June 13, 2017 – Canada’s new Global Talent Stream (GTS) will keep the country competitive as well as create jobs for Canadians, federal government ministers say.
The new Temporary Foreign Worker Program stream, launched on June 12, 2017, is designed to help companies grow and thrive, as well as transfer innovative skills to Canadians.
No longer will technology companies have to wait months and years to access top talent. Under GTS, those workers can be processed for Canada work permits in two weeks, offering a flexibility Canadian companies have never known.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bain said: “The Global Skills Strategy will allow Canadian employers, who are investing in people and skills here in Canada, to continue to grow by attracting top talent from around the world.
“Whether it’s developing a new product line or leading a new sales team, bringing in the best and the brightest from around the world will result in more good-quality, middle-class jobs for Canadians.”
Under the Global Talent Stream, companies are required to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan (LMBP) in partnership with the government before they can access the fast-track work permit.
A company can be referred by an approved organization, or bring in talent from a list of occupations in demand under the two categories of the stream.
This requirement to benefit Canada, either through job creation or knowledge transfer, is central to the Global Skills Strategy, under which the GTS falls.
“Employers that are making plans for job-creating investments in Canada will often need an experienced leader, dynamic researcher or an innovator with unique skills not readily available in Canada to make that investment happen,” said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.
“The Global Skills Strategy aims to give those employers confidence that when they need to hire from abroad, they’ll have faster, more reliable access to top talent.”
Global Talent Stream At A Glance
- Streamlined Process
Companies applying for workers through GTS have access to a streamlined process that provides eligible employers with:
- Priority processing of applications and a client-focused service for the development of the Labour Market Benefits Plan, with a service standard of 10 business days.
- Flexible recruitment requirements.
- Two-Week Standard
Two-week work permit processing for workers applying from overseas for approved employers, as well as foreign nationals with jobs at skill type 0 (executive, managerial) or skill level A (professional) of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) applying through the International Mobility Program. The two-week service standard would also apply to immediate family members accompanying high-skilled workers to Canada.
- Work-Permit Exemption
The new work permit exemption for highly-skilled workers applies to all NOC 0 and NOC A workers. Eligible workers will be allowed one 15-day work permit-exempt stay in Canada every six months, or one 30-day work permit-exempt stay every 12 months.
- University Research
Researchers coming to Canada will be permitted one 120-day stay every 12 months without requiring a work permit when they are working on a research project at a publicly-funded degree-granting institution or affiliated research institution.
- Recognized Referrers
Agreements have been reached with a range of partners who will be able to refer companies to IRCC’s new dedicated service channel and to ESDC’s Global Talent Stream; discussions are continuing with many other potential partners. The goal is to have referral partners in all parts of the country with the significant knowledge and insight needed to refer companies to the dedicated service channel.
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