June 12, 2017 - Global Talent Stream launched today

Today, the Canadian government launched the Global Talent Stream. This stream is part of the larger Global Skills Strategy, in recognition of Canada's need to bring highly skilled and specialized foreign workers to Canada, when Canadians and Canadian permanent residents are not available. The focus is to enable innovation and predictable, faster application processing of work permits for foreign workers, in order for employers to meet their needs. 

Through the Global Talent Stream, the Canadian government has indicated that certain workers with certain skills are able to obtain a work permit within two weeks of applying. 

This stream is available to two categories of employers:

(1) Category A: Those employers who are referred to this stream by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Designated Partner, in recognition of their innovation and need to hire unique and specialized temporary foreign workers, in order to grow, and

(2) Category B: Firms in Canada that need to hire foreign workers in highly skilled in-demand occupations, if the occupation of workers is on ESDC's Global Talent Occupations List.

Under Category A, the following employers have been approved as designated referral partners under the Global Talent Stream:

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BC Tech Association
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
  • VENN Innovation

Under Category B, the following occupations, on the Global Talent Occupations List, have been designated under the list of highly skilled foreign workers who are eligible under the Global Talent Stream:

  • 0213 - Computer and information systems managers   
  • 2147 - Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 
  • 2171 - Information systems analysts and consultants    
  • 2172 - Database analysts and data administrators   
  • 2173 - Software engineers and designers  
  • 2174 - Computer programmers and interactive media developers  
  • 2175  - Web designers and developers  
  • 2241 - Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (minimum wage requirements must be met)
  • 2283 - Information systems testing technicians  (minimum wage requirements must be met)
  • 5241 - Digital Media and Design  (minimum wage requirements must be met) - note: only for those positions requiring a minimum of five years of industry experience, and highly specific and skills as designated by ESDC.

This list is subject to change in order to respond to labour market needs. 

Employers will also need to work with ESDC to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan, a plan that demonstrates that positive benefits of hiring the foreign worker, on the Canadian labour market.

More specifically, for employers seeking to hire unique and specialized talent under Category A, the employer must commit to creating jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents (directly or indirectly).

For employers seeking to hire highly skilled foreign workers in an occupation listed in the Global Talent Occupations List under Category B, employers must commit to increasing skills and training investments for Canadians and permanent residents.

Both employers seeking to hire foreign skilled workers under Category A and Category B also must commit to achieving two complementary benefits, with at least one activity for each benefit, including job creation, investment in skills training, transferring knowledge to Canadians and permanent residents, enhanced company performance, etc..

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Click here see IRCC's release on the Global Talent Stream.