Global Talent Stream LMIA
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What is Global Talent Stream Canada?
The Global Talent Stream is a part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program designed to bring skilled foreign workers to Canada. This program is designed for two key types of firms:
Innovative firms referred to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) by a designated referral partner; and
Firms in Canada that need to fill an in-demand highly skilled position on the Global Talent Occupations List
The benefit of applying for a Work Permit through the Global Talent Stream is faster processing times. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processes Global Talent Stream applications 10-business days starting on the business day after the application has been received.
There are a number of other benefits available to GTS applicants and employers, some of which include:
No minimum recruitment requirements for employers
Fast and efficient process
Allows companies to attract top talent to grow and remain globally competitive;
Workers can be placed in roles in a timely manner (there is a two-week standard for processing work permit applications)
No work permit requirement for short-term highly skilled workers (those working for 30 days or less in a 12-month period)
Global Talent Stream Eligibility Requirements
There are two application streams in the Global Talent Stream.
Global Talent Stream Category A
You may be eligible for Category A of the Global Talent Stream if you have been referred to the Global Talent Stream by 1 of the Stream's designated partners and you are hiring unique and specialized talent.
To be considered unique and specialized talent, the employee being hired must be paid a minimum of $80,000 CAD per year (or higher if the occupation’s annual prevailing wage is above this level), plus demonstrate advanced knowledge of the industry through either an advanced degree in a specialized area or at least five years of experience in a specialized position.
Global Talent Stream Category B
You may be eligible for Category B of the Global Talent Stream if you are seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List. A referral is not required to be eligible for Category B.
For Category B, employers should note that in order to be eligible, talent must meet both the occupation required as well as the minimum wage requirement.
Labour Market Benefits Plan
Employers must also work with ESDC to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan that will show a commitment to activities that will have a lasting, positive impact on the Canadian labour market, such as job creation, skills and training investments.
→ If you have been referred by one of the Global Talent Stream’s designated partners and are seeking to hire unique and specialized talent (Category A), you must commit to creating jobs for Canadians and permanent residents as your mandatory benefit.
→ If you are an employer in Canada seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations on the Global Talent Occupations List (Category B), you must commit to increasing skills and training investments for Canadians and permanent residents as your mandatory benefit.
Employers may be monitored to ensure compliance with the Labour Market Business Plan, and to evaluate the successes of the GTS.
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