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How to Hire a Foreign Tech Worker in Canada

Global Talent Stream LMIA Category A

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.

The Global Talent Stream 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.

Global Talent Stream Designated Partners

In order to apply to Category A of the Global Talent Stream, an employer must have been referred to the stream by one of the GTS’s designated partners and be using the stream to hire unique and specialized talent. The following are designated partners of the GTS, authorized to refer employers to Category A:

  • Accelerate Okanagan

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

  • BC Tech Association

  • Burlington Economic Development Corporation

  • Business Development Bank of Canada

  • Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions

  • Cape Breton Partnership

  • City of Brampton

  • City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office

  • City of Mississauga

  • Communitech Corporation

  • Council of Canadian Innovators

  • Economic Development Winnipeg

  • Edmonton Economic Development

  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

  • Genesis (Newfoundland)

  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service

  • Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour and Immigration

  • Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology

  • Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training

  • Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc.

  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office

  • Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.

  • Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy

  • Halifax Partnership

  • Tech Manitoba

  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service

  • Invest Ottawa

  • Invest in Canada

  • Kingston Economic Development Corporation

  • Launch Academy

  • London Economic Development Corporation

  • MaRS Discovery District

  • National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

  • Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team

  • Regional Municipality of Niagara

  • Regional Municipality of York

  • Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

  • Toronto Global

  • Town of Oakville

  • Vancouver Economic Commission

  • Venn Innovation

  • Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation

  • WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

Who is eligible for Category A of the Global Talent Stream?

In addition to being referred by one of the Global Talent Stream’s designated referral partners, the position being requested must require unique and specialized talent to help the firm grow.

Unique and specialized talent is classified by the following criteria:

  • Pay at least $38.46 per hour ($80,000 annual base salary) Or the prevailing wage for the occupation if it’s higher

  • Advanced knowledge of the industry

  • Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer and/or

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of specialized experience

How it Works

  • 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: Receive a referral from one of the stream’s designated partners. Employers can contact firms directly to discuss the position they wish to fill.

Step two: Confirm your business and employee meet the eligibility requirements

Step three: Fill out forms to apply for your candidate

Step four: Pay the $1000 CAD processing fee

Step five: Candidate applies for Work Permit after LMIA is approved


Our Services

Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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