Canada is set to introduce a remote work visa tailored for freelancers and digital nomads by 2024, aligning with the evolving landscape of the job market. The initiative aims to attract global talent by allowing individuals to temporarily reside in the country while working remotely, eliminating the need for a physical presence in Canadian offices or institutions.
This program will issue a specific visa designed for digital nomads, defined as independent contractors with the flexibility to work from any location within Canada. This move aligns with the international trend of countries simplifying procedures and facilitating remote work due to challenges in finding qualified workers.
Previously, digital nomads were limited to a maximum six-month stay on tourist visas in Canada. The government is now crafting a comprehensive “tech talent strategy” to enhance its workforce by attracting foreign workers.
Isabelle Dubois, spokesperson for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, highlighted the anticipated benefits, stating, “We expect that some digital nomads will choose to stay in Canada, contributing their skills to employers here.”
To attract highly skilled IT professionals accustomed to remote work, plans are underway to establish a framework allowing entrepreneurs to apply for extended work licenses lasting up to three years. Demonstrating Canada’s commitment to accommodating remote workers, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Office pledged to release additional information in the coming months.
According to a recent analysis by MBO Partners, the number of Americans identifying as digital nomads has notably risen to 17.3 million, constituting about 11% of the workforce. This reflects a growing trend toward freelancing and remote work, with a two percent increase from 2022, expected to persist in the coming years.