The Global Talent Stream (GTS) launched this year promotes access to highly skilled foreign workers

The Canadian government has launched a new pilot program that allows skilled workers to get their Canada work permits and Canada visa applications processed within two weeks. The program launched on 12 June, 2017, is known as Global Talent Stream (GTS). The Global Talent Stream is part of Canadian government’s broader Global Skills Strategy initiative that is designed to promote access to highly skilled foreign workers who in turn helps in Canada’s economic growth and job creation. This is part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Global Talent Stream (GTS)
Global Talent Stream (GTS) program is launched this year 2017 on 12th June

The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is comprised of two categories.

Category A: List of EDSC designated partners

As of 12 June, 2017, the Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC) has issued a list of designated partners. The Category A is made up of high-growth companies that have demonstrated a need for the in-demand talent of foreign nationals to generate growth. Under Category A the employers must be referred by any one of the following:

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agencies
  • BC Tech Association
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Communitech Corporations
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  • National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Growth and Development
  • VENN Innovation

Category B: GTS Global Talent Occupation list

The Category B enlists all the occupation streams from which an employer can hire a foreign worker. This list approved by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code, provides 10 occupational choices for the employers. The employer is free to hire any foreign worker who falls under the list and comes highly skilled and talented.

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code Occupation Minimum Wage Requirement (hourly rate) Minimum Wage Requirement (annual salary)
213 Computer and information systems manager Not applicable Not applicable
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Not applicable Not applicable
2171 Information systems Not applicable Not applicable
2172 Database analysts and data administrators Not applicable Not applicable
2173 Software engineers and designers Not applicable Not applicable
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers Not applicable Not applicable
2175 Web designers and developers Not Applicable Not applicable
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians $38.94 $81,000
2283 Information systems testing technicians $37.50 $78,000
5241* Digital media and design $38.46 $80,000


*this position requires a minimum of 5 years of experience and skill requirements of: 3D modeling, virtual and augmented reality, animation, level editing, editor and pipeline software and tools in applicable industry, other specialized knowledge in software framework in applicable industry and/or valued experience in planning or managing a project.

Exemptions in Work Permit for Candidates in Skill Level A in NOC accredited occupations or for those doing research work

As of June 12, 2017, two new work permit exemptions have been introduced. Workers who come under the skill type 0 or skill level A in the NOC accredited occupations can enter Canada for a 15-day stay in a six-month period, without a work permit. Similarly, researchers undertaking research in Canada can stay for 120 days over a 12-month period without a work permit.

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