Canada Global Talent Stream

Introduced in June 2017, the Global Talent Stream has allowed Canada to welcome nearly 40,000 newcomers to live there. Of these newcomers to Canada, nearly 24,000 were highly skilled workers in occupations such as computer programming, information system analysis and software engineering.

Canada Global Talent Stream is an immigration program that allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fulfil specialized occupations when they don’t find eligible candidates within Canada.

According to IRCC the processing time for Global Talent Stream is only two weeks so that the immigration can be fast for the employer and for the candidate as well.

Canada Global Talent Stream’s applications are processed under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), a collection of work permit streams that brings newcomers to Canada on temporary work permits to fill specific labour needs. GTS is the wing of the TFWP for highly-skilled workers in specialized occupations, prioritizing those with experience in engineering and tech-related fields. For those who are working in the field of sciencen, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), the Global Talent Stream program is a best immigration program for Canada.

The GTS includes two categories. Category A is for employers seeking to hire unique and specialized foreign talent. Category B is for Canadian employers seeking to hire foreign workers for positions belonging to occupations included in the Global Talent Occupation List.

Category A: The foreign worker can apply for work permit under Category A only if the Canadian employer is referred by a GTS designated partner.

The partner will assess factors like:

  • Is the employer operating in Canada?
  • Is the employer focusing on innovation?
  • Is the worker being hired for a unique and specialized position?

The list of designated referral partners for employers located outside Quebec includes the following organizations.

  1. Accelerate Okanagan
  2. Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  3. BC Tech Association
  4. Burlington Economic Development Corporation
  5. Business Development Bank of Canada
  6. Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  7. Cape Breton Partnership
  8. City of Brampton
  9. City of Hamilton's Economic Development Office
  10. City of Mississauga
  11. Communitech Corporation
  12. Council of Canadian Innovators
  13. Economic Development Winnipeg
  14. Edmonton Economic Development
  15. Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  16. Genesis (Newfoundland)
  17. Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  18. Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour
  19. Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  20. Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
  21. Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
  22. Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  23. Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office
  24. Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
  25. Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy
  26. Halifax Partnership
  27. Tech Manitoba
  28. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  29. Invest Ottawa
  30. Invest in Canada
  31. Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  32. Launch Academy
  33. London Economic Development Corporation
  34. MaRS Discovery District
  35. National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
  36. Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team
  37. Regional Municipality of Niagara
  38. Regional Municipality of York
  39. Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
  40. Toronto Global
  41. Town of Oakville
  42. Vancouver Economic Commission
  43. Venn Innovation
  44. Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
  45. WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

Category B

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.

Global Talent Occupations List for Category B

Processing Fee

Non-refundable $1,000 to be paid by the employer.

What are the requirements of Global Talent Stream?

  • Valid Passport
  • Employer Reference Letter.
  • Educational Certificate
  • Experience Letter.
  • Submit biometric fee at the time of e-application
  • Obtain biometrics prior to the two weeks elapsing from time of application.
  • The foreign worker will not need to additionally apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). It will automatically be issued as part of the application process where applicable.
  • Get the Work Permit

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