Under the Global Talent Stream, skilled workers can expect their Canada work permits and Canada visa applications processed within two weeks. The program was launched on June 12, 2017. GTS forms part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The federal government wants to help high-growth companies bring in the talent they need quickly by cutting processing times for a Canada visa application from six months to just 10 business days.
A key element of the Global Talent Stream is that registered employers will need to commit to creating jobs for Canadians and transferring knowledge to Canadian workers, under a labour Market Benefits Plan.
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The Global Talent Stream is part of a broader Global Skills Strategy to directly help Canadian businesses including start-ups, thrive.
Key Elements Of The New Global Talent Stream
- Two-week standard for processing Canada work permit applications (and Canada visa applications when applicable) for highly skilled talent.
- Dedicated service for companies looking to make significant job-creating investments in Canada.
- Dropping of the work permit requirement for short-term highly skilled work (30 days or less in a 12-month period), and brief academic stays.
- Companies applying for workers through the Global Talent Stream will have access to the new streamlined application process that will provide:
- Client-focused service to help guide eligible employers through the application process and the development of the Labour Market Benefits Plan, with a service standard of 10 business days.
- Eligibility for workers to have their work permit applications processed in 10 business days.
Global Talent Stream: Requirements
Category A: List of ESDC Designated Partners as of June 12, 2017
Under Global Talent Category A, employers must be referred by one of the following (subject to change)
- 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 Growth and Development
- VENN Innovation
Under Category A, foreign workers must possess a unique and specialized talent to qualify for a Canada work permit, defined as:
- Advanced knowledge of the industry.
- Highly paid position with a salary of usually $80,000 or more.
- Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer
- Minimum of five years of experience in the field of specialized experience.
Category B: GTS Global Talent Occupations List
For Category B of the Global Talent Stream, employers must hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations found on the following list:
|National Occupations Classification (NOC) code||Occupation||Minimum wage requirement (annual salary)||Minimum wage requirement (hourly rate)|
|213||Computer and information systems managers||not applicable||not applicable|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)||not applicable||not applicable|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants||not applicable||not applicable|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators||not applicable||not applicable|
|2173||Software engineers and designers||not applicable||not applicable|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers||not applicable||not applicable|
|2175||Web designers and developers||not applicable||not applicable|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians||$81,000||$38.94|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians||$78,000||$37.50|
|5241*||Digital Media and Design||$80,000||$38.46|
*position requires a minimum of five years of industry experience, and skills requirements including: 3D modeling, virtual and augmented reality; animation, level editing, editor and pipeline software and tools in applicable industry; other specialized knowledge of software framework in applicable industry (for example, Unreal 3.0); and/or, Experience in planning and managing a project.
Non-refundable $1,000 to be paid by the employer.
Labour Market Benefits Plan
A key requirement for GTS is the Labour Market Benefits Plan (LMBP).
Developed with ESDC, it must show how hiring a foreign worker will help a company either create jobs for or transfer skills to Canadians. It also allows the ESDC to track a company’s progress.
The LMBP features mandatory and complementary benefits.
Under Category A, the mandatory benefit is creating jobs, whether directly or indirectly, for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Under Category B, the mandatory benefit is to increasing skills and training investments for Canadians and permanent residents.
The LMBP must also provide two complementary benefits, which cannot be the same as the mandatory benefit. These include, but are not limited to:
- Job creation,
- Investment in skills and training,
- Transferring knowledge,
- Enhanced company performance and
- Implementing best practices or policies as an employer for your workforce.
Global Talent Stream: General Requirements
Employers must provide evidence they are actively engaged in the business needing the temporary worker. The business must provide a good or service related to the job offer.
Employers new to TFWP must submit one document as proof. Returning employers are not required to re-submit documents, but may be asked for additional proof.
Allowable documents include a Canadian business licence, legal incorporation forms, tax documents and attested documents. For a full list, click here.
Employers are encouraged to actively seek to hire Canadians and permanent residents before looking abroad for workers. A description of how this has been done will be requested.
Wages must match the prevailing amount paid to Canadians and permanent residents for the same position.
Job Duties and Working Conditions
Workers hired under TFWP must only do the job they were hired for. Foreign workers are covered by the same laws that protect Canadians and permanent residents. Exploitation of a foreign worker violates Canadian law.
Provincial and territorial laws cover standards such as:
- Hours of work (including overtime)
- Working conditions
- Termination of employment
Foreign workers must be covered by provincial or territorial workplace safety insurance where required by law. Any private plan must match or better the terms of the provincial or territorial plan.
A job can only require English or French when advertised. If other languages are essential, justification is required at the application stage.
For positions covered by a union, the foreign worker must be treated the same as Canadians and permanent residents also covered by that union, in terms of wages and terms and conditions.
Employers must comply with all general requirements of the TFWP.
Employers in Quebec
Quebec employers will be able to take full advantage of the Global Talent Stream. The process will be announced via the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website.
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Canada work visas are awarded under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
TFWP is intended to bring in foreign workers to address labour market shortages.
It is separate from the International Mobility Program, which is intended to create jobs and assist the Canadian economy through expert knowledge transfer.
Foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit before arriving in Canada under TFWP.
TFWP is made up of four streams: high-skilled workers, low-skilled workers, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and the Live-In Caregiver Program.
IRCC works with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to ensure foreign workers do not take jobs for which Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available. This is done using the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Immigration.ca frequently helps employers and job seekers in securing favourable LMIAs and applying for Canada work permits and Canada visas.
Candidates who have a job offer in Canada and are ready to apply for a work permit should complete the following questionnaire for a free assessment.
Important Temporary Foreign Worker Program Information:
- Global Talent Stream
- How to Apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit
- Open Work permit in Canada
- Where to Apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit
- Permanent Residence Applicants apply for Open Work Permits in Canada
- How to apply for an LMIA for work in Quebec
- Extending or Changing a Canadian Temporary Work Permit
- Extension and Renewal of Work Permits in Quebec
- How CIC Assesses Temporary Foreign Worker Applications
- Jobs That Are Exempt from the LMIA Requirement
- Jobs That Do Not Require a Work Permit in Canada
- Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) in Canada
- Language Requirements for Temporary Foreign Worker Applicants
- Canadian LMIAs for low Skill Occupations
- Required Documents For Canadian Temporary Work Permit
- Business Visitor do not require Work permit in Canada
- Foreign Nationals with No Other Means of Support
- Foreign Representatives and Their Family Members Without Work Permit In Canada
- Foreign Workers and Strike Situations
- Grounds for Inadmissibility Work in Canada
- Process of hiring a foreign worker
Options for Family Members to Work In Canada
A TFWP Canada work permit holder’s family may come with them to Canada.
All family members must complete their own application forms, but they can be submitted together.
If a family member wants to work in Canada, they will need their own Canada work permit.
An open work permit allows the holder to work in any job with any employer with limited exceptions. An open work permit also means the holder’s employer does not need an LMIA.
A spouse’s eligibility for an open work permit depends on the skill level of the temporary foreign worker’s job.
A high-skilled foreign worker’s spouse could be eligible for an open work permit, provided the foreign worker is authorized to work in Canada for at least six months.
A low-skilled worker’s spouse will only be eligible for an open work permit through an active pilot project.
Dependent children are only eligible for an open work permit through an active pilot project.
For information on work permit conditions, validity and duration, click here.
Canadian employers wishing to hire a temporary foreign worker, or candidates who have been offered a job by a Canadian employer should complete our Free Online Evaluation for an assessment of your needs.