How to Hire a Foreign Tech Worker in Canada
Global Talent Stream
The Global Talent Stream is a part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and it’s designed for innovative firms in Canada that fit in one of two categories:
Category A: Firms that are referred to Employment and Social Development Canada by a designated referral partner, and that need unique and specialized foreign nationals in order to scale-up and grow.
Category B: Firms that need to fill an in-demand highly-skilled position on the Global Talent Occupations List.
Employers seeking to hire foreign talent to work in the Canadian tech industry benefit greatly from this program. The Global Talent Occupations list features a number of eligible tech positions and the GTS program allows employers to bring tech workers to Canada faster than other Temporary Foreign Worker Programs.
Eligible applicants can receive 10-day processing and employers can bypass the 4-week recruitment process required for most LMIA applications.
The Global Talent Occupations List
For Category B of the Global Talent Stream, applications will be accepted from firms in Canada that need to hire highly-skilled foreign workers for occupations found on ESDC's Global Talent Occupations List. This features positions that have been determined to be in-demand and for which there is insufficient domestic labour supply.
The Global Talent Occupations List was updated in July 2019 and currently features a number of different tech-based positions.
Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 2147)
Mathematicians and statisticians (NOC 2161)
Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
Computer network technicians (NOC 2281)
Information systems testing technicians (NOC 2283)
Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager - visual effects and video game (NOC 5131)
Digital media designers (NOC 5241)
How does the Global Talent Stream Work?
You must pay $1,000 for each position requested under the Global Talent Stream to cover the cost of processing your application.
Employers must supply business legitimacy documentation along with their LMIA application and Global Talent Stream application
Employers must develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan that shows their commitment to activities that will have lasting, positive impacts on the Canadian labour market
There is no minimum recruitment requirement for the GTS
The wages offered to TFWs should be similar to wages paid to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents hired for the same job and work location, and with similar skills and years of experience → For occupations with wage floors, employers must offer the hourly wage rate at a minimum.
The temporary foreign workers you hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program must only perform duties that correspond to the occupation they were hired for.
Global Talent Stream Checklist
Step one: Confirm your business and employee meet the eligibility requirements
Step two: Fill out forms to apply for your candidate
Proof of Business Legitimacy, if applicable (basically, specific tax documents that show you can afford to pay the temporary foreign worker and that you run a legitimate business.)
Step three: Pay the $1000 CAD processing fee
Step four: Candidate applies for Work Permit after LMIA is approved
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