Global Talent Stream Is Successful Right Time To Make It Permanent

05 May 2018


Some Facts

Karl Simpson, founder of Wave - a Financial Technology Company and Member of the Council of Canadian Innovators, has employed top skilled workers by using the Global Skills Strategy program. He wants the pilot Canada work permit program to be made permanent. He also feels that Canadian Technology Companies must make a long-term plan. The present GTS pilot will expire in June 2019.

Further before introducing the Global Skills Strategy, the government consulted several Canadian technology CEOs regarding making this program a success. It addresses the talent shortage and has worked successfully. He urged the government to cooperate in the next phase of the strategy, and work with innovators. This pilot must become a permanent program in the future.

Simpson says that after hiring three foreign workers by using the GTS, he was successful in hiring 100 Canadians to manage other positions. This is a proof that the overseas workers help in creating jobs for the local people. Furthermore they do not take jobs away from Canadians.

Features of categories

This Stream has a standard processing time of 10 working days. Moreover, it gives a quick responsive and focused service to all employers. They get a referral or can hire for a position that is included in the List of Global Talent Occupations.

The GTS Category A helps the employers by naming the persons, who are referred by a designated organization,

Its Category B helps the employers, who seek hiring skilled workers from the fresh List of Global Talent Occupations,

Employers need to first identify which Category A (referral) or Category B (Occupations List), they belong to before creating the Labor Markets Benefits Plan.

The plan needs to show how such hiring will create a long-term and positive impact on the labor market.

Details regarding hiring in the Global Talent Stream,

The details of hiring in the GTS:

Key Elements of the Global Talent Stream

Two-week standard time to process work permit applications as well as visa applications for top skilled talents,

There is a dedicated service for companies, who can opt for major job-creating investments in the country,

Companies which apply for workers through the GTS can access the new streamlined application process which provides:

A service with the focus on Client to guide worthy employers by using the application process and developing Labour Market Benefits Plan, with a standard of 10 business days only,

The workers also can opt for processing the work-permit applications in 10 business days

Global Talent Stream: Requirements

  • Category A: List of ESDC Designated Partners effective from date Sep12, 2017
  • Under Category A, all employers must be referred by any of these:
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BC Tech Association
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for South Ontario
  • Trade Commissioner Service Global Affairs Canada
  • ICT Manitoba,
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • National Research Council, Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration,
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Growth and Development
  • VENN Innovation

Quebec Designated Partners

  • Investissement Quebec
  • Montréal International
  • Quebec International


  • Under Category A, overseas workers need to possess an exclusive and special talent to qualify for the work-permit:
  • They must have progressive knowledge of the industry
  • They must serve in a highly paid position and earn the salary close to $80,000
  • An Advance degree in a special area of interest to the employers
  • Additionally, they must have at least five years experience in that specific field

In the Category B of GTS Global Talent Occupations List the employers need to hire High skilled overseas workers to fill up positions in jobs on the following list:


National Occupations Classification (NOC) code


Minimum wage requirement (annual salary)

Minimum wage requirement (hourly rate)


Computer and information systems managers

prevailing wage

prevailing wage


Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

prevailing wage

prevailing wage


Information systems analysts and consultants

prevailing wage

prevailing wage


Database analysts and data administrators

prevailing wage

prevailing wage


Software engineers and designers

prevailing wage

prevailing wage


Computer programmers and interactive media developers

prevailing wage

prevailing wage


Web designers and developers

prevailing wage

prevailing wage


Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

$81,000 or higher prevailing wage

$38.94 or higher prevailing wage


Information systems testing technicians

$78,000 or higher prevailing wage

$37.50 or higher prevailing wage

Sub-set of 5131

Position requires 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.

$75,000 or higher prevailing wage

$36.06 or higher prevailing wage

Sub-set of 5241

Digital Media and Design

Position requires a minimum of five years of experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills: 3D modelling, 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.

$80,000 or higher prevailing wage

$38.46 or higher prevailing wage

Note; Quebec has its own minimum wage base for Quebec based applications.

Processing Fee

Non-refundable $1,000 payable by the employer

Labour Market Benefits Plan

The Labour Market Benefits Plan is a major requirement of GTS,

It is designed with ESDC, and must clearly reveal that taking the services of an overseas worker will benefit the company. The factors are in creating jobs or transferring skills to local persons. The ESDC will keep a track of the progress of the company’s.

Additionally, the LMBP has two sets of benefits - mandatory and complementary

In Category A, the mandatory benefit is creation of enough jobs, in a directly/indirect manner, for local persons and permanent residents.

In Category B, the mandatory benefit is an increase in skill set and training for local persons and permanent residents.

The LMBP must also offer two complementary benefits, like Job creation, Sound Investment in training and skills, Transfer of knowledge, Better company performance and

Implementation of ideal practices/policies for the benefit of the workforce

Global Talent Stream: General Requirements

The Business must be Legitimate

All Employers must also offer a proof that their business activity needs a temporary worker. The business should offer goods or service concerning the Job offers in canada

The documents Allowed are a business license, incorporation forms, relevant tax documents and attested documents.


All Employers must actively seek hiring the local persons and permanent residents before searching overseas for any workers.

Wages payable

Wages must be equivalent to the existing amount that is paid to local persons and permanent residents for a similar position.

Job Duties and Working Conditions

Workers who are hired under this program must perform only those tasks for which they are hired. Overseas workers must be covered under the similar laws used for local persons and permanent residents. There must be no Exploitation of such worker. The laws of Province/territorial cover Hours of work, overtime, all types of Compensation, Working conditions,   employment Termination and finally the Workplace Safety. Moreover, they need to be covered workplace safety insurance as required legally.

Language Restriction

Furthermore, if any other language apart from English or French is essential, it must be justified.

Directives to Unions

In all the union positions the overseas worker also must get the same treatment like a local person and a permanent resident. This is concerning all issues like wages, terms and conditions.

Employer Compliance

Employers necessarily have to comply with the general requirements of the TFWP.

Employers in Quebec

From Sep 11, 2017, all Quebec employers can also take advantage of the GTS.

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