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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says the measure will last for either one year or until the cap of 10,000 applicants has been reached. This cap is on principal applicants and does not include family members.

Canada launches Open Work Permit stream for U.S. H-1B visa holders

Those who are approved will receive an open work permit valid for up to three years. An open work permit means that they can work for almost any employer in Canada. This also applies to their spouses and dependents who can apply for work or study permits as needed.
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Ontario launches free job training for newcomers

The program will prepare jobseekers for well-paying careers in manufacturing, finance, administration, communications, hospitality and the arts. Participants will have the chance to explore a range of employment and training options through paid internships, job placements, language training and digital literacy courses.
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Canada announces first-ever express entry invitations for skilled newcomers with STEM experience

This announcement signals a momentous milestone in Canada’s commitment to attracting top global talent and solidifying its position as a leader in research, development, and innovation.
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Canada’s Wonderland to hire 4,000 associates for 2023 season

“Our seasonal associates play an important role in our mission of delivering amazing experiences to all of our guests,” said Norm Pirtovshek, general manager at Canada’s Wonderland. “We’re proud to offer highly competitive wages, amazing perks, and an opportunity to make lifelong friends and develop essential leadership skills to help build future careers.”
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Construct, a social enterprise by Blue Door, welcomes first cohort at new training centre in Aurora

“There are a lot of employment programs out there, but many are streamlining people into precarious work or employment that pays a minimum wage, but not necessarily a living wage,” explained Emily Rowe, Construct’s senior manager, social enterprise.
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Syntronic Continues Growth in Greater Toronto Area

Syntronic expects continued growth in the Greater Toronto Area with a goal to have a team of more than 100 employees locally within the next two to three years complementing the existing broader Syntronic Canada team of more than 500 employees.
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Innovative post-secondary solutions will help solve Canada’s tech-sector skills shortage

Canada is facing a digital skills shortage that, if left unaddressed, will present a major barrier to business growth across all sectors and industries. As corporate leaders continue facing difficulties recruiting and retaining tech talent, universities in Canada can play a vital role in leading the development and implementation of innovative post-secondary solutions that address existing human resources gaps.
Team Spotlight Nathan Allen

York Region Economic Development Team Spotlight Series: Nathan Allen

In this edition of our team spotlight series, we connect with Nathan Allen, Web & Social Media Communications Specialist on the Investment & Marketing team. You might recognize him from some of our videos, but dive into this latest blog to learn more!
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2021 Year In Review // York Region Economic Development

On behalf of York Region Economic Strategy, I am pleased to present the 2021 Economic
Development Year in Review. This is an overview of economic development activities undertaken this past year, highlights of business news from across the Region, and important economic indicators showing the strength and resilience of our business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scottie Barnes at Skilled Trades College

Scottie Barnes Teams with Skilled Trades College of Canada in Vaughan to Provide Scholarships for Black and Indigenous Students

STC and Barnes have plans to award four scholarships annually over the next three years. Students awarded scholarships will be eligible to become an apprentice in their trade of choice and their scholarship will cover not only their full tuition, but all learning materials including tools and textbooks.
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York Link Wins 2021 MarCom Gold Award for #ReadyWhenYR Campaign

We’re honoured to receive a digital marketing award for our work in supporting business recovery with the #ReadyWhenYR campaign. This campaign was a collaboration with @ExperienceYR and helped drive new interest in local #YorkRegion tourism. Learn more about the awards:…
Erfan Nouraee

York University Student, From Richmond Hill, Wins Bronze Medal at IFIA Best Invention Awards 2021

York University student Erfan Nouraee has won a bronze medal at one of the most coveted international invention and innovation awards. “At its most basic level, innovation is about change,” said Nouraee, who lived and studied in Richmond Hill for years.
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Life Sciences Company LGC Relocating to Vaughan From Toronto, Bringing 400 ‘Highly-Skilled’ Jobs

LGC is an international life sciences measurement and tools company headquartered in the United Kingdom. LGC is expected to open its 200,000-sq.-ft. facility in 2024.
Lyn Chen Spotlight

From York Region to Silicon Valley // Innovation Spotlight: Lyn Chen

No stranger to the robust startup ecosystem in York Region, her first company, Candy Cutlery, started at Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs. It was then incubated for six months at York University’s Markham innovation hub, YSpace. Chen also spent part of a year employed by technology hub ventureLAB in Markham, working with startups.