequence of shots: medium shot of a man being interviewed in his office, followed by sequence of shots, while man is speaking off camera: wide shot of 2 workers wearing safety glasses and hair nets, working in a laboratory, medium shot of 2 men in a warehouse looking over plans and close-up of a man at a computer touch-screen in a warehouse.

Text displays: “Blair Patacairk – VP of Global Expansion, Invest Ottawa”.

BLAIR PATACAIRK: Canada needs to be on the cutting edge of innovation. There’s competition around the world and if you do find a highly skilled person, likely they are looking everywhere. And if we’re not there, out of the gate quick with a really easy process, we are going to lose them.

Sequence of shots: close-up of a man with safety glasses and hair net, wide shot of a coworker joining the man in the lab with safety glasses and hair net, and medium shot of 2 workers using a piece of equipment.

NARRATOR: One highly skilled technician from Brazil enabled Pillar5 Pharma in the small community of Arnprior, Ontario to expand and hire local employees. And the company is still growing.

Medium shot of man with name tag Diego being interviewed in a boardroom, followed by sequence of shots of Diego while working. We see a close-up of his hands using a machine. Diego and his coworker are wearing hair nets and safety glasses while talking in a lab.

Text displays: “Diego Pfuetzenretter – Software Developer, Pillar5 Pharma”.

DIEGO PFUETZENRETTER: The company that I used to work for, we sold the machine to Pillar5 Pharma here in Arnprior. I was the software developer for this machine, and I came here through the Global Talent Stream. It was pretty fast.

Wide shot of Diego and a coworker walking through lab.

WALTER PRANKE: Having Diego allows us to increase our staffing.

Medium shot of a man dressed in a business suit being interviewed in a boardroom.

Text displays: “Walter Pranke – Head of HR Operations, Pillar5 Pharma”.

WALTER PRANKE: Part of our talent experiences is to bring in some co-ops and new grads and we see the opportunity where Diego can transfer his knowledge to those individuals so that we can continue the lengthy, what we will call, legacy of opportunities here in the town of Arnprior.

Sequence of shots while narrator speaks: over-the-shoulder shot of woman working on computer and close-up of computer screen, a man is seated in an office while working with a computer, wide shot of the office with people seated at computers working and close-up of 2 male employees seated at computers working.

NARRATOR: Employers across the country are benefitting from the Global Skills Strategy. Syntronic opened in 2014 with 10 employees. Today it has 270, including 17 highly skilled employees brought in on the Global Skills Strategy fast-track.

Medium shot of man being interviewed in an office setting.

Text displays: “Gopinath Chidambaram – Senior Software Designer, Syntronic”.

GOPINATH CHIDAMBARAM: It was simple and straightforward, a highly professional program and it is purely based on merit.

Over-the-shoulder shot of man behind computer followed by medium shot of a woman being interviewed in an office setting.

Text displays: “Kristi Clark – HR Recruitment, Syntronic”.

KRISTI CLARK: Being in the largest tech park in Canada, we’re all looking for the same talent. We have to look quite far for our talent because it is going into niche product skills and we are looking for experienced workers.

Medium close up of Kristi, followed by sequence of shots: close-ups of people working at computers and wide shot of man walking through office.

KRISTI CLARK: If we didn’t have the program, it would mean that we would likely lose the work. I love to see how culturally diverse we are and to hear their stories. Hearing what it was like for them to settle here and seeing how we can better it for the next person as well.

BLAIR PATACAIRK: It’s not just about the job anymore. The job is a driver to get them going, but then they want to grow a family. They want to play and they want to live in a region or a community. And that’s what Canadians do very well. It’s probably one of the best programs they have put in place in over a decade or two.

A sequence of shots while Blair speaks off camera: family – woman, man and 2 children walking down the stairs to the Ottawa locks. A man is jogging up the stairs. We see a city street crowd of bicyclists and pedestrians.

Sequence of shots while narrator speaks: diverse group of 8 people meeting on 2 sides of a table, close up of Diego with hair net and safety glasses talking to an unseen coworker, and diverse group of 7 employees holding up Canadian flag and waving at the camera.

NARRATOR: The Global Skills Strategy: helping Canadian businesses to grow. Helping Canada and Canadians to prosper. This is why immigration matters.

Text displays: “Global Skills Strategy” (with a spinning globe).

Text displays under globe: “Find out more at”.

NARRATOR: Find out more at

Music volume is up.

Fade to Black.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada corporate signature is shown, along with the copyright message, “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2019”, followed by the Canada wordmark.

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