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Canada – Government adds three more occupations to Global Talent Stream

On June 12, 2018, the Canadian government marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global Talent Stream pilot by expanding the Global Talent Occupations List, bringing the total number of qualifying jobs on the list to thirteen.

What has changed?

  • Engineering managers (NOC 0211), architecture and science managers (NOC 0212) and mathematicians and statisticians (subset of NOC 2161) have been added to the list;
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2241) have been removed from the list;
  • The requirements for producer, technical, creative and artistic director, and project manager in the visual effects and videogame fields (subset of NOC 5131), and digital media designers (subset of NOC 5241) have been amended to better reflect highly skilled, in-demand positions.

The Global Talent Stream, under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, is a 24-month pilot program which aims to help innovative companies quickly access the highly skilled talent they need to scale-up and grow.

The Global Talent Stream gives eligible employers access to a new streamlined process that provides processing of applications in 10 business days by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada 80 percent of the time.

An employer may be eligible for Category A of the Global Talent Stream if:

An employer may be eligible for Category B if they are seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations founded on the Global Talent Occupations List.

Employers intending to hire highly-skilled foreign workers through the Global Talent Stream are required to work with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan that demonstrates their commitment to activities that will have lasting, positive impacts on the Canadian labour market

Action Items

  • Employers in Canada considering hiring highly-skilled foreign workers should consult an immigration specialist to check eligibility for expedited work permit processing under the Global Talent Stream pilot.

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