Among other initiatives, this new work stream establishes a two-week standard for processing of work permit applications (and temporary resident visas, if applicable) for highly skilled talent. The Global Talent Stream is part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
There are two categories under the Global Talent Stream.
High-growth companies that can demonstrate a need to recruit unique specialized talent from abroad fall under Category A. Employers in this category must be referred to the Global Talent Stream by a designated referral partner.
As of June 2019, the list of designated referral partners for employers located outside Quebec includes the following organizations. This list may be updated periodically.
For the list of designated referral partners located in Quebec for the Global Talent Stream, employers from Quebec are invited to consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only).
Category B is for employers looking to hire certain highly skilled foreign workers for occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List, which have been determined to be in-demand and for which there is insufficient domestic labour supply. This list may be updated periodically to respond to labour market needs.
|NOC code||Occupation||Minimum hourly rate||Minimum annual salary|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers||Prevailing wage||Prevailing wage|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)||Prevailing wage||Prevailing wage|
|Sub-set of 2161*||Mathematicians and statisticians* Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset.||Prevailing wage||Prevailing wage|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants||Prevailing wage||Prevailing wage|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators||Prevailing wage||Prevailing wage|
|2173||Software engineers and designers||Prevailing wage||Prevailing wage|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers||Prevailing wage||Prevailing wage|
|2175||Web designers and developers||Prevailing wage||Prevailing wage|
|2281||Computer Network technicians||$39.42 or higher prevailing wage||$82,000 or higher prevailing wage|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians||$38.46 or higher prevailing wage||$80,000 or higher prevailing wage|
|Sub-set of 5131**|
Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game
** The position requires a minimum of three years’ industry experience in the visual effects, video game or animation industries in one or a combination of the following roles: producer, technical director, creative director, artistic director or project manager, senior coordinator, department manager, with three years of job experience in at least one or more of the following skills relevant to the visual effects, video game or animation industries: surfacing and look development; character or simulation rigging; matte painting; managing budgets or teams; or technical pipeline development and application for visual effects, video games, or animation production.
|$37.50 or higher prevailing wage||$78,000 or higher prevailing wage|
|Sub-set of 5241***|
Digital Media and Design
***The position requires a minimum of three years’ industry experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills: 3D modeling, compositing, paint and roto, layout and match move, digital environment and Matte painting, texture, lighting shading, character effects, effects and simulations, design and scenario, rigging, user interface or user experience, responsive design (for gaming), virtual reality, augmented reality, digital media animation, levels editing for digital media design, software editing for digital media design, pipeline software development or applications relevant for digital media design
|$38.46 or higher prevailing wage||$80,000 or higher prevailing wage|
Employers in both categories are required to meet conditions relating to the payment of skilled workers. Foreign workers hired through the GTS must be paid at the prevailing wage or higher. The prevailing wage is defined as the highest figure of either:
Employers must commit to pay the highest of either:
Employers looking to hire skilled workers through the Global Talent Stream are required to work with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan. This plan outlines the positive benefits that foreign talent will bring to the Canadian labour market, and activities that the employer will undertake to encourage job creation, skills and training investments.
Category A employers are required to commit to creating jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This job creation may be direct or indirect.
Category B employers are required to commit to increasing investments in skills and training for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
In addition to the above mandatory benefits, employers in both categories are required to commit to two further complementary benefits, supported by defined activities. These benefits may include, but are not limited to, job creation, investment in skills and training, transferring knowledge to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and/or improving company performance. Activities to support these benefits may include, but are not limited to, hiring more Canadian citizens or permanent residents, training current employees in new techniques, creating paid co-op or internship programs for local students, and/or increasing revenue and investments.
If employers are applying for positions in both Category A and Category B, they must commit to one activity as part of the job creation benefit and one activity as part of the investments in skills and training benefit, as well as at least two complementary benefits. For the latest list of accepted activities to support mandatory and complementary benefits outlined in an employer’s Labour Market Benefits Plan, visit this government page.
Employers may be monitored to ensure compliance with the Labour Market Business Plan, and to evaluate the successes of the GTS.
Under the Global Talent Stream, two new categories of workers are now exempt from the requirement to obtain a work permit.
Highly-skilled workers in skill type 0 or skill level A occupations of the NOC may enter Canada to work for 15 days in a six-month period, or for 30 days in a 12-month period, without obtaining a work permit.
Researchers working on research projects at a publicly-funded degree-granting institution or affiliated research institution may come to Canada for 120 days in a 12-month period, without requiring a work permit.