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Global Talent Stream in Canada - International Talent Pwathway for Applicants with Skilled Work. Thousands of Applicants are accepted with this process and settle in Canada with their families.

Canada has consistently growing economy and business sector. In order to meet the demands of local businesses, it has many programs in place to hire foreign workers. Some of these programs are province specific, or in exceptional cases, it allows foreign talent to obtain a "work permit" in two weeks under the Global Talent Stream Program. A truly unique opportunity for businesses in Canada to obtain foreign talent for the purpose of growing their business operations, competitiveness and effectiveness. 

The Government of Canada launched the Global Talent Stream Program in June 2017 as one of the four pillars of the Global Strategy Stream, which is designed to help Canadian businesses attract the global talent they need to succeed, promote global investment in Canada, and support the Government of Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan. In 2019, Canada announced the GT Stream will be a permanent Stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. 

Benefits of hiring foreign workers can have many positives for your organization. These can include, but aren't limited to the following:

             Hiring and retaining Foreign Workers (FW) can help you:

    • Meet your labour needs. FWs will play an increasingly significant role in Canada's labour force.
    • Make your organization more effective. FWs can bring fresh perspectives into your organization, stimulating new thinking and introducing more effective ways of doing business.
    • Increase your competitiveness. Many FWs have the skills and talents to help your organization compete in the global market place.
    • Access new markets. FWs may speak languages and have knowledge of cultures that can help you develop new local and global markets. 
    • Connect you with other valuable workers and organizations. FWs may be able to link you to other prospective employees and connect your business to useful national or international organizations.


What makes the GT Stream unique?

    • Client-focused service. ESDCS will provide faster, and more individualized processing of their GT Stream applications. 
    • No minimum recruitment requirements: Unlike other TFW Program streams, employers using GT Stream are not required to advertise on Canada's Job Bank.
    • 10 business day processing of GT Stream applications. ESDC has committed to assessing GT Stream applications within 10 business days.
    • 2 week work permit processing: IRCC has committed to processing the foreign talent's work permit application within two weeks 80% of the time, provided that the foreign national meets the criteria outlined for this initiative.  

Find out if your business is eligible to hire foreign workers under the GT Stream Program. We work closely with our partners to ensure we deliver the most efficient, effective and professional service to our clients. Contact us today to learn more about the process.


Find out your eligibility to hire foreign workers:

Purpose of Initial Consultation:

  • Assess employer's eligibility
  • Review eligibility questions
  • Assist with choosing right program(s)
  • Assist with choosing right service(s)

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.

Category A

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.

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

  • Accelerate Okanagan
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BC Tech Association
  • Burlington Economic Development Corporation
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  • Cape Breton Partnership
  • City of Brampton
  • City of Hamilton's Economic Development Office
  • City of Mississauga
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Economic Development Winnipeg
  • Edmonton Economic Development
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Genesis (Newfoundland)
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour
  • Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  • Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
  • Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office
  • Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
  • Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy
  • Halifax Partnership
  • Tech Manitoba
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service
  • Invest Ottawa
  • Invest in Canada
  • Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  • Launch Academy
  • London Economic Development Corporation
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
  • Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara
  • Regional Municipality of York
  • Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
  • Toronto Global
  • Town of Oakville
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Venn Innovation
  • Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
  • WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

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

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:

  • the median wage for the occupation on the Government of Canada's Job Bank;
  • the wage within the range an employer pays current employees in the same position at the same location, with the same skills and experience;
  • the minimum wage floor as defined in the Global Talent occupations list (if applicable).

Employers must commit to pay the highest of either:

  • an annual salary of at least $80,000, or an annual salary equivalent to the prevailing wage for that occupation if it is higher than $80,000 for the first two unique and specialized positions requested under Category A. For two or more unique and specialized positions requested under Category A, or an annual salary equivalent to the prevailing wage for that occupation if it is higher than $150,000. ESDC says there is no flexibility in the application of the wage requirement for additional positions being requested under Category A;
  • the applicable minimum wage for the occupation for a highly-skilled position requested under Category B as identified in the Global Talent Occupations List;
  • the wage that is within the wage range that the employer is paying current employees hired for the same job and work location, and with the same skills and years of experience; or
  • the median wage on the Government of Canada's Job Bank. The median wage is listed by job title or National Occupational Classification (NOC) code in the middle column, by community or area in Canada's job bank.

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