New Zealand has a social impact worker visa program. What can Canada learn?

Global perspectives for pandemic recovery

Why It Matters

Post-pandemic, Canada will be left with massive social challenges requiring unprecedented levels of innovation to overcome. Enlisting help from elsewhere in the world could boost the country’s recovery — if New Zealand’s social impact visa program is an indication.

As COVID-19 continues its global spread, countries around the world are curtailing immigration, including Canada: RBC Economics forecasts that the number of permanent residents entering Canada will be reduced by 40 percent from 2019 — a drastic decrease with long-term implications. 

But there’s a tremendous opportunity to pilot innovative immigration and worker visa policies to better support the Canadian social impact sector. In a post pandemic world, Canada could become a global leader in welcoming newcomers through exploring innovative approaches to immigration and international talent.


New Zealand’s Global Social Impact Visa

While Canada has many different immigration programs, there’s no immigration ini

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