VanHack launches petition urging federal government to address Canada’s backlogged immigration system

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A few weeks after tech leaders in BC penned an open letter urging the provincial government to address the shortage of talent in Canada through more streamlined immigration and concrete education policies, VanHack launched a petition echoing the sentiment of fixing Canada’s immigration system for entrepreneurs.

VanHack, an organization dedicated to helping international tech talent find work in the Canadian tech ecosystem, launched the petition that has 797 supporters at the time of publication.

“Whether it’s immigrants already here or waiting and wanting to be here, you’ll find people in this broken and backlogged system who are senior software developers with 10, 15 or even 20 plus years experience. They dream of living in a safe, secure, progressive country in order to expand their careers and work with great companies,” the petition reads.

VanHack cites several articles touching on struggles with Canada’s immigration system, including a 32-page report detailing how Canada missing out on highly-skilled international talent is making Canada less competitive, and an article on the “growing pains” of Canada’s Express Entry program.

“There’s no question we’re a country blessed with vast resources, but the Canadian economy has to be more than extracting,” the petition reads. “A knowledge economy is about creating, and that takes putting the human into resources. It’s time to be thinking in human terms about what it means make Canada the destination.”

VanHack plans to deliver the petition to Minister of Immigration John McCallum.

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.

  • Ted Bunce

    There are so many Canadian youth trying to get that first 3-5 years experience after university. We should not be throwing the floodgates open when we are throwing are on youth under the bus.

  • shanon5760000

    Theres people without jobs already looking for jobs and lots of those jobs are looking for people with skills which require Canadians to upgrade and that only works if there not in debt or have a family to support already. Canada needs to look after it’s own people before allowing more immigrants into this Country. This is going to bite Canadians in the ass sure there maybe that shortage of workers during a boom but what about the bust what happens then. For every boom theres always a bust don’t forget that. What the government needs to do is change EI so that it 100% covers Canadians to get into something different. Why should taxpayers be paying 100% for refugees to get an education and go to college but thats whats happening. Another thing it’s easier for a refugees to get a business loan than it is for Canadians that have lived here all their lives. Explain that one. My wife works at a bank and said that they push loans onto refugees when they don’t have a job she said it’s stupid but thats what their told to do.

    Canadians need to take a stand against this. Why pay to bring them in with our tax dollars to take away our jobs.