Innovation Stream Pilot Work Permit in Canada – IMP C88

Innovation Stream Pilot Work Permit in Canada

Vanna Chea, a 29-year-old software engineer from Cambodia, eagerly accepts a job offer from Lightspeed, a top Canadian tech firm. This opportunity, part of Canada’s Innovation Stream pilot, allows Vanna to work without an LMIA. He meticulously prepares his documents, meeting all the program’s requirements. Excited and motivated, Vanna looks forward to advancing his career and contributing to Lightspeed’s growth in Montreal. His journey exemplifies how Canada’s innovative immigration policies attract global talent, fostering a dynamic and diverse workforce.

Introducing the Innovation Stream Pilot

Canada’s Innovation Stream Pilot offers exciting opportunities for skilled workers. This program supports Global Hypergrowth Project (GHP) companies. Eligible candidates can receive LMIA-exempt work permits for up to five years under exemption code C88. High-growth companies like Lightspeed and Ada benefit from this initiative. It attracts top talent to drive innovation. The pilot strengthens Canada’s competitive edge globally. Participants experience vibrant, dynamic work environments. The program enhances both personal and professional growth. You can contribute to Canada’s technological advancement by joining the Innovation Stream Pilot. However, you may only apply if you have a job offer from a participating corporation in Canada.

Participating Companies in the Innovation Stream Pilot

When innovative Canadian firms act as community anchors, they foster entrepreneurship, build networks, and create jobs. They act as catalysts for economic development. The Global Hypergrowth Project (GHP) helps these companies scale faster. It brings together government partners to tailor support for each company’s unique needs.

Here is the list of participants as of the time this article was written. However, IRCC may expand or shrink this list in the future.

  • Ada: Ada develops AI-driven health platforms, enhancing healthcare delivery through advanced technology and innovation.
  • AlayaCare: AlayaCare provides cloud-based home healthcare software solutions to improve care delivery and operational efficiency.
  • CellCarta: CellCarta offers precision medicine services, supporting clinical and research programs with advanced laboratory solutions.
  • Clarius: Clarius develops handheld ultrasound devices integrated with mobile technology for high-quality imaging.
  • Clio: Clio provides cloud-based legal practice management software for law firms, enhancing efficiency and client service.
  • Duchesnay Pharmaceutical Group (DPG): DPG specializes in developing medications to improve health outcomes, particularly for women.
  • Lightspeed: Lightspeed offers retail and hospitality businesses point-of-sale and e-commerce software solutions.
  • Vive Crop Protection: Vive Crop Protection develops innovative crop protection solutions to improve yield and sustainability in agriculture.

These companies drive innovation and contribute significantly to the Canadian economy.

Eligibility Requirements for IMP C88

To be eligible under the Innovation Stream Pilot, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Job Offer: Must have an offer from a GHP employer in a TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupation.
  • Wage Requirements:
    • The wage must be at or above the median hourly wage for the province or territory (the defining hourly wage).
    • If applicable, the wage must meet collective bargaining agreement requirements.
    • If there is no collective agreement, the wage must meet the prevailing wage or rather be the higher of:
      • The regional median hourly wage for the occupation.
      • Wage within the range paid to current employees for the same job.
    • The employer must review and adjust wages annually to align with prevailing wages.
  • Documentary Evidence:
    • Proof that the employer is on the GHP list.
    • Proof that the employer meets wage requirements.
    • Proof that the applicant meets job requirements as per the NOC.
  • Application Process:
    • Applications must be submitted online through the IRCC Secure Account unless exempt.
    • Applicants already in Canada must have valid temporary resident status or be eligible for restoration.
  • General Eligibility: Must meet all general requirements for a work permit under the IRPA and IRPR.

Candidates not meeting these criteria must apply for an LMIA-based work permit or qualify under another LMIA exemption category.

Open Work Permits for Family Members

The Innovation Stream Pilot also benefits the families of high-skilled workers. Eligible family members can apply for open work permits, allowing them to work in Canada without a specific job offer.

These provisions support family unity and provide greater flexibility for families relocating to Canada.

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