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Talent stream

Canada has been running through a shortage of skilled workers drastically after the pandemic. Several sectors out there report a scarcity of trained professionals, such as IT, healthcare, engineers, technology, etc. However, the demand for tech professionals has been increasing greatly throughout Canada. The Tech sector plays an active in the development and progress of the economy of any country.

Tech Employers in Canada are facing several challenges in recruiting tech professionals within Canada. Therefore, the government introduced the Global Talent Stream for Canadian employers to make tech hiring a seamless experience. Canadian employers can hire foreign tech employees easily via the Global Talent Stream.

Global Talent Stream stands out as one of the prominent gateways for Canadian employers to recruit foreign tech professionals. So, if you are a tech professional willing to pursue your career in Canada, you can get a work visa via the Global Talent Stream.

What is a Global Talent Stream?

Skilled workers, especially tech professionals, can obtain a work permit under the Global Talent Stream within two weeks from the application date. The Global Talent Stream assists employers by providing quick and hassle-free access to highly skilled talent from around the world. Companies can flourish without hindrance if their workforce requirements are promptly fulfilled.

In comparison to other programs, this program only consumes approximate two weeks to process the application of the skilled workers. However, other programs/initiatives may take a long duration to process the application and update their status. The Global Talent Stream stands out as the component of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Skilled Workers.

In the Global Talent stream, there are mainly two groups, as listed below-

Group/ Category A

Companies that are competent to showcase the need to hire unique and specialized talent from other countries fall under category A. A designated referral partner must introduce employers in this category to the Global Talent Stream. Below listed organizations are on the list of permitted referral partners for companies based outside of Quebec-

  • 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

If you are an employer from Quebec, you can check the website of Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration to know about the permitted referral partners based in Quebec.

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Group/Category B

Category/Group 2 is categorized for the employers planning to hire a candidate from the Global Talent Occupation List. In the list of Global Talent Occupation, only those occupations are listed in which Canada is having a serious shortage. And this list may be changed over time as per the Labor Market needs.

Global Talent Occupations List for Category B
NOC Code Occupations Minimum Hourly Rate Minimum Annual Salary
0213 Computer and information systems managers Prevailing Wages Prevailing Wages
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Prevailing Wages Prevailing Wages
Sub-set of 2161* Mathematicians and statisticians * Positions for actuaries or associated occupations are excluded from this subset. Prevailing Wages Prevailing Wages
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants Prevailing Wages Prevailing Wages
2172 Database analysts and data administrators Prevailing Wages Prevailing Wages
2173 Software engineers and designers Prevailing Wages Prevailing Wages
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers Prevailing Wages Prevailing Wages
2175 Web designers and developers Prevailing Wages Prevailing Wages
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 needs 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 related 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 needs a minimum of three years of industry experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills such as: 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 related for digital media design
$38.46 or higher prevailing wage $80,000 or higher prevailing wage

Employers from both segments are compelled to satisfy compensation standards for skilled workers. Foreign employees hired through the GTS must be paid according to the prevailing pay. The compensation should be either equal to prevailing pay or above. The prevailing wage can be the highest of either-

  • The median wage listed for that particular occupation on the site named (Government of Canada’s Job Bank)
  • Compensating with the same wage as the employer is compensating to other employees with the same skillset and experience at the same location.
  • The minimum compensation as available in the Global Talent occupation list.
Wages for the Global Talent Stream-

Employers are obliged to pay the highest of the any listed below-

  • The minimum annual salary of $ 80,000 or the compensation equal to the prevailing wage for that particular occupation if higher than $80,000 for two specialized and unique positions listed under the category A. salary equal to the prevailing wage defined for that occupation if more than $150,000 for two or more specialized position requested under category A.
  • The minimum compensation for the occupation as listed under category B for a highly skilled position. Category B is also known as the Global Talent Occupation List.
  • Compensating the new employee with the same compensation as an employer is giving employees with the same skills and years of experience at the same location.
  • The median wage for the particular position as listed on the government site “Canada’s Job Bank.”
Labor Market Benefits Plan-

Employers are mandated to work with Employment and Social Development Canada to generate Labor Market Benefits Plans if they hire skilled workers through the Global Talent Stream. This strategy highlights the favorable effects that foreign talent will have on the Canadian Labor Market, as well as the activities that the employer will do to support job creation, skill and training investments, and so on.

Employers from category A are mandated to make jobs for permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Employers from category B are mandated to encourage investment in the training and skills of permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Compared to the above mandatory benefits, employers from both categories are required to compel with two other complementary benefits supported by defined activities. These advantages may consist of job creation, talent and training investment, knowledge transfer to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and improved firm performance. Hiring more Canadian citizens or permanent residents, educating current employees in new techniques, implementing paid co-op or internship programs for local students, and boosting income and investments are all examples of activities to promote these advantages.

Employers must commit to one activity as a component of the job creation benefit and one as a component of the investments in skills and training benefit, along with two complementing advantages if they apply for employment in Categories A and B.

The concerned authorities may monitor the employers to confirm compliance with the Labor Market Business plan to promote the growth of the GTS.

Work permit exemption-

Two categories of workers have been free to compel with the requirement to get a work visa for Canada.

  • You are allowed to go to Canada without a work permit for 15 days in 6 months and 30 days in 12 months. However, you must be a highly skilled worker in TEER 0 & TEER 1 occupation of the NOC.
  • You may enter Canada without a work permit for 120 days within 12 months only if you are a researcher performing a research project at a publicly-funded degree-granting institution or associated research institution.
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