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Post-secondary advocacy groups praise Global Skills Strategy’s work permit exemptions

By Emily Haws      

NDP MP and science critic Kennedy Stewart and Universities Canada's Paul Davidson say the visa fast-tracking increases Canada's ability to participate in international collaborations, but increased research funding must also play a role.

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who is on leave as a professor at Simon Fraser University, applauds the fast-tracked visa program within the Global Talent Stream, but said the government needs to increase research funding as well.
The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar

Universities and colleges alike are applauding the government’s most recent approach to encourage university research and global innovation, saying the Global Skills Strategy’s short-term visa fast-tracking program is allowing them to boost Canada’s role in the global research marketplace. Universities Canada president Paul Davidson said the strategy allows Canada to seize the moment, as the future of research is going to be interdisciplinary, international collaboration. The U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities was also supportive of the program.

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