The pilot is one of the streams contained within Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The GTS accepts applications through two categories. While there are some shared eligibility requirements, each category has unique requirements as outlined below.
The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is designed to assist Canadian employers with hiring highly skilled foreign talent who will enable Canadians to compete on an international scale. The GTS operates two categories, Category A and Category B. While these two categories have unique requirements, they do share a few common requirements to the GTS:
As the GTS is part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, all successful employers applying to the stream will be issued a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) prior to the official hiring of a foreign national. If an employer meets the general stream requirements, they must verify that they meet the additional requirements for the category to which they wish to apply.
In order to apply to Category A of the Global Talent Stream, an employer must have been referred to the stream by one of the GTS’s designated partners and be using the stream to hire unique and specialized talent. The following are designated partners of the GTS, authorized to refer employers to Category A:
|Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency|
|BC Tech Association|
|Business Development Bank of Canada|
|Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions|
|City of Hamilton's Economic Development Office|
|Council of Canadian Innovators|
|Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario|
|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 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 Regional Business and Community Economic Development Association|
|ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM)|
|Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service|
|London Economic Development Corporation|
|London Economic Development Corporation|
|MaRS Discovery District|
|National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)|
|Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team|
|Vancouver Economic Commission|
|Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation|
For a person to qualify as unique and specialized talent for Category A of the Global Talent Stream, the talent is indicated by advanced knowledge of the industry, coupled with advanced education and at least 5 years of specialized experience in the field. As well, unique and specialized talent are usually paid a minimum annual salary of at least $80,000 CAD.
In order to apply for Category B of the Global Talent Stream, employers must be seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign talent to fill positions in occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List.
|0212||Architecture and science managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|Subset of 2161*||Mathematicians and statisticians
*Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|Sub-set of 5131*||Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game
*in addition to the position having an annual salary of at least $75,000 ($36.06 per hour) or the prevailing wage (if the prevailing wage is higher), the position must require a minimum of five years of 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, with 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; or technical pipeline development and application for visual effects, video games, or animation production.
|Sub-set of 5241**||Digital media designers
**in addition to the position having an annual salary of at least $80,000 ($38.46 per hour) or the prevailing wage (if the prevailing wage is higher), the position must require a minimum of five years of experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills: 3D modeling, 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
Employers should note that in order to be eligible, talent must meet both the occupation required as well as the minimum wage requirement.
All applicants to the Global Talent Stream must work with ESDC to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan demonstrating a commitment to activities which will positively impact the Canadian labour market. Applicants through Category A must commit to the creation of jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This job creation can be either direct or indirect. Applicants through Category B must commit to increasing skills and training investments for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
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