Global Talent Stream: Bringing Highly Skilled Foreign Tech Talent To Canada

Canada currently has north of one million job vacancies across the country. These job vacancies are spread throughout nearly every employment sector, which is why Canada has created several programs to aid employers with hiring foreign talent


One such program, specific to highly skilled foreign professionals in the tech industry, is the Global Talent Stream(GTS).


The GTS is a fast-tracked program employers can use to bring foreign talent to this country and allow them to utilize their skills in the service of helping innovative Canadian companies grow.


Part of Canada’s larger Global Talent Strategy and contained within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program(TFWP), the GTS expedites the processing of work permit applications and temporary residents visas(if applicable) so that qualified applicants can start working in around two weeks from the date of submission.


Accordingly, this program also works to benefit the general Canadian tech landscape, as it ensures that organizations in this space can quickly access the talent they need to continue to thrive.



Note: Two exemptions under the Global Talent Stream enable certain applicants to enter Canada without a work permit.


First, “highly-skilled workers in skill type 0 or skill level A occupations of the NOC” will not require a permit under this program if they are working in Canada for a period of 15 days over six months or 30 days over 12 months.


Additionally, researchers coming to Canada will not need a work permit should they be working in Canada for a period of 120 days over 12 months “on research projects at a publicly-funded degree-granting institution or affiliated research institution.”



Breaking down the Global Talent Stream

Under the Global Talent Stream, there are two categories:


Category A

High-growth companies who are referred to the GTS by one over 40 designated referral partners (in Canada, excluding Quebec) and can demonstrate the need to hire “unique specialized talent from abroad.”


The list of designated referral partners varies for employers in Quebec, and therefore, also for applicants looking to work in that province. That list can be found in French on the website of Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francisation , and integration.


Category B

Companies looking to hire for specific roles designated by the Global Talent Occupations List. This list, which may be updated periodically to reflect changing labour market needs and priorities,includes and expansive list of jobs that have been deemed in demand and appear to suffer form a lacking number of available workers domestically.

Some occupations on the Global Talent Occupations.


List for Category B include:

Computer and information systems mangers

Web designers and developers

Computer network technicians

Workers in digital media and design


The full list of Occupations for this category can be found here.


Wages in the Global Talent Stream

One of the most important elements of this program is the wages that employers pay to successful applicants.


There is a wage-related requirement that employers in either category must meet when bringing on foreign talent through GTS. This requirement states that employers must pay workers at whichever of the following five rates is highest.


The occupation’s median wage on the Canadian government’s Job Bank.

The wage within the range that the employer pays to current employees(in the same position, at the same location,and with the same skills/experience)

The minimum wage floor determined by the Global Talent Occupations list (category B)

An hourly salary that matches the prevailing wage for the occupation in question and amounts to no less than $80,000(for the first two positions requested under category A)

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