Canada has issued a record number of visitor visas this year with over 500,000 issued since the start of this year, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced.
‘Canada is the best country in the world, so it is not surprising that so many people want to visit our country. Our country’s vibrant cities and remote wilderness are a draw for Canadians and international travellers alike,’ he said.
‘Last year at this time Canada had issued just over 450,000 visitor visas to travellers abroad. Canada’s tourist season is now in full swing, and by the end of the year we expect to have granted over one million visitor visas,’ he added.
The figures do not include students or temporary workers. Nor does it take into account citizens of over fifty countries, or 90% of visitors, who do not require visas to come to Canada.
Meanwhile, a new study from ICMA International shows that young Canadian workers who want to work overseas and are seeking jobs offering them international career opportunities.
When Canadians under age 39 seek out an employer, 168% consider global and international career opportunities as key factors. Others, 36%, consider career progression opportunities; 18% consider training, and 12% consider a good balance between work and life as vital criteria for being an attractive employer.
In contrast, the country’s older workforce aged 39 and over, admit to feeling more concerned with the quality of services and products, with 23% calling this a top priority. Benefits and competitive salary were the main criteria for 16% of respondents, while 12% were concerned with a nice work atmosphere. Location convenience was the main issue for 9% of respondents.
Stacy Parker, executive vice president of marketing for Randstad Canada, which sponsored the research, said it shows how priorities change with age.
‘It’s interesting to see how the age of a job seeker plays into the type of organization that they are attracted to. It is evident different generations value different things in the workplace,’ she said.
‘Older respondents with established careers are clearly being more selective in their choices, striking a balance in work and home life. Older Canadians prioritize companies that reflect the corporate values and offer the products and services that they respect and like,’ she pointed out.
‘Younger respondents, on the other hand, are mainly looking for global career opportunities that will allow them to gain international experience, career progression opportunities and solid training, all factors which will help improve their employment prospects and build their career during its formative years,’ she added.
According to Parker, managers and organisations that prioritise what employees and prospective employees want, will surely outperform those that don’t.
‘It is crucial for businesses to confront and resolve the causes of disengagement in the workforce, if they are to attract and retain top talent. Tuning into the needs and wants of today’s workforce, regardless of their generation, is a winning move for both employees and employers,’ she said.